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Full day Lamphun and Pa Sang

Unearth northern Thailand’s profound roots on a day-long tour from Chiang Mai that encompasses visits to ancient settlements, artisans and a hill tribe hamlet. See simple homes and rice fields, and meet the serene villagers during this experience rich with history and culture. Your first stop is the former Lanna capital of Wiang Kum Kam, which was abandoned in the 16th century. While strolling through the remaining brick foundations, imagine this peaceful setting as a thriving centre. Check out the archaeological remains uncovered since excavations began in the 1980s. Inscribed stone slabs, mausoleums and bells are among the 1,300 relics discovered. Continue to Lamphun, one of Thailand’s oldest continuous settlements and the former seat of the Haripunjaya kingdom. Wander among remnants of the old city walls and admire the Buddha sculptures of the 11th century Wat Phra That Haripunjava, which has been painstakingly recovered from the jungle. The next stop is Thailand’s cotton capital, the Pa Sang district of Lamphun, where artisans hand weave lustrous cotton as they’ve done for centuries. Legend has it that King Rama V’s consort shared the royal court’s secrets for weaving with a relative in Lamphun. Those loose lips helped create an artisan empire. Before returning to Chiang Mai, you will spend time with at a White Karen hill tribe village. This ethnic minority began migrating into Thailand more than two centuries ago and unlike most other hill tribes, many are Christians. Unearth northern Thailand’s profound roots on a day-long tour from Chiang Mai that encompasses visits to ancient settlements, artisans and a hill tribe hamlet. See simple homes and rice fields, and meet the serene villagers during this experience rich with history and culture. Your first stop is the former Lanna capital of Wiang Kum Kam, which was abandoned in the 16th century. While strolling through the remaining brick foundations, imagine this peaceful setting as a thr Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel lobby. Start or opening time: Approximately 8am. End or closing time: Approximately 4pm. Languages: English.