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All you need to know to visit Lampang

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Northern Thailand
601 km from Bangkok
Province of Lampang

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Practical guide to go and visit Lampang

Located just before Chiang Mai on the road to the North of Thailand, Lampang is often overlooked by travelers. Yet the city has one of the most beautiful temples of the north, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang and some other equally interesting temples. It also has the unique peculiarity to offer horse-drawn carriages for transportation instead of the usual tuk-tuks. I am not a big fan of using horses like taht but it is up to you. This is certainly not a city where tourist stay for long but perhaps a step on the road to Chiang Mai.
Also note that air quality in Upper Thailand is very often very bad from end of February to mid-April. Wearing a N95 mask can be recommended (use website or applications to know the AQI level).
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Accommodations in Lampang

Many hotels and guesthouses in Lampang are old and not very fancy but there are also very good accommodations and some friedly homestays. If a advance booking is not necessary, it may be interesting to book 2-3 days in advance to be sure to have a room in the few very good addresses.

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My recommandations

People often ask me what accommodations I recommend in Thailand, here are my recommandations in Lampang.

Guesthouse in Lampang

Hotel in Lampang


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Practical information about Lampang

Here no tuk-tuks but songteaws and horse carriages (this is the only city in Thailand is to provide this type transportation ). You can get to lampang by train, plane or by bus. A bus travel from Bangkok takes 8 hours (online booking available here)

How to go to Lampang ?

Lampang is accessible by train or bus and has a small airport (with only bangkok Airways flights since April 2023). Buses to Chiang Mai stop at Lampang and leave from Bangkok Mochit Bus Termminal ((online booking available here)). Otherwise, by plane, you can fly to Chiang Mai which offers connections to more cities and then take a bus to Lampang.

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My selection of tours & activities in Lampang

See the sunrise at hill temple Wat Doi Prachan Lampang

See the sunrise at hill temple Wat Doi Prachan


We will take off a bit early (05:00AM-05:30AM) in the morning and to get to Doi Prachan Temple and catch the stunning scene of sunrise, fresh air, are exquisite view of Mae Tha valley. Get surprised by themix of culture represeted by the Temple buiding and the Giantic Buddha statue built in Japanese stye. Then head to have breakfast at the Mon-Doi Cafe.

How to get around in Lampang ?

To go around in Lampang there is a bus network that are actually songtaews (shared taxis) yellow and green for trips in the city and marine blue for trips to the cities nearby. So to go to Ko Kha near Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, the emblematic temple of the province, take blue songthaew 2462. Note that if there are no taxis with meters in Lampang, yellow and green songtaews easily leave their bus function to become private taxi.
Train and bus stations are quite eccentric, it will cost up to 100 THB to reach them from your accommodation. But there alos are horse carriages in Lampang. They are the pride of the city but they do not take you everywhere, they are actually different roads in the city where they go. It is alos quite pleasant to travel by bicycle in Lampang. Some guesthouses rent bicycles.

Festivals in Lampang ?

Here is a list of the main festivals taking place every year in Lampang. I mention their dates as soon as they are official on Thai Festivals page.
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Lampang Old Town Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of July

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Other places to see in Lampang

Chae Son National Park Lampang
Chae Son National Park
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The Chae Son National Park is a good complement to the visit of Wat Chalerm Prakiat 10 kilometers from here. Its pretty waterfall on 6 levels and hot springs where you can cook an egg and relax in a mineral bath make it a nice place to finish your day before returning to Lampang.
Chae Son Hot Springs Lampang
Chae Son Hot Springs
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Thailand has many natural hot springs, among which are the Chae Son Hot Springs within the Chae Son National Park 75 km from Lampang city. They are always nice places to relax and have fun boiling an egg.
Wat Akkho Chai Khiri Lampang
Wat Akkho Chai Khiri
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This small perched temple can make an interesting stop on the road to the Wat Chalerm Prakiat mountain temple. It is about 10 kilometers before. It is accessed by a 220 steps Naga staircase. At the top, there is an ordination hall, a chedi, a standing Buddha and a small "magic" room.
Wat Chiang Rai Lampang
Wat Chiang Rai
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Despite its name, this temple called Wat Chiang Rai is in Lampang city. It stands out from the other temples in the city by its whiteness that is reminiscent of a temple near Chiang Rai precisely. In addition to a daytime visit, I also advise you to come see it at night, it is then beautifully lit.
Wat Sri Rong Muang Lampang
Wat Sri Rong Muang
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This temple is a perfect example of Burmese-style Buddhist temple architecture. Built in teak wood in the early 20th century by Burmese workers from Mandalay, its richly decorated main hall is its main attraction.
Wat Sri Chum Lampang
Wat Sri Chum
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This Burmese style temple also worths a visit if you are interested in the architectural styles of the Buddhist temples. Its teak wooden hall is its most representative element but there is also a chedi containing relics of Lord Buddha.

Weather & climate in Lampang

Lampang has a relatively dry climate compared to the neighboring provinces. In winter (from November to March) the weather is sunny and the temperatures pleasant with cool nights and mornings (14-17 °C or less but it is rare). From March to June, it's summer. April is the hottest month with temperature that can exceed 40 °C at the hottest moment of the day. The rainy season runs from May to the end of October but Lampang receives less rainfall than neighboring provinces and rarely suffers from the flash floods like the one taht affected Chiang Mai in recent years. Even in September, the rainiest month, rainfall barely exceeds 200 mm.

The best time to come to Lampang is from November to April. There is no time of year when it is not advised not to come to Lampang although in August and especially in September it rains more.

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When to go to Lampang ?

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How to ask in Thai to go to Lampang ?

I want to go to Lampang / Yak paï ti Lampang.
Where is Lampang ? / Lampang you ti naï ?
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