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  • Wat Phra That Lampang Luang
    4.5 stars

    Wat Phra That Lampang Luang is one of the most spectacular wats in Thailand. Set atop a small hill around 20km from Lampang town, it dates back to 1486 and is believed to be one of the oldest wooden buildings in Thailand. The central viharn is open-sided and held up by two rows of massive teak ... read more

  • Walking tour of Lampang's old city
    3.5 stars

    Take a wander through the streets of Lampang to see the highlights of its historical architecture. ... read more

  • Wat Phrakaewdontao
    4 stars

    This prestigious wat is one of several Thai temples to have been an earlier home of the Emerald Buddha, of Bangkok's Wat Phra Kaew fame. Home to a large gold-covered stupa, this attractive wat is set on a slight rise and surrounded by fish ponds. It probably originally dates from the Haripunchai ... read more

  • Wat Chedi Sao Lang
    1.5 stars

    Sao means "20" in the northern Thai dialect and sure enough here you'll find 20 medium-sized chedis in an open setting. They're a mix of Burmese and Lanna styles and there is a small temple on site as well with a Chiang Saen-style Buddha image. A sign says "one can assume they are over one thousand ... read more

  • Wat Sri Chum
    3.5 stars

    Wat Sri Chum is the largest Burmese-style wat in Thailand and until a tragic fire in 1992 was considered to be the most impressive one of its kind in the kingdom. Construction of the original wat began in 1897; following the 1992 fire a large reconstruction was undertaken. According to a ... read more

  • Other temples in Lampang
    3.5 stars

    Aside from the main temples, Lampang is home to an array of attractive minor temples worth a stop for those interested in Buddhist architecture. Wat Chiangrai: An ornate little temple with mirrored tiles stuck to white painted walls, this wat recalls Chiang Rai’s famous Wat Rom Klao or White ... read more

  • Bhumi Lakhon Museum
    4 stars

    This is a great introduction to the history of Lampang, from its founding in the seventh century up until today. The new and very worthy museum on the main roundabout almost next door to the tourist office has unfortunately omitted to put up an English language sign. It’s the large white building ... read more

  • Baan Sao Nak
    4 stars

    An impressive teak house set a short walk north of the river that bisects Lampang, Baan Sao Nak is more than 100 years old -- it was constructed during the reign of King Rama V -- and demonstrates both northern Thai and Burmese influences in its design. Baan Sao Nak means "house of many ... read more

  • Herbal steam and massage
    4 stars

    If there is one thing you must do while in Lampang, it's making the trek out here for a herbal massage and steam. Located within the Lampang Medicinal Plants Conservation Assembly, there is a huge range of massages available and the steam booths are excellent. Do be careful to regulate the ... read more

  • Markets in Lampang town
    3.5 stars

    A rundown of Lampang's main markets, including two evening walking markets that are worth a look. Lampang’s not overly blessed with markets and the main city centre one, Talaat Rassada, just across the old Ratsadapisek Bridge, is barely worth a peek unless you happen to be passing by. Talaat ... read more

  • Wang Kaeo Waterfall
    3.5 stars

    This picturesque waterfall lies at the end of 24-kilometre route 1303, which runs north from the small town of Wang Neua. It's quite a long trip, but the multiple-level limestone falls are lovely and the setting is relaxing and peaceful, making it a good place to bring a packed lunch. The ... read more

  • Than Thong Waterfall
    2.5 stars

    If you're making your own way between Lampang and Phayao, Than Thong Waterfall makes for a comfortable spot to break the ride (or drive). You're certainly not going to travel across the country to experience Than Thong Waterfall, but if you're making your own way between Lampang and Phayao, it ... read more

  • The Khun Tan Loop
    4 stars

    The Khun Tan Loop boasts some spectacular scenery and interesting sights along the way. ... read more

  • The Thai Elephant Conservation Centre
    4 stars

    There are pros and cons of visiting elephants in the tourist trade, but if you have decided to head to one of north Thailand’s camps, then the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre is one of the better ones. ... read more

  • Lampang Elephant Hospital
    4.5 stars

    Established in 1994 by the NGO Friends of the Asian Elephant, this elephant health centre was the first of its kind in the world. It has treated thousands of sick and injured elephants with afflictions ranging from poor diet and general mistreatment to shotgun or barbed wire injuries to more ... read more

  • Thung Kwiang Market
    3.5 stars

    Around 25 kilometres north of Lampang is huge Thung Kwiang Market. Formerly notorious as a ‘jungle market’ Thung Kwiang’s cleaned up its act and concentrates on local produce. Also on Route 11 around 25 kilometres north of Lampang is huge Thung Kwiang Market. Formerly notorious as a ‘jungle ... read more

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