Lampang, also called Nakhon Lampang, is the third largest town in northern Thailand and capital of Lampang Province and the Lampang district. Traditional names for Lampang include Wiang Lakon and Khelang Nakhon. The city is still growing rapidly as trading and transportation center. It offer much of the historic interest of Lanna as well as Chiangmai, but without the overt commercialization. Located in the hearth of the North, Lampang is also a good base for excursions and travel within Northern Thailand.