Lampang, also called "meuang rot ma" in Thai, meaning "Horse Carriage City", is considered by some Thais as the last paradise in Thailand. It is here that you can still find horse-drawn carriages in regular use for transportation. This, together with the relative lack of skyscrapers that have contaminated Chiang Mai's skyline of late, make Lampang an increasingly favoured setting for period drama. One account attributes the horse-drawn carriage to the Portuguese, via Macau, although a more likely origin is colonial Burma. You can normally find them at the main tourists sights around town but I also saw them at the Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, some 20km away.
The towns market is located right in its centre and seems to go on till quite late as I walked there after eating one evening, at about 10pm, and found people still selling fruit and veg on the street.
Cnr of Boonyawat Rd
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