Lamphun is the country’s oldest Northern city and still retains its cultural and historical charms.
This is one of Thailand’s oldest and most visitor-friendly cities. Start your morning at Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, considered an unmissable place this year because it is believed that it has special significance for the Year of the Rooster. In front of the temple, you can join a two-hour guided tour on a local tram-bus for just 50 Baht, taking you to the Lamphun Community Museum, Monument, Wat Chamathewi Wat Mahawan and Ku Chang Ku Ma Pagoda (9.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m., except Mondays.)
For shoppers, a souvenir typical of Lamphun can be purchased at the Wiang Yong Handicraft Village. The venue also has an exhibition of the history of Thai silk.
There is no airport in Lamphun, but you can fly to either Chiang Mai , from where you can take a bus to Lamphun. It takes 50 minutes from Chiang Mai.
Trains to Lampang depart daily from the Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong)
There are daily bus services from the Bangkok Bus Terminal (Mo Chit) to the Lamphun Bus Terminal.
Where to Stay
Jamadevi is a boutique hotel combining Lanna architecture with modern luxury. The café and bakery is worth a try.
Tel. +66 5351 2115
Situated in the heart of the city, Easy Hotel is warmly furnished with wooden furniture. The Hotel also has bicycles for guests to borrow.
Tel. +66 5351 1558
Famous for its original nam prik lap (chili dip) recipe, Lamphun’s oldest traditional restaurant is often packed. There are two more branches in Doi Ti and Chiang Mai.
Charoenrat Road, Mueang District Tel. +66 5351 1552
Preparing authentic Northern cuisine and some less common dishes such as mok kai mot daeng (red ant eggs salad), nam prik pla ki, hang lai curry with longan, and so on.
Chamadevi Road, Mueang District Tel. +66 5300 0116, +668 1883 6215
Wiangyong Guay Tiew Moo Tun Lamyai
Dried longan is added to the braised pork noodle soup for a new and different taste - fantastic! Guay tiew song krueng boran (old style noodles) is another flavorful item.
Rop Mueang Nok Road, opposite Wat Phra That Hariphunchai
Tel. +668 9561 1120