';
side-area-logo

Ban Tha Ma-O Community

Lampang

About the Community

Have you ever noticed some of the dreamy, exotic scents as you walk through an old town? Here at Ban Ta Ma O Community, you’ll notice a fragrant hardwood smell in the air, as it has done for over a hundred years. Over a century ago, the wood industry in Northern Thailand’s Lampang was booming. Many old houses were built with quality hardwood are still in good condition today, and considered architectural masterpieces made by experts during that period. They have now become a classic Lanna attraction for today’s visitors to admire – and sometimes head inside to explore.

Like other old villages in the north, the smell of delicious local food cooked with ingredients exclusively found in the area is something you’ll also be captivated by as you wander around the community. Tuck into dishes, from Hung Lay curry to chili dip and stir-fried gurmar with egg – a simple dish consisting only naturally-grown gurmar and two eggs.

Another interested aspect of life here is the noticeable retro vibes and the Lanna culture that’s been inherited through generations. This includes traditional instruments being played at community festivals like the “Fon pee” spiritual dancing event, and the crafts created by community masters like the “Pang prateep” candles, “Tung payayor” decorative perforated papers, “Suay kab” offering ornament, prayer candles and hand-made horseshoes. These all deserve to be experienced first-hand to be fully appreciated.

What will you learn?

Have fun with arts and craft sessions such as making the “Phraya Yor Flag” (Northern style flag) and “Pan Prateep” (Northern style lantern) which are meticulously designed for religious ceremonies. Also, learn about the art of making and painting original horseshoes and culinary art with local chefs.

Cultural and Local Wisdom Heritage
  1. The long-inherited local cuisine can now be experienced in cooking classes for visitors, including “Kai pam” grilled egg in banana leaf container and “Kanom pad” northern style coconut cake.
  2. A variety of ceremonies practiced in the community, such as newly harvested rice offering ceremony, spirit worshipping ceremony, traditional new year, rice offering, merit making, ship launching ceremony, “Tan pa” merit making and floating candle ceremony
  3. The annual merit making ceremony held at Kelang Nakorn Bridge
  4. Local wisdom taught by local cultural, tradition and religion masters, local folk band, local wisdom preservation activities such as making decorative paper flags, mini clay pots for the floating candles and banana leaf decorative cones.
Activities
LP-ลำปางกิจกรรม3
LP-ลำปางกิจกรรม2
LP-ลำปางกิจกรรม9
LP-ลำปางกิจกรรม1
LP-ลำปางกิจกรรม7
LP-ลำปางกิจกรรม5
  • Explore the old town and traditional houses on a bike ride.
  • Learn how to craft and paint horseshoes.
  • Take the famous horse & carriage to see the town’s old houses.
  • Make Suay Kab (flower arrangement) and candles.
  • Enjoy a Thai sword dance performed by experts.
  • Cook Kaeng Hang Le curry and make Tung Phaya Yor (hanging mobiles).
Programs

Program 3 Days 2 Nights

Day 1: Bangkok – Lampang – Tha Ma-O Community
8.45 am After your flight from Bangkok, representatives from Tha Ma-O Community will take you from Lampang Airport to Tha Ma-O Community. Check in at Bann Som-O Homestay.
9.15 am Ride a bike from the homestay to look for breakfast, such as Kuay Tiew Pa Mai, the famous, long-running noodle restaurant of Tha Ma-O Community.
Enjoy refreshing drinks and tasty desserts at Yim: Cafe & Dessert Bar or Jojo’s Coffee Art.
Make a stop at Tha Ma-O Community Center, in front of Wat Pratu Pong. Here, you can pay respect to the Buddha statue inside the monastery.
Other morning activities include:

