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A Complete Backpacking Guide to Lampang
Ahh... Lampang, a place I chose to celebrate the 2020 New Year out of nothing but me happening to be there at that time, turned out to be one of the best new year celebrations I have ever had.
When you think of festivities and where to spend it in Thailand, most people will go directly to either Bangkok or Chiang Mai but what I have discovered through many years of backpacking trips around the world, it is a quiet and authentic place like Lampang that will leave a long-lasting impact in your life and that was what happened to me there.
I planned to spend only 2 days in Lampang before heading over to Chiang Mai but I met a local family who we connected and ended up extending my stay for almost a week in Lampang while they show me their belove city.
Equipped with the insider's tips from my local friends there, I have decided to write this travel guide to show you why Lampang should be at the top of your must-visit list in Thailand. Without further ado, here are all the cool things you can do in Lampang according to locals.Table of Contents
- Lampang Itinerary Map
- Thailand Travel Video
- When to Visit Lampang
- Where to Stay in Lampang
- How to Get to Lampang, Thailand
- How to Get from Lampang Bus Terminal to Your Accommodation
- How to Get Around Lampang
- How Many Days to Spend in Lampang
- How Much Money Do I Need For Lampang
- Is it Safe in Lampang, Thailand?
- Internet in Lampang
- Travel Insurance
Two-Days Backpacking Itinerary For Lampang
- Admire the Shan-style Wat Si Rongmuang
- Get a Glimpse of Chiang Rai at Wat Chiang Rai
- Drop by at Wat Srichum
- Admire the Northern-style architecture at Wat Pong Sanuk Nua
- Bike through the Pahmai Road to Baan Louise
- See How the Thai Elites Used to Live at Baan Sao Nak
- Visit Wat Kaew Don Tao Suchadaram
- Walk Around Kad Kongta Night Market
- Visit the huge Wat Phra That Lampang Luang Complex
- Hike Up to See the Temple in the Sky at Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat
- Relax at Wat Doi Prachan
- What to Eat and Drink in Lampang
- Further Reading for Thailand
Lampang Itinerary Map
Thailand Travel Video
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When to Visit Lampang
The best time to visit Lampang is from November to January where the weather is cooler and less humid due to Thai's northern climate making it much more enjoyable to cycle around Lampang.
That said, Thailand in recent years has suffered a lot from air pollution due to the burning season and it is extremely prevalent during Thailand's winter period (December - January) so even though the weather is cooler, your visibility might not be the best. Be sure to buy a face mask if you decided to visit Thailand during this time.
March - April is the hottest and humid period of the year so if you can't handle heat very well, avoid visiting during this time. The air quality may be a bit better during this time but it's not guaranteed.
All the other months are considered to be a rainy season which, even though the weather is a little more manageable than the summer months, you will also be seeing a lot more rain which might prevent you from enjoying the outdoors. Air quality during this time should be better due to rain.
As you can see, the best time to visit Thailand used to be during its wintertime BUT now that the air quality is getting worst and worst, you will have to decide which is more important to you as a traveler, good weather but bad air quality or vice versa.
Where to Stay in Lampang
Budget - Memmoth Hostel In Lampang - 12 USD/Night (Dorm)
Mid-Range - Memmoth Hostel In Lampang - 22 USD/Night (Double Room)
The best hostel/hotel in Lampang. Very new with clean and modern facilities, a lot of greenery in the common area. There is also a cafe attached to the hostel, the free breakfast is amazing, the bed extremely cozy, and you can rent a bike through the hostel. Basically, you will get everything you need to explore Lampang effectively here.
How to Get to Lampang, Thailand
Getting to Chiang Mai, Thailand
In order to get to Lampang, the fastest way is to fly into Chiang Mai International Airport before getting on a train or a bus to Lampang. There are several ways you can get to Chiang Mai, some of which can be direct, and some you will likely have to transit through Bangkok.
From the US, unfortunately, there are no direct flights to Chiang Mai or Bangkok so you will have to rely on transit flights by Emirates, Qatar, or Turkish Airlines from the East Coast or ANA Airlines or Korean Air from the West Coast.
From Europe, you can fly from most popular European hubs like London, Paris, or Frankfurt via Thai Airways or local carriers like British Airways, Air France, or Lufthansa to Bangkok and then you can fly domestically to Chiang Mai. You can also go with Etihad, Qatar, or Emirates if you don't mind transiting.
