Wiang Kum Kan is one of the oldest complexes you can see in Thailand. This ancient capital of the kingdom Haripunchai and Lanna was long forgotten, having been accidentally rediscovered just recently.
Dating from the 13th century, this city, which preceded Chiang Mai as the capital of the Lana Kingdom, was abandoned due to a flood of the Ping river. There you will find countless traces of an ancestral way of life, such as stone tables, ceramics and Buddha sculptures.
However the highlight goes to Wat Chedi Liam and to the ruins, scattered throughout the city, now exposed thanks to excavation work. A good way to visit these places is by bike or cart horse.
In the Wiang Kum Kam’s information center you can rent a bicycle for 50 bath or rent a cart horse, with capacity for 4 people, for approximately 300 bath (8,1€ / $9,40) . And also, in this center you can see some of the artefacts found during archaeological excavations.