From Kamphaeng Phet Province

Geographically located in the Lower North on the bank of the Ping River, Kamphaeng Phet is 358 kilometres from Bangkok. To its East are riverine flatlands while the western areas are made up of high mountains lush with fertile forests where a number of national parks have been established.

Areas along the river bank at present-day Muang district used to host several ancient towns which had played a major role as strategic frontline frontiers since Sukhothai was the kingdom’s capital down through the times of Ayutthaya and early Rattanakosin (Bangkok) eras. In fact, the name Kamphaeng Phet actually means as strong as walls or forts made of diamonds.

Kamphaeng Phet covers an area of 8,607 square kilometres. It is divided administratively into 9 districts, namely, Muang Kamphaeng Phet, Phran Kratai, Khlong Khlung, Khanu Woralak Buri, Sai Ngam, Lan Krabu, Khlong Lan, Sai Thong Watthana and Pang Sila Thong and 2 sub-districts, Bung Samakkhi and Kosamphi Nakhon.

The Kamphaeng Phet National Museum

located on Pindamri Road in Muang district, houses ancient objects and other antique art articles from various eras found in the provincial town. These include sculptured and earthen designs, heads of Buddha statues, traditional celadon products, sculptures of demons and celestial and human beings used to decorate Chedi bases or Wihans. It is open Wednesday – Sunday from 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. More information at Tel: (055) 711570.

The Kamphaeng Phet Chalermphrakiat Museum

nearby is made up of groups of Central Region applied architectural style structures. There are exhibitions on the local history with replicas of the city, lifestyle and urban and hill tribal customs and traditions. It also displays the development of Kamphaeng Phet votive tablets and other resources. The museum is open daily. For more in formation, call (055) 722341.

Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park

Major features in the Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park include archaeological remains of ancient sites such as Muang Chakangrao to the east of the Ping River, Muang Nakhon Chum to the west and Muang Trai Trung some 18 kilometres from the town to the southwest. Services from the Tourist Centre are available, the center itself being located some 5 kilometres from town on the Kamphaeng Phet-Phran Kratai route.

Chakangrao, the ancient Kamphaeng Phet town, had the same town planning concept as the old Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai, with separate zones for religious sites both within and outside of town limits. Structures are usually large and made of laterite. Religious sites on the west bank of the Ping River at Nakhon Chum are built of bricks and of smaller size

Wat Phra Kaeo

is a large royal temple in town centre near a site believed to have been a palace. The temple itself was used on important city events and had no monks in residence. Major features include the principal Chedi with lion-adorned base and a round Chedi with elephant-adorned base. There are also other Chedi of different bases and remains of several chapels. lts boundary is marked off by laterite walls.

Wat Phra That

Second in size to Wat Phra Kaeo is Wat Phra That. Here the principal Chedi is built of mixture of laterite and bricks with a 15-metre wide sqaure base. The style is of Kamphaeng Phet architecture.

Sa Mon

is the site of the palace located to the north of Wat Phra Kaeo with a square earthen wall. Surrounding the walls on three sides are moats with a pond in the middle. There are no standing structures remaining today.

Muang Nakhon Chum

is an ancient town on the west bank of the Ping River. Its 2-3 metre-high earthen walls run along the waterway. It is in this area that the famous religious tablets of Kamphaeng Phet have been discovered. Within the city walls are a couple of ancient sites such as the Kamphaeng Pom Thung Sethi located on Phahonyothin Road just before entering the town. It is part of the laterite fortifications 83 metres long and 6 metres tall.

Khao Sanam Priang Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in Tambon Kosampi, Lan Dok Mai Tok of Kosampi Nakhon sub-district and Tambon Na Bor Kham, Song Tham, Nakhonchum or Amphoe Mueang. Linked with Kanna and Kew Yao mountains, Khao Sanam Priang Wildlife Sanctuary enjoys not only fertile pinery, fern forests, but also a large variety of wildlife. With 1.5 km. trekking route, it is worth visiting. For camping tour, a written note must be sent to the department of forestry in advance. No accommodation, but camping site is available, contact tel. 0 5555 6157 or 0 2562 0760.

To get there, take Asia Highway Route no 1 and turn left of km 380. By bus from town center visitors have to hire a songtaew to the sanctuary.

The Khlong Wang Chao National Park

Located in Kosampi Nakhon sub-district, the park ocupies an area Tak’s Pradang and Wang Chao forests and Kamphaengphet’s Khlong Wang Chao and Khlong Suan Mak forests.

Interesting attractions within the park are Khong Wang Chao waterfall. Khlong Samor Kluai Waterfall, Tao Dam Waterfall, Khlong Pong Waterfall including wonderful sceneries.

Accommodation and food shop are available. For more information, contact the park’s office. PO box 69, Kamphanengphet 62000. Tel: 0 5571  9318-9.

How to get there: The Park could be reached either by car or by bus.

By car, take Asia Highway (Route no.1) from town center and turn left ino route no. 1109 (Wang Chao-Loh Koh Rd.) Or from the ang Chao market, turn left into route no.1110.

By bus from Bangkok, daily bus services (Bangkok-Tak, Lampang, Chiang Mai) are avialable. Get off the Wang Chao market and make a further trip to the park by  a motorbike or songtaew. From town center, visitors could use songtaew service (Kamphaengphet-Nong Dan) on Wichit Rd, Tambon Nai Muang