  • Learn from a local chef how to cook Kaeng Hang Le curry.
  • Try making Tung Phaya Yor (paper hanging mobiles) which require concentration and creativity.
12.00 pm Lunch.
Afternoon Ride a bike and explore the Old Town’s 100-year-old wooden houses, such as Louis House, Ban Roi Pi and Ban Sao Nak.
Evening Learning activity time: Make Suay Kab (cone-shaped floral arrangements) as an offering to monks the next morning.
Enjoy a traditional ‘Khan Tok’-style dinner at Bann Som-O Homestay alongside some welcome performances by local youths.
Day 2: Tha Ma-O Community – Kat Kong Ta – Ratsadaphisek Bridge
Morning Present your offerings to monks during their early morning procession.
Walk through Kat Hua Khua / Ratsadaphisek Market and then ride a bike alongside the Wang River.
Breakfast at the accommodation.
Take a traditional horse-drawn carriage to explore old houses and buildings of Lampang.
Pay respect to the Sanctuary of the Thousand Buddhas, Phra That Si Chom Khlai and Phra Buddha Saiyat statue at Wat Pong Sanuk Nuea (temple).
Visit Heed Tham Museum, Wat Sri Rong Muang, Wat Chiang Rai and Lampang Clock Tower. Feed the horses at Ban Ma Tha Nam.

  • Cook Nam Prik Ong (a spicy northern dip) / Khanom Pad.
12.00 pm Lunch.
Afternoon Creative activity, which involves making Dok Phueng (flower decorations) as an offering to Lord Buddha.
Go on a bike ride to Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao Suchadaram, a temple where you can pay your respects and offer your previously-made Dok Phueng to Phra Kaew Don Tao Buddha statue. Explore the wooden sanctuary further and learn about the origins of this temple.
Evening Back on your bike to see some local street arts and old wooden houses at Kat Kong Ta and Ratsadaphisek Bridge.
Dinner at Chen Yentafo.
Return to Bann Som-O Homestay for the rest of the evening.
Day 3: Tha Ma-O Community – Thanabodi Ceramic Museum – Bangkok
7.00 am Take a walk through the Kat Hua Khua / Ratsadaphisek Market. There is also time to make offerings to monks around the area.
Breakfast at the accommodation.
Visit the Lampang Museum and shop for souvenirs.
12.00 pm Lunch at Khanom Jeen Pa Bunsri.
Afternoon Travel to Thanabodi Ceramic Museum. Here, you can take part in a ceramic painting workshop before browsing the museum’s exhibits.
2.30 pm Say goodbye at Lampang Airport and take an afternoon flight back to Bangkok.

The programme is subject to change without prior notice, depending on weather conditions and the pickup points, as your safety is our first priority.

Program 3 Days 2 Nights

No. of Visitors 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons 8 persons 20 persons
Rate/Person (THB) 11,700 7,500 5,900 5,700 4,400

Optional

  • Painting horseshoes and watching the sword dance

The price is inclusive of:

  • 2-night stay accommodation
  • 7 meals as mentioned in the programme
  • Shuttle from Lampang Airport to the accommodation
  • Horse carriage ride fee and food for horses
  • Transportation, bike rental fees as mentioned in the program
  • Admission fees for places in the program
  • Local guides for service
  • Local guides for English explanation
  • Travel insurance with 1,000,000 baht coverage or in accordance with the terms and conditions

The price is exclusive of:

  • Personal expenses such as food, beverage, phone charges, not specified in the program
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Other painting equipment which is not prepared by the staff
  • 7% VAT

Remark:

  • 15-day advance booking prior to the trip

Program 6 Days 5 Nights

Day 1: Bangkok – Lampang – Tha Ma-O Community
10.30 am Assemble at Nok Air check-in counters (14 and 15) at Terminal 2 of Don Mueang International Airport. Board flight DD 8510 to Lampang.
1.50 pm Meet representatives from Tha Ma-O Community who will take you from Lampang Airport to Tha Ma-O Community. Check in at Bann Som-O Homestay.
Leisure.
5.00 pm Enjoy a traditional Khan Tok-style dinner and welcome performances from local youths.
Leisure time for the rest of the evening.
Day 2: Tha Ma-O Community – Cultural Road
9.00 am Ride a bike from the homestay to look for breakfast, such as Kuay Tiew Pa Mai, the famous, long-running noodle restaurant of Tha Ma-O Community. Enjoy refreshing drinks and tasty desserts at Yim: Cafe & Dessert Bar or Jojo’s Coffee Art. Make a stop at Tha Ma-O Community Center, in front of Wat Pratu Pong. Here, you can pay your respects to the Buddha statue inside the monastery.
Learning activities include:

