The Under Ground Ancient City (Wiang Kum Kam)  
     
  Code: NWKK  
  Duration:  2 HOURS (Tour departs four times a day at 9 a.m., 11.30 a.m.. 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.)  
Special offer:  Free half day Handicraft Tour at Sankampaeng
 
 
   WIANG KUM KAM, THE UNDER GROUND ANCIENT CITY  In 1984, just outside the modern Chiang Mai metropolitan area, archaeologists uncovered the remains of an ancient city. Research concluded that this was the city of Wiang Kum Kam, one of many fortified cities built by King Mengrai as he consolidated his hold on the north. In fact, it appears that Mengrai may have lived at Wiang Kum Kam for a few years before Chiang Mai was constructed. Nearly 20 temple sites have been uncovered in the area, which lies between the Ping river and the Lamphun highway, south of Mahidol Road. The buildings were buried under ground by years of flooding, which apparently is the reason Mengrai eventually moved his capital to Chiang Mai. In fact, the Ping river originally flowed along the north side of the town, but at some point during the Burmese occupation from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, the river changed course and now flows along the west side of the site. The change of course was apparently the final straw which caused the city to be largely abandoned for 300 years.There are more than 20 ancient ruins inside and around Wiang Kum Kam including Wat Chedi Liam, Wat Chang Kham, Wat Pu Pia, Wat Thatkhao, Wat E Kang, Wat Noi,  Wat Ku Koa, Wat Hua Nong, and Wat Pu Song which are dated from the 21st – 22nd Buddhist centuries.  
ITINERARY
  • A pleasant 20-minute journey down river aboard a spacious new and comfortable teak-fitted cruise boat.  Look for ancient pyramid-shaped pagodas appearing on the left before our FISHERMAN’S QUAY destination.
  • We then travel by old-fashioned horse and carriage to Wiang Kum Kam Museum and Information Center. 
  • Back to the horse and carriage through Thawangtan village to view six historical temple remains, As well as ancient sites, you will see orchards, farmland, modern town houses, and some derelict buildings, recycling scrap metal shops, in a hotchpotch of present day Thailand.
  • Return to FISHERMANS QUAY for complimentary refreshments – a chance to sample local fresh fruit and herb juices. Lemon-grass juice is a favorite !
  Tour Rate:  
Private Tour
Price/person:  THB 700
Child discount: <8 yrs. 50% discount
Included:
  • Transportation
  • Admission fees
  • Snacks
  • Horse Carriage
 

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