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Unseen Little Bhutan of Northern Thailand

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Overview

Discover the little-known town of Lampang on the outskirts of Chiang Mai by local train. Explore the city centre and the amazing architecture then head to an area known as Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat or little Bhutan for a short hike to amazing views of the area.
 

 

Itinerary

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Unseen Little Bhutan of Northern Thailand
- Full Day
This morning, be picked up at 08:30 and taken to Chiang Mai train station for a train departing at 08:50 bound for the town of Lampang. The journey is about 2 hours and passes through some impressive scenery along the way. This is a clean train with Air-Condition. The countryside of northern Thailand is a site to behold and there is no better way to view it than from the comfort of this 2nd class train seat. 

On arrival in Lampang, be met by the guide. Lampang is a small traditional Northern Thai town and in parts is like stepping back in time. It is common to see the locals travelling by horse drawn carriages. Lampang has quite a long history dating back to the 7th century when Queen Chammathewi the first ruler of the Lamphun area founded the town to give her son a place to govern after her death.

After disembarking from the train, head down to the riverside for a walk around the main town center. See how the locals live their daily life, unchanged for centuries but still embracing aspects of the modern world. There are some beautiful spots to stop along the way, cafes and restaurants. Be sure to look up while strolling along Talad Gao Road in Lampang as the buildings have some of the most fantastic architecture. The recommended stop for a coffee is Melan café, however this is not open daily. On the walk through Lampang. Stop at Wat Koh Walugaram and marvel at the preservation of this unique temple. If visiting on Saturday or Sunday, there is a local art gallery open further down the street.

After the morning walk, head to a vintage noodle shop along the road and sample the traditional Northern Thai style of cooking egg noodles. The café’s posters and wall artwork are interesting and the food is delicious.

Then,  head by van for a 1 hour drive to an area known as Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat or little Bhutan.

On arrival at the visitor center at the foot of the mountain, switch to a songtaew (a local open-air bus) to be taken to the starting point of the hike. Then embark on a medium level hike up the mountain. The path has a metal walkway with railings for half of it but then it’s pretty rocky so it is recommended to wear sturdy climbing shoes and have a reasonably high level of fitness. Be aware of the temperature too (Lampang is one of the hottest regions on the planet so be sure to take on lots of water and sunscreen). All of the hard work of the climb is well worth it though with amazing sights that most visitors to Thailand don’t know exists.  

The site at the top is one of the best views in Thailand and the temple is like nothing else in Thailand. The Stupas are seated on top of the rocks at the top of the mountain and it feels like a smaller and untouched version of Bagan in Myanmar. Embrace the spiritual atmosphere here and take some time to relax. With some luck, there may be some local monks on the walk. The walk is approx. 30 mins up and 30 mins back down.

Having spent some time embracing the spectacular views over the Northern Thailand, head back down to thesongtaew van and then relax in the comfort of an Air-Conditioned van for a transfer back to Chiang Mai for the evening (approx. journey time back to Chiang Mai 2 hours and 40 mins). (L)

Important Information


Our services include:
-Meals as mentioned (Lunch).
-English speaking guide
– Tours and transfers as mentioned by private Air
-Conditioned vehicle
– Entrance fees for mentioned visits
– Tips for driver
– Drinking water
-Accidental Insurance
Our services do not include:
– Other meals than mentioned
– Other services than mentioned
– International and domestic flights
– Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
-Tips, travel insurance

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