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Chom Thong

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Some 35 km southwest of Sanpatong, is the busy town and junction of Chom Thong. To the north there's the turn off for Doi Inthanon (49 kms to the summit), and Mae Chaem, to the south route 108 continues to Hot whilst east leads across Lamphun Province to Lampang's Thoen.

Chom Thong market is particularly lively with plenty of hill-tribe peoples from the surrounding Karen and Hmong villages and there are a couple of interesting temples in town. Lots of eating places and good transport links but not really any recommended accommodation so for that you're better off pushing on to Hot, Sanpatong or up towards Inthanon.

Well worth a wander around is Wat Prathat Doi Noi, a hilltop temple just at the exit to town on the Hot road. Set, as the Thai name suggests, on a small wooded hill overlooking the town, is a rather standard looking temple surrounded by one of those odd Buddha, (Disney), park type gardens occasionally found here and there around the country. Gigantic concrete statues of Buddha in various poses and mythological figures and scenes set amongst trees and bougainvillea bushes. It is a good spot for a stroll and a great view back down the valley.

For accommodation in Chom Thong your best bet is the Forest Resort eight kilometres out of town on the way to Doi Inthanon.

Songthaews depart from the central square in front of Wat Prathat Sri Chomthong for all local destinations: Chiang Mai, Sanpatong, Mae Chaem, Doi Tao and Hot. The Wat itself is a large and prestigious Burmese style temple one and, like Wat Prathat Doi Noi, is worth a wander around.

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Text and/or map last updated on 4th November, 2009.

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