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Wiang Kum Kam Tours

Wiang Kum Kam
Wiang Kum Kam, an ancient “lost city” on the banks of the Mae Ping River, was founded in the 13th century by King Mangrai as the Lanna capital before Chiang Mai. The city was abandoned in the 16th century due to flooding and was only rediscovered in 1984. Since then the temples and other structures have been partially restored.

The Basics
The ruins of Wiang Kum Kam, south of Chiang Mai, give visitors a glimpse of what the magnificent Lanna capital was once like. At the heart of the complex is Wat Chedi Liam, architecturally inspired by the Mahabodhi Temple in India but dedicated to the Buddha. The complex covers a sizable area—too large to explore on foot—so most visitors move from site to site by pony carriage, open-air tram, or bicycle. 

The ancient city is often a stop on half- or full-day tours of Chiang Mai. Depending on the option chosen, you could combine a visit with a morning of cycling along the Mae Ping River, a visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, white-water rafting on the Mae Taeng River, or an early morning visit to Srisodian Temple to observe local monks receiving their daily alms.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wiang Kum Kam is a must-visit for history buffs and those looking for a break from the city.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to do a lot of walking; the site is spread out over several neighborhoods.
  • It’s a good idea to visit with a guide, as only a few of the sites have placards in English.

How to Get There
Wiang Kum Kam is located about 3 miles (5 kilometers) southeast of Chiang Mai. It’s too far to walk from the city center but makes for a pleasant bicycle ride. Alternatively, taxi and tuk-tuk drivers will be happy to take you there.

When to Get There
Since most of the complex is outdoors, the best season to visit Wiang Kum Kam is during the dry, cool months between November and February. If you’re in Chiang Mai during the summer, consider arriving first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the worst of the afternoon heat.

Chiang Mai National Museum
While some of the relics excavated from Wiang Kum Kam are on display in the on-site visitor center, perhaps the most important piece is housed inside the Chiang Mai National Museum. This four-piece stone slab bears one of the earliest known Thai inscriptions. The collection highlights the history of the Lanna Kingdom, making it a good spot to visit before or after a trip to the ancient ruins.
Address: Wiang Kum Kam, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Ancient City of Wiang Kum Kam & Wat Chiang Man

Ancient City of Wiang Kum Kam & Wat Chiang Man

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Explore the history and culture of northern Thailand as you take in the ruins of the ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam on this half-day Chiang Mai tour. Benefit from the commentary of your guide as you visit the archaeological site, several temples, and the Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center. Your tour includes a scenic ride by horse-drawn carriage, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$36.38
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Half-Day Colors of Chiang Mai Biking Tour

Half-Day Colors of Chiang Mai Biking Tour

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Pedal through Chiang Mai’s scenic countryside and experience local culture on a 4-hour guided bike tour. Learn about Thailand’s religious heritage at a small Buddhist temple, and visit a former leper colony that shelters people with physical disabilities. See an elementary school that serves the region’s hill tribes, then watch local craftsmen shape pottery in a traditional studio. Set a relaxed pace as you pass rice fields and a gentle river, with plenty of breaks to enjoy local treats, cool drinks and a light Thai meal.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$35.73
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Wiang Kum Kam and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Private Tour

Wiang Kum Kam and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Private Tour

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Discover a 13th-century Lanna capital and a magnificent Buddhist temple on a full-day, private tour from Chiang Mai to Wiang Kum Kan and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Enjoy the flexibility of a personal driver/guide as you visit excavated ruins and chedi in a small village, then get perfect views of the countryside from a Buddhist temple set high on a hill. This 8-hour, private tour from Chiang Mai includes hotel pickup and drop-off, lunch, entrance fees, and guided visits at each site.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$100.00
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Past Kingdoms with a local Chiang Mai Touch

Past Kingdoms with a local Chiang Mai Touch

Beat the crowds and get a true local’s experience during this early-riser private sightseeing trip in Chiang Mai. See the early-morning procession of Buddhist monks as they parade through the streets to receive their daily alms. You’ll then proceed to the ancient ruins of Wiang Kum Kam, a historical park where enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour and boat cruise.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$121.54
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3-Night Chiang Mai Tour: Mountain Bike, Wat Doi Suthep and Whitewater Rafting

3-Night Chiang Mai Tour: Mountain Bike, Wat Doi Suthep and Whitewater Rafting

Set out on a series of thrilling adventures from the comfort of Chiang Mai on this multi-day tour. Each morning you’ll board a minibus out of the city and into northern Thailand for a completely new activity. Climb an ancient staircase to a revered Thai temple one day, mountain bike along vast fields and past rural villages the next. You’ll even get to tackle some of Asia’s best white-water rafting on the Mae Taeng River. Your group is limited to 12 people for a more personalized experience.
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  • 4 days
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US$720.00
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Chiang Mai Paradise Full-Day Cycling Adventure Tour

