20 Top Sights of Lampang, a City Where Time Means Nothing

Lampang, affectionately known as Nakhon Lampang, shines as the third-largest city in northern Thailand and serves as the bustling capital of both Lampang province and Mueang Lampang district. Rich in history, Lampang has also been referred to as Wiang Lakon and Khelang Nakhon in days gone by. As a thriving trading and transportation hub, this dynamic city seamlessly blends modernity with timeless charm. Visitors to Lampang can expect a delightful fusion of ancient temples, captivating cultural experiences, and friendly locals, all wrapped up in the warm and inviting atmosphere of this enchanting northern Thai city.

Let’s take a trip to Lampang (Thai: ลำปาง, lam-bpaang) where time means nothing and visit 20 must-see tourist attractions in 2022: temples, museums and local architecture, including well-preserved Lannathai heritage sites waiting to be enjoyed by generations to come. Lampang city is a tranquil and fascinating place in northern Thailand, just 109 kilometers from Chiang Mai.

Things To Do

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, the main holy temple of Lampang Province housing the relics of the Buddha, is an ancient and beautiful buddhist temple that is a sacred place of worship and pilgrimage for people born in the year of the Ox, according to Lanna beliefs.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang Chedi

The chedi is the most notable feature of the temple. This massive stupa, erected in 1413 and a beautiful example of ancient architecture, was built in the Lanna style. The bell-shaped masonry Pagan-Lanna chedi is covered in brass plates. Legend has it that the stupa enshrines the hair of the Buddha.

Phra Kaew Don Tao Emerald Buddha

Phra Kaew Don Tao, also known as the Emerald Buddha, is inside the temple. Sitting in a meditative posture and made of jade in Lanna style, the statue has protected Lampang since time immemorial.

Ku Phra Chao Lan Tong

Another point of interest that’s worth seeing is the Ku Phra Chao Lan Tong in the main vihara. It is a large statue of Buddha, 2 meters wide and 3 meters high, according to legend cast by the son of King Tilokarat in 1589 from “a million gold”. By the standards of the ancient Kingdom of Lanna this is equivalent to 1200 kilograms of precious metal.

You can also take a photo with the Khong Arch, which was crafted by ancient royal artisans, and witness the phenomenon of the reverse shadow of the stupa in the hall where the footprint of the Buddha is contains. However, according to traditional customs, only men are allowed to enter this hall.

Lampang Carriage

In front of the temple, you can catch a horse carriage to travel around the ancient city.

Mae Moh Mine

Mae Moh Mine

Mae Moh Mine is the biggest lignite mine in Thailand and is run by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT). It supplies lignite to the Mae Moh Power Plant, where the coal is used to generate electricity.

Mae Moh Power Plant

Despite this, there are many tourist spots within this area, such as the Lignite Coal Mine Study Centre Museum, which provides knowledge about geology and electricity production technology, and the Botanic Garden, a public park full of beautiful plants, which is an excellent destination for people who are fond of taking pictures. A slide on a grass field is also available for your enjoyment.

Mae Moh Botanic Garden

Other must-see places are the Public Park in Commemoration of H.M. the King’s 84th Birthday, which features stunning scenery, and the Bua Tong Field, where flowers bloom from November to December each year.

Mae Moh Public Park Viewpoint

Thai Elephant Conservation Center

Let’s experience the loveliness of Thai elephants at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center. This is a place where elephants are cared for, and sick elephants are treated.

Thai Elephant Conservation Center

There are over 50 elephants in total. Tourists can visit here and do various activities, such as watching an elephant show, riding an elephant to see the local nature, watching an elephant bath, or staying overnight at a home-stay. In addition, you can enroll in a mahout training course and learn how to ride an elephant.

Chae Son National Park

Chae Son National Park, its rich and abundant forestland full of streams, wild animals, and beautiful natural resources, awaits you. Here, the natural hot water pool known as Chae Son Hot Wells is a must. You can boil hen or partridge eggs in the wells, eat the delicious spicy mineral egg salad, or take a mineral bath to brighten your skin.

