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A convenient cultural stop for Chiang Mai sightseers, Lamphun slumbers quietly along the banks of the Mae Kuang, a tributary of the Mae Ping.
There’s not much fanfare regarding Lamphun's status as one of Thailand’s oldest settlements. The old fortress wall and ancient temples are surviving examples of the city’s former life as the northernmost outpost of the ancient Mon Dvaravati kingdom, then known as Hariphunchai (AD 750–1281). During part of this period, the area was ruled by Chama Thewi, a Mon queen who has earned legendary status among Thailand’s constellation of historic rulers.
The 26km voyage along a former highway between Chiang Mai and Lamphun makes a pleasant journey, with the road canopied in places by tall dipterocarp trees.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Lamphun is from November to January where the weather is cooler and less humid due to Thai's northern climate making it much more enjoyable to walk around Lamphun.

That said, Thailand in recent years has suffered a lot from air pollution due to the burning season and it is extremely prevalent during Thailand's winter period (December - January) so even though the weather is cooler, your visibility might not be the best. Be sure to buy a face mask if you decided to visit Thailand during this time.

March - April is the hottest and humid period of the year so if you can't handle heat very well, avoid visiting during this time. The air quality may be a bit better during this time but it's not guaranteed.

All the other months are considered to be a rainy season which, even though the weather is a little more manageable than the summer months, you will also be seeing a lot more rain which might prevent you from enjoying the outdoors. Air quality during this time should be better due to rain.

As you can see, the best time to visit Thailand used to be during its wintertime BUT now that the air quality is getting worst and worst, you will have to decide which is more important to you as a traveler, good weather but bad air quality or vice versa.

Check the below table for the general idea of Lamphun weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 30.3 21.9 14.9
Feb 33.9 24.6 16.6
Mar 36.1 27.4 19.7
Apr 37.5 29.9 23.7
May 34.9 28.8 24.5
Jun 33.8 28.5 24.8
Jul 33.1 27.9 24.6
Aug 32.7 27.5 24.2
Sep 32.6 27.3 23.9
Oct 31.7 26.2 22.7
Nov 31.3 24.7 19.8
Dec 29.8 22.3 16.3

Lamphun’s current weather and 7-day forecast

LAMPHUN WEATHER

Lamphun promises a tranquil, friendly and peaceful ambience. It's a perfect combination for those seeking to escape big city buzz. Check out these top things to do in Lamphun, Thailand, and enjoy authentic local experiences before the rest of the world catches on.

1. Dip in the 7-tiered Koh Luang Waterfall where the water color changes with seasons

Literally and figuratively a hidden gem, Koh Luang Waterfall is part of Mae Ping National Park, an immense verdant area encompassing Chiang Mai, Lamphun and Tak provinces. Located 20 km away from the national park center, the undisturbed Koh Luang Waterfall stuns nature lovers with its serene greenish-blue water and myriads of fishes.

20 metres in height, the falling streams wash down 7 levels before hitting the blue bowl. In addition, amateur spelunkers can admire the stalagmites and stalactites on this limestone wonder.

In summer (mid February-May) the water is turquoise, while when it’s colder (November-February) it turns cerulean. During the rainy season, though, it’s cloudy green and visitors might not be allowed to take a dip for safety reasons.
It’s worth noting that you’ll be required to put life jacket on while in the magical blue. The waterfall water tends to be cold and potential cramps can do in even the best swimmers.

2. Go vegetarian at Baan Phra Bat Huay Tom and learn about the tribal Karen's simple yet serene lifestyle

Like Koh Luang Waterfall, the Karen village Baan Huay Tom is located in Amphoe Li (Li District), around a one and a half hour away from Lamphun’s central district. Here, the 2,000 Karen villagers eat vegetarian and run a local textile center, keeping their traditional backstrap looming art alive.

Backstrap looming is fascinating. The weaver wears a looming belt made of leather or thick cloth and controls the strings by moving her body. Some South American countries like Guatemala and Peru also see this awe-inspiring art.
But what sets one country’s art piece from each other is the unique textile prints and techniques lovingly curated and passed down through generations.

What adds to this village’s charms is that the villagers wake up early every morning to give alms to the monks. And if you happen to be there on a Buddhist holy day where most locals take a day off from work, don’t miss the chance to join them on the offering ritual (Sangkatarn) at the serene Phra Bat Huay Tom Temple. What marks their ritual as ultimately unique from the rest of Thailand is that even the offerings to monks are vegetables.

