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Lampang, Worth A Visit?

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may i say a big thank you to 99.9% of the people for their very helpful (as always) advice, i will get off to Lampang within the next month, it does sound like a good place to visit.

Heading off to Pai maybe this weekend, been putting that off for far too long !

Drew, i take it you didn't see fit to reply to my comment? thank you 0,01% B)

thanks again guys, your advice is amazing

Thanks Thai visa also

take care everybody & enjoy July !

Kevin

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"I once spent a year in Lampang, I think it was on a Sunday."

-- Khun W.C. Fields :jap:

Nice one! Agree 3,000%.

There's the central temple which is a little unusual, and a recommended restaurant called The Riverside, nothing to do with the same name in Chiang Mai.

The best thing ever to come out of Lampang is the road to Chiang Mai.

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I tend to think that a place is normally as boring as the person visiting it. 

I'm somewhat biased, given that I have lived in Lampang for almost a year now, but I prefer it to CM and hope to be here for a long time. I'm curious to find out from those who do think it's "boring" as to why that is? 

Lampang doesn't have streets full of girl bars, so that naturally rules out a certain subsection of person being able to enjoy the city (and I suspect that, at least partly, answers my above question). But other than that it has plenty to offer... great food, fun local hangouts, a nicer and more chilled walking street than CM, good markets, shopping for almost any need, some beautiful areas for driving and exploring and, best of all, not teeming with farang and tourists on every corner. So I always recommend it for a visit

If you live in or visit Thailand and need to be surrounded by lots of other foreigners then happy days for you if that's your bag but that and girl bars, are the only major differentiators between CM and Lampang, in my opinion. 

Thoughts, if any, are welcome. 

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Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao and Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang are my 2 favourite temples. There's also Ban Sao Nak (big old teak house). Ceramic factories that sell the traditional "chicken" design tableware and also some widely seen blue & white tableware.

Temples

Ban Sao Nak

Chae Son National Park or Khuntan if you have time on the way.

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What is a jungle market?

The "jungle market" is kat wiang, arguably the best known attraction for Thais in Lampang. It is well known for its large selection of forest products ranging from native vegetables, herbs, and edible leaves, to a large variety of the local insect cuisine. But the town itself, like the vast majority of provincial capitals, has little to offer the typical ex-pat who is not integrated into the local scene. The surrounding areas are quite nice, such as heading up due north of town.

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I'm sure I saw a temple with monkeys from the train as we passed out of Lampang. Was I wrong, or are they not an attraction?

Are you sure you weren't pulling out of Lopburi on the train?

My wife agrees with you that it was in fact Lopburi. Sorry for the wrong info.

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Lampang - Ceramic factory is boring .

visit the MINE . where there mining is . you should go there about 3-4 pm . there is a Huge slope , wear a pair of jean and bring some Cardboard with you so you can slide down the slope is really really fun .

and wait till sun set you will see the great gap between the huge sink hole like gap done by the mining . you can take photo of yourself holding the Sun .

- after all this . just drive to the BIG C , there is a Beer Garden . - the Band there is one of the better one in the north .

i sometime drive all the way up to lampang just to have a bottle of beer and their " Kung Opp Hoon Sen " - usually i would spend at least 3-4 hour there till there close .

other then that . is boring tourist stuff . whahhaaha

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Elephant camp and "jungle market" just before Lampang. Horse and buggy rides through the center of town. Wats, bridges, bars and guest houses around the river area. Shopping malls, night market and "entertainment center" in the middle of the city.

What is a jungle market?

A market in the jungle? :rolleyes:

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Lampang - Ceramic factory is boring .

visit the MINE . where there mining is . you should go there about 3-4 pm . there is a Huge slope , wear a pair of jean and bring some Cardboard with you so you can slide down the slope is really really fun .

and wait till sun set you will see the great gap between the huge sink hole like gap done by the mining . you can take photo of yourself holding the Sun .

- after all this . just drive to the BIG C , there is a Beer Garden . - the Band there is one of the better one in the north .

i sometime drive all the way up to lampang just to have a bottle of beer and their " Kung Opp Hoon Sen " - usually i would spend at least 3-4 hour there till there close .

other then that . is boring tourist stuff . whahhaaha

You just made it sound like Disney World, i gotta live there!!

:lol:

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lampang is like chiang mai but alot smaller. its quiet and plesent and there some fun day trips to do as well as night life. the people a friendly as always inthailand and i have great time when im up there. I have a friend that lives up there and does business there 2. so i have a great time but i get around with her so we know where to go but im not sure how it is if you dont know any one. but i suppose its the same every where in the world right.

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sorry i forgot to add this but I stay at the hotel (Kimcity) when im there. its clean, cheap and in the center of town and the owners are really friendly there is a museum up there too that is interestings. called (baan saonuk) i tink the people at the hotel can help with that. horse and carage rides are also an attraction and the hotel can arrange one of those 4 u as well.

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Not a great deal in Lampang for a tourist but - to repeat what someone above said - Ban Sao Nak is OK and Wat Pra That Lampang Luang is good. There's a walking market but it's a fraction of the size of Chiang Mai's. Avoid Riverside restaurant. We're getting a museum but that delight has yet to appear. It's a nice place to live but it's never going to be a major tourist attraction, and for that I'm quite happy.

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sorry i forgot to add this but I stay at the hotel (Kimcity) when im there. its clean, cheap and in the center of town and the owners are really friendly there is a museum up there too that is interestings. called (baan saonuk) i tink the people at the hotel can help with that. horse and carage rides are also an attraction and the hotel can arrange one of those 4 u as well.

cheers Jerry, i have a thai gf from Chiang Mai, and they seem to have 'relatives' in every town!

i will certainly be giving it a trip maybe next month as im off to some lake this weekend as a birthday treat from my Thai friends, it isnt a famous lake either ! i will post after Sunday.

Cheers Kevin

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