Chae Son National Park

The mineral bath is an onsen in Thai style. You can also request a private onsen bathroom that is surrounded by nature.

Wat Pong Sanuk Nua

Another important old temple in Lampang is Pong Sanuk Nua Temple. It was constructed in 1223 B.E. (680 C.E.), approximately 1,300 years ago. There are Si Chom Khlai Stupa and Phrachao Phan Ong Vihara, also known as 12-Zodiac Vihara, with stunning and ancient architectural features.

Wat Pong Sanuk Nua

In addition, this temple houses the first city pillar of Khelang Nakhon and a valuable collection of cultural and artistic items. It received the Award of Merit from UNESCO for Cultural Heritage Conservation in Asia-Pacific. This means we must not miss this destination at all costs!

Kad Kong Ta Walking Street

Let’s shop in a vintage atmosphere at Kad Kong Ta Street Market. The street market is held every Saturday and Sunday on Talad Kao Street. Apart from delicious food, local goods, and souvenirs, you will experience the retrospective atmosphere through the buildings along the street.

Kad Kong Ta Walking Street

There are traditional Thai houses in a central-region style, Lanna houses, Burmese houses, Chinese houses, and French gingerbread-style houses. These architectures date back to when Kat Kong Ta, or Chinese Market, was a market with an essential port for transporting goods and a trading hub of Lampang.

Dhanabadee Ceramic Museum

Aside from horse-drawn carriage, another trademark of Lampang is the rooster bowl. To learn more about the famous rooster bowl, you should visit Dhanabadee Museum.

Dhanabadee Ceramic Museum

The museum stages an exhibition on the history of ceramics in Lampang and in general. The original production method of the rooster bowls and the smallest rooster bowl are also on display. Then, at the end of your visit, you can purchase high-quality but reasonably priced ceramic products as souvenirs.

Baan Sao Nak

Ban Sao Nak is an old wooden house built in 19th century by a merchant called Mong Chan Ong. The Burmese-Lanna-style ancient teak house is distinguished by its 116 supporting posts.

Ban Sao Nak

The building was previously used to welcome elite guests and host Khan Tok dinners and auspicious ceremonies. The home is still well-kept and serves as an artistic and cultural museum.

Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Phrachomklao Rachanusorn (Floating Temple)

Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Phrachomklao Rachanusorn, also known as Wat Phra Buddha Bhat Phu Pha Daeng, is on the list of must-see Unseen Thailand places. The temple is situated on a high mountain in the non-hunting area of Doi Phra Bhat in Chae Hom District. It is also known among tourists as the Floating Temple or Sky Temple of Lampang.

Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Phrachomklao Rachanusorn

The temple was previously known as Phra Buddha Bhat Phu Pha Daeng because it houses Buddha’s footprint. The highlight here is White Pagoda floating on a beautiful high peak. The temple is divided into three levels. The first level contains ubosot (an ordination hall) and stupas. The Buddha’s footprint is enshrined on the second level. And the top-level treasures, a golden image of the Buddha and white pagoda, stand beautifully and wonderfully on the mountain peak, making this level a breathtaking viewpoint.

Rassadapisek Bridge

Ratsada Bridge (สะพานรัษฎาภิเศก) is also known as Ratsadaphisek Bridge or Khao Bridge. It is another landmark worth photographing. The locals called this bridge many names, such as Kua Si Kong, Kua Luang, and Kua Khao.

Ratsadaphisek Bridge

This was originally a wooden bridge built by Prince Noranan Chaichawalit, the ruler of Lampang at that time, in 2437 B.E. (1894 CE) to celebrate King Rama V, so it is over 120 years old. The bridge spans Wang River and marks the beginning of Kat Kong Ta Walking Street. People who visit the city should not miss a chance to take a photograph on this spot.