  • Learn how to cook Kaeng Hang Le curry from a local chef.
  • Try making Tung Phaya Yor (paper hanging mobiles) which require concentration and creativity.
12.00 pm Lunch.
Afternoon Ride a bike to watch a horse-drawn carriage assembly demonstration at the Lampang Horse Carriage Association. Explore the 100-year-old wooden houses, such as Louis House, Ban Roi Pi and Ban Sao Nak.
Evening Take a stroll and shop for local arts, crafts and souvenirs along the 500-meter-long Cultural Road. Enjoy live music and local performances while tasting local dishes. The Cultural Road is only open on Friday evening.

Day 3: Tha Ma-O Community – Horse-drawn Carriage Trip
6.30 am Make offerings to monks and shop for freshly-cooked breakfast at Ratsadaphisek Market (Kat Hua Khua). Take photos at Ratsadaphisek Bridge or ride a bike to check out the street art near the Wang River.
8.00 am Breakfast at the accommodation.
9.00 am Switch from bike to horse-drawn carriage at Ban Tha Kao Muang. Feed the horses some bananas, watch a horseshoe-making demonstration, sword dance performance and paint your own horseshoe at Ban Ma Tha Nam.
Take a horse-drawn carriage to explore the old houses. Pay respect to the Sanctuary of the Thousand Buddhas, Phra That Si Chom Khlai and Phra Buddha Saiyat statue at Wat Pong Sanuk Nuea. Visit Heed Tham Museum, Kat Kong Ta Market, Wat Sri Rong Muang, Wat Chiang Rai and City Pillar Shrine.
12.00 pm Lunch at Ban Tha Kao Muang.
Afternoon Creative activity, which involves making Dok Phueng (flower decorations) to be offered to Lord Buddha.
Evening Go on a bike ride to Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao Suchadaram. Pay your respects and offer your Dok Phueng to Phra Kaew Don Tao Buddha statue. Explore the wooden sanctuary further, and learn about the origins of this temple.
Ride a bike to explore street art and old wooden houses at Kat Kong Ta. Shop for souvenirs and local food at Kat Kong Ta.
Leisure time in the evening.
Day 4 (Sun): Tha Ma-O Community – Pha Pak Thong, Ban Cham Pui
6.30 am Dress appropriately before heading to Ban Cham Pui, a tourist destination close to Tha Ma-O Community.
Pay your respects to Maha Chedi Phutthakhaya at Wat Chong Kham.
10.30 am Taste the traditional Lu Mien-style appetizers.
11.30 am Travel on foot to Pha Pak Tong, the peak of a limestone mountain where you can experience 360-degree views.
1.30 pm Enjoy lunch in Khao Ho Bai Khiao (rice wrapped in leaves) style.
2.30 pm Walk down the mountain, seeing the 13,000-year-old rock paintings at Pratu Pa.
3.30 pm Take a sip of tea and coffee around Mae Moh Power Plant.
4.30 pm Head back to Tha Ma-O Community via highway.
6.00 pm Dinner at the accommodation.
Day 5: Tha Ma-O Community – Lampang Museum – Kat Kong Ta
7.00 am Take a walk inside the Kat Hua Khua / Ratsadaphisek Market. Shopping for breakfast.
Breakfast at the accommodation.
9.30 am Visit the Lampang Museum to learn about Lampang history through digital media.
12.00 pm Lunch at I YA Pungnom.
Afternoon Learning activities at Ban Tha Kao Muang, including:

  • Making Suay Kab or cone shaped floral arrangements as offering to monks in the next morning.
  • Making your own candle that supposedly removes bad luck in the future.
Evening Enjoy a traditional Khan Tok-style dinner at the accommodation.
Light the candle with your date of birth included before going to bed. This ritual is meant to bring good fortune before going back to Bangkok.
Day 6 (25): Tha Ma-O Community – Thanabodi Ceramic Museum – Khua Tae – Bangkok
7.00 am Offering food and your handmade Suay Kab to monks.
Breakfast and check out.
Travel to Thanabodi Ceramic Museum.
8.30 am Take part in a ceramic painting workshop before browsing through the Thanabodi Ceramic Museum (9 AM).
10.30 am Visit Wat Phra That Sandon Bamboo Bridge (Khua Tae).
11.30 am Lunch at Green Garden Café.
12.30 pm Say goodbye at Lampang Airport before boarding Nok Air flight DD-8511 to Bangkok.

