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Wiang Khum Kham ancient city

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Located just a 10-minute tuk tuk ride from downtown Chiang Mai, the ruins at Wiang Khum Kham ancient city make for a very pleasant half-day trip.

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Just outside downtown Chiang Mai, on the edge of the Superhighway, lie the recently excavated ruins of the ancient city of Wiang Khum Kham. While the ruins themselves aren’t exactly spectacular—several brick temples and pagodas in fairly ruinous states—it is an historically very important site and a visit is made worthwhile by the attractive setting and the fun means of transport provided for your tour of the ruins.

No need to bring your own pony. Photo taken in or around Wiang Khum Kham ancient city , Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

No need to bring your own pony. Photo: Mark Ord

Although there are thought to be at least 40 ruined temples in the ancient city, many still lie unexcavated under gardens and suburban houses. At present some 20 or so sites have been cleared of earth and vegetation and lie scattered amid the leafy gardens and lanes of this quiet residential suburb. There are also a couple of more recent, but attractive, functioning temples that have been constructed adjacent to ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 900 words.)


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