Lampang is one of northern Thailand’s lesser known towns to visit. Situated a few hours south east from Chiang Mai, it’s an easy place to get to either by train or bus and has a pleasant, relaxed vibe. The sound of horse drawn carriages trotting through streets lined with teak houses, and stunning architecture makes it an aesthetically beautiful place to visit. But with friendly locals, a whole load of local pottery, and a buzzing weekend market, it’s certainly worth a visit if you have a few spare days around Chiang Mai.
As our first Thai tourist visa was running out, it was time for us to make our first visa run from Chiang Mai to Mae Sai. We weren’t sure of the best way to get there, but what we did know is that we didn’t fancy taking a mini bus as they tend to be driven by lunatics, and the thought of being cramped in like sardines for eight hours without having the chance to stretch your legs didn’t sound like a lot of fun. So after a little research, we decided to take the ‘Green Bus’, which looked like it would offer us a little comfort and flexibility for a decent price.