Sanpatong Buffalo Market and Wiang Tha Kan
Every Saturday hundreds of farmers come to buy and sell buffalo and cattle in the Sanpatong district (about 30 miles from Chiang Mai city). A lively wet market has sprung up next to the buffalo market where you can get everything from fish sauce to furniture — even motorcycles!
After experiencing the market, a trip to the ancient city of Wiang Tha allows you to take in heritage and architecture, which is nearly 800 years old. The site houses 20 temples and pagodas as well as pottery and countless Buddha images that reflect the glory days of the Hariphunchai and Lanna periods in the 13th century.
At Wat Tha Karn, you’ll find an eye-catching array of sacred Lanna-style Buddha images and ancient Chinese Sangkhalok porcelain painted with golden Lopburi-style patterns. Wat Sri Nawarat, is home to an 18th-century teakwood Buddha image and is famous for its beautiful murals inspired by the King Rama V-era.
After a lunch of local dishes at an old Lanna-style wooden house, you’ll visit a doll museum comprised of a collection of intricate handmade dolls crafted by local artisans.
A great activity for those travelling with children, and equally as impressive for those who aren’t. Buffalos, shopping, temples, Buddhas, and dolls — you couldn’t ask for a more diverse day.
This is definitely one to write home about!
*Private tour, departing every Saturday
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