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