By train the journey from Don Mueang Airport to Lamphun is scheduled to take from 10 to 13 hours depending upon which train service you take.
Train Times from Don Mueang Airport to Lamphun
There are currently 5 train services a day from Don Mueang Airport to Lamphun.
- Fastest Train: The fastest service from Don Mueang Airport Railway Station to Lamphun is Train #7, departing at 09:20 which is scheduled to complete the journey from Don Mueang Airport Railway Station to Lamphun in 9 hours 54 minutes.
- Slowest Train: The slowest of the 5 train services from Don Mueang Airport Railway Station to Lamphun is Train #109, departing at 14:32, scheduled to arrive in Lamphun 13 hours 11 minutes after departing from Don Mueang Airport Railway Station.
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About Train Travel to Lamphun
Lamphun is a small town located just over 30 km to the South of Chiang Mai. The town’s population is estimated to be around 15,000 and it attracts very few foreign visitors. Lamphun is nonetheless a very important town historically and culturally. Established in the 7th Century, in the 8th Century Lamphun became the capital city of Queen Chamadevi whose newly formed Kingdom of Hariphunchai lasted until the late 13th Century.
Tourist Attractions in Lamphun
Lamphun has two major points of interest for tourists, both of which are temples and associated the culture of the Dvaravati Empire: Wat Phra That Hariphunchai and Wat Chammathewi. The Dvaravati Empire was notable for being heavily influenced by Indian culture and during their time from the 7th to 12th Century as a regional superpower they were instrumental in introducing Buddhism to Northern Thailand.
Wat Phra That Hariphunchai
Lamphun’s most visited tourist attraction is Wat Phra That Hariphunchai. Wat Phra That Hariphunchai is a very famous temple and it’s main chedi appears on the reverse side of 1 baht coins.
Wat Phra That Hariphunchai was eastablished in the middle of the 12th Century, although the temple is believed to have been built on the site of an older temple and the large golden chedi for which the temple is famous is similarly believed to have been built on top of an older chedi containing a holy relic.
In addition to the main chedi, other attractions at Wat Phra That Hariphunchai include the Suwanna Chedi, which is a 15th Century chedi built in what is generally described as either the Mon or Dvaravati style. The large assembly hall, built in 1925, is also worth visiting. It features intricate gold reliefs on wooden panelling, a 15th Century statue of the Lord Buddha, and some excellent wall murals depicting the life of the Lord Buddha.
Wat Chammathewi receives very visitors. It’s located a short way outside of Lamphun and there is less to see there. What it does have, however, is two of the very few surving examples of Dvaravati architecture in Thailand. Both are chedis which are square and features niches containing statues of the Lord Buddha and both were built in the 12th Century.
The taller of the two chedis, the Suwan Chang Kot Chedi, is 21 metres tall. The chedi has five levels, each featuring three niches on each face. The ashes of Queen Chamadevi are believed to be emtombed within the base of the chedi.
The other chedi, the Ratana Chedi, is believed to have originally been around 11 metres tall but has partially collapsed and all that remains is an ornate base.