From within Asia, there are several low-cost airlines offering several routes from many hub cities like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Jakarta to Chiang Mai that transit through Bangkok. AirAsia and Thai Lion Air are great low-cost options and they also provide direct routes from places like China to Chiang Mai.
Getting from Chiang Mai to Lampang, Thailand
By Bus: This is the fastest way to get from Chiang Mai to Lampang. There are 7 buses connecting Chiang Mai Bus Terminal (Arcade 2) and Lampang Bus Terminal operated by Wintour that runs from 7:00 to 17:30. The journey should take about 1 hour 45 minutes and cost around 100 THB per person.
To get a bus from Chiang Mai to Lampang, you can also book through here: Book a bus from Chiang Mai to Lampang, Thailand.
By Train: You can also take a train from Chiang Mai Train Station to Lampang Train Station since it is on the way to Bangkok and there are a ton of trains connecting Chiang Mai and Bangkok. There are around 6 Trains running this route from 5:00 to 22:00. The journey should take about 2 hours and cost around 30 THB (3rd class) - 50 THB (2nd class) per person.
To get a train ticket, I would recommend you go to the train station and get it on the same day you want to depart as there is no official way to book the train ticket online quite yet.
Getting from Bangkok to Lampang, Thailand
If you want to do Lampang as part of a big trip to Thailand, you can also start your journey from Bangkok where you will have 2 options to reach Lampang.
By Train: From Bangkok, you can catch a train from Hua Lamphong Train Station to Lampang Train Station. There are 3 trains at 8:30, 19:35 (overnight), and 22:00 (overnight), the journey should take around 9 hours and it should cost you about 800 THB for a 2nd class seat.
To book a train ticket from Bangkok to Lampang, you can book through here: Book a train from Bangkok to Lampang, Thailand.
By Bus: There is also one overnight bus operated by Ponphriya Bus Express that leaves from Morchit Bus Terminal at 20:20 and you will arrive in Lampang Bus Terminal by 04:50, the next day. The bus costs about 500 THB per person.
Get on the one that goes through Kamphaeng Phet and it should take about 5 - 6 hours before you arrive. The bus should cost you around 200 - 270 THB.
To get a bus from Bangkok to Kamphaeng Phet, you can also book through here, but it comes with fewer options: Book a bus from Bangkok to Sukhothai, Thailand.
Getting from Kamphaeng Phet to Lampang, Thailand
If you are in the process of traveling in northern Thailand as I did and you are currently in Kamphaeng Phet, you have 2 options to travel from Kamphaeng Phet Bus Terminal to Lampang Bus Terminal. One is via a direct bus that leaves at 12:00 PM coming from Bangkok which has a high chance that you might not find any seat.
Another way which is the way I went with is to take the Song Taew to Tak Bus Terminal, which is a bigger hub than Kamphaeng Phet and then get a bus from Tak to Lampang.
The Song Taew from Kamphaeng Phet to Tak will take you about one hour and cost 60 THB. From Tak to Lampang, there are several buses leaving every hour from 7 AM to 3 PM so you can take one of that. The journey from Tak to Lampang takes 2.5 hours and costs 126 THB.
How to Get from Lampang Bus Terminal to Your Accommodation
From Lampang Bus Terminal, you can easily walk to Memmoth Hostel which should take about 30 minutes but if you are with a lot of luggage, you can also take the yellow Song Taew that goes around the city for 20 THB. Simply ask them whether they will pass your accommodation and they should be able to tell you which yellow Song Taew to take.
The same goes for Lampang Train Station if you arrive via a train. You can either walk or take the Yellow Song Taew in front of the train station that goes around the city. Be sure to ask the driver whether they pass your accommodation before you get on.
If the Song Taew doesn't pass your accommodation, you will have to get a tuk-tuk or private taxi to take you there. Be sure to agree upon a reasonable price before you get in the taxi. The price ranged depending on your negotiation skills.
How to Get Around Lampang
By Bike: The best way to get around Lampang is by bike. You can rent a bike for 80 THB for a day at Memmoth Hostel. With this itinerary, except for the last 3 attractions on the list, you should be able to go by bike.
By Rental Car: For Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat, and Wat Doi Prachan Mae Tha, the most convenient way to get there is to rent a car as you will be traveling almost 120 km roundtrip to get to some of these places.
