Slow Life Green Chill @Lamphun
This is a deeply religious ancient city with a plethora of ancient ruins and still active temples regularly visited by locals and tourists alike. Explore them all – Phra That Hariphunchai, Chamdevi and Mahawan temples – by taking a tram around the old town.
For only 50 baht per person the three hour tram ride which runs twice daily, at 9.30am and 1.30pm, is a must. To hire the entire tram costs 1,000 baht, call 053 530 757. The tram ride stops off at 11 destinations along the way: Phra That Hariphunchai temple, one of the most sacred in the Lanna kingdom; Lamphun Community Museum with a century old teak house; Khun Chao Yod Reun a study in architecture; the Chamadevi Monument in honour of the city’s founder; Mahawan temple; Kong Reusi Temple, San Pa Yang Luang Temple; Ku Chang Ku Ma ruins; Phra Yeun Temple; Ton Kaew Temple, etc.
Along the way there are opportunities to sample some of the great flavours of Lamphun, from fresh juicy sweet longans to noodle dishes – some with longans! Stop off and shop for some fine cotton woven materials and fabrics and chill at any of the roadside cafes.