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Wiang Kum Kam

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This half day tour takes you around the recently excavated site of Wiang Kum Kam, the ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom.


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After first visiting the information centre/museum we will take a horse and carriage to visit the surrounding ancient city excavations.

The ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam was situated in the vast plains of the far north of Thailand, the largest area of flat land at the site of present-day Chiang Mai and Lamphun. It is believed to be the earliest historical settlement in the Chiang Mai area. Archaeological remains excavated at the site, suggest that there has been a long and continuous history of settlement in the area dating back to the 8th century Haripunchai era.

While its riverside location offered certain advantages, the low-lying area was prone to severe flooding during the seasonal rains.

Wiang Kum Kam's status as the Lanna capital was short-lived. By 1286, King Mengrai had chosen a site stretching from the foothills of Doi Suthep peak to the Ping River and declared Nopphaburi Srinakhon Ping Chiang Mai, the permanent capital of the Lanna kingdom.

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