To rent a car for a day, contact Lampang Car Rental on their phone 0982245055, maybe ask the hostel staff to call for you if they do not speak English, and set up a pick-up/drop-off spot (They will deliver the car to Memmoth Hostel free of charge), the type of car, and for how many days.
All you need is a driving license and all should be sorted for you. I rented an all-new Toyota Vios for 1,100 THB for a day with a 2,000 down payment that I got back when I returned the car unscratched. In the end, I spent around 500 THB extra on the fuel for driving to all these 3 remote temples.
By Motorbike: You can also rent a motorbike for around 250 THB per day with a 1000 THB down payment but I think it is overkill if you are just exploring Lampang City. I wouldn't recommend getting a motorbike to the 3 remote temples I recommended above if you are not a strong driver as the distance is quite far and you will be going up and down mountains a lot.
By Horse cart: Lampang is known for its preserved tradition of traveling around town on a horse cart and you can do just that here. They often have a fixed tourist route that they will take you for 200 - 300 THB, taking about 15 - 20 minutes. You can as the Memmoth hostel to organize a horse cart for you as well for the same price.
How Many Days to Spend in Lampang
To complete this itinerary, you will need around 3 nights minimum so that you can have one day exploring the city and another to visit all the remote temples around Lampang. If you are looking to relax a little in Lampang, which I highly recommend than Chiang Mai, you can spend another night or 2 here just trying all the restaurants and awesome cafes in Lampang.
Day 1: Spend the morning visiting all the attractions on one side of the Wang River such as Wat Chiang Rai and Wat Si Rongmuang and the afternoon on the other side such as Wat Kaew Don Tao Suchadaram and Baan Sao Nak, before ending your first day at Kad Kongta Night Market. Before you retire from the day, make sure to organize a car rental so you are ready to visit the remote temples the next day.
Day 2: Spend the second day visiting Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat, and Wat Doi Prachan Mae Tha with your rental car. That should take all day as you will be driving around for about 200 km.
Day 3 (Optional): Go cafe-hopping or restaurant hopping and relax in Lampang.
How Much Money Do I Need For Lampang
From the rough itinerary above, we can calculate approximately how much money you will be spending for a two-days itinerary in Lampang as follows:
Accommodation: With a total of 3 nights in Lampang, you will be paying around 36 USD (1,135 THB)
Food: Food costs about 40 THB maximum and the breakfast is free if you are staying at Memmoth Hostel so you can expect to pay around 160 THB for 2 days in Lampang.
Transportation: You will be paying 80 THB for a day of bike rental, 1,100 THB for a day of car rental, so in total, you can expect to pay 1,180 THB for transportation.
Activities: You will have to pay 50 THB to access Baan Sao Nak, 20 THB for Wat Kaew Don Tao Suchadaram, 20 THB for Wat Doi Prachan Mae Tha, and 270 THB for entry and transportation up Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat so in total, you will pay about 360 THB.
Total Budget for 2 days in Lampang: 2,835 THB (90 USD)
Is it Safe in Lampang, Thailand?
Like most of the less-traveled places in Thailand, it is very safe in Lampang. You might have to negotiate a little with the motor-taxi but other than that, most people you will meet are genuine and so no need to worry too much about getting scammed like in Bangkok or Chiang Mai.
That said, please do exercise precautions like you would when traveling in any foreign country. Do not leave your belongings unattended and watch out for your belongings at all times.
Internet in Lampang
There are 3 major carriers in Thailand, AIS, DTAC, and True, all of which offer a pretty similar range of traveler's packages as well as coverages. I personally use AIS as I have been with them since my first phone and they have a lot of Support Center around Thailand and their coverage hasn't failed me yet so if you are looking for a reliable carrier, I can recommend AIS.
There are 3 packages for tourists, 5 GB for 5 days at 160 THB, 15 GB for 8 days at 299 THB, and 30 GB for 15 days. Depending on how long your trip to Thailand will be, you can pick one of these 3 packages that fit your itinerary the most.
With these 3 packages, you can top-up more in case you need more data or calls for your trip. More often than not, 5 GB is more than enough for me to travel around Thailand for a month.
For more information about Thailand's local sim card: Thailand's Prepaid Data Sim Card.
If you are looking for travel insurance to go along with your trip to Thailand, I would recommend WorldNomads.com, which is what I use to look for travel insurance that fits my kind of adventure.
