Discover Wiang Kum Kam - Chiang Mai
Trip Guru urges travelers, who want to immerse themselves in the history of Chiang Mai in modern times, to come and visit Wiang Kum Kam. Also known as the “walled city” this ancient archeological site is located in the northern region of Thailand and was built during the 13th century. The first thing tourists will feel once they have stepped into Wiang Kum Kam is a sense of nostalgia, even if it is their first time visiting this site.
Wiang Kum Kam is a large visualization of what the city of Chiang Mai used to be, and though its final days were about 200 years ago, travelers still take their time to visit this attraction. This site is filled with wats (temples) that tower over the passersby. Even if Thailand is known for having some of the most beautiful and popular temples in the world, travelers are surprised to find hidden gems that were not written or mentioned in most travel guides. Wat Chang Kam (Temple of the Elephant’s Burden), for example, is adjacent to the Wat That Noi site and can be easily pointed out because of the elephant figures that are supporting one of its structures. Another would be Wat E Kang (Monkey Tempe). This temple has a bell-shaped chedi and is seated on a high lotus base. It was once inhabited by monkeys, hence, its name.
To better understand and explore Wiang Kum Kam’s rich history, Trip Guru suggests visitors to choose the preferred form of transportation among the three: bicycle (50 Baht), open-air tram (500 Baht), or pony carriage (300 Baht for four people). Tickets can be purchased at the information center, Wat Chedi Liam, and Wat Cham Kam However, for tourists who prefer a more peaceful and intimate viewing journey, going on foot is also a choice – it will be more difficult, but at least they get to learn at their own pace.
Though Wiang Kum Kam is located in the northern region of Thailand, getting there is quite comfortable. The most popular choice is to take a private taxi from downtown Chan Mai, but for the adventure seekers, they may take a tuk-tuk, which will cost them around 100 Baht one way. Taking a songthaew is also an option and costs around 150 Baht. Wiang Kum Kam is opened from 8:30AM to 5:00PM, and admission is free. The best time to visit is between December and January.
What our experts tell about this experience.
There are less ruins here than other temples and old ruins that I've seen throughout Thailand. However, every place holds a history and so does Wiang Kum Kam. I've heard that over the decades, no centuries haven't been kind here. The ruins are more ruined but however you can still see the former brilliance of it. To me it was quite enchanting. Especially when you've read part of it's history!
The hidden ancient palace. That's my best description for it. Once you enter, you will get a whole new vibe! You can walk around or be in a pony carriage. The pony carriage is quite cool but if you're with a big group you would have to seperate since the carriage can hold only 2-3 people. Visiting Wiang Kum Kam was quite enjoying. Seeing the ruins here may not be as big and wide as others throughout Thailand or Cambodia but it is worth a visit for sure.