Located just 30 kilometers south of Chiang Mai, the quiet town of Lamphun offers travelers a charming escape from busier city streets. Shallow moats and the peaceful Rive Kuang border the capital of the Lamphun Province, where local longan fruits are said to be the sweetest in the country. In fact, each August the town comes to celebrate its harvest during the annual Lam Yai festival.
Adventurous travelers can head about 45 kilometers outside Lamphun to Luang Pha Waing Cave—one of the largest in northern Thailand. This network of underground tunnels is only accessible via a steep uphill climb, but visitors say it’s worth the journey—and the hike.
Lamphun is located in the Ping River Valley between Thanon Thong Chai Range and Khun Tan Range. Buses travel between Lampang bus station and Chiang Mai, and the trip costs about 50 Baht. Motorcycle taxis can take visitors the rest of the way.