Two-Days Backpacking Itinerary For Lampang
Admire the Shan-style Wat Si Rongmuang
After you have got your bike for the day from your hostel, one of the first temples you will encounter is Wat Si Rongmuang and you will notice right away from all the other temples you have seen south from here.
Wat Si Rongmuang is a stunning Buddhist temple built in the early 20th Century by a Burmese immigrant in a beautiful mixture of Shan and Lanna architectural style that reminded me of the temples in Mandalay, Myanmar.
Why did the Burmese immigrate built a temple here? Back in the late 19th Century, the teak logging industry here was booming and had brought a lot of immigrants across the border from Myanmar and with them, their own unique style of temple construction hence why Wat Si Rongmuang is so different from all the other temples you have seen.
Within the temple, you will find a richly decorated teak wood hall with building columns covered in glass mosaics and the hall filled with beautiful carvings and Buddha images to the brim.
Wat Si Rongmuang opens from 8 AM to 5 PM although I went around 7 AM and they were already open with not a single person except a monk cleaning the courtyard. The entrance is free but you can donate if you wish.
Get a Glimpse of Chiang Rai at Wat Chiang Rai
After visiting Wat Si Rongmuang, continue riding your bike towards Lampang Clock Tower and from there, turn north and you will arrive at Wat Chiang Rai on your right.
Wat Chiang Rai, as the name refers, is a temple inspired by the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai that is well known throughout the world for its unique, intricate white exterior and its use of reflective glass in the plaster, sparkling in the sun.
Although Wat Chiang Rai may not be as impressive as Wat Rong Khun, it is still a nice place to walk around and observe all the intricate detail of the temple.
The light may not be the best in the morning as the front will be in the shade so I would recommend you come and visit the temple around noon or after that for the best photo you can get.
To the left of the temple, there is another hall with a beautifully decorated interior and an emerald Buddha image you should check out. There is also a nice clean free toilet you can use here in case you are looking for one 😉. It is always good to know where to go when the time comes 🤣.
Drop by at Wat Srichum
Just southeast from Wat Chiang Rai, you will find another Myanmar-style temple called Wat Srichum, another beautiful temple built by the Myanmar-immigrants during the teak logging boom in Lampang in the late 19th Century.
The temple comprises of a golden chedi, an ubosot, an assembly hall, and a stunningly decorated entrance to the ground with the Mandalay-like Pyatthat style roofs that you can see from miles away.
The temple opens every day during daylight hours and the entrance fee is 20 THB per person. The temple is a little further from the rest of the attractions so you will unlikely be encountering many tourists here.
Admire the Northern-style architecture at Wat Pong Sanuk Nua
After you are done exploring this side of the Wang River, it is time to take your bike and cycle across the river to the other side and explore the attractions there. One of the first temples you will encounter on the northern side of the Wang River is Wat Pong Sanuk Nua.
Wat Pong Sanuk Nua is a stunning Buddhist temple built in the late 19th Century with teak wood in a perfect mix of architectural styles between Lanna and Shan and as you guessed it, it was built by the Myanmar immigrants back in the logging days.
The temple comprises of a large stunning golden Lanna-style chedi built on top of a mound reflecting sunlight in every direction, 2 assembly halls, one at the bottom of the mound, and another behind the chedi where it houses a large reclining Buddha image.
The temple is open from 6 AM to 6 PM and the entrance is free for everyone. Be sure to spend some time and walk around the area to see all the beautiful little detail the temple has to offer.
Bike through the Pahmai Road to Baan Louise
As you may have noticed the trend of the attractions we have seen so far, Lampang had a very active teak logging industry in the late 19th Century and early 20th Century.
There is a whole road that was built to house the companies and people who had worked in the industry called Pahmai Road which translates to Forestry Road and it is covered in large trees making it a wonderful place to ride your bike around.
Ride along Pahmai Road until you arrive at Baan Louise, a former residence of Louis T. Leonowens and office of the Louis T.Leonowens company, a teak logging company operated by him.
Louise's mother, Anna was well-known in Siam as the British tutor who tutored King Rama V and her son, Louise grew up together with the king. He then got involved in teak trading later in the years and built this house as an office to his company.
Today, the house was renovated into its former self and it is turned into a small museum where you can see photos of Loiuse and his company and paintings of the houses. The area is very well shaded by large trees making it a perfect place to stroll around and escape the blazing heat of Thailand.
