Lamphun, meanwhile, only half an hour down the road from Chiang Mai itself, is one of the oldest cities in the region, founded-as Haripunchai-in the 7th or 8th C. AD by the legendary Queen Chamavadi .Among its many fascinating cultural activity is the gathering of the water of allegiance and carriage in procession to Wat Phra That Haripunchai. While Kon Song (spirit medium) are to be found all over the north, Lamphun’s appear to have special cachet, providing those brave enough to consult them with warning and advice of exceptional shrewdness .So while you should enjoy Chiang Mai to the full, don’t miss the many other locations and activities all over the north.