Lamphun Travel Guide - Wat Phra That Hariphunchai
Loi Krathong Festival at Wat Phra That Hariphunchai Woramahawihan – Lamphun Travel Guide

Introduction to Lamphun Travel Guide

Located just less than an hour from Chiang Mai, Lamphun is a province in Northern Thailand that is rich in cultural heritages. The province t is tiny in size yet rich in history. There are notable places of worship in Lamphun province such as Wat Phra That Hariphunchai Woramahawihan, Wat Chamthewi, and Wat Phra Yuen. The neighboring provinces are Chiang Mai, Lampang, and Tak.

Lamphun is formerly known as Haripunchai. It was the Mon kingdom’s northernmost city during the Dvaravati period. Lamphun was ruled by the Burmese for two centuries after their conquest in the 16th century. With the emergence of Thonburi against Burmese control in the 18th century, local leaders from Lampang agreed to be the supporters of Thonburi. Lamphun was finally emancipated from the Burmese and ruled by Lampang’s leader’s kin, earning Siam’s vassal status. Lamphun eventually became a province of Siam as the government underwent administrative reform in the late nineteenth century.

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How to get to Lamphun

Map of Lamphun Province

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Top Attractions in Lamphun

Wat Phra That Hariphunchai Woramahawihan

Wat Phra That Hariphunchai Woramahawihan

A landmark temple that houses a stupa from the ninth century.

Tha Chomphu Bridge

Tha Chomphu Bridge (The White Bridge)

A historical arch-shaped bridge that connects Khun Tan and Tha Chomphu railway stations.

Mae Ping National Park

A national park home to Koh Luang Waterfall.

Khun Tan Tunnel

Khun Tan Tunnel

Known as the longest railway tunnel in Thailand.

Wat Chamthewi (Wat Ku Kut)

A historic temple known for its Buddhakaya-style pagoda.

Wat Phra Yuen

An ancient temple notable for its stupa housing standing Buddha statues.

Side Trips

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Lamphun Travel Guide - A train arriving at Tha Chomphu Bridge
A train approaches Tha Chomphu Bridge. – Lamphun Travel Guide

Summary of Lamphun Travel Guide

In summary, Lamphun is a province in northern Thailand and one of the country’s oldest territories, going back to the 8th century when it was formed as the capital city of an ancient Mon kingdom of Haripunchai, long before the establishment of the first Siam kingdom (Sukhothai). Because of its historical significance, Lamphun is an excellent day trip from Chiang Mai for seeing gorgeous ancient temples. While its significantly larger neighbor Chiang Mai has more attractions, Lamphun has plenty to offer to make it a worthy excursion. Still can’t decide? Please do not hesitate to visit any of Thailand’s other well-known provinces:

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