The trip one hundred kilometres down the super-highway to Lampang
takes you back to a quieter, slower-moving era, symbolised by the
horse-carriage 'taxies' clip-clopping through the streets there.
Lampang's mascot is the White Rooster image standing at the
City Gate. Townspeople say that during one of the Buddha's legendary
visits to the North, the King of the Gods, Indra, concerned that
people might not wake in time to welcome the Great Being, took the
form of the bird and crowed his warning.
Apart from its many
historic temples, Lampang is also famous for its handicrafts (available
at local shops) and fruit production. Its elephant training centre
and hospital, 38 kms. out of the city, is well worth visiting and
has a program that allows you to see the great beasts at their best.