Lampang is a small town nestled in the middle of the Wang River valley just an hour’s drive from Chiang Mai. It has a myriad of beautiful sights and attractions, combining with unforgettable travel experiences in Thailand. As soon as you arrive in Lampang, you will be overwhelmed by the meditation space of the chapel located in Chae Hom inside the Chalermprakiat Temple on the top of Pu Yak Mountain.
Stopping at the hill of Tham Pha Thai National Park, admiring breathtaking views of the roads from above, breathing fresh air, discover the quiet and interesting life of the people living in clam – a mountainous district in northern Thailand – is a new exploration journey in this Southeast Asian country.
Tham Pha Thai Cave
The entrance to Tham Pha Thai cave is about 30 meter wide. Right at the entrance is a statue of Buddha in which the two sides have two stalactites standing from the ground to touch the ceiling, bearing the symbol of permanence. The Buddha is the interlocking typeface of King Rama VII and members of the royal family.
This cave was formed about 9 million years ago. The highlight is the Lampang rocks dating to about 230 million years. When visiting the cave, no one is allowed to touch the stalks as it will affect their development. The cave is separated into different chambers like Tham Jone and Robbers. This cave has a small entrance and is hidden by sloping cliffs, and you will see a large chamber with a hole that can hold more than 100 people.
Lom Phu Khieo Pond
Lam Phu Khieo is a natural reservoir nesting in a remote valley of Ngao district. One side of the lake are high cliffs and the other is sloping gently. Water in the lake is mysterious green with quiet water. Indigenous people see the lake as a sacred place and use the water in the lake as a holy water, surrounded by large trees.
The North of Lampang
Northern Lampang is rich with dense forests stretching along Phayao Province. Coming here, you will admire the charm of the beautiful rice fields as pictured along the colorful road to Chae Hom district. Chae Hom is quite quiet with cool tropical forests and lush green rice fields. In the midst of the vast rice paddies, there is a very high mountain. Wat Chalerm Phrakiat Phra Chom Klao Rachanusorn temple is at the top of the mountain, built to commemorate King Rama IV. You have to follow the sloping path from the foot of the mountain and climb up the ladder to reach the temple and admire the panoramic views of the valley from above.
From the 7th century, Lampang was part of the ancient kingdom of Dvaravati. By the 11th century, Lampang was occupied by the Khmer empire but from the 16th to the 18th centuries it was under the rule of Myanmar, so the architectural pagodas here were followed almost all of the architecture of the Myanmar.
Phrathat Lampang Luang is one of the most famous and sacred temples in Lampang. The pagoda is located on a high mountain with peaceful and romantic scenery. The highlight of the temple is the large gilded tower located in the center. Around the tower, there are many small Buddha statues arranged in four directions.
The next destination is Chae Son National Park. It’s famous for hot springs with average temperatures of 73 degrees Celsius, spa services and motels.
The elephant conservation center
Going about 30 km out of the city, visitors will go to the elephant conservation center of the National Elephant Museum with entrance fee of 80 baht (over 50,000). Since 1969, this area has been specialized in domestication of elephants as a means of transportation in the logging industry. By 1992, this new center was officially established. Here visitors have the opportunity to sit on the back of elephants, stroll around the sanctuary or see the elephant painting or playing football.
The journey to explore the ancient city of Lampang would be incomplete if you do not set foot to Hang Chat rice field. Here, you can learn and experience the simple life of people in Lampang. You will have chance to observe people catching fish in the sunset or experience the pulling the net on wet rice fields. On every Saturday and Sunday, from 5 pm to 10 pm, Kad Kong Ta Street turns into a food paradise. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy many traditional dishes.
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