Trip to Lampang with the Department of Mineral Resources

The Department of Mineral Resources (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment) invited me on another media trip to learn about the geology and natural history of Thailand. The last trip with them had a “dinosaur” theme and we visited four provinces in Northeastern Thailand (see Live Photo blog here). This time we visited Lampang province in Northern Thailand. The following photos were posted live during the two day trip.

Trip date: 1-2 March 2018

DAY ONE: Good morning from Don Mueang Airport. I’ve been invited by the Department of Mineral Resources on a two day media trip to Lampang in Northern Thailand. I’ve been to Lampang several times recently, but I’m looking forward to visiting some new destinations on this trip.

Boarding Nok Air DD8504 from Bangkok to Lampang. Flight time is about one hour and twenty minutes.

The new Fossil, Geology and Natural History Museum in Lampang is due to open to the public in 2019. The roof of the building will have two ‘active’ volcanos. This learning center will be a new landmark for Northern Thailand. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/S2BC94audVU2

Lunch at Cho Loa in Lampang (ฉอเลาะ ลำปาง). Map: https://goo.gl/maps/c8fzXJ8zYq12

Today we visited a relatively Unknown Thailand destination called Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Phrachomklao Rachanuson. This temple is on a mountain top in Chae Hom district of Lampang. A songtaew to near the top costs 60B. Then it’s an 800m climb. The best time to come is between October and February. The climb the the tip is a little strenuous but it’s really worth the effort Map: https://goo.gl/maps/uJYNmj2mSfC2

Drone photos of Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Phrachomklao Rachanusorn (Wat Phutthabat Suttawat) in Chae Hom district of Lampang.

Tonight we are staying in a bungalow in Chae Son National Park in Lampang. It’s chilly here. I should have brought a jacket. At least 24°C. It will be colder in the morning. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/H4whEnXvGSs

DAY TWO: Good morning from Chae Son National Park in Lampang. It’s a very chilly 20°C and so I’m going to head down to the hot springs to warm up.

Sunrise at the hot springs in Chae Son National Park, Lampang.

The Hot Springs in Chae Son National Park in Lampang. The hottest pool is 80°C and takes 17 minutes to boil an egg. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/H4whEnXvGSs

Drone photos of the hot springs in Chae Son National Park, Lampang (shot with permission).

Drone photos looking straight down on the hot springs in Chae Son National Park revealing beautiful colors and patterns.

One of the activities that you can do at the hot springs in Chae Son National Park is a foot bath. There’s even wheelchair access. The waster temperature here is about 35°C.

If you don’t want to use the free public hot springs in Chae Son National Park, you can pay 50 Baht to have your own private room where you can immerse your body. However they advise that you shouldn’t stay longer than 10 minutes at a time.

Lunch in Chae Son National Park in Lampang.

Chae Son Waterfall in Chae Son National Park in Lampang. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/jLvPrqmqFRu

Orchid tree flowers (Bauhinia variegata) in bloom on the highest peak in Chae Son National Park on the Lampang and Chiang Mai border.

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