Charm of Thailand's North
Once viewed as a stopover en route to a more developed province like Chiang Mai, Lampang formerly attracted visitors only few and far between. Nonetheless, the "Town of Horse Carriages" has recently become an up-and-coming destination among Thai and foreign travellers alike. The only city in Thailand that still runs the century-old horse carriage business, Lampang is also known for its quality ceramics and china. Nature is no stranger to this charming city, where a hot spring in Jae Son National Park warms you up with its water at 73 degrees Celsius, and a mountain of bright yellow Thai sunflowers await your visit dutifully. Inside the lush Khun Tarn National Park lies the country’s longest railway tunnel, an exciting trip through which one can take to Lampoon or Chiang Mai province. For fishing and rafting, visit Kew Lom dam for a serene moment.
Lampang's architecture is heavily influenced by Myanmar. Most of the famous temples were built and decorated in Myanmar style - a pattern seen throughout the entire Lanna region. Meanwhile, the nostalgic Kong Ta market has captured the old memories in the wooden residences as shoppers walk through stalls of local merchandise and northern-style food.
Going by bike, on foot, or via horse –drawn carriage is a good way to check out this slow city. Make sure you cross the Wang River on the century-old Rasada Bridge.
Not-to-be-Missed Sights and Activities
Wat Pra That Lampang Luang
This temple is a paradigm of temple building of Lanna where PraGaew Don Tao (The Emerald Buddha) was once enshrined and at every full moon on the 12thmonth of the lunar calendar there will be a ceremonial event to celebrate the auspicious occasion.
Wat Sri Chum
Another popular destination is Wat Sri Chum, the biggest Burmese temple in Thailand constructed over a hundred years ago. The outstanding feature of this temple is in the architectural works that beautifully combined Lanna and Burmese concepts together especially at the preaching hall which is half made of cement and half made of detailed wood carving which indicated the expertise of crafting work.
Take a horse-drawn carriage around town, galloping to visit Lampang's famous landmarks such as the Wang River, the Clock Tower and the old market. Passengers can choose either a big or a small circuit. The carriages wait in front of the old city hall, Tipchang Hotel, Wiang Thong Hotel and Wiang Lakor Hotel.
Thai Elephant Conservation Center
Enjoy all kinds of shows from the gentle pachyderms, who can paint, bathe and play soccer. An elephant trek around the centre is a must. For those who want to get to know the creatures, mahout training is offered, from single-day to 10-day courses.
Sunflower Hill in Mae Moh
An 800,000-sqm field of bright yellow blooming Thai sunflower awaits your visit in November to mid-December at the east of the Mae Moh lignite mine. A sightseeing point nearby also provides a good view overlooking the misty hills. Don’t forget to bring some cardboard for some sliding fun down the grassy slopes of the hill.
Jae Sorn Hot Spring
Get ready to warm up all year long in one of the spring’s nine ponds that simmer away at 73 degrees Celsius. Have a relaxing private bath in the park's hot tub facility or enjoy boiling eggs in one of the ponds.
KaadKongta or Chinese Market
For travelers who relish a simple lifestyle, a visit to KaadKongta or Chinese Market is highly recommended. This old local market used to be highly prosperous during the King Rama IV reign when trading within the country flourished. The arrival of foreign merchants into the country then resulted in the buildings on both sides of the riverbanks to be of various unique European, Chinese and Burmese designs that we are able to appreciate today. On every weekend, this market becomes exceptionally lively as the roads are closed and are subsequently transformed into makeshift walking streets selling handmade souvenir, local products and local food.
Known for their durability and fine workmanship, Lampang's chicken bowls are sential items for many Thai households. The ceramic bowls are on sale in most local markets in the province.
Northern food at its best
Forget the usual central Thai cuisine and indulge in the North's finest delicacy in Lampang. Khao gun jin is a dish with sticky or cooked rice mixed with pork blood, minced pork and beef, wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. Eat it with roasted chilli on the side, with fried garlic and a squeeze of lime juice on top.
Gang ho is a northern-style curry that combines tasty local vegetables and the right amount of chicken meat and pork belly in a thick soup.
Khai pam is cooked eggs with a pinch of salt and chopped spring onion, roasted inside small banana leaf cups, which gives it an irresistible aroma. The dish can be enjoyed either on its own or with a steaming dish of Thai rice.
Khao tan nam tang mo, or rice crackers with syrup, is a perfect snack made from sun-dried round-shape sticky rice mixed with watermelon juice for sweetness and aroma. The rice then is fried at the right temperature for a crispy effect, and is deliciously topped with sweet syrup.
Arrive at your destination in a timely fashion with Bangkok Airways
Lampang and its activities are waiting for you to discover them over a weekend or a longer holiday. Only 45 minutes from Bangkok on a Bangkok Airways flight, the expedition is yours. Bangkok Airways flies round trip from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Lampang, with the award-winning service guaranteed for the sixth consecutive year from Skytrax.
Prepare to be impressed with services that meet international standards, yet casual enough that you can relax. Hot and cold drinks are available on every flight, along with fine cuisine. Read your favourite magazines and surf the internet for free on board and let us pamper you.
|Route||One way All inclusive|
|Bangkok - Lampang||1,590 THB|
|Lampang - Bangkok||1,540 THB|
CurrencyThai Baht (THB)
Electricity/Socket Adaptor220V 50Hz
Time zoneUTC +7
Tel code+66 2
JUN - NOVRainy season - wet and humid
30°C - 35°C
Prepare for rainy days
DEC - FEBCool season - breezy evenings and comfortable weather
26°C - 30°C
Great time for sightseeing
MAR - MAYHot season - sunny and blazing hot
30°C - 40°C
Bring plenty of water when out and about