A Horse-drawn Ride Through History

A Horse-drawn Ride
Through History

Said to have made contributions to Chiang Mai and its position in Thailand, the archaeological
site of Wiang Kum Kam continues to unveil new historical evidence as you will admire
this former capital aboard a relaxing horse-drawn carriage ride.

WHY THIS TOUR?

The influences of the Mon settlers in Chiang Mai have left numerous traces in and around the Rose of the North. Even before Chiang Mai took its place as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, under the ruling of King Mengrai in the 13th century, these traders put their mark already in the region with evidence of their presence during the 8th-century Haripoonchai era.

Remnants of this period of prosperity are now for the majority available around Chiang Mai’s satellite town of Lamphun (south of the city). One of the best places to see the remains of this area is Wiang Kum Kam, a mere 3 kilometres outside the outermost south-eastern corner Chiang Mai. Guests will admire the peacefulness and the importance of this part for the establishment of Chiang Mai as the capital aboard a horse-drawn carriage.

TRAIL ITINERARY

A Horse-drawn Ride Through History

08:30 - 12:00
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13:30 - 17:00

This private tour departs in the morning or the afternoon, and for 3.5 hours, guests are brought back in time to be the earliest settlements of present Chiang Mai. Accompanied by an English speaking guide, the drive to Wiang (Wiang means ‘Walled City’) Kum Kam is a short one but will recognize the flat land scenes, farmlands and the rural side of Northern Thailand. Upon arrival in the site, your guide will elaborate on the layout and the importance of this archaeological region. Erected by King Mengrai around the 13th century as the new capital after overthrowing the Mon people to establish his presence on the throne, the city has been conquered, flooded and resurfaced after explorers found the site buried under thick layers of mud. The area was restored as a historical park during the 1980s. Surrounded by paddy and village houses, the site has a pleasant rural feel, surprisingly since it is near Chiang Mai. You will enjoy a ride on a horse-drawn carriage to see the best of this scenery.

Being a strategically placed satellite town for the Haripoonchai period and the vastness of this former Kingdom, archaeological projects continue until today. Over the years, researchers have found a marvellous collection of well-maintained pottery, Buddhist sculptures, earthenware moulds and architectural plans that have provided a much better understanding during the reign of King Mengrai up until the late 16th century.

A relaxing half-day excursion ends with thanking the driver of your horse-drawn carriage for touring this historical area of importance as your guide brings you back in comfort to your Chiang Mai hotel.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • Horse-drawn carriage ride at Wiang Kum Kam

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Chiang Mai areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Mae Rim, Hang Dong, Doi Saket, Mae Taeng and Chiang Mai International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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