See How the Thai Elites Used to Live at Baan Sao Nak
Not too far from Baan Louise, you will find another beautiful Lanna-style teak wood house called Baan Sao Nak, a large traditional house built in the late 19th Century by a wealthy family of Thai elites where they have preserved most of the antiques and furniture used back in the days and turned their house into a museum.
There are some really old antiques within the house most are with Thai and Mon's origin. You will also be able to see photos of the owners of the houses through the 5 generations from the original owner to the daughter that owns the place today.
Baan Sao Nak, which translates to the house of many pillars, is known for its 116 teak wood pillars that supported the house above it. The entrance fee is 30 THB and you will get a guided tour around the house as well as a free drink and a snack where you can enjoy within the houses garden's vicinity. The house opens from 10 AM to 5 PM every day.
Visit Wat Kaew Don Tao Suchadaram
Wat Kaew Don Tao Suchadaram is the furthest attraction you will be visiting within Lampang city. It is located on the northeastern end of the city but since you are already at Baan Sao Nak, the temple should not be too far away.
Constructed in the 16th/17th Century, Wat Kaew Don Tao Suchadaram is a central temple of this neighborhood that dated all the way back to the 7th Century making it one of the oldest neighborhoods in Thailand.
The temple is a mix of Lanna, Burmese, and Shan architectural styles and it is comprised of a large white chedi, mondop, ubosot, a few assembly halls and best of all, Thailand’s most sacred Buddha image, the Emerald Buddha image.
The entrance of the temple is adorned with extremely detail sculptures of nagas on both sides sliding out from the temple. The amount of detail that goes into carving the patterns of these nagas is mind-boggling!
The temple ground opens from 6 AM to 6 PM. The entrance is free for everyone. There are certain areas where you will have to take your shoes off so be sure to keep an eye out for that while exploring.
Walk Around Kad Kongta Night Market
If you are there on the weekend, be sure to drop by Kad Kongta Night Market where an entire street turned into a night market with shops and street food stalls set up along both sides of the road. The night market opens on Saturday and Sunday starting from 4 PM to 10 PM.
Visit the huge Wat Phra That Lampang Luang Complex
After spending a day exploring all the attractions in the vicinity of Lampang City, it is time to go off the beaten path and explore the surrounding remote temples around Lampang.
One of the largest temple complexes in Lampang is Wat Phra That Lampang Luang located 17 km southwest of Lampang. Wat Phra That Lampang Luang is an old temple built in the 13th Century in a Lanna architectural style surrounded by a fortified wall.
The temple is huge and you can spend about an hour or 2 just walking around, observing all the assembly halls, chedis, and the beautiful Buddha images. The temple opens from 7:30 AM to 5 PM and it is free to enter. Since the temple is so far away, getting there can be quite tricky though.
Getting from Lampang to Wat Phra That Lampang Luang
If you rented a car, getting there should be pretty straight forward. I would recommend you use the app Waze (android/iOS) and punch in the name of the temple "Wat Phra That Lampang Luang" and the app will help you navigate to the temple parking space.
If you are looking for a public transport, it will be a little more complex and might take longer than it should as you will have to hop on Bus #12 from Robwiang Road which should cost about 40 THB to get to Kho Ka and from there you will have to get a motor-taxi to get to Wat Phra That Lampang Luang which will cost you about 120 THB.
You can also charter a bus for 600 THB to take you there. This is a good option if you are currently traveling in a big group which you can then split 600 THB among yourselves.
As you can see, there is no direct route to it unless you get a private vehicle. The best option, especially if you are planning to visit the temples listed below as well, is to rent a car for a day. You will save time as well as cost than relying on public transportation. You will also get to enjoy the scenery of Lampang's countryside at your own leisure.
Hike Up to See the Temple in the Sky at Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat
This is by far one of the most photogenic attractions in Lampang. Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat, or as it is known as the temple in the sky is a temple built on top of a mountain peak overlooking the landscape of Lampang's countryside.
What is amazing about this temple is all the white pagodas they have built that scattered throughout the limestone jagged peaks that totally live up to its name.
Once you arrive at the parking lot of the temple, you will first have to get a Song Taew up the steep road and then you will have to walk up about 300 steep steps that will take you from the base to the top in about 30 minutes.
