Originally founded in the seventh century, Lampang is situated 91 kms (59 miles) southeast of Chiang Mai. Located in the valley of the Wang River, a tributary of the Ping River, this town is the second largest in Northern Thailand.
1. 8:30 a.m. Departure from 137 Pillars House.
2. 9:45a.m. Arrive at the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre. Established in 1969 to preserve Thai elephants, this is a non-profit organisation is run by the Department of Forestry. After the show, ride for one hour in a “Howdah” through the nearby jungle or visit the elephant hospital where a veterinarian takes care of sick and injured elephants.
3. 12:00p.m. Visit Wat Phra Keaw Don Tao. Built in 1436, it is considered to be the most important temple in Lampang.
4. Enjoy lunch at a Thai restaurant in town.
5. 01:30p.m. Ride a horse-drawn carriage, a famous symbol of Lampang, around the market.
6. 02.00p.m. Visit Baan Sao Nak, a fascinating private museum. This huge ancestral mansion with 116 teak pillars was built in 1895.
7. 03:00p.m. Arrive at the most magnificent temple in the North, Wat Phra That Lampang Luang. This temple offers a spectacular display of the Lanna Kingdom’s religious architectural styles.
8. 05.00p.m. Return to 137 Pillars House.
Duration : 8.5 hours