Elephants and horse carts

Lampang city is famous these days for ceramics, horse carts and its prestigious Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. Despite being a city of approximately 250,000, with good facilities and more than its fair share of tourist sites for a provincial Thai town, some of the residents seem to have a distinct feeling of underachievement. Indeed, some even say Lampang is cursed!

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One legend relates how an early king of Lampang mistakenly executed an innocent goddess, Nan Suchada. Before dying, however, she cursed the city — so the city’s current provincial backwater status is all her fault. The city began life known as Kukut Tha Nakorn, or City of the Roosters, supposedly founded in the seventh century by the Mon queen, Cham Thewi from neighbouring Haripunchai. The name was derived from a legend describing an upcoming visit by Buddha. The god 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. It has remained the city’s symbol ever since.

Classic architecture. Photo by: Stuart McDonald.
Classic architecture. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Lampang grew in the shadow of Lamphun. It was rebuilt in the 13th century by King Mengrai as a regional outpost to his new capital at Chiang Mai. After periods of Khmer and Burmese rule followed by incorporation into the Ayutthaya kingdom, the town had to wait until the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries to have its heyday when, as the centre of the hugely profitable teak industry, French and British entrepreneurs, Chinese and Burmese traders, American missionaries, plus Shan and Lao workers ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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Timetable information for travel from Lampang

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Flight Lampang - Bangkok ฿ 2,710–2,966 1h 35m
  •   Economy 10:20, 14:40, 19:00
  •   Economy 08:15, 12:35, 16:55
Bus Lampang - Bangkok ฿ 561–875 8h 30m
  •   VIP 33 20:30, 21:00
  •   Express 42 21:30
  •   Express 40 11:30, 20:00
  •   Express 40 10:45, 20:45, 21:15, 21:40
  •   VIP 33 19:00, 19:20, 20:00, 20:20
  •   Express 42 21:15
Taxi Lampang - Chiang Mai ฿ 1,930–3,200 2h – 2h 50m
  •   Economy
  •   SUV 4pax
  •   Van 9pax
  •   VIP Van 9pax
  •   Economy
  •   SUV 4pax
  •   Van 9pax
  •   VIP Van 9pax
Taxi Lampang - Phayao ฿ 4,100 2h 30m
  •   Van 9pax
  •   Van 9pax

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