Lamphun is a bit what I remember Chiang Mai to be 20 years ago. Lovely people, amazing temples and not much tourism infrastructure. This is part of the charm of Phaya Inn. Owner/manager Kit is a US trained Thai women with impeccable English and a love for Lamphun. She and her family set us up with bikes, maps, suggestions for food (there is maybe just a couple of restaurants in town) and set us on our way into town. The Phaya Inn is just outside the small downtown core, so the bike was definitely useful. It is a clean, quiet hotel that is very good value for money. Typical of Thai hotels the beds are on the firm side but we slept fine. If you are headed north to or south from Chiang Mai, worth the stopover for a slower pace. We had a great time here. Met some amazing local people and were sorry to leave. Check out the silk production across the road from the Inn. Incredible. Also the Add Up restaurant in town is one of very few options. Do not be deterred by the somewhat cheesy interior appearance. The food is actually quiet good and the outside seating very nice once the heat lifts at the end of the day. A real find was the Note Espresso cafe. Best coffee in Thailand I think. Run by a bunch of cool guys. It is not far from Wat Hariphunchai. It is near number 66 on the tourist map (I think) on the north east side of the old city - just inside the old moat. If you like coffee worth the trip!
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- Simply Lanna Living - finest accommodation in LamphunPhaya Inn is located only 22 km from Chiang Mai, in the historical city of Lamphun or originally known as Haripunchai, a province with a stretching history of more than 1,300 years. ... more less
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