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Overview

Lampang , also known as Nakhon Lampang , is the provincial capital of Lampang Province. Famous for its horse-drawn carriages and with a rooster 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 1000 years. It is rich in archaeological evidence reflecting ancient civilizations of Hariphunchai, Lanna and Burma. Lampang is the only province in Thailand still retaining horse-drawn carriages as a means of transport within city limit. Visitors can hire such vehicles to tour places such as markets, traditional houses along the river bank and the numerous temples in town.

The Thai Elephants Conservation Center is located in the Thung Kwian forest park in Hang Chat district about 32 kilometers from town on the route to Chiang Mai.

Lampang



What to see

Ban Sao Nak (House of Many Pillars)
Lampang Herb Conservation Assembly
National Elephant Institute (formerly the Thai Elephant Conservation Center)
Wat Phra Kaew Tao
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 rooster in the temple's gate. (It's about 12 km from Lampang town The city seals center.)

Wat Pra That Lampang Luang

Wat Pra That Lampang Luang is a Buddhist temple in Lampang in Lampang Province, Thailand. It is located about 20 kilometers from Lampang. Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, is one of the best 9 destinations in Thailand by BangkokPost in 2009.

The first element, Phra That, means Buddha relic (from Phra meaning Buddha and That meaning essence). The second element, Lampang, is the name of a location in Thailand. The third element, Luang, means great. All together, a loose translation is Temple of Lampang's Great Buddha Relic.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang


The temple buildings have seen today were built in the 15th century, and one of the reasons for the temple's popularity is the relatively pure state of all the temple buildings. Unlike most of the temples in Chiang Mai, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang hasn't been 'improved' to conform to modern Thai ideas about temples. The courtyard is still filled with sand, and the huge main wiharn (prayer hall) is still open on all sides.

The temple is said to enshrine a relic of the Buddha. Such relics are typically bones and ashes believed to be gathered after the Buddha's cremation. The relic is installed in the main chedi of the temple. Viharn Phra Put was rebuilt in 1802, replacing a structure dating from the 13th century.

The wat actually saw battle in the early 18th century as a result of an incident between Burmese troops and a local Man of Merit who was killed near here. After the incident, the Burmese troops took up residence in the fortified monastery. A local fighter named Thippachak rose in arms against the Burmese here with 300 men, gaining access to the monastery via a water channel in the rear. The site where he killed the Burmese commander, Tao Maha Yot, can still be seen as the bullet holes remain in the railings. There are several bullet holes on the railing of the temple, reputed to be fired by legendary folk hero Nan Thipchang, and ancestors of the House of Chao Ched Ton (Seven Princes) which ruled Lanna as a Siamese Vassal during the Thonburi and Early-Mid Ratanokosin eras.

The fame of the site, and its preservation throughout the centuries, is largely due to the belief that the historical Buddha visited here about 2,500 years ago and donated a lock of his hair, which is now enshrined in the chedi.



Wat Pra That Lampang Luang Slideshow


What to Do

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

What to Buy

Elephant Art Work
Handmade Elephant Dung Paper

Where to 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



Where to stay

9 June Hotel
285 Bunyawat Rd., Tumbon Suan Dok, Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Changwat Lampang 52100
Tel: 0 5421 7438, 0 5422 2261, 0 5432 3345
Price Rates : 143 - 612 THB
Number of Rooms : 48 rooms


Arunsak Hotel
90/9 Bunyawat Rd., Tumbon Suan Dok, Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Changwat Lampang 52100
Tel: 0 5421 7344, 0 5421 7532
Price Rates : 220 - 350 THB
Number of Rooms : 20 rooms Unit


Asia Lampang Hotel
229 Bunyawat Rd., Tumbon Suan Dok, Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Changwat Lampang 52100
Tel: 0 5422 7844-7, 08 1568 7638
Website : http://www.asialampang.com
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Price Rates : 490 - 850 THB
Number of Rooms : 71 rooms