The programme is subject to change without prior notice, depending on weather conditions and pickup points, as your safety is our first priority.

Program 6 Days 5 Nights

No. of visitors 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons 8 persons 20 persons
Rate/Person (THB) 34,400 25,300 21,500 19,550 16,700

The price is inclusive of:

  • 5-night stay accommodation
  • 14 meals as mentioned in the program
  • Shuttle from Lampang Airport to the accommodation
  • Horse carriage ride fee and foods for horses
  • Transportation, bike rental fees as mentioned in the program
  • Admission fees for places in the program
  • Local guides for service
  • Local guides for English explanation
  • Travel insurance with 1,000,000 baht coverage or in accordance with the terms and conditions

The price is exclusive of:

  • Personal expenses such as food, beverage, phone charges, not specified in the program
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Other equipment which is not prepared by the staff
  • 7% VAT

Remark:

  • 15-day advance booking prior to the trip

Program 7 Days 6 Nights

Day 1: Bangkok – Lampang – Tha Ma-O Community
4.00 pm Representatives from Tha Ma-O Community will take you from Lampang Airport to Tha Ma-O Community. Check in at Bann Som-O Homestay.
6.00 pm Enjoy a traditional Khan Tok-style dinner and welcome performances from local youths.
Leisure time for the rest of the evening.
Day 2: Tha Ma-O Community – Cultural Road
9.00 am Go on a bike ride from the homestay to look for breakfast, such as Kuay Tiew Pa Mai, the famous, long-running noodle restaurant of Tha Ma-O Community.
Enjoy some refreshing drinks and tasty desserts at Yim: Cafe & Dessert Bar or Jojo’s Coffee Art. Make a stop at Tha Ma-O Community Center, in front of Wat Pratu Pong. Pay your respects to the Buddha statue inside the monastery. Other morning activities include:

    • Learning how to cook Kaeng Hang Le with a  local chef.
    • Making Tung Phaya Yor (paper hanging mobiles) which require concentration and creativity.

