About Lampang

Lampang is a province in the upper northern of Thailand consisting of highlands and forests.  The south of the province is the valley of the Wang River.  Mountain ranges lying in the province are also places visitors can go visit such as the Phi Pan Nam Range which is the source of the Nan River, and the Khun Tan Range which is the boundary of Lampang – Lamphun province.  There is the longest railway tunnel in Thailand under the Khun Tan Range.


Lampang is the only town in Thailand where horse carts are still found.  They are exclusively used for tourists to have a trip around town.  The carts are like open-air tricycles.  You can’t miss having a horse-cart tour and stop at the City Pillar Shrine which are made of teakwood and surmised to build more than 100 years ago.

Around 5 km. from the city, you can go to Wat Phra That Mon Phaya Chae.  It is a temple located on the mountain where you can see a scenic view of Lampang city and get relaxed.  Moreover, you can go to Doi Khun Tan National Park.  It is in the area of the Khun Tan Range – the natural boundary of Lamphun and Lampang province.  Its best known feature is Thailand’s longest railway tunnel.  Kiew Lom Dam has a scenic reservoir suitable for boating and rafting.  You can stay overnight by contacting the National Park office.


There are many local products you can buy as a present, for example; traditional Thai silk holding different patterns of different districts, ceramics made of the best china clay, mulberry paper with colorful patterns normally used for making umbrellas, lanterns, paper flowers, or used as wrapping paper.

How to go

The Transport Co. Ltd. operates both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned busses to Lampang. Buses leave Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) daily.

Several private busses also provide bus service, including Wiriya Tour,
Tel: 0 2936 2827 and New Wiriya Tour Tel: 0 2936 2205-6.

Regular trains depart from Bangkok's Hua Lumphong Railway Station to Lampang daily. Call 1690 or visit www.railway.co.th for more information.

From Chiang Mai, all trains heading south stop in Lampang, a 2 to 2 ½ hour ride depending on the class of train.

To get to the Thai Elephant Conservation Center is quite easy from Lampang town or Chiang Mai as it is located along Highway No.11 between the two cities. For detailed information from either location visit the FAQ page at the TECC: http://www.changthai.com/knowledge/article/how-to-get-to-thai-elephant-conservation-center

- Bangkok Airway has flights from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to Lampang. For schedule or bookings contact 0 2270 6699 www.bangkokair.com

- Solar Air contact 02-535-2455-6 www.solarair.co.th


Kiu Lom Dam

To reach the Kiu Lom Dam, take the Lampang-Ngao road and turn left at Kms. 623-624 marker, which is about 38 kilometres from town. Then continue for a further 14 kilometres. Constructed for irrigation purpose, it has a scenic reservoir suitable for boating or rafting. At least a half-day tour is suggested. Visitors may opt for staying overnight on raft. Places to see include cliffs, isles and fishing village.

Kiu Lom Dam

Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao

Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang

Some 20 kilometres to the southwest of town in Ko Kha district is Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, a paradigm of temple building of Lanna. The temple itself is prominently sited on a hillock surrounded by wall. The entrance arches, called Pratu Khong, is adorned with fine plaster designs. The wall-less main Vihan houses a bronze Buddha statue called the Phra Chao Lan Thong. To the back is a golden Chedi in Lanna architectural style containing a Holy Relic. Also in the back is another Vihan with beautiful murals on wooden walls, said to be the oldest in the North. The temple also has a large collection of ancient wooden utensils.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang