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Tham Luang Pha Wiang Cave

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Please note the cave has now returned to a natural state so bring all lights and do not expect to find any guides or lamps for rent. Thanks Khun Duangjai of update Dec 2009


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LUANG PHA WIANG CAVE

is one of Northern Thailand's largest caves and by far one of the most interesting.
I had the pleasure of visiting this cave with the previous governor prior to it's official opening. Since then, I had the pleasure of returning on at least three more occasions. Although I am not an avid "plunker" I have found this cave with its stalagmites and stalactites to be very interesting and beautiful as have all the people I have taken there.

The Luang Phawieng cave is located about 45 minutes from Lamphun and just past Ban Hong. ( a good day trip out of Chiang Mai, Thailand) As you leave the main road you will travel on a dirt road that runs through a rock quarry. This road runs across a stream and you are at the cave site. You will find food and drink available in the parking area. Accessibility to the cave has been one of the reasons in the past, that it has not been developed into a tourist attraction although it was discovered about 400 years ago.

Legend says that this cave was carved out of the hillside approximately 500 million years ago and a noted place in the past for the robbers of the area to stash their booty, as well at certain periods a storage area for the Lanna royalty to store their gems. It also has been and still is a favorite place for Thai monks as they journey to stop and rest overnight, or for a day or two of meditation.

 


In comparison to the Cave at Chiang Dao which may leave you, feeling a little claustrophobic the Tham Luang Pha Wiang cave is an open and spacious cave. There are some bats but not too many.

The "shimmering curtain" and "precious stones" are highlighted buy signs at present only in Thai. There is a total of 9 chambers in the cave. There are guardrails present where need. The stalagmites and stalactites are in a continual state of creating this natural scene.



If you're going to visit this cave you should dress appropriately and be prepared to pace yourself. It is a fifteen minute climb to the top of the hill in order to enter the cave. You should also carry a bottle of water. There is a handrail along the path to the top to help those individuals who need that little extra boost.

There is being prepared a booklet and signs for the cave in English to match the ones in Thai.

Come and experience Tham Luang Pha Wiang Cave, I know, you'll be happy you did.

 

Wat Phra That Hariphunchai

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Sited in mid-town, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai was built during the reign of King Arthitayarat, a descendant of Queen Chamthewi some 800 years ago.

 


 

A principal landmark is the 46-metre tall golden Chedi which a relic being that  a hair of the Lord Buddha.  having nine-tiered umbrella, made of gold weighing approximately 6,498.75 grams, placing on the top.

The base basically square in shape with a side measuring about 20 metters each.  It present day appearnce is due to the 1443 ad restoration done by the order of the then King of Chiang Mai. 

 

 

 

The temple is a beloved place of worship still this day with it two temple lions guarding the front door to the temple to keep out evil.

On the ground is also housed a Khmer-style Buddha statue along with a destictive square-shaped Chedi as seen above.

According to legend, the lord  Buddha once visited the town near Lamphun on his alms round. He correctly predicted that a man would in the future build a town on that spot and call it Harinphunchai Nakhon.

On every full moon day of the sixth lunar month, there is a celebration of this Wat Phrathat in term of the annual fair.

Of interest in this temple is a large bronze gong which is claimed to be the biggest of its kind in the world.

It is open at 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
The entrance fee is 20 baht.
Visit www.hariphunchaitemple.org for information in Thai only.

 

 
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       ited in mid-town, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai was built during the reign of King Arthitayarat, a descendant of Queen Chamthewi some 800 years ago.A principal landmark is the 46-metre tall golden Chedi which contains a hair of the Lord Buddha, having nine-tiered umbrella, made of gold weighing approximately 6,498.75 grams...

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      on the bank of the Kok River within town area, contains what is believed to be the oldest Holy Relic even before King Mengrai built Chiang Rai. Doi Chom Thong has been a sacred site for aextremely long time. The site was surely reverenced as the home of local spirits before Buddhism arrived in the area.