Welcome to Lamphun
There’s not much fanfare regarding Lamphun's (ลำพูน) status as one of Thailand’s oldest cities. 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 is one of the city’s primary attractions. It’s a beautiful country road, stretches of which are canopied by tall dipterocarp trees.