The city was founded by the Lanna king Mangrai in 1296 AD, after heavy flooding forced him to abandon his capital city of Lamphun....
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If you are feeling particularly outdoorsy after your stint in Tinkitam and find yourself in the midst of favourable weather, I recommend that you take the trek up to Maenam hill from Ravangla on your way back. It takes about three hours one way and you will be walking through dense forest and an amazing diversity of flora all along. The views from the top, if the skies are clear, are ethereal. It is not a particularly steep trek, so it allows plenty of opportunity to look around and admire the spectacular surroundings.