Lampang is the capital of the province of the same name. The city is about 100 kms south of Chiang Mai. Lampang is on the Wang River which is a major tributary of the Chao Phraya River. It was a major city during the period of the Lanna kingdom. Just as Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai it was part of a Burmese kingdom until the late 18th century. In the late 19th century it became a major centre of the teak logging industry. In this period there was an influx of Shan and Burmese workers which resulted in Shan and Burmese influences in architecture.
The railway from Bangkok reached the city in 1916, six years ahead of Chiang Mai. The city boasts many attractions. There are splendid temples such as Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao, Wat Lampang Luang, Wat Pong Sanuk and many others. The city is known as the city of horsecarts. A visit to Lampang is usually combined with a visit to the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre and the hospital of the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation. Many people visit the city on a day trip from Chiang Mai but we really feel you need two days to enjoy this great city.