A guide to Lampang Province

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, en.wikipedia.org

The province of Lampang is situated in Northern Thailand and is bordered by the following provinces: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Sukhothai, Tak, Lamphun, Phrae and Phayao. The capital city of the province is the city with the same name. Lampang city is situated in the river valley of the Wang River.

The province is of an outstanding natural beauty, being home to mountain ranges and numerous national parks. Besides the natural attractions, there are also numerous cultural treasures situated in the province of Lampang. These cultural attractions are mainly represented by Buddhist temples. The local products are also very popular among visitors, just like the great events and festivals held in the province.

Cultural attractions

Lampang Province is home to numerous Buddhist temples, shrines, old houses and so on. Some of the most popular temples are the following: Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, Wat Chai Mongkhon, Wat Phra That Mon Phaya Chae, Wat Si Rong Mueang, Wat Phra That Sadet, Wat Phra That Chom Ping and so on. Wat Phra That Lampang Luang is perhaps the most representative for Lampang. The temple can be found in the city of Lampang, sitting on a hillock. It is a wonderful Lanna-style temple which is very popular among visitors. Wat Phra That Chom Ping is another Buddhist temple, famous for its amazing look. Wat Phra That Sadet is one of the major temples of Lampang Province and is considered to be 500 years old. Wat Phra That Mon Phaya Chae is another fantastic Buddhist temple which can be found on a hillside, offering amazing views over the city of Lampang.

Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, en.wikipedia.org

Natural attractions

With numerous national parks and other natural attractions, Lampang is very attractive among nature-lovers. Tham Pha Thai National Park, Chae Son National Park, Doi Khun Tan National Park and Doi Luang National Park are all of an outstanding beauty. Probably the best-known national park is the Doi Khun Tan National Park situated in the Khun Tan mountain range. The park was founded in 1975 and occupies a surface of about 255 km². The flora of the wonderful national park is dominated by evergreen forests. The Khun Tan mountain range forms the boundary between Lampang and Lamphun provinces. The Chae Son National Park is also very popular in Lampang. Some of the major highlights of the park are the fantastic hot springs surrounded by forested mountainous area.

Doi Khun Tan National Park, photo by garycycles2/Flickr

Local products

Among the fantastic local products are wood-carvings, the amazing Sa paper, hand-made cotton and ceramics. The ceramics produced in Lampang are considered of the best quality in the whole country. The village of Ban Nam Thong is famous for producing the well-known Sa paper. Visitors of Lampang can opt for such souvenirs made of Sa paper, like decorative flowers, lamps, parasols and so on. The Mae Tha district of the province is famous for the beautiful wood-carvings which make perfect Thai souvenirs.

Festivals and events

There are several festivals and events held in the province of Lampang. The Luang Wiang Lakhon Fair, the Songkran Festival and the Khantok Chang Fair are three examples of them. Probably the most popular are the Songkran Festival and the Luang Wiang Lakhon Fair, but the most spectacular is the Loi Krathong during which thousands of lanterns are released in the night sky.

Lanterns, en.wikipedia.org



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