Lampang is the 9th largest province in Thailand with an area size of 12,488 km2 (4,822 sq mi), however with a population of less than 1 million it is relatively sparse when compared to its neighbor – Chiang Mai.
Lampang was first inhabited during the Dvaravati period in the 7th century. It was built as a walled city in a rectangle next the Mae Wang River and has been continually inhabited. In the late 1800s and early 1900s it was a centre for Thailand’s teak trade and workers in the industry founded some of the Shan- and Burmese-style temples in the region. There are several beautifully preserved colonial style houses in the city center which are unique to the area and recent efforts to pedestrianize various streets makes the area worth a visit for a day or 2 to explore on foot.
Lampang province is home to several national parks, the most famous being Chae Son which is popular for its hot springs and waterfalls. Wat Chalerm Prakiat is a relatively new attraction which was built atop jagged cliffs with the aim to promote the region as a tourist destination and as a place of worship.
Lampang province is second to none for richness in culture, tradition, religion, environment and history. All these things ensure Lampang is a destination with much to offer and explore.