Four Northern Provinces Trip

Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai (วัดพระธาตุหริภุญชัย)

TRAVEL DATE: 17-20 September 2015
DESTINATION: Uttaradit, Lampang, Lamphun and Tak Provinces
ACCOMMODATION: SuNee Boutique Hotel (Uttaradit), Auangkham Resort (Lampang) and Baan Pailyn (Lamphun)

In mid-September I was invited by TAT Northern Thailand to visit a part of the country that I haven’t been to for a while. The trip was four days long and we visited four provinces. On the trip were ten Thai travel bloggers and myself. I was the only foreigner. The target audience for the places we visited was domestic tourists, but I think some places will be of interest to foreign tourists as well. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click to see the embedded tweets for Day 1, Day 2Day 3 and Day 4.

The following map shows the places that I visited during the trip:



Lom Yen Restaurant,ร้านอาหารลมเย็น,Uttaradit,17.593298 100.130500
Canaan Vineyard,ไร่องุ่นคานาอัน,Uttaradit,17.563939 100.261162
Bor Lek Namphee,บ่อเหล็กน้ำพี้,Uttaradit,17.540217 100.299551
Laplae Tourist Center,ลับแล,Uttaradit,17.600683 100.049845
Phra Si Phanommat Memorial,อนุสาวรีย์พระศรีพนมมาศ,Uttaradit,17.652808 100.039469
Mongkol Radsudjai,มงคล ราษฏร์สุดใจ,Uttaradit,17.653627 100.035841
Krua Chainam Restaurant,ครัวชายน้ำ,Uttaradit,17.645080 100.118697
Ban Koom Textile Group,กลุ่มทอผ้า บ้านคุ้ม-นาทะเล,Uttaradit,17.646676 100.032170
Sunee Boutique Hotel,สุนีย์ บูทีค โฮเต็ล,Uttaradit,17.619949 100.090784
Mae Moh Mine,เหมืองแม่เมาะ,Lampang,18.316371 99.740952
Mae Moh Botanical Gardens,สวนพฤกษชาติ,Lampang,18.344695 99.755633
Lignite Museum,พิพิธภัณฑ์ศูนย์ถ่านหินลิกไนต์ศึกษา,Lampang,18.318110 99.742331
Glowing Buddha,พระพุทธรูปเรืองแสง,Lampang,18.220466 99.577334
Ban Sao Nak,บ้านเสานัก,Lampang,18.294348 99.508061
Sabiang Restaurant,ร้านอาหารเสบียง,Lampang,18.306433 99.526532
Auangkham Resort,เอื้องคำ รีสอร์ท,Lampang,18.295891 99.504738
Wat Phra Kaew,วัดพระแก้ว,Lampang,18.301017 99.508707
Dhanabadee Ceramic Museum,พิพิธภัณฑ์เซรามิคธนบดี,Lampang,18.280366 99.512517
Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai,วัดพระธาตุหริภุญชัย,Lamphun,18.577190 99.008210
Ban Wieng Yong,พิพิธภัณฑ์พื้นบ้านชาวยอง,Lamphum,18.576910 99.011506
Ku Chang-Ku Ma,กู่ช้าง กู่ม้า,Lamphun,18.586821 99.017854
Wat Chamthewi,วัดจามเทวี,Lamphun,18.581747 98.996236
Wat Ban Pang,วัดบ้านปาง,Lamphun,18.109689 98.886458
Baan Pailyn,xxx,Lamphun,17.789372 98.953332
Wat Phra Bat Huai Tom,วัดพระบาทห้วยต้ม,Lamphun,17.725851 98.954400
Maha Chedi Si Wiang Chai,พระมหาธาตุเจดีย์ศรีเวียงชัย,Lamphun,17.735283 98.946804
Iyarawadee restaurant,ไอยราวดี,Tak,16.891757 99.106627
Trok Ban Chin,ตรอกบ้านจีน,Tak,16.867745 99.125137
Wat Sitalaram,วัดสีตลาราม,Tak,16.866138 99.126118
Rattanakosin Memorial Bridge,สะพานสมโภชกรุงรัตนโกสินทร์ 200 ปี,Tak,16.878101 99.120514

Canaan Vineyard (ไร่องุ่นคานาอัน)

PHOTO ALBUM: DAY 1 – Driving from Bangkok, it’s about a five hour trip to Uttaradit. We first stopped for a late lunch at Lom Yen Restaurant in Mueang District. We then visited Canaan Vineyard, which has shades of Tuscany in the main building which houses the coffee shop. Apparently, Cannan was the first vineyard in Uttaradit. Our next stop was to Bor Lek Namphee. The iron ore mines here were used exclusively to make steel swords for Thai kings. There is a memorial here to the blacksmiths. We then drove to Laplae district to explore this town by bicycle. The Phra Si Phanommat Memorial was built to commemorate the community leader of Mueang Laplae. We also cycled to an old wooden house called Mongkol Radsudjai. Our final stop was to Ban Koom Textile Group to visit their museum on local textiles.

PHOTO ALBUM: DAY 2 – On the second day, we drove north from Uttaradit to visit Lampang. Unfortunately, we had heavy rain for much of the day. Our first stop was to see the tourist attractions around Mae Moh Mine in Lampang. Here we visited the Mae Moh Botanical Gardens and the Lignite Museum where we saw some of the old mining equipment including a large dump truck. After lunch, we went to visit a temple on a hill that had a Glowing Buddha. We finished the day by visiting Ban Sao Nak, which is an old residential house in Lampang city.

PHOTO ALBUM: DAY 3 – The third day started with offering alms to monks in front of our hotel. We then went on a pony and trap tour of Lampang. This is a great way to explore the city. Along the way, we visited Wat Phra Kaew, which was one of the temples that housed the sacred Emerald Buddha before it was moved to Bangkok. After the tour we went to Dhanabadee Ceramic Museum where you can see people making pottery. We then left the city and drove 75km Northwest to Lamphun. Here we visited Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai, which is the most sacred temple in Lamphun. After lunch, we visited Ban Wieng Yong Museum which has some interesting information about the life of the Yong people. We then went to see Ku Chang-Ku Ma, which is a burial site in Lamphun for a famed war elephant of Queen Chamathewi & her son’s war horse. We then drove south out of Lamphun city & headed to Li district. Here we visited Wat Ban Pang, which was the first temple for a famous monk.

PHOTO ALBUM: DAY 4 – On our last day, we visited a couple of religious sites in Li district of Lamphun. First we went to Wat Phra Bat Huai Tom where local hilltribe people were offering vegetarian food to monks. Next we went to the nearby Maha Chedi Si Wiang Chai, which is a 64 meter high pagoda. Near here we visited the hill tribe village of Phrabat Huay Tom. We then drove south to Tak where we had a late lunch at Iyarawadee restaurant along the Ping River. We then visited Trok Ban Chin which has some old wooden shophouses originally owned by Chinese traders. Our final stop was to Rattanakosin Memorial Bridge, which was built in 1982 & is 700 meters long. From here, it was about a five hour drive back to Bangkok.

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