3. Marvel at the golden Lanna heritage – Wat Phra That Hariphunchai

This opulent golden pagoda is authentically Lanna and houses parts of the Buddha’s skull bone. Legend has it that an ancient king had his men build a palace and a toilet on the temple’s current spot. He was plagued by a crow every time he set foot around there. Furious and annoyed, he finally had the crow captured.

Later in his dream, an angel clued him in on what to do. The king was advised to put a 7-day old baby with the crow. 9 years later and having mastered the crow’s jargon, the child lifted the lid on the fact that beneath the palace lies the Buddha’s relics.

The devout king was astonished and had the toilet uprooted, replaced the land with more fertile soil and held a worship ceremony.

4. Munch your way through Lamphun at its 2 main local markets

Though she be but little (town), she is fierce (when it comes to food). If you are a foodie you know to eat where the locals eat. Here in Lamphun, these 2 main markets brim with reasonably-priced Thai and Northern Thai street food and the locals living up the cozy small-town vibe.

  • Nong Dok Market (All Night Market): Apart from snacks, main dishes and desserts, feast your eyes on the vibrant assortments of chilies, eggs, and other tropical raw ingredients. From midnight to around 5 a.m., wholesale buyers come here to shop for what they need the following morning.
  • Wat Chai Chanuek Market: Where the locals go to get their cheap and delicious grub.

5. Explore Luang Pa Wiang Cave

Dubbed Tum Lhuang in Northern Thai dialect (Tum – cave, Lhuang – big), this huge limestone cave has long been revered by Thais. The vast natural gem is filled with stalagmites and stalactites, divided into 9 rooms, and equipped with lights and hold rails for spelunkers’ safety. Inside the trove sit Buddha and other religious sculptures of various sizes.

6. Sunrise chasers and adventurers, catch the sunrise, hike or camp at Doi Khun Tan National Park

This national park is a true natural hidden gem even to Thais. Escape the crowd at the sought-after hills and head straight up this tranquil mountain. 

For those craving an overnight dose of fresh air, stay at the national park’s bungalows or pitch your own tent under the stars.

Admission fee costs 100 baht for adults and 50 baht for children. The park is open daily from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Find out more about the park’s regulations at [email protected]

7. Take a train through Thailand’s longest railway tunnel, Khun Tan Railway Tunnel

Located nearby the national park yet better known, Khun Tan Railway Tunnel traverses a gigantic mountain between Lamphun and Lampang. Not only is it Thailand’s longest railway tunnel, it also took the longest – 14 years – to build.
Though the scenery around the tunnel is lovely, the history behind it is not.

With no drilling machines, the backbreaking work was carried out by opium-fueled Chinese laborers, as the substance grants a superhuman ability to breathe underground for 8 hours per day.

As for the construction part, Isaan (Thai Northeasterners) slaves broke their neck on the project to save up and buy their freedom.

Ride the train and learn about the local life around Khun Tan area with our Local Expert here: Choo Choo Riding Train to the Longest Railway Tunnel in Thailand

8. Savor longan-based dishes and visit longan farm

Longan is Lamphun’s signature fruit and thus ubiquitous. Thanks to the local savoir-faire, this sweet and juicy fruit has been a staple to the province’s renowned restaurants. One of them is Longan Noodles, where the fruit is braised in the soup and yields a tantalizing scent and taste without spoiling the dish profile. The restaurant also boasts its very own Longan and Pumpkin Salapao (Chinese Steamed Bun) – a recipe you won’t find anywhere else even in Bangkok’s Chinatown.

Another small town charm Lamphun has on offer is this home-style longan farm. The owner, Khun Fai, will be more than happy to welcome you. She’ll also take you to one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand, Wat San Pa Yang Luang.

Large numbers of western tourists are unheard of in Lamphun hence accommodation options are somewhat limited. Yet Lamphun has a few solid digs in the low and mid-range budget (THB400 and up), but none, except for a unique room, aiming at people on a really tight budget (THB300). 

What we didn’t expect is the abundance (considering the size of the city and the very few visitors) of high budget solutions, some of which are still close to the city centre while others can be found farther away especially on the road to Chiang Mai.

