Lampang is situated on the right bank of Mae Nam Wang and lies 599 kilometers north of Bangkok at the junction of highways of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, with an area of 12,534 sq.kms.
Lampang was once known as Kukutthanakorn, or City of the Roosters. The name was derived from a local legend that describes a visit by the Lord Buddha. Beforehand, the god Phra 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.
Elephant Conservation Centre
Is attached to the Veterinary Section of the Northern Timber Work Division of the Forestry Industry Organization and is the first centre in Thailand to train elephants for the forest work.
The Centre is located in Ban Tung Kiewn, Amphoe Hang Chat, on Lampang-Chiang Mai Highway 32 kms. from Lampang. At the centre, the elephants' activities such as bathing, working, log pushing, etc., are held for show. In addition, the centre has provided elephant riding tourist route.
Doi Khuntan National Park
Is located within Lampang and Lamphun, has an area of 225 square kilometers and an altitude of 1, 272 meters. Access to the park is possible by taking Lampang - Lamphun highway and branching off at km. 47 for 18 kms., but the easiest way is by train to Khuntan station. The Doi Khuntan area was first explored early this century when German engineers were excavating Thailand's longest tunnel (some 1.3 kilometers) on the Bangkok - Chiang Mai railway line. The main trail climbs from Khuntan station to park headquarters and bungalows belonging to the State Railways, a missionary part and the Royal Forestry Department.
Camping sites are also available. Campers must bring their own tents and the camping equipment.
Wat Chedi Sao
(Temple of Twenty Chedis) is also on the right of the bank of Mae Nam Wang, north of town. The temple is attractively set in an open ricefield. The complex is impressive with its Burmese - style bell - like spires.
Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao
On the right bank of Mae Nam Wang is an old building which consists of an impressive chedi on a rectangular base with a round spire topped with gilded bronze plaques. A Burmese-style chapel topped by tiered roofs stands against it. The chapel contains a Burmese style Buddha image with particularly interesting decorations. The chapel probably dates from the late 18th century. Beautiful colours and elaborate harmony make Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao one of Thailand's best examples of Burmese-style temples.
Wat Phrathat Lampang Lunag
Lies some 20 kilometers south of Lampang and is one of the North's finest temples. The chedi towers above surrounding trees. To the left of the chedi is a viharn with a carved wood facade and double - level roofs. Hamonious proportions and exquisite interior decoration make Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang one of the best examples of Northern - style religious architecture.
Thai Airway (Domestics) operates one flight daily to Lampang from Bangkok. Tel. (02) 280-0070 or your travel agent for reservations.
Six daily trains connect Lampang with Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Regular trains depart from Bangkok's Hua Lumphong Railway Station to Lampang daily. From Chiang Mai, all trains heading south stop in Lampang, a 2 to 2.5 hours ride depending on the class of train.
Regular buses leave the Northern Bus Terminal, Phaholyothin Road.