Many regard Lamphun as an extension of its more populous neighbour, Chiang Mai, perhaps because the two are only 26km apart. They are linked by a modern highway, but motorists who are not in a hurry prefer taking the old scenic route.
Phra That Hariphunchai is one of the top destinations in Lamphun.
Celebrated as one of the most beautiful stretches of road in Thailand, this is a two-laner lined on both sides by towering dipterocarps _ what Thais call ton yang na. Planted during the reign of King Rama V (1868-1910), these magnificent trees have now grown to a truly impressive size.
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