Lampang Tourist Locations
- Another area worth a visit in the southern city is kat kao, or the “Old Market”, located by the bank of the River Wang just off Tipchang Road. At the turn of the century this now quiet area was a seething centre of trade, the town’s main market, and the home of many wealthy tradesmen. Many of their houses remain, an unlikely mix of wooden housing in Chinese, Burmese, Western and Northern Thai styles the latter often indicated by a fan motif on the fronton. In times past the Old Market was an important destination for mule caravans from Yunnan and the Shan States, seething with Chinese Haw, Burmese, Shans, Lao and the indigenous Khon Muang. Today it is a quiet backwater, its mules and bullock carts replaced by the air-conditioned buses and heavy lorries flowing along nearby Phaonyothin Road, the all-weather route which links Bangkok with Lampang and all points north.
- Lampang is unique amongst the cities of the north in that the horse-drawn carriage still survives; indeed, so unusual is this that the pony and cart has become a sort of unofficial symbol of the city. Because of this, and because visitors to Lampang Thai and foreigners alike, like to take a ride in a pony and trap along the banks of the River Wang, it now seems likely that this unusual form of transportation will survive and even flourish.
- The most beautiful temple of Lampang, indeed, many would argue in the whole of north Thailand, is to be found in Ko Kha District, some twenty kilometres southwest of the city.
- Wat Lampang Luang literally, the Great Temple of Lampang was originally a wiang, or fortified temple, protected by massive earthen ramparts. First established in Mon times, during the time of the Kingdom of Haripunchai, the tall central chedi is believed to contain a genuine Buddha relic and is widely revered by Thai people as a whole, as well as the Khon Muang in particular.