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Kamphaeng Phet

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Kamphaeng Phet (กำแพงเพชร) is the Capital City of the Province of this name in Lower Northern Thailand. It is pronounced "Gamphaeng Pet"


Geographically located in the Lower North on the bank of the Ping River, Kamphaeng Phet (pronounced Gampaeng Pet) 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 Mueang district used to host several ancient towns which had played a major role as strategic front-line 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 make of diamonds.

Get in[edit]

A minibus from Nakhon Sawan bus station will cost B90, and it stops in the bus station which is distant from the city itself.

An aircon bus from Nakhon Sawan will cost B97 and takes 1.5 hours.

Get around[edit]

There are Tuk Tuks and motorcycle taxis here, but none were noted at the bus station on arrival. From the bus station, which is several Km out of town across the river, you can take a Red/Brown songteow near the ticket windows on the left, which appears to operate as a taxi and charges according to the number of passengers. With 4 persons, the cost was B40 each. As at June 2016, with only one person the driver charged B20!

Inside the city, there are Tuk Tuks close to the mid town market (close to the Phet hotel), and these take you to the bus station for B60. (Ask first).

Otherwise, this is not a really large city and if you enjoy walking, you can get around easily.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The hot springs of Phra Ruang not so far from the main town. A precise route is to follow Highway 101 north (towards Sukhothai) out of Kamphaeng Phet town for 13 km and then a left and 12 km up this road you'll come upon the springs, can't be missed.
  • Otherwise there are many great national parks where you can do some hiking.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park, north of city (walk north, hard to miss.). 09.00-16.00. In former times Kamphaeng Phet was part of the Sukhothai kingdom. Ruins from this time are found to the immediate north of the new city. In 1991 these, along with the two related historical cities, became a world heritage site. 100b.  edit

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Coffee Today, town centre. (look for the clock and the fountain.). Possibly the best, maybe the only 'western' coffee shop in town. Cappuccinos at 50 baht, selection of sweet snacks, wifi. On the street corner opposite the town fountain. Intersection of Thanon Tesa 1 and Thanon Kamphaengphet. Popular. 2012. medium. (16.4831,99.5231) edit

There are plenty of street eats here, but written in Thai. Just point at what you think looks good and take your chances!

At the Night Plaza, about a Km from the Phet Hotel, and close to the Ping River, is the night plaza. This is a market, and also an eating place. The cooking stalls have sitdown places at back, and some actually have English menus(despite few tourists here). Prawns with garlic (pat kratiam) with a large bottle of Chang beer was B150. Food very good.

There is also a German restaurant " OASIS" a bit outside the town, got only western dishes and more than 15 different german beers. very popular place.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Riverside Scenic Resort[2] is a great and realxing place to stay. Lots of local info and near the old city.
  • 3 J Guesthouse, 79 Rachavitee Rd (south side of town.), 055-713-129, [1]. checkout: 12.00. Low cost, basic rooms (entirely adequate and clean), fan or aircon, very pleasant garden environment. Small range of food offered, bikes for hire (200b a day). Family run business, good spoken English, helpful advice about touring the town and ruines. About 2kms south of city centre. Bike 50b from bus station. 200-400b. (16.4786,99.5355) edit
  • Phet Hotel (_โรงแรมเพชร1), 189 Bamruprat Rd, 055 712810. Hotel is in the centre of the city close to the market. It is a good hotel and some English is spoken at Reception. From the outside the hotel looks to be rather worn, but inside is clean,modern, and well appointed. Cost is B700 with breakfast. Credit cards accepted. It has a restaurant,bar, and karaoke etc. A city map is available (free) at Reception. The Ping River is roughly one Km distant from the hotel (turn right and walk straight ahead)  edit
  • Chakungrao Hotel

This hotel is advertised as riverview. You can see the river from the lower floors through the shrubbery, but you will need to be on at least the fourth floor to see the river properly. Cost is B1000 for for one person in a twin room, and B1300 a double and this is overpriced for what you get. Breakfast is included and has good choices. There is no shampoo provided. The Bangkok Post in English is provided in the lobby with the usual Thai language newspapers. Reception are very helpful and friendly.

There is also the Navarat Hotel close to the night market. It appears to be about the same standard as the Phet Hotel.

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

Phichit There are minibuses every 60/90 minutes from the bus station costing B80. Takes 2 hours. Buy the ticket on the minibus.

Routes through Kamphaeng Phet
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