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The provincial capital of Lampang is a mid-sized Thai city which is located 100km from Chiang Mai and can be reached by road and by train. Lampang is home to some outstanding temples and traditional wooden houses. The charming city of horse drawn carriages and province with the king’s stable of white elephants at the Thailand Elephant Conservation Center.

Famous for its horse-drawn carriages and sporting a rooster on its provincial emblem (the bird also honored with a large statue in the center of town)

Most visitors simply visit Lampang to see the Thailand Elephant Conservation Center, bypassing Lampang town on their way to Chiang Mai and provinces farther north. However, while the elephant center is certainly a must-see attraction, those willing to spend some time in the provincial capital are generally surprised by the charming and somewhat unusual town and province of Lampang.




1. Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Some 20 kilometers to the southwest of town in Ko Kha district is Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, a paradigm of temple building of Lanna. The temple itself is prominently sited on a hillock surrounded by walls. The entrance arches, called Pratu Khong, is adorned with fine plaster designs. The wall-less main vihan (ordination hall) houses a bronze Buddha statue called the Phra Chao Lan Thong. At the end of vihan (ordination hall) is a place where golden chedi in Lanna architectural style containing a Holy Relic situated. Also in the back of the temple, there is another vihan (ordination hall) with beautiful murals on wooden walls, said to be the oldest in the North. The temple also has a large collection of ancient wooden utensils.Opening hours: 8am-5pmGetting there: By Car: Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang is located in Tambon Lampang Luang, around 18 kilometers from town. Take the Lampang-Thoen Road and turn at Km 586 toward the Ko Kha District Office. Then, turn right for 2 kilometre and take an entrance turn for 1 kilometre. A blue bus service to the temple is available in town on Rop Wiang Road.



2. Wat Phra That Doi Phra Chan

Wat Phra That Doi Phra Chan is perhaps one of the most beautiful and least known Buddhist temples in Lampang Province, Thailand. Not even on the official tourist map for Lampang, this temple is seldom visited by Thais from the provincial capital and even less frequently seen by foreigners. Although quite easy to get to from Lampang’s capital, visiting this temple will give even the most intrepid travel a truly off the beaten path Thailand experience.

The best way to reach Wat Phra That Doi Phra Chan is by motorbike or car from Lampang’s provincial capital or rent a car in Lampang at airport and drive heading south along Highway 1 until turning off for the temple. The signage to reach this temple is not that good so the best way to find it would be to use Google Maps. The location can be found here.



3. Wat Phra Phutthabat Sutthawat

Wat Phra Phutthabat Sutthawat, acclaimed as an “Unseen Thailand” attraction with striking scenic rocky cliffs around the temple itself. It’s worth taking a bus up the mountain and strolling along the 800-metre winding path to enjoy the dramatic and panoramic view of many small white-washed pagodas positioned on rock peaks. Here, the footprints of the Buddha are enshrined in the crown of the pagoda.



4. Chaeson National Park

A major place for relaxing vacation in Lampang is Chae Son National Park in Mueang Pan District. This national park is a lush forested and mountainous region. The main attraction is the hot spring with a 73 degree Celsius water spring over rocky terrain. The heat from the hot spring providing a misty and picturesque scene which is particular beautiful in the morning. There are bathing facilities for visitors to touch the great quality of mineral of hot spring here too. Only one kilometer away is Chae Son Waterfall which is the 6-level waterfall with clear water flowing through high mountains. There are accommodations and camping areas for visitors too.



5. Thai Elephant Conservation Center

This 300-acre area consists of an elephant hospital and training school, which help to conserve the Thai elephants and protect them from extinction.

Thai Elephant Conservation Center, founded in 1993 under Royal Patronage, cares for more than 50 Asian elephants in a beautiful forest. The 120-hectare area consists of an elephant hospital and training school, which help to conserve the Thai elephants and protect them from extinction.



6. Wat Si Rong Muang

Wat Si Rong Muang is a Burmese temple in Lampang, which is interesting for it's building's architecture and the very richly decorated interior. Several Mandalay-style Buddha images from Burma are located in the large teak wood Viharn, which was built around 1905 and took 7 years to complete. Burmese workers employed by the British at the time built the temple to make merit.

The Wat Si Rong Muang is located on Takrao Noi road on the South bank of the Wang river in the Western part of Lampang town, a little over 1 kilometer off Highway AH2. The easiest way to get there is by songthaew or horse drawn carriage.



7. Wat Pong Sanook Nuea

Wat Pong Sanook is presumed to have been built during the reign of king Ananda which was the heir of Jamadevi of Hariphunchai (Lamphun province in today). It was awarded the UNESCO Heritage of the Year in 2008.This award was given for the old building which preserved its original architecture. The building holds a remnant of a collection of paintings. The combination of Thai, Chinese and Burmese blended beautifully together. The structure of the temple is a mahogany open space in the middle of the four statues. Each face turned to the four directions. The three-storeyed roof is beautifully decorated. Including the rectangular pillars of the temple is a beautiful pattern appears almost everywhere. And around the top of the temple was decorated with a small number of 1,080, this is the origin of the name of the temple that used to be called.



8. Kad Kong Ta Walking Street

Lampang's famous walking street, If you are in Lampang on a Saturday or Sunday night, then go to this market. It’s Kad Kong Ta in Lampang.Along both sides of the road, you will find plenty of food, restaurants, desserts, souvenirs, and much more that you can buy. By now, you should be able to guess that Kad Kong Ta is none other than the town’s famous walking street.

One of the most attractive things about the walking street is the century old building Mong Gnoy Sin. The building is made of concrete and wood, and has a beautiful Burmese design. Notice the intricate patterns on the wood. Many artists agree that this Burmese-style building is the most beautiful in Thailand.



9. Lampang Cultural Street

Lampang Cultural Street is also known as Wang Nuea Road. It is located right outside the old remains of the city wall and received its name from the great effort that the community put into protecting their history and culture for the next generations. Apart from the town gate that defended Thailand from the enemies in the past, other significant historical sites include Gu Jao Ya Suta, the gorgeous arch doorway of Wat Kak Kaew, and the viharn of Wat Pratu Pong with the elegant Lanna architecture. You will also see horse carriages running along this road as the prime mode of transportation that survived the industrialization era and still exists as a charm of Lampang today.



10. Dhanabadee Ceramic Museum

Lampang is famous throughout Thailand for its ceramics and iconic ''chicken bowl''. You can buy them everywhere on the road that leads to Lampang city and at the markets. There are several ceramic factories that you can visit in the province but the Dhanabadee Ceramic Museum is probably the most interesting because it is, that's what they say, they who built the first ceramics factory in the province.

Their museum traces the whole history of Lampang ceramics and the evolutions of the techniques and drawings. What is really interesting is to see the work in action from A to Z and especially the ceramics' painting. You will also see 2 old ovens. The showroom with the most modern designs is also impressive. And of course there is a shop where you can buy all types of ceramics.


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