Wiang Kum Kam (from/to Chiang Mai City)

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day tour

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Superior

Tour Period: Morning

tour highlights

  • Uncover the city of Wiang Kum Kam
  • 'The Underground Empire'
  • Travel back in time to a lost city
  • Soak in the beauty of this ancient ancestral site
  • Learn about the city's history & rediscovery
  • See the city's sights from a horse-drawn carriage

tour details

Discover the lost city of Wiang Kum Kam – “The Underground Empire”. You’ll immerse yourself in a unique ancient ancestral & archaeological site that was re-discovered in 1974. Wiang Kum Kam was the first capital of the Lanna Kingdom founded by King Mangrai. You’ll learn how the city of Wiang Kum Kam vanished without a trace after an enormous flood. For over 200 years, Wiang Kum Kam became a lost civilization. As you wander through a city that many believed to have existed only in legend, you’ll marvel at the multiple archaeological sites within the ancient rectangular-shaped city wall & beyond. Enjoy round-trip transfers from your hotel in town to Wiang Kum Kam & a tour around the sights by horse-drawn carriage. A truly spectacular site that you cannot miss during your stay in Thailand! Pick up & Drop off at Chiang Mai city

tour description

The lost city of Wiang Kum Kam - "The Underground Empire", an ancient ancestral and archaeological site, was re-discovered in 1974 and designated a historical park in the year 2000. Heralded as a flawless diamond of early Lanna civilisation, the ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam was the first capital of the Lanna kingdom founded by King Mangrai, its first ruler, before he established Chiang Mai as the permanent capital of the Lanna kingdom in 1839 BE (1296 AD). Following a massive flood, the city of Wiang Kum Kam vanished without a trace. For over 200 years, Wiang Kum Kam became a lost civilization buried under layers of earth at depths of 1 to 4-metres. In the minds of most people, experts and laymen alike, Wiang Kum Kam was believed to have existed only in legend, until local residents came across Buddha images under the foundation of the small stupa behind the central sanctuary at Wat Chang Kham. The temple is also known by its original name, Wat Kanthom. A total of 20 archaeological sites including 10 ancient temples were found within the ancient rectangular-shaped city wall and beyond. This tour includes round-trip transfers from your hotel in town to Wiang Kum Kam and a tour around the sights by horse-drawn carriage.

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Meals included: None
    Tour code: CNXITWKK1
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