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The symbol of Lampang -- bizarrely, perhaps -- is a horse and carriage, and indeed the eponymous provincial capital is the only town in Thailand still using this method of transport.

Lampang was once known as Kukutthanakorn, or City of the Roosters. The name was derived from a local legend that describes a visit by the Lord Buddha. Beforehand, the god Phra Indra was worried that the locals would not wake up in time to give him alms, so he created a white rooster to crow at dawn.

So if you're wondering why there is a statue of a huge white rooster in the centre of town (which you'll pass by on the inevitable horse and carriage tour), now you know.

The provincial capital of Lampang is a mid-sized Thai city which superficially doesn't offer much to travellers but upon closer inspection is home to some outstanding guesthouses, bars and restaurants along and a handful of sights.

Lampang's most famous attraction are its overpriced, cheesy horse carts, but the town also has a collection of wats and an excellent herbal massage spot. Otherwise, the middle of the day is best spent nursing a refreshing drink in one of the city's many riverside drinking holes.


Outside town, the province has a wide range of sights to see, including several sprawling national parks, a baby elephant training centre and historical temples built in both the Burmese and Lanna styles.

The Tourist Bureau is on Boonyawat Road just past the clock tower and city park. They were extra friendly there but not particularly well informed. Even so, it is worth the short walk over there to pick up a free copy of the Lampang Tourist Map they distribute.

Orientation
There is a decent internet cafe (20 baht per hour) now on the corner of Talad Kao and Thipchang, just up from the Riverside Guest House. They also function as a travel agent and have a motorbike for rent.

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Text and/or map last updated on 14th June, 2014.

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Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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Lampang - Bangkok, Morchit ฿767 7h 45m
  •   Bus VIP24 24 21:00
  •   Bus Express XL 20:30
  •   Bus VIP 32 20:20, 20:30
  •   Bus VIP24 24 20:50
Lampang - Bueng Kan ฿793 12h 15m
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Lampang - Khon Kaen ฿570 10h
  •   Bus Express XL 10:00, 17:25, 20:20, 21:20
  •   Bus Express XL 12:15, 17:15, 19:15, 20:15, 22:15
Lampang - Khon Kaen, Chum Phae ฿501 8h 45m
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  •   Bus Express XL 13:15, 18:30, 20:30, 21:30
Lampang - Loei ฿473 6h 40m
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  •   Bus Express XL 20:30, 21:30, 23:30
Lampang - Mahasarakham ฿631 11h 20m
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  •   Bus Express XL 10:55, 16:10, 18:10, 19:10, 21:05
Lampang - Nakhon Phanom ฿807 12h 20m
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Lampang - Roi Et ฿665 12h
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Lampang - Sakhon Nakhon, Sakon Nakhon ฿728 11h 10m
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Lampang - Ubon Ratchathani ฿807 12h 5m
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Lampang - Yasothon ฿723 13h
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  •   Bus Express XL 09:00, 14:15, 16:15, 17:15, 19:05

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