Lampang Travel Guide, Thailand
Lampang, also known as Nakhon Lampang is the 3rd biggest town in the northern Thailand. It also serves as the capital of Lampang district and Lampang Province. Its traditional names are Khelang Nakhon and Wiang Lakon. It is situated in Want River valley and is bordered by Pi-Pan-Num on east and Khuntan Range on west. In relation to the neighboring provinces, Lampang has a dry climate, winter starts from November and lasts till March.
Besides traditional farming of rice paddy, sugarcane and pineapple also constitute the area’s major crops. Lampang is also called the Horse Carriage City as although the city has been well-connected by 4 lane highways and rail, tourists still use horse-drawn carriages for transportation. As reflected in the traditional products of the city, horse carriages are one of its most remarkable symbols. There are various higher education institutions in Lampang such as a branch of the Thammasat University and Yonok College.
Lampang is situated 600 km away from Bangkok. It is a significant highway hub with one 4-lane highway linking to Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and major highway to eastern Lanna province and Phrae. The city is a primary stop for Chiang Mai-boudn rail, approximately ten hours distance from Bangkok. The Lampang Airport is at present served by the PB Air which operates daily flights via Phitsanulok to Bangkok.
While it is one of the major northern cities that are well-served by rail, road and air, it has been spared massive tourism which alters the character of neighboring cities like Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. Tourists typically stop by to see more famous attractions including Thai Elephatn Conservation Center and Wat Phra That Lampang Luang and then continue proceeding to northern points such as Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai.
The lesser known attractions of Lampang are usually visited only by the local people. These less popular attractions include the Chae Son National Park which is a charming park combining large waterfalls and natural hot springs and Wang Kaeo waterfall.
Several temples are located in the downtown city which were built in Burmese style. Wat Pa Fang and Wat Sri Bunrueang are among the existing examples. The traditional architecture of Lanna may be found at the Wat Phra That Lampang Luang that has been situated at the ancient Lampang site. The place is famous for the murals that date back to 19th century.
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