Hotel Kim City
274/1 Chatchai Rd., Tumbon Sob Tui, Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Changwat Lampang 52000
Tel: 0 5431 0238-42
Price Rates : 450 - 900 THB
Number of Rooms : 70 rooms


J.B. Park
285 Lampang-Ngaw Rd., Tumbon Phichai, Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Changwat Lampang 52000
Tel: 0 5422 1666, 0 5433 4795
Price Rates : 600 - 2,500 THB
Number of Rooms : 45 rooms


Khelan Nakorn Hotel
18 Suandok Rd., Tumbon Suan Dok, Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Changwat Lampang 52000
Tel: 0 5422 6137, 0 5422 2846-7
Price Rates : 230 - 420 THB
Number of Rooms : 72 rooms


Kim Hotel
168 Bunyawat Rd., Tumbon Suan Dok, Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Changwat Lampang 52100
Tel: 0 5421 7588
Price Rates : 250 - 350 THB
Number of Rooms : 40 rooms


Lampang Hotel
52 Suandok Rd., Tumbon Suan Dok, Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Changwat Lampang 52100
Tel: 0 5422 7311-2
Price Rates : 180 - 380 THB
Number of Rooms : 52 rooms


Lampang River Lodge
330 Moo 11 Ban Lampang Klang, Tumbon Choompoo, Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Changwat Lampang 52100
Tel: 0 2642 5497, 0 5433 6640-1
Website : http://www.lampangriverlodge.com
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Price Rates : 2,500 - 4,900 THB
Number of Rooms : 60 rooms


Lampang Wiengtong Hotel
138/109 Phahonyothin Rd., Tumbon Suan Dok, Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Changwat Lampang 52100
Tel: 0 5422 5801-2, 0 5422 4120, 0 5422 3285, 0 2524 4133-5
Website : http://www.lampangwiengthonghotel.com
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Price Rates : 600 - 3,200 THB
Number of Rooms : 222 rooms Unit


M.R. Palace
5/2 Montri Rd., Tumbon Sob Tui, Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Changwat Lampang 52000
Tel: 0 5422 7912, 0 5422 7228, 0 5422 5357
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Price Rates : 450 - 890 THB
Number of Rooms : 41 rooms


Pin Hotel
8 Suan Dok Rd., Tumbon Suan Dok, Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Changwat Lampang 52100
Tel: 0 5422 1509, 0 5422 2884
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Price Rates : 600 - 1,300 THB
Number of Rooms : 58 rooms


Regent Lodge Lampang
279/3 Phaholyothin Rd., Tumbon Huawieng, Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Changwat Lampang 52000
Tel: 0 5432 3388, 0 5421 7228
Website : http://www.regentthailand.com
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Price Rates : 550 - 990 THB
Number of Rooms : 75 rooms


Romsrithong Hotel
142 Bunyawat Rd., Tumbon Suan Dok, Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Changwat Lampang 52100
Tel: 0 5421 7054, 0 5432 2032
Price Rates : 200 - 800 THB
Number of Rooms : 31 rooms


Somnuek Mansion
111 Soi Seelkusol Robwaeng Rd., , Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Changwat Lampang 52100
Tel: 0 5432 3318-26
Price Rates(Day) : 300 - 400 THB
Price Rates(Month) : 3,500 - 3,500 THB
Number of Rooms : 127 rooms


Tipchang Lampang Hotel
54/22 Thakrao Noi Rd., Tumbon Sob Tui, Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Changwat Lampang 52100
Tel: 0 5422 6501-6
Website : http://www.tipchanghotel.com
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Price Rates : 550 - 1,600 THB
Number of Rooms : 130 rooms


Wienglakor Hotel
138/38 Phahonyothin Rd., Tumbon Suan Dok, Amphoe Mueang Lampang, Changwat Lampang 52100
Tel: 0 5431 6430-5, 0 5422 4470-1, 0 5422 8095-6
Website : http://www.wienglakor.com
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Price Rates : 1,000 - 3,000 THB
Number of Rooms : 100 rooms


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