There are several stops along the way so no need to rush. Just enjoy the view of the mountains and slowly make your way up. There were a lot of old locals doing the climb when I was there so you should have no trouble climbing to the top.
At the top of the temple, you will find several areas you can walk up to. There is a resting stop under the temple where you will find a temple bell and a stunning view of the mountains.
You can also hike up to a small pagoda, pay respect to it, and check out the view of a mountain on the opposite side of the Pagodas in the Sky. For the best view of the Pagodas in the Sky, you will have to climb up a little bit more to a small assembly hall on stilts where you will be able to see all the pagodas lined up along the mountain peak.
The temple is open from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM and the entrance fee is 200 THB for foreigners and 20 THB for locals. You will also have to pay 60 THB on top for a roundtrip ride on a Song Taew up the mountain before you can start climbing.
Getting from Lampang to Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat
If you rented a car, getting there should be pretty straight forward. I would recommend you use the app Waze (android/iOS) and punch in the name of the temple "Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat" and the app will help you navigate to the temple parking space.
If you want to do it via public transportation which I do not recommend, it will take you an entire day and cost you a total of 600 - 800 THB, which is almost the same as renting your own car.
To travel to Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat with public transportation, you will have to get Bus #15 from a Song Taew Station to Chae Hom which will cost you about 80 THB. Once you arrive at Chae Hom, you can get a motorbike to the base of Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat for 200 THB where you can then get the temple's Song Taew up to the trailhead towards the top.
You can also rent a motorbike for 250 THB for a day but make sure you are a strong driver as you will be going up and down mountains and driving at a distance of 120 km round-trip to visit this temple.
If you are in a big group, you can charter a bus for 1,350 THB where you can then split among the members of your group, that way, you do not have to worry about getting there.
Relax at Wat Doi Prachan (Mae Tha)
Last but not least, one of the most scenic temples and newest attractions in Lampang is Wat Doi Prachan Mae Tha, a temple built on top of Doi Prachan mountain with a view of the mountainous landscape surrounding Lampang.
It is one of the best sunrise spots in the area and if you are able to wake up early and get there on time, I would recommend you to do so. I decided to visit in the afternoon as I ended up going to Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat in the morning and Wat Phra That Lampang Luang in the evening instead.
Once you are up at the top, you will find a newly constructed assembly hall where, if you look out from inside, you will be able to get a stunning silhouette shot of you, the temple, and the stunning view of the mountains, so be sure to go inside.
Outside of the assembly hall, there will be a 2-levels platform adorned with beautiful sculptures of nagas on a red-colored fence, where you can sit, relax, and enjoy the view of the mountains.
It is around 30 minutes' drive south of Lampang city and as of now, can only be reached via your own vehicle and so if you have rented a car, be sure to drop by the temple.
The temple opens from 6 AM to 5 PM. To get up to the top, you can either walk along the trail from behind a Buddha image statue which should take about 10 minutes or you can pay for a Song Taew to take you up there for ~20 THB (it was free when I was there as it was during New Year holidays).
Getting from Lampang to Wat Doi Prachan
If you rented a car, getting there should be pretty straight forward. I would recommend you use the app Waze (android/iOS) and punch in the name of the temple "Wat Doi Prachan" and the app will help you navigate to the parking space at the base of the temple where you can then either walk up or take a Song Taew to the temple.
What to Eat and Drink in Lampang
Grab a Cup of Tasty Coffee at Ku Chang Heng
One of the best cafes in Lampang and I have come to know the family who runs the place very well as they took me around the city and showed me their beloved hometown, is Ku Chang Heng, a small family-run cafe located not too far from Memmoth Hostel.
The cafe is decorated in a Chinese teahouse style with stunning red dragon paintings done by one of the daughters of the family, furnished with wooden furniture giving a nice cozy open-air feeling. They sell Thai traditional drinks like Thai Milk Tea, strong Thai Coffee, and Thai desserts made by their mother.
The person running the cafe, Bank, also speaks very good English and she would be more than welcome to talk to you about their hometown. If you are looking for an authentic experience in Lampang, be sure to drop by Ku Chang Heng.
Have Lunch at Khao Mun Kai Ha Yak
If you found yourself somewhere near Wat Chiang Rai in the afternoon, be sure to stop by and have lunch at Khao Mun Kai Ha Yak which was recommended to me by the family of Ku Chang Heng cafe.