Nakhon Lampang Railway Station

Nakhon Lampang Railway Station

Nakhon Lampang Railway Station is another landmark and lovely spot to photograph. It was built in 2458 B.E. (1915 CE) and featured beautiful architecture, combining Northern Thai and European styles, turning it into a popular photo location for visitors.

Wat Phra Chedi Sao Lang

Phra Chedi Sao Lang Temple is a beautiful temple in the city with a long history, presumably dating back thousands of years. The iconic architecture is a massive main stupa surrounded by another 19 stupas, making up 20 in total. This is also the reason why the temple was named Chedi Sao Lang: sao means twenty.

Wat Phra Chedi Sao Lang

This intriguing sacred place was built in Lanna-Burmese style. Its ordination hall enshrines a buddha statue called Phra Phuttharup Than Chai and a holy beautiful Buddha statue in a subduing evil posture. Besides, a museum displays the ancient artifacts discovered by locals and donated to the temple.

Kao Fu Waterfall

Kao Fu Waterfall

People who love a relaxed trip and ecotourism should not miss the Kao Fu Waterfall in Tham Pha Thai National Park. The artificial waterfall was created by Kao Fu, a hill-tribe Thai, to be an additional water resource in the forest. Later, this location evolved into a natural attraction where tourists can rest and relax.

Kiew Lom Dam

Kiew Lom Dam

Kiew Lom Dam is a popular destination for the locals. You can raft while taking in the scenery. This is a large reinforced concrete dam used to store water. Due to the nearby mountains and lush forests, tourists love to chill out here.

Wat Phrathat Chom Ping

Phrathat Chom Ping Temple is an old temple purportedly constructed during the reign of Queen Chammathewi (Camadevi) and completed during King Tilokkarat of Lanna Kingdom.

Wat Phrathat Chom Ping

Inside the temple contains Buddha’s relics which Lanna People have revered since ancient times. In addition, its ordination hall enshrines the sacred Phra Buddha Chomping Chaimonkon.

Lom Phu Khiao

Let’s visit a hidden gem of Lampang. Lom Phu Khiao is a large and impressive emerald pool in Tham Pha Thai National Park. The pool was said to have formed when the ground collapsed into a vast crater filled with clear turquoise and emerald water.

Lom Phu Khiao

The water is 40 meters deep and has become a habitat for fish. The surrounding areas are limestone mountain cliffs. This is an unseen natural attraction.

Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao Suchadaram

Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao Suchadaram or Phra Kaeo Don Tao Temple is a magnificent, over-1000-year-old temple. It is a significant place because it once housed Phra Kaeo Don Tao, or the Emerald Buddha, for 32 years starting from 1979 B.E. (1436 CE) before the buddha statue was moved to Phrathat Lampang Luang Temple.

Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao Suchadaram

The temple has many sacred objects, including the main massive stupa, which contains Buddha’s hair, a Burmese-style mondop (pavilion) that enshrines an enormous Buddha statue, and a vihara which houses a Buddha statue in a reclining posture that is the same age as the temple. You can also visit Lanna Museum located in the same territory.

Doi Pha Hob

If you want to take the natural scenery leisurely, row a kayak, or sit on a raft, Pha Hob or Doi Pha Hob is an excellent option. This is an incredible natural attraction in Mae Moh District.

Doi Pha Hob

There is a large stream between two cliffs, and you can explore a cave with dazzling stalagmites and stalactites. Then, you can row a kayak amid the beautiful scenery of the cliffs while taking a deep breath of fresh air.

Wat Si Rong Mueang

The original name of Si Rong Mueang Temple is Wat Tha Khra Noi Burma. It was built in 2443 B.E. (1900 CE) by Old Chong Ta Ka In Ta, a wealthy Tai Yai merchant. The temple is well-known for having the most beautiful teakwood vihara in Lampang. It took seven years to build, from 2448-2455 B.E. (1905-1912 CE). The Burmese-style wooden vihara has layered gables and nine finials.