</ul

12.00 pm Lunch.
Afternoon Ride a bike and explore the 100-year-old wooden houses such as Louis House, Ban Roi Pi and Ban Sao Nak. See a horse-drawn carriage assembly demonstration at Lampang Horse Carriage Association.
Evening Take a stroll and shop for local arts, handicrafts and souvenirs along the 500-meter-long Cultural Road. Enjoy live music and local performances while tasting local dishes. The Cultural Road is open only on Friday evenings.
Day 3: Tha Ma-O Community – Horse Carriage Trip
6.30 am Make offerings to the monks and so some early morning shopping at Ratsadaphisek Market (Kat Hua Khua). Take photos at Ratsadaphisek Bridge or ride a bike to see the street art near the Wang River.
Enjoy breakfast.
9.00 am Switch from bike to horse-drawn carriage at Ban Tha Kao Muang. Feed horses with bananas, watch a horseshoe-making demonstration, sword dance performance and paint your own horseshoe at Ban Ma Tha Nam.
Take a horse-drawn carriage to explore old houses. Pay respect to the Sanctuary of the Thousand Buddhas, Phra That Si Chom Khlai and Phra Buddha Saiyat statue at Wat Pong Sanuk Nuea. Visit Heed Tham Museum, Kat Kong Ta Market, Wat Sri Rong Muang, Wat Chiang Rai and City Pillar Shrine.
12.00 pm Lunch at Ban Tha Kao Muang.
Afternoon Creative activities, which include making Dok Phueng (flower decorations) which can be used as an offering to Lord Buddha.
Ride your bike to Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao Suchadaram. Pay respect and offer Dok Phueng to Phra Kaew Don Tao Buddha statue. Explore the wooden sanctuary and learn about the origins of this temple.
Evening Learning activities at Ban Tha Kao Muang, including cooking Nam Prik Ong (spicy chili dip) / Khanom Pad.
Dinner at the accommodation.
Leisure time for the rest of the evening.
Day 4: Tha Ma-O Community – Lampang Museum – Kat Kong Ta
7.00 am Take a stroll through Kat Hua Khua / Ratsadaphisek Market and shop for a freshly-made breakfast snack.
Breakfast at the accommodation.
9.30 am Visit Lampang Museum to learn the area’s history through digital media.
12.00 pm Lunch at I YA Pungnom.
Afternoon Learning activities at Ban Tha Kao Muang, where you’ll make Suay Kab (or cone-shaped floral arrangements) as an offering to monks the next morning.
Evening Ride a bike to explore street art and old wooden houses at Kat Kong Ta. Explore the old wooden sermon hall at Wat Ko Walukaram and Ratsadaphisek Bridge.
Dinner at Chen Yentafo.
Day 5: Tha Ma-O Community – Pha Pak Thong, Ban Cham Pui
6.30 am Make sure you dress respectfully as you’ll be heading to Ban Cham Pui, a tourist destination close to Tha Ma-O Community, where you can pay your respects to highly-revered Maha Chedi Phutthakhaya at Wat Chong Kham.
10.30 am Taste local Lu Mien-style appetizers.
11.30 am After driving up, continute on foot to Pha Pak Tong, the peak of a limestone mountain that affords stunning 360-degree views.
1.30 pm Enjoy your lunch in Khao Ho Bai Khiao (rice wrapped in leaves) style.
2.30 pm Head back down part of the mountain on foot, exploring the 13,000-year-old rock paintings at Pratu Pa.
3.30 pm Sip some fresh tea and coffee around Mae Moh Power Plant.
4.30 pm Head back to Tha Ma-O Community via road.
6.00 pm Dinner at the accommodation.
Day 6: Tha Ma-O Community
Morning Offering food and your handmade Suay Kab to the monks making their early morning procession.
Breakfast at the accommodation.
Learning activity: Cook Khai Pam (Eggs on banana leaves)
12.00 pm Lunch.
Afternoon Creative activity: Make your own candle (which supposedly can held get rid of bad fortune).
Evening Enjoy a traditional Khan Tok dinner at the accommodation.
Light the candle with your date of birth included before going to bed. This ritual is meant to bring good fortune before going back to Bangkok.
Day 7: Tha Ma-O Community – Thanabodi Ceramic Museum – Khua Tae – Bangkok
7.00 am Breakfast and check out.
Travel to Thanabodi Ceramic Museum.
8.30 am Workshop: Ceramic painting before heading into explore the Thanabodi Ceramic Museum (9 AM).
10.30 am Visit Wat Phra That Sandon Bamboo Bridge (Khua Tae).
12.00 pm Lunch at Green Garden Café.
Afternoon Say goodbye at Lampang Bus Terminal / Lampang Airport before making your way back to Bangkok.

For safety reasons, all activities are subject to weather conditions and changeable without prior notice.

Program 7 Days 6 Nights

No. of visitors 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons 8 persons 20 persons
Rate/Person (THB) 27,700 17,000 14,000 12,900 10,500

Optional

  • Painting Horseshoes and Watching Sword Dance
  • Kong Ta Walking Street
  • Culture Walking Street (Friday Night)

The price is inclusive of:

  • 6-night stay accommodation
  • 17 meals as mentioned in the program
  • Shuttle from Lampang Airport to the accommodation
  • Horse carriage ride fee and foods for horses
  • Transportation, bike rental fees as mentioned in the program
  • Admission fees for places in the program
  • Local guides for service
  • Local guides for English explanation
  • Travel insurance with 1,000,000 baht coverage or in accordance with the terms and conditions

The price is exclusive of:

  • Personal expenses such as food, beverage, phone charges, not specified in the program
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Other equipment which is not prepared by the staff
  • Flight ticket
  • 7% VAT

Remark:

