"Kamphaeng Phet - Ruins that are overlooked" Kamphaeng Phet by Willettsworld

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The provincial capital Kamphaeng Phet is split into the new city, which is a fairly typical central Thai city and the old city, encircled by the original walls, which is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park. Within this area is Wat Phra Kaeo which is one of the main ruins and features some wonderful Buddha images including one that's reclining. To the north of this area are a concentration of remains which are lie in the a forest and include the impressive Wat Phra Non, Wat Phra Si Ariyabot (with its standing Buddha), Wat Singh and Wat Chang Rop (with its impressive elephant statues). The best way of visiting them is by hiring a bicycle which I did from my guest house - the Three J Guest House.

Kamphaeng Phet wasn't originally on my itinerary but I decided to include it after reading more about it in my guide book whilst in Sukhothai. I decided to come and took a bus here and spent the rest of the day cycling around the ruins where I was virtually the only person visiting them. You could say that the town is a little bit off the beaten track as it is out the way from the main road that goes from Sukhothai to Chiang Mai but if you have a spare day and like to see some more ruins, then why not come here.

  • Last visit to Kamphaeng Phet: Nov 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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