Wat Si Rong Mueang

The Burmese art can also be found in other structures, such as every post of this vihara decorated with mosaics and gold design from the base to the top. This is one of the temples worth visiting.

Pong Yang Khok

Pong Yang Khok

Pong Yang Khok is an old temple with a rich history. It houses Chammathewi Vihara, a beautiful 1300 years old wooden vihara built by Lampang artisans in 13th century of the Buddhist Era. Many aspects of the vihara differ from those of a typical vihara. For example, the crossbeams and the posts were gilded. This vihara enshrines a Buddha statue in a blessing-giving posture. It was designated as a historic site and architecture with significant conservation by The Association of Siamese Architects in 2543 B.E. (2000 CE).

If you’re in Northern Thailand and haven’t decided where to go yet, be sure to check out our list of the most popular things to do in Chiang Mai.

Where to Eat in Lampang

Of course, as in other places in Thailand, you will find many cafes and restaurants in Lampang. However, we recommend that you visit the following sites for lunch or dinner, where your inner gourmet can enjoy the authentic cuisine of this region:

Krua Nuan Hom

Krua Nuan Hom is a beef restaurant. The restaurant’s menu was compiled by Mr. Aod, the highest professional in Thai and Chinese cuisine with more than 30 years of experience. Therefore, each dish tastes genuinely outstanding. Try the beef steak, homemade sausages, roast beef curry, and grilled beef skewers. And don’t forget the fresh tropical fruit salads and ice cream!

Krua Nuan Hom

Khao Soi Pha Boon

Khao Soi Pha Boon is a small cafe located in the middle of the village in a private house. The recommended menu at this place is khao soi. Despite the modesty of this establishment, according to many locals, it serves the most delicious khao soi in Lampang. In addition to Khao Soi, you’ll also find traditional rice noodles. At the same time, food prices here are very reasonable. You’ll love it!

Khao Soi Pha Boon

Chart Somboon

Chart Somboon is another restaurant with delicious food in Lampang that is popular among locals. The most famous and popular dishes here are Pad Thai with shrimp and Tom Yam with shrimp and cream sauce. There are also many other seafood dishes, including salads, soups, and appetizers.

Chart Somboon Cafe

Pang Luang Garden Restaurant

Pang Luang Garden Restaurant this is a restaurant in Lampang that we recommend to every traveler. In our opinion, it should be the very first local restaurant you should visit. We can even say more – this cafe can be called the gastronomic face of Lampang province, where you will find authentic local food for every taste. We highly recommend tasting Pang Luang’s signature ribs “Three Seasons”. The menu is suitable for both adults and children. The restaurant has a small park where your children will enjoy playing, and you can take some pictures as a memento.

Pang Luang Garden Restaurant

Long Jim’s Pizzeria and Pappa Pizza and Steak is highly recommended if you’re craving traditional fast food.

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There are several ways to get from Chiang Mai to Lampang. First of all, by renting a motorcycle in Chiang Mai with our company. Alternatively, you can rent a car from EconomyBookings or RentalCars. If you need a chauffeur-driven car, you can hire a private minibus with a driver for just a couple thousand baht.

You can also take a public bus to Lampang. It will only cost you 110 baht, but it is not a very convenient way to travel since most of the attractions of Lampang are outside the city and you will, in any case, need either private transport or a car with a driver.

Lampang city is located in northern Thailand, about 100 kilometers and an hour and a half drive from Chiang Mai. The trip from Bangkok takes about 10 hours if you drive your car.

Of course! Lampang is worth a visit! It is a beautiful city with a centuries-old history, rich cultural heritage, and many exciting sights. It is also home to some of the most famous temples in Thailand, such as Wat Phra That Lampang Luang and Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao.

