A Horse-drawn Ride Through History
A Horse-drawn Ride
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.
08:30 - 12:00
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.