Kum Kam is located between Chiang Mai and Lamphun. It is believed that it
was built by the first king of the Manrai Dynasty, who was the founder of
the Lanna Kingdom in A.D. 1286. 42 historical monuments inside and outside
of the historical city were identified, most in ruins today of which not
much remains, except for two temples which are in active use. Many of the
historical temples consisted of a Viharn and a Chedi, surrounded by a wall.
Today the monuments are spread out in a developed area surrounded by
houses. A good way to explore is by bycicle, which can be rented at Wat Chang
Kam. At this temple is also a small visitor area displaying Thai rural lifestyle and horse carriages, which
offer a nice way to explore the area. At Wat Chedi Liam is
the start and ending point of larger shuttle busses, which offer tours through
Wiang Kum Kam. Wiang Kum Kam is not as touristy and developed as Ayutthaya,
Sukhothai or Sri Satchanalai in the central provinces, but offers a nice
cultural day trip from Chiang Mai and or Lamphun.