Lampang is known for its traditional architecture, its beautiful temples, and its unique culture. It is also known for its delicious cuisine, its vibrant nightlife, and its friendly locals. Additionally, Lampang is known for its natural beauty, with lush forests, rolling hills, and stunning waterfalls. Moreover, it was with the armed rebellion in Lampang hundreds of years ago that the liberation of the Kingdom of Lanna from the Burmese invaders began.

The best time to visit Lampang is from November to February when the weather is cooler and more comfortable. Unfortunately, this is also the peak tourist season when many local and foreign tourists come to the city, so you may have some difficulty booking hotels.

You can easily spend two or three days in Lampang, depending on what you want to do and see. If you explore the city and surroundings, you might want to stay for a week or more. If you are limited to one day, your trip will be exciting and enjoyable either way.

The coldest month in Lampang is January, when temperatures can drop as low as 10°C (50°F). Of course, for residents of Europe or the U.S., this is not too cold weather, but for residents of Thailand, where year-round temperatures stay at 35-38 degrees Celsius, 10 degrees warm is unusual. This is why the northern regions of Thailand, including Lampang, are so popular with locals during the winter months when Thais from Bangkok and southern regions travel to the north to enjoy the cooler weather.

It is advisable to avoid visiting Lampang during the rainy season, which lasts from May to October. The city can be very wet and humid during this time, and some attractions may be closed due to flooding. You should also avoid visiting the city during the smog season, March-April when the air is polluted with smoke from straw burned by farmers after the harvest.

Feel free to ask us if you need a bike rental in Chiang Mai to visit the surroundings. Also, for inquisitive travelers, we have created online guides to the most exciting places in Northern Thailand.

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  1. Lampang is a slice of Thailand that remains somewhat off the beaten tourist trail. With a dash of history, a sprinkle of culture, and a generous serving of natural beauty, this quaint city in the Lampang province is a feast for the senses that leaves travelers wanting more. Often overshadowed by its illustrious neighbor, Chiang Mai, Lampang presents a quieter yet no less fascinating version of Thai allure.

    Imagine strolling through the Kad Kong Ta Street Market – the beating heart of Lampang’s nightlife. As the sun sets, the street comes alive with vibrant stalls offering everything from delectable street food to unique local handicrafts. Yet, Lampang is much more than a delightful gastronomic adventure. Its cultural wealth is apparent in the numerous wats or temples that dot the city. Each has a tale to tell, such as the Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, an exquisite temple dating back to the 13th century that houses a Buddha relic.

    Beyond the city, Nakhon Lampang opens up to the wonder of nature. The Kiew Lom Dam offers a picturesque escape, an ideal spot for a leisurely picnic. Yet, the gem of Lampang’s natural attractions has to be the Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Phrachomklao Rachanusorn, or simply the Wat Chaloem. Nestled amidst the mountains, this temple appears to float above the clouds, offering a truly surreal experience.

    If you’re a thrill-seeker, Lampang won’t disappoint. Rent a motorbike in Chiang Mai and embark on an unforgettable journey to Lampang. With the wind in your hair and breathtaking landscapes at every turn, this adventure promises to be a highlight of your Thai expedition. Whether it’s Cat Motors in Chiang Mai or a local bike rental near your accommodation, options abound for those ready to explore.

    Don’t miss out on the historical Baan Sao Nak as you roam around the city. This 19th-century teakwood house gives you a glimpse into Lampang’s rich past. Also, ensure to catch a train from the heritage-rich Lampang Train Station, a remarkable landmark that has been serving the region since the early 20th century.

    Finally, the essence of Lampang is incomplete without its local communities. Take time to interact with the friendly locals, understand their traditions, and perhaps learn a few Thai phrases. Remember, though, to respect their customs and culture, for this journey is not just about seeing new places but also about gaining new perspectives. As you bid goodbye to Lampang, you’ll realize that this unassuming city has given you memories to last a lifetime. Just like Mark Twain once said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…” – a truth you’ll surely echo as you depart from the wonderful city of Lampang.

    Safe travels!

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