By train the journey from Phitsanulok to Lamphun is scheduled to take from 6 to 7 hours depending upon which train you take.
Trains Times from Phitsanulok to Lamphun
There are currently 5 direct train services per day from Phitsanulok to Lamphun.
- The fastest train from Phitsanulok to Lamphun is Train #7 departing from Phitsanulok at 13:22 and scheduled to complete the journey in 5 hours 52 minutes.
- The slowest train from Phitsanulok to Lamphun is Train #51 which departs at 04:40 and is scheduled to arrive in Lamphun 7 hours 08 minutes later.
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About Travel to Lamphun
Located 30 km to the South of Chiang Mai, Lamphun is one of the more interesting towns to visit in the Northern Region of Thailand. What makes Lamphun interesting is its long history.
History of Lamphun
Lamphun is believed to been established in the 7th Century and permanently inhabited ever since. Although in modern times Lamphun is medium sized and fairly unimportant town with around 15,000 permanent residents, in the 8th Century it became the capital city of the Kingdom of Hariphunchai under the leadership of the legendary Queen Chamadevi. Queen Chamadevi is credited with being instrumental in the spread of Theravada Buddhism to Thailand.
The Kingdom of Harupunchai lasted until the 13th Century when the city was taken over, first by the Khmer empire, and then by the larger neighbouring Lanna Kingdom based in Chiang Mai. The new Lanna rulers, however, didn’t destroy all traces of the earlier regime. Indeed, as part of the Lanna Kindom the distinctive architecture of the Kingdom of Harupunchai was preserved and celebrated, with Queen Chamadevi treated as one of Thailand’s great folk heros.
Things to See in Lamphun
Unfortunately, the city walls which surrounded Lamphun have long since been removed with the bricks most likely having been used by local people in their own construction projects. The only remaining places of historical interest are the town’s temples, two of which in particular are worth visiting: Wat Phra That Hariphunchai and Wat Chammathewi.
Wat Chammathewi is the lesser visited of Lamphun’s main tourist attraction, party because it’s located about 3 kilometres by road from the town centre.
Wat Chammathewi is, according to legend, the last resting place of the remains of Queen Chamadevi. Evenn if that’s not true it does not detract from the splendour of the larger of the two chedi at the the temple where the Queen’s ashes are said to be entombed. This chedi, which has been named the Suwan Chang Kot Chedi, is one of the best surviving examples examples of Dvaravati architecture. The Dvaravati culture was heavily influenced by India and in this respect was very different to Lanna culture.
The Suwan Chang Kot Chedi is 21 metres tall with five levels. Each level has three niches on each face of this flat side structure. Within each niches is a Sri Lankan style statue of the Lord Buddha. It’s impressive and unusual, and very few people come to see it.
Wat Phra That Hariphunchai
Wat Phra That Hariphunchai is the main temple in Lamphun, and by far the city’s main tourist attraction. Wat Phra That Hariphunchai was founded in 1150 by one of the last Harupunchai Kings.
The most distinctive feature of Wat Phra That Hariphunchai is its large golden chedi which features on the back of 1 baht coins. Other points of interest at the temple include its large assembly hall which houses a notable 15th Century statue of the Lord Buddha, and it’s second chedi which is another striking example of Dvaravati architecture. The eclectic collection of statues, murals and astromical instruments at the temple are also worth spending some time looking at.