  • 15-day advance booking prior to the trip

Seasons/ Periods of Visit: All-year-round

All year Activities
  1. Banana Leaf Craft (Suay Karb)
  2. Phraya Yor Northern style flags
  3. Cooking local grilled eggs
  4. Making Northern chilli paste
  5. Making Wax Flowers for decoration
  6. Horse Carriage Ride around the city
Seasonal activities
  • Making floating lantern (only during Loy Krathong Festival period)
Local Foods
อาหารลำปาง1
อาหารลำปาง2
อาหารลำปาง7
อาหารลำปาง8
อาหารลำปาง1
  • Northern-style curry (Hung Lay Curry)
  • Stir fried Northern sour sausage with eggs
  • Stir fried local vegetables with eggs
  • Spicy sauce pork with rice noodles
  • Northern style meat and tomato chilli dip
  • Mixed vegetables with northern spices clear soup
  • Northern style chilli dip
  • Khanom Paad, local dessert
Local Products
Lp-สินค้าลำปาง1
Lp-สินค้าลำปาง2
Lp-สินค้าลำปาง3
  • Northern style curry powder
  • Riceberry cake
  • Toothpaste from Siamese rough bush
  • Thai Kariyat Herb
  • Chiangda Tea Powder
  • Phang floating lantern
  • Phraya Yor Northern Style Flag
  • Keyring
  • Glass
  • Cloth bag
  • Cloth tote
  • Hanging lantern
Home stay
Som-O Homestay
Lp-บ้านส้มโอ1
Lp-บ้านส้มโอ2
Lp-บ้านส้มโอ3
Lp-บ้านส้มโอ4
Lp-บ้านส้มโอ5
Kao Muang Homestay
Lp-บ้านเก๊าม่วง2
Lp-บ้านเก๊าม่วง3
Lp-บ้านเก๊าม่วง4
Lp-บ้านเก๊าม่วง5
บ้านเก๊าม่วง
Hosts/Local Masters
Local Master
นางกมลวรรณ-พงศ์ปิยาพัทธ์

Mr.s Kamolwan Pongpiyapat

Local master for Wax Flowers for decoration

นางนวลนรา-เจริญมิตร

Mrs. Nuannara Charoenmitr

Local master for Phraya Yor Local Flags

นายทนง-เทพนันตา2

Mr. Thanong Thepnunta

Local master for Local Foods

โสมลักษณ์-กูลพรม

Ms. Somluck Kulprom

Local master for Folk Arts, Culture and Music

นายสมมุติ-พงค์ปิยาพัทธ์

Mr. Sommut Pongpiyapat

Local master for Arts and Culture, Tradition, Wisdom, Religion and Ethics

Local Interpretors
นายสรวิชญ์-หงษ์พาเวียน

Mr. Sorawit Hongpawien

Photo/VDO Gallery
ปกGalleryชุมชนบ้านท่ามะโอ
Nearby attractions
LP-ลำปางที่เที่ยว1
LP-ลำปางที่เที่ยว2
LP-ลำปางที่เที่ยว3
  • Lampang Museum
  • Thanabodee’s Ceramic Meseum
  • Ratsada Bridge
  • Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao Suchadaram
  • Wat Chiangrai
  • Baan Sandon Bridge
How to get there

Tha Ma O is located nearby Lampang Airport and 10 minutes away from the bus station. Take a bus at Mochit Bus Station, Bangkok to Lampang. There are many flights from both Suvannabhumi and Don Muang International Airport. Representatives from the community will be waiting to welcome the visitors to Tha Ma O community.

Community’s Contact Information

Coordinator for Community-based Tourism: Mrs. Nheglung Chanwannakul
Phone: 08-1595-6820
Social media: Tha Ma O Community, Lampang
Address: Pa Mai Road, Wiang Nuae subdistrict, Muang district, Lampang 52000

Tour Agent Contact Information

Tour operator’s name: Friday Trip Co.ltd.
E-Mail: pam@fridaytrip.com, csrouting@fridaytrip.com
Phone: 02-3738008 / 088-0082906-7
Social media: www.fridaytrip.com, www.facebook.com/fridaytrip.page