Recently in the past decade or so, “Lampang” has been mentioned by Thai people more often than it ever had, usually for an inside joke only a real Thai will understand. “Lampang nao mak,” meaning Lampang is really cold, was first introduced in a standup comedy around the same period as the “pop culture” boom. Try saying that to any Thai and you might get a laugh out loud then treated as you are just another native. You are welcome.
Thought often talked about, Lampang is underappreciated and less visited than other northern provinces. This allows this place to remain a quiet, old-fashioned town with its culture and tradition still intact. You can see horse carriages running around town and people living the slow lifestyle. The most significant temple in Lampang is Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao where Thailand’s highest-respected Emerald Buddha was enshrined before moved to Bangkok. Other beautiful temples like Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, Wat Si Bun Rueang, and Wat Phra That Chedi Sao offer interesting Lanna and Burmese architectures. Overall, Lampang absolutely does a great job at combining all the “good” stereotypes of the northland here in one place.
The main reason most people visit Lampang may be the National Elephant Institute (former Elephant Conservation Center) where they can watch daily elephant shows and participate in exclusive elephant training. The most popular souvenirs include elephant art work and handmade elephant dung paper. Nevertheless, Lampang also provides a few stunning national parks for nature lovers with hot springs and waterfalls.
Getting here is not hard. Only jump on the train that goes to the famous Chiang Mai but get off 2 and a half hours before the last stop.