An introduction to Chiang Mai - Rose of the North
meanwhile, only half an hour down the road from Chiang Mai itself,
is one of the oldest cities in the region, founded - as Haripunchai
- in the 7th or 8th Century. AD by the legendary Queen Chamadevi.
Among its many fascinating cultural activities is the gathering
of the water of allegiance and carriage in procession to Wat Phra
That Haripunchai. While kon song (spirit mediums) are to be found
all over the North,
Lamphun's appear to have special cachet,
providing those brave enough to consult them with warnings and advice
of exceptional shrewdness. So while you should enjoy Chiang Mai
to the full, don't miss the many other locations and activities
all over the North. The Tourism Authority of Thailand will provide
you with all the information necessary to give you the many trips
and seasonal festivities that await you.