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

Understand

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 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 1,600 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 air-con, but can be booked only at the station.

From Chiang Mai, the journey 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 air-con 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 air-con bus costs 90 baht )

Finally, many buses going from Chiang Mai to various other destinations in central and northeastern Thailand have a stop in Lampang. It is therefore usually possible to board a direct service to get where you need to.

Get around

There are no tuk-tuks serving Lampang, so you either rely on the horse-drawn carriages, or on songthaews, which can be hired 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 [3]
  • National Elephant Institute (formerly the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre) [4]
  • 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.)

Do

  • Take a horse carriage ride. 60-200 baht.

Buy

  • Elephant Art Work [5]
  • Handmade Elephant Dung Paper [6]
  • 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

  • Aroy One Baht. Excellent, mainly visited by locals but definitely advisable for tourists.
  • Night Market, (about a kilometre down the road from the clock tower circle (make sure you take the correct road).). On the left at the market entrance on the road is a 7-11 (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 tables adjacent. around 50-70 baht per serving.
  • Relax Pub and Restaurant, 332 Tipchang Rd. Daily, 17:00-24:00. Traditional Thai & local Thai food, together with live music every night. Attracts people of all ages with a mixture of locals and tourists. The staff are friendly and English-speaking. It is located by the river, a great place to hang out and have fun.
  • Weekend Walking Street, (near Riverside Restaurant). On Saturday and Sunday nights, everyone turns out for the walking street! Eat lots of food and buy things!

Drink

  • Grandma's Cafe, corner of Tipchang and Talat Kao Rds. Cozy coffee shop with Internet access, free Wi-Fi and drinks priced 30-40 baht.

Sleep

Budget

  • Baan Sabaidee, 218 Taladkao Rd, +66 54 223612, +66 84 4858482, +66 89 5550880. Wooden colonial house, family-run, clean, great value. 200-600 baht.
  • Kim Hotel, 168 Boonyawat Rd, +66 54 217721 (fax: +66 54 226929). Clean rooms, central location. Often full. 800+ baht.
  • Riverside Guest House, 286 Taladkao Rd, +66 54 227005 (fax: +66 54 322342), [7]. Often full. 400-800 baht.
  • Tonnam/Tonlux Guesthouse, (almost in front of Riverside Guest House on Taladkao Rd). Run by an older, nice Thai couple. They have a small garden access to the small parking lot just in front of Please Bar and Gibbon Bar. Google Map: [8]. 250 baht for a double bedroom, fan with en suite bathroom, can be bargained to 200 if you're alone..

Mid-range

  • Asia Lampang Hotel, 229 Boonyawat Rd, +66 54 227844, [9]. From the bus station, a songthaew charges 40-60 baht. The hotel is a little dated, but clean and the air-con is good. The breakfast is a choice of either two Thai dishes of rice porridge or fried noodle, or toast and jam. There is Internet at the hotel, and an Internet cafe is difficult to locate anywhere near the hotel. 500 baht for a double room including breakfast..
  • Tipchang Lampang Hotel, 54/22 Takrow Noi Rd. Sobtui, +66 54 226501, [10]. Claims to be the only deluxe hotel in Lampang.
  • Wienglakor Hotel, [11]. No prices on website.

Get out

Hang Chat


Routes through Lampang
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Mae SaiPhayao  N noframe S  TakBangkok




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