Lampang (ลำปาง), also known as Nakhon Lampang (นครลำปาง), a city in the Northern River Valleys of Northern Thailand.

Famous for its horse-drawn carriages and with a cockerel as its provincial emblem, Lampang boasts a long history of human settlements on the Wang River basin, some of which dating back to more than 1,000 years. It is rich in archaeological evidence reflecting ancient civilisations of Hariphunchai, Lanna and Burma.

 


Get in

By plane

Lampang Airport (LPT) is currently served by one daily turboprop (ATR-72) flight by Bangkok Airways [1] from/to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport, with a stopover in Sukhothai. The flight takes less than 1 hour from/to Sukhothai (from 1600 baht) and around 3 hours, including stopover time, from/to Bangkok (2400 baht and up).

The cheaper option is to take a low-cost flight (Air Asia, One-Two-GO, Nok Air) to Chiang Mai, then connect to Lampang by bus (see below).

By train

The Northern railway line from Bangkok to Chiang Mai passes through Lampang. As such, there are several trains in either direction every day. The journey from Bangkok takes 10-12 hours; 2nd class air-con sleeper ticket costs 734-804 baht, air-con seat car is 574 baht (both can be booked online [2]). 2nd class fan sleeper is 150-200 baht cheaper than aircon, but can be booked only at the station.

From Chiang Mai, the trip takes around 2 hours. Express fan car tickets are 23 baht. Air-con car tickets are just over 100 baht and all tickets can be bought at the station only.

By bus

There are many buses going from Mo Chit bus terminal in Bangkok to Lampang. Many of those are continuing on to Chiang Mai. First-class aircon bus ticket costs around 400-450 baht, the trip takes 8-9 hours (as such, overnight buses are recommended).

From Chiang Mai (Arcade bus station), buses are very frequent, and it takes just around 1-1,5 hours to get to Lampang. The price is 40-80 baht, depending on bus class. (as at Nov 2010, first class aircon bus costs B90)

Finally, many buses going from Chiang Mai to various other destination in Central and North-Eastern Thailand have a stop in Lampang. As such, it is usually possible to board a direct service to get where you need to.


Get around

There are no Tuk Tuks, so you either rely on the horse drawn carriages, or on the songteow, which can be hired as like a tuk tuk. If it is not on a fixed route, ask the driver for a price to where you want to go, and make sure that you understand if this is a price for the trip, OR a price per person!


See

  • Ban Sao Nak (House of Many Pillars)
  • Lampang Herb Conservation Assembly
  • National Elephant Institute (formerly the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre)

  • Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao - Temple contains Thailand's second "emerald" Buddha, the other being in Bangkok.
  • Traditional Lanna architecture can be found at Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, which situated at the site of the ancient Lampang city. It is famous for its murals from the 19th century. The city seal features a white cockerel in the temple's gate. (It's about 12 km from Lampang town centre.)
  • Mae Moh Power Plant


Do

  • Get on the horse carriage ride. 60-200 baht.

Buy

  • Elephant Art Work
  • Handmade Elephant Dung Paper
  • Ceramics. Lampang is a major ceramics centre of Thailand. Up and down highway 11 you will find ceramics factories with outlets. An especially good one is Sangchai Outlet, where you can stock up on all the cockerel-laden bowls you need, along with local goodies like khao tan biscuits. It's common to see out-of-town Thai nationals shopping for souvenirs.

Eat

  • Chom Wang Restaurant
  • Pa Pong
  • Relax Pub and Restaurant (332 Tipchang Road 52100, Lampang) - Relax Pub and Restaurant offers both traditional Thai & local Thai food, together with live music every night, opens 5pm.-midnight daily. Relax pub and restaurant attracts people of all ages with a mixture of locals and tourists. The staffs are friendly and english speaking. It is located by the river, a great place to hang out and have fun.
  • Riverside Restaurant
  • Night Market. This is about a kilometre down the road from the clock tower circle (make sure you take the correct road - if in doubt, ask!). On the left at the market entrance on the road is a 711 (where you can buy beer/soft drink to drink with your meal(ask them to open it for you), and there are many assorted food stalls with prices around B50/70 per serve, with tables adjacent.
  • Weekend Walking Street, (Near Riverside Restaurant and Aroy One Baht). On Saturday and Sunday nights, everyone turns out for the walking street! Eat lots of food and buy things!
  • Aroy One Baht excellent, mainly visited by locals but definitely advisable for tourists.

Drink

  • Grandma's Cafe, Corner of Thannon Tipchang and Talat Kao. Cozy coffee shop with internet access, free wi-fi and drinks priced 30-40 baht.