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Northern Thai in Lampang

Khun Manee

Lampang is known for its addictive kôw đǎan (deep-fried rice cakes seasoned with watermelon juice and drizzled with palm sugar). You can pick up a few bags and watch the sweets being made this homey factory just off…
Buddhist Temple in Lampang

Wat Chedi Sao

This temple is named for the 20 (sow in northern Thai) whitewashed Lanna-style chedi on its grounds. But the wát’s real treasure is a solid-gold, 15th-century seated Buddha on display in a glassed-in pavilion, built…
Buddhist Temple in Lampang

Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao

The main chedi shows Hariphunchai influence, while the adjacent mon·dòp (the small square-sided building with a spire) was built in 1909. The mon·dòp is decorated with glass mosaic in typical Burmese style and conta…
Buddhist Temple in Lampang

Wat Lai Hin

If you’re visiting Wat Phra That Lampang Luang and you’ve got your own transport, you might also consider a visit to beautiful Wat Lai Hin, also near Ko Kha. Built by artists from Kengtung (also known as Kyaingtong …
Northern Thai in Lampang

Kong Kin Baan Hao

This local favourite is most popular after dark when a bottle of whisky is regarded as a typical side dish. Flip through the English-language menu’s Local Cuisine pages for northern Thai staples such as gaang kaa gò…
Buddhist Temple in Lampang

Wat Pongsanuk Tai

Despite having lost much of its character in a renovation, the mon·dòp at Wat Pongsanuk Tai is still one of the few remaining local examples of original Lanna-style temple architecture, which emphasised open-sided w…
Museum in Lampang

Baan Sao Nak

A huge Lanna-style house built in 1895 and supported by 116 square teak pillars, Baan Sao Nak was once owned by a local kun·yĭng (a title equivalent to ‘Lady’ in England); it now serves as a local museum. The entire…
Museum in Lampang

Dhanabadee Ceramic Museum

Dhanabadee claims to be the first producer of the emblematic ‘chicken bowls’ used across Thailand. In 2013, the company opened its doors to visitors and began running guided tours that span a history of the chicken …
Area in Lampang

Th Talad Gao

Lampang’s multicultural history can be seen along this riverside street, which is lined with old homes, temples and shophouses showcasing Thai, English, Chinese and Burmese architectural styles. It’s also where the…
Northern Thai in Lampang

Mae Hae

Boost your Lampang foodie street cred by eating at this unassuming and long-standing northern Thai-style restaurant. There’s no menu, so simply point to the soup, curry, dip or salad that looks tastiest. Look for th…