Ancient Lanna History Explored

Ancient Lanna History Explored

Lanna influences since the 13th century has made Chiang Mai a unique destination in terms of culture
and traditions. We bring you to one of the few wooden temples still available to meeting
and cooking traditional dishes at the home of a local family.


Chiang Mai’s history dates back to the 13th century, covering most of the northern part of Thailand with the city being the economical, historical and religious centre since it was founded in 1296 by King Mengrai. Known at that time as the Lanna Kingdom (Kingdom of a Million Rice Fields), the kingdom was surrounded by high mountain ranges, lush teak forests and fertile grounds, perfect for agricultural purposes.

Throughout history, the Lanna Kingdom has been a prominent trading post for southern China and has developed its own culture ever since it was dissolved by the end of the 19th century. Formerly known as the Kingdom of Siam, nowadays it is well-known as Thailand.


Ancient Lanna History Explored

08:30 - 14:00

An excursion that captures the essence of what the Lanna Kingdom stood for and takes customers away from the tourism paths to get a sense of ancient Lanna culture and hospitality. We start the morning by heading in southern direction to the Hang Dong district. En route we make a stop at the local Wat Ton Kwen (or Wat Inthrawat as it is also known for) temple. This testimony to the Lanna culture has a special place in the history books and as of today, the open pavilion and viharn remain under the supervision of the Thai Fine Arts Department to closely monitor carried-out renovation work. The aim is to keep the original structures intact as much as possible as one of the few wooden temples remaining in the province.

We end our day in the Hang Dong district, where you will be warmly welcomed by the Ruankaew – Yanon family. They have been residents of this district for many generations and gladly welcome guests into their home. During your time – which includes a short lesson in cooking traditional northern cuisine – guests will immerse themselves into the lives of the family and for a short time, become a part of it. Cooking with northern Thai ingredients and flavours is different from the more well-known Thai dishes but the family is there to support your efforts in putting a home-cooked lunch on the table.

After saying goodbye to the family and thanking them for their hospitality, we head back to Chiang Mai and your booked accommodation.




  • 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 entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Home-cooked lunch at a local family’s house is included (food only)


  • 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 travellers, 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)


  • 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 will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • 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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