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DISCOVERER !is"ry of Lampan# Lampang is a province older than 1300 years and flaunts a rich history. The city of Lampang is famous for its horsedrawn carriages and has a rooster as its provincial emblem.

was later settled by Berma and Chaing Mai in the period of King Thonburi about 250 years ago. Later, Lord Tipchang of Lampang has fought for Lampang’s independence and was recognized as Phraya SulavalueThe history of Lampang boasts of chaisongkram, King of Lampang in human settlements on the Wang River 1736. basin, some of which date back to more than 1000 years. It is rich in The history of Lampang also states that archaeological findings reflecting the in 1764 Prince Kaewfa, son of Lord earliest civilizations of Hariphunchai, Tipchang, governed Lampang and was Lanna, and Burma. the first ancestor of Na Lampang, Na Lamphune, and Na Chiang Mai Lampang Town was built in 680. As per families. Prince Boonyawat Vongmanit the Yonok historical record, a hermit was the last monarch of Lampang. named Suphrom Ruesi planned a town for Prince Anantayot, son of Queen Lampang was recognized as a province Jamadevi of Haripunchai’s Lamphune. in Thailand in 1892 in the reign of King The town, at first named as Kelang Rama V. Visit Lampang and explore the Nakorn, then changed into Nakorn rich history of the province and the city. Lampang. In Yonok Chiangsaen’s reign, Nakorn Lampang was governed by Khmer. It

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HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE

Lampang (Thai !"#$%) is one of the northern provinces (changwat) of Thailand

KIU LOM DAM

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A Wisdom Archive on the Lampang Province The City of Horse-drawn Carriages Lampang, in the north of Thailand, is home to various cultural sights and horse-drawn carriages. The mediumsized province offers pleasant weather that is typical in the north of Thailand and has a rich, long history dating back more than 1,000 years, encompassing the ancient civilizations of Lanna, Burma and Hariphunchai. The provincial capital shares its name with the province and is home to a host of sights, including beautiful temples with stunning architecture and important Buddha statues.

and rafting. Spending a night on raft is an option, while visiting nearby cliffs, isles, and quaint fishing villages will make your visit more worthwhile. Other notable spots are the Thai Elephant Conservation Center, where you can watch elephant shows and even feed these docile elephants. The Khun Than mountain range features scenic views of the surroundings. Nature lovers can also visit the Tham Pha Thai and the Chae Son national parks and the spectacular Wang Kaeo waterfall, the major places for relaxation in Lampang.

Lampang offers a wide range of accommodations for tourists, while there are numerous watering holes located along the river. Local markets and a few shopping centers are scattered around the provincial capital, which can There are several interesting sights easily be explored on foot or on a horseoutside Lampang town. The Kiu Lom drawn carriage. Dam, originally built for irrigation, is now a popular hotspot offering boating

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The highlights of Lampang include Wat Phra Kaeo Don, where the famous Emerald Buddha was once located, and Wat Si Rong Muang, an exquisite Burmese temple to the west of the city.

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Thai Elephants Conservation Centre (!"#$%&#'()*+%,-./01$) is the only facility in the world devoted to the training of elephants for timber work using these pachyderms as laborers. You can watch performances and training demonstrations. Approximately an hour’s drive from Chiang Mai, the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre provides treatments for sick and maimed elephants. Under the Royal Patronage, the 500-hectare sanctuary is the only elephant hospital in the world. Captured wild and discarded out-of-work domesticated elephants are looked after here. The center, whose main objective is to conserve Thai elephants, works on a variety of academic and veterinary projects such as Biogas Producing System from Elephant dung, an Education Center for Veterinary Students, Elephant Sperm Bank Project, Elephant adoption, Elephant Nursery Center, and Elephant Mobile Clinic.

Visitors can watch elephant shows, have a ride on an elephant’s back, join an elephant trek, or even spend some days learning about elephants. The latter is a program called the “mahout training program.” This 10-day internship program offers elephant lovers to experience the life of a mahout and his elephant. Participants will stay at the same house as the mahout and join in various communal activities from bathing an elephant to learning how to instruct the elephant to haul logs. The program also includes cooking and dining in northern Khan Tok style.

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To see the elephants in action, please click here. ELEPHANTS PARA DE

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THAI ELEPHANTS CONSERVATION CENTRE

EDITED BY PARICHART THONGPARKDEE ABRANTES MBA IN MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

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Discoverer—takes you to Lampang  

Historical Lampang in the Northern Thailand--by Parichart Thongparkdee Abrantes.

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