Lampang - third largest city in northern Thailand

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Lampang, Mueang Lampang District, Lampang, Thailand

Lampang is a city in northern Thailand that is also known as Nakhon Lampang. It is the third largest city in the region and is a center for trading and transportation. Lampang is the capital of Lampang province and the Mueang Lampang district. It is located 601 km (373 mi) north of Bangkok and 101 km (63 mi) southeast of Chiang Mai. Traditional names for Lampang are Wiang Lakon and Khelang Nakhon.

The historical significance of Lampang as a major city in the Lanna kingdom has been overshadowed by Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, which were the traditional seats of government and have well-documented histories. However, research indicates that Lampang played a critical role in the region's history. The city faced decades of warfare with the Ava Burmese and Ayudhya during the 17th-18th century, which led to its decline, depopulation, and eventual control by the Burmese.


Lampang has a dry climate compared to nearby provinces. 'Winter' starts in November after the last rains and ends in March. It is usually dry and sunny during the day with cool and sometimes foggy nights. Cold air masses from Siberia can cause rare nighttime temperatures below 10 °C (50 °F). However, the blue winter sky can be affected by burning fields after the harvest and smog from Mae Mo coal-fired power plants.

Summer is from March to June and can be very hot, with temperatures reaching up to 40 °C (104 °F) in April. Late afternoon thunderstorms and hailstorms are common during this time.

The rainy season is from June to November, with significant rain possible in May. Lampang gets less rain than nearby provinces and is less likely to experience flooding, as it is in a relative rain shadow.


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