Budget options

OYO 723 Lamphun Hostel 

Add: 16/7 Ratchawong road, Muang, Lamphun, 51000 Lamphun, Thailand

OYO 723 Lamphun Hostel is a 2-star property situated in Lamphun. The 2-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a shared bathroom and free WiFi.

Chiang Mai is 30 km from the hotel, while Mae Rim is 45 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chiang Mai International Airport, 28 km from OYO 723 Lamphun Hostel.

Mid-range options

Easy Hotel 2 

Add: 213,Moo.5 Lamphun-Doiti Rd.,.Wiang Yong,Maung,Lamphun, 51000 Lamphun, Thailand

Easy Hotel 2 offers accommodation in Lamphun. Featuring a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge.

At the hotel, rooms come with a wardrobe. At Easy Hotel 2 the rooms are equipped with a desk and a flat-screen TV.
Speaking Thai and English at the 24-hour front desk, staff are ready to help around the clock.

Pantip Boutique Hotel 

Add: 42/1 หมู่ 4 ตำบลเหมืองง่า อำเภอเมือง จังหวัดลำพูน, 51000 Lamphun, Thailand

Set in Lamphun, Pantip Boutique Hotel features a terrace. With a garden, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge.

At the hotel every room includes a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV.

Baankaimuan 

Add: 91 Moo 5, Lamphun, 51000 Lamphun, Thailand

Located in Lamphun, Baankaimuan features free bikes and free WiFi throughout the property. Offering a restaurant, the property also features a garden. Every room includes a terrace with views of the garden.

The units at the bed and breakfast are fitted with a seating area. With a private bathroom, some rooms at Baankaimuan also boast a balcony. The rooms at the accommodation include air conditioning and a desk.

An Asian breakfast is available every morning at the property.

Staff at the 24-hour front desk can provide information on what to do in the area.

Tonkla Boutique Hotel 

Add: 468/12, Charoen Rat Rd., Muang District, Lamphun, 51000 Lamphun, Thailand

Located in Lamphun, Tonkla Boutique Hotel provides 3-star accommodation with private balconies. With a garden, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge.

At the hotel, each room is equipped with a desk and a flat-screen TV.

Tonkla Boutique Hotel offers a terrace.

Deluxe options

Bansappoori 

Add: 369 Moo. 10, Lamphun- Chiang Mai Rd.Tambon Umong, Amphur Muang, 51150 Lamphun, Thailand

Set in Lamphun, 23 km from Changwat Chiang Mai, Bansappoori offers free bikes and free WiFi.

All units feature air conditioning and a TV.

The aparthotel offers a terrace.

Guests can also relax in the garden or in the shared lounge area.

This is rarely a foreign tourist destination. Most farang go to Chiang Mai, and miss the laid back experience of this place. There is little written or spoken English, so unless you speak some Thai, you will need to use body language and work your way about.

Street vendors, noodle shops and night markets can be found in the old city and even if Lamphun is not the best place in Thailand for street food lovers, there’s enough choices for a quick lunch or a cheap and tasty dinner.

What Lamphun lacks in street food, it compensates with its traditional restaurants; and we can name Lamphun one of the best places to try traditional regional food, with quite a few restaurants offering authentic and delicious Northern Thai cuisine at lower prices than in Chiang Mai. If you’re looking for decent western food, the best piece of advice we can give you is to wait until the next destination.

Dao Kanong

Long-standing Dao Kanong has a big selection of Northern Thai dishes. It’s 1.5km east of Wat Phra That Hariphunchai on Th Charoen Rat (Th Chiang Mai-Lamphun).

Add: 340 Th Charoen Rat

Hours: 10am-9pm

Price: mains 60-100B

Noodle & Rice Shops

There is a string of decent noodle and rice shops on Lamphun’s main street, just south of Wat Phra That Hariphunchai.

Add: Th Inthayongyot

Hours: 7am-6pm

Price: mains 30-90B

Get in

This is a fairly small city compared to most places Westerners go. Buses come here from Lampang bus station, and also from Chiang Mai, only 40 km distant. The bus is about 50 baht. The bus station itself is a little out of town, as most are in Thailand, but there are motorcycle taxis and samlors (if you are lucky with the latter) at the bus station. There are no tuk-tuks at all.

We recommend you check the latest bus schedule and price via rome2rio.com

Get around

You either walk, take a samlor, or a motorcycle taxi if you do not have your own transport. It is not all that far to walk anywhere.

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