The restaurant serves Hainanese-style chicken rice which is a tasty dish of poached chicken and seasoned rice, served with chili sauce and cucumbers. They also come in fried or steamed, whichever you pick, you are sure to be mind-blown by their tasty chicken.
Have a Local Dinner at Aroy One Baht Restaurant
One of the most popular dinner places in Lampang, and you will see when you are there, is Aroy One Baht Restaurant, an old-style restaurant inside a 2-levels wooden house that serves a variety of delicious dishes that you can eat with Thai-style rice soup.
The food usually costs about 40 - 50 THB per dish which you can then proceed to order multiple of them with the Thai rice soup that costs 1 THB (hence where the name came from) per bowl and split among your friends. This place is best to come in big groups so you can try a lot of their delicious dishes.
You might have to be a little patient when it comes to finding a seat here though as it gets really crowded in the evening but once they found you a seat, the food should not take more than a few minutes to be ready for you to devour.
Aroy One Baht Restaurant opens at 4 PM - 11 PM so this restaurant is strictly for dinner so make sure you plan your visit accordingly.
Drink the Night Away at Rgong Garden
If you are looking for a place to go out at night and be among the youth of Lampang, Rgong Garden is a great open-space area where you will be surrounded by pubs, restaurants, and a beer garden that you can pick from. It gets really crowded and more fun especially on a Friday night so be sure to align your visit with Fridays.
And there you have it, a complete backpacking guide on things to do in Lampang for 2 days. Are you excited to visit Lampang? If so, do not hesitate to let me know in the comments below.
Further Reading for Thailand
Looking for more information for your trip to Thailand? Here is a collection of articles about Thailand that you might find useful:
- Looking for a complete travel guide to Southeast Asia? You should check out our 3 Months Backpacking Itinerary for Southeast Asia.
- More often than not, your journey in Thailand will begin in Bangkok. Here is a 12-Hours Guide to Spending Time in Bangkok.
- Not sure where to begin your journey in Northern Thailand? How about an old capital with a Complete Backpacking Guide to Phitsanulok?
- Did you know that the cradle of Thailand began in the ancient city of Sukhothai north of Bangkok in the 13th Century? If you are interested in the history of Thailand, here is The Ultimate Backpacking Guide to Sukhothai.
- Sukhothai has a twin city that had prospered together since the first founding of the Siam Kingdom. The ancient city is called Si Satchanalai, 60 km north of Sukhothai and there are many less-traveled ancient ruins there waiting for you to explore. Here is A Complete Backpacking Guide to Si Satchanalai.
- Kamphaeng Phet, which translates to "The Wall of Diamond" was an outpost town than had played a role in protecting the Siam Kingdom from invasion for several decades and you can still see the remnants today. Here is A Complete Backpacking Guide to Kamphaeng Phet.
- Spending a few days relaxing in Lampang? Here are 9 Best Cafes and Restaurants to Try in Lampang.
- There is no need for an introduction to the renowned old capital city of the Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Mai. Here is a One-Day Backpacking Itinerary and Things to Do in Chiang Mai.
- Have a day to spare in Chiang Mai? How about going on a day-trip to Lamphun? Here are 7 Best Things to Do in Lamphun.
- Looking to change things up a little? How about we head down to the south of Thailand and explore one of my favorite places in Thailand? Here is How to Travel to Khao Sok National Park, Backpacking-style.
- One of the best places to go snorkeling in Thailand is Koh Lipe, an island in the far south of Thailand. Here is The Ultimate Snorkeling Guide to Koh Lipe.
- Photos worth a thousand words, but what is worth more than photos? A video. Here are travel videos I made for Thailand: Timeless Thailand, a journey into the North of Thailand, Long Tail Thailand, explore the beautiful south of Thailand, and taking it slow with Slowed Down Bangkok travel video.
- Wondering where to go after Thailand? How about you continue on to Malaysia, Myanmar, or Indonesia?
- For all articles about Thailand, visit Thailand Travel Guide page.
- Looking to travel to Southeast Asia? Check out all my articles about Southeast Asia here: Southeast Asia Travel Guide page.
- You can see all my Asia related articles here: Asia Travel Guide page.
- For more of my travel guides like this, visit my Destinations page.
The Solo Traveler’s Journal is a series of posts by Pete Rojwongsuriya, the founder of BucketListly Blog where we will follow his solo journey around the world as he experiences different cultures, people, and historical locations one country at a time.
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