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Get an in-depth look at Lamphun on this private day trip from Chiang Mai. You’ll ride a local train to the ancient capital of the Hariphunchai Kingdom, where a local guide provides an overview of Buddhist temples, markets and an on-site textile museum. Visit a longan plantation for a unique wine tasting, and enjoy a Thai noodle lunch and local snacks, before returning to your hotel via the scenic Ping River by private air-conditioned car.

Highlights

  • Private full-day sightseeing tour of Lamphun from Chiang Mai
  • Ride a one-way train to rural Lamphun and return on a scenic drive along the Ping River
  • Visit several Buddhist temples: Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, Wat Phra Yuen and Wat Chama Thewi (popularly called Wat Kukut)
  • Learn about the Tai Yong culture at a textile museum with your knowledgeable private guide
  • Sample snacks at Lamphun’s fresh food market and enjoy a tasting of longan wine
  • Eat a noodle dish for lunch and delight in the flavors of northern Thai cuisine
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned private vehicle included

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Lamphun Day Trip by Train from Chiang Mai

Explore Lamphun by Train from Chiang Mai

Meet your private guide at your hotel lobby in the morning for a transfer to the Chiang Mai railway station, where you’ll board a local train for Lamphun, located a 30-minute ride away.

A driver awaits your arrival in this ancient city of northern Thailand, whose temples you’ll explore on a private sightseeing tour with your guide. Visit Wat Phra Yen, where you’ll find four Buddha statues within a chedi (stupa). Make your way to the venerated Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, dating back to the Mon kingdom of the 11th or 12th century.

Stroll to a nearby market where you’ll find OTOP (One Tambon One Product) items for sale — made locally in village communities. For lunch, enjoy a bowl of khao soi, a Thai noodle dish in a curry sauce with coconut milk.

Stop at a museum to see textiles made by Lamphun’s inhabitants — mostly descendants of the Tai Yong, an ethnic group from northern Burma (Myanmar). Continue on to another Lumphun market for a snack of local specialties before a visit to Wat Chama Thewi (Wat Kukut), one of the oldest religious structures in Lamphun. Once you spot multiple standing Buddhas peeking from the niches of the temple’s tall chedi, hop back in your private vehicle for the drive back to Chiang Mai.

Along the way, you’ll make a final stop at a longan plantation for a tasting of longan wine, made from lam yai, a lychee-type fruit. Then relax with views of the Ping River before drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Jill H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

The tour was great our guide was full of local knowledge and knew the history of the sites we visited. He helped us with our attempts to learn Thai and waited while we took endless photos.

Miguel G

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

We loved every bit of it. Special thanks to our guide for introducing us to the yummy drink at the temple. She was very knowledgeable and helpful. From now on khao soi will be a regular feature on our menu!

judy

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2015

It was a relaxed day, but we were disappointed that the train ride only lasted 30 minutes. The scenery wasn't anything special. Our guide Narong was good and informative. We enjoyed a traditional lunch with him. Be prepared to see a lot of temples. However, all far less crowded than in Chiang Mai. We thought the election of wines on offer at the wine tasting were almost unpalatable, although the wine makers were very hospitable. It was interesting to see a provincial town.

Ralph S

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2015

Not bad. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and informative about the temples and culture. I enjoyed helping to give an offering at one of the temples.We enjoyed the lunch in the noodle shop and the visit to the markets. Unfortunately, the guide and the driver did not seem as knowledgeable about how to get to places. We were constantly driving around in circles, with them asking the way all the time. We were looking forward to the visit to the longan wine making co-op which was an inclusion in this tour, only to find when we got there that it was closed. We received an apology, but in my humble opinion, if it is a tour inclusion and we are paying for it, they should at least be making arrangements and checking ahead of time to make sure there are no glitches. That is called professionalism.

Daniel K

1 star rating: I do not recommend this February 2015

The tour was a useless tour. Nothing worth writing about. The main attraction, ( Longan winery, plantation, and processing factory ) was closed. And the company and the guide was supposed to check beforehand, and NOT the same moment that we were supposed to make the visit. They did not even offer an alternative visit. Something that we had already paid for and did not recieve.
Beeing a PRIVATE TOUR, the guide rushed us through the temples and the markets in a flash, not beeing able to take photos comfortably. However, the guide was very knowledgable and fun, thus making this horrible waste of a tour bearable.
Lunch was horrible. In a restaurant which was NOT even a restaurant ( it was a grocery store that served some kind of food) and gave us upset stomach for the rest of the tour. The bottled water was another joke. We had to buy bottled water from stores, because they were kept in a closed car with almost 35 degrees, and the bottled water was HOT water.
The textile museum was a joke, with only 1 woman at the textile machine and the rest on a lunch break. Again, the guide and the company were supposed to find out when they are on or off to take us there. It is NOT that difficult to organize something for only 2 pax ( especially when the tour was booked and paid for 3 months in advance ).
I would definitely NOT recommend this tour to anyone. It was a waste of money and time.

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