Lampang, a northern province that is filled with rich history, charisma of an old city, and a simple lifestyle, is one of the forgotten and underappreciated destinations in Thailand. But once you are here, it is hard to not fall in love with the atmosphere; and one of the places that offers the most authentic “Lampang-ness” is surely Kad Kong Ta.
Originated during the reign of King Rama V, this market ages around 100 years and is located right on the side of the Wang River. Literally means “Pier Road Market” in the traditional Lanna language, Kad Kong Ta is also known as the Chinese Market because there were a great number of Chinese merchants in the area along with Western and Burmese merchants. In the past, this area used to be the main pier of the northern region and the center of wood trading. The wealth of community can be reflected in the high forms of architectural styles including traditional Thai, Lanna, Burmese, Chinese, and the French Gingerbread houses that line up perfectly along both sides of the street.
Nowadays, this market is brought back to life as a night walking street popular among both locals and tourists. Here you will find traditional food and desserts, souvenirs, as well as local products in the most classic ambience.
From Lampang City Center, head toward the Rassada Road and cross the Rassada Bridge. Then turn left toward the Kong Ta community where the market is located.