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Lampang

Highlights
  • Traditional Thai silk
  • Ceramics made of the best china clay
  • Mulberry paper with colorful patterns normally used for making umbrellas

Lampang is a province in the upper northern of Thailand consisting of highlands and forests. The south of the province is the valley of the Wang River. mountain ranges lying in the province are also places visitors can go visit such as the Phi Pan Nam Range which is the source of the Nan River, and the Khun Tan Range which is the boundary of Lampang – Lamphun province. There is the longest railway tunnel in Thailand under the Khun Tan Range.

 

Lampang is the only town in Thailand where horse carts are still found. They are exclusively used for tourists to have a trip around town. The carts are like open-air tricycles. You can’t miss having a horse-cart tour and stop at the City Pillar Shrine which are made of teakwood and surmised to build more than 100 years ago.

Around 5 km from the city, you can go to Wat Phra That Mon Phaya Chae. It is a Temple located on the mountain where you can see a scenic view of Lampang city and get relaxed. Moreover, you can go to Doi Khun Tan National Park. It is in the area of the Khun Tan Range – the natural boundary of Lamphun and Lampang province. Its best known feature is Thailand’s longest railway tunnel. Kiew Lom Dam has a scenic Reservoir suitable for boating and Rafting. You can stay overnight by contacting the national park office.

 

There are many local products you can buy as a present, for example; traditional Thai silk holding different patterns of different districts, ceramics made of the best china clay, mulberry paper with colorful patterns normally used for making umbrellas, lanterns, paper Flowers, or used as wrapping paper.


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.

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), Lampang boasts a long History of human settlements within the Wang River basin, some of which date back more than 1,000 years. Lampang is rich in Archaeological evidence from the kingdoms of Hariphunchai, Lanna, and Burma.

The horse and carriage, a mode of local transportation that has survived the introduction of automobiles to Lampang, is a fun way to explore the surprisingly large town, which features a number of beautiful old temples. The rooster statue, which you are likely to pass along the way, is a much older symbol of Lampang, dating back to the city’s former name, Kukutthanakorn, or City of Roosters, a name that was derived from a local legend about a white rooster that was sent by the Brahmin God Indra to wake the local inhabitants so they could give alms to the Lord Buddha, who was purportedly visiting the town.

On the road from Lampang to Chiang Mai is the Thailand Elephant Conservation Center, the oldest and only government sponsored elephant center in Thailand, where the King’s white elephants are housed, visitors can learn about elephants, and elephant demonstrations are regularly performed.

Lampang city is the capital of the province of the same name, a city that features horse drawn carriages, relaxing riverside bars and restaurants, a number of spectacular Buddhist temples, and a friendly, laid-back local population. Just outside of the city, on the road to Chiang Mai, the Thailand Elephant Conservation Center is one of the premier venues for visitors to learn about elephants and watch elephant demonstrations.

Key Tips

 If you wish to participate in the mahout training course at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center (typically only run during the high season) you must book well in advance.

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