Chiang Mai Paradise Full-Day Cycling Adventure Tour

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Pedal through traditional communities, rice paddies and orchards on a full-day bike tour along the Ping River from Chiang Mai. See villagers make traditional paper garlands at a Buddhist temple, and learn about Thai farming and mushroom cultivation. Sample local treats and have lunch in a neighborhood restaurant, then keep riding through gently rolling vegetable fields and bamboo forests. Enjoy a relaxing pace with plenty of time to stop for refreshments, and visit a centuries-old chedi and bustling fresh market before returning to the city.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Explore unveil lost city of Chiang mai

Explore unveil lost city of Chiang mai

Visit ruin city WiangKumkam by hours carriage. Exploring the unveiling the ancient city, situated in the vast plains of the far north of the country. The flat land at the site of present day Chiang mai and Lampun. It is believed to be the earliest historical settlement in the Chiang mai area. established by Mon settlers as a satellite town for the Haripoonchai Kingdom. You will have a chance to take a house ride along the old town and visit many temples in that area before back to the hotel.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$74.71
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Half Day Arts & Crafts Tour in Chiang Mai

Half Day Arts & Crafts Tour in Chiang Mai

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Meet the makers behind Thailand’s most exquisite handicrafts and art with a half-day tour to Sankampaeng, a village renowned for lacquer ware, teak and silverware. See how weavers create elegant designs in Thai silk, and watch delicate paper umbrellas take shape. Learn how celadon ceramics are made then see wood carvers working at elaborate furniture. Meet the craftsmen who create some of the finest silverware in the world, and browse a remarkable variety of artwork before returning to Chiang Mai.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$81.22
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Colourful Chiang Mai seen from a bike

Colourful Chiang Mai seen from a bike

Traveling by bicycle is not only an eco-friendly choice, it allows you to truly immerse yourself in your surroundings. Cycle through the city, exploring cultural aspects and history with a local guide along the way. Pass temples, ruins, and the McKean Rehabilitation Institute, and visit a small pottery factory. A snack at a local bakery is included. 
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$59.75
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Chiangmai Grand Canyon and Royal Flora Rajapruk

Chiangmai Grand Canyon and Royal Flora Rajapruk

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A fullday trip combination of Ancient City, beauty of Flower Garden, Unique Temple, try Local Cuisine and Best of Nature Water Park where you can enjoy with floting aqua park, kid zone, kayaking. canoeing, giant slider, wake board etc.
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  • 1 day
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US$106.61
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Chiangmai Half Day Cycling Culture Trip

Chiangmai Half Day Cycling Culture Trip

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Get the experience by cycling to visit the local life of local people such as local temple, community for handicraft and join with the gardener to do farming and cooking some snack. Cycling and learn the local life
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  • 4 hours
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Chiang Mai Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots (Private and All-Inclusive)

Chiang Mai Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots (Private and All-Inclusive)

Our Chiang Mai Instagram Tour will take you to the most instagrammable spots in the North of Thailand, all in one day. If you’re looking to experience the local culture, try some delicious food and get a ton of great vacation photos, then this is the tour for you! Our all-inclusive Chiang Mai day tour will start with you being picked up from your hotel by one of our awesome local tour guides who will be so excited to show you around their home. Plus, all of our guides speak great english, so nothing will be lost in translation! == 9:00 AM – Pick up at your hotel 9:40 AM – Arrive at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple 10:50 AM – Visit Wat Rajamontean Temple 11:40 AM – Visit the Silver Temple 12:30 PM – Arrive at Ta Phae Gate 1:05 PM – Enjoy Lunch at a Secret Instagrammable Cafe 2:10 PM – Visit Wat Suan Dok Temple 3:20 PM – Walk through the Umbrella Village 4:00 PM – Return back to your Hotel 4:30 PM – Arrive Back at your Hotel
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$88.00
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Chiang Mai: Tour of Chiang Mai Ancient City of Wiang Kum Kam

Chiang Mai: Tour of Chiang Mai Ancient City of Wiang Kum Kam

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This half day tour will take you to the ancient ruins of a city that vanished over 200 years ago; Wiang Kum Kam. On a horse-drawn carriage ride, discover the city's ancient temple ruins and also visit a historic temple; Wat Chiang Man. Visiting Chiang Mai's City Arts and Cultural Center will be a great opportunity to learn about the region's heritage also.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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