Sunset, Kamphaeng Phet, Thailand

Sunset, Kamphaeng Phet, Thailand

Sunset, Kamphaeng Phet, Thailand


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Nestled along a wide stretch of the Ping river, near where the central plains meet the western Tanon Thong Chai mountains, the provincial capital of Kamphaeng Phet is home to 30,000 relaxed people and an underrated historical park. While few travellers squeeze the area into their itineraries, it rightly rewards those who do.

Kamphaeng Phet, which means "diamond wall" in Thai, first appeared in chronicles that date from 1004 CE, when King Chaisiri fled his enemies and settled here. This mention makes the city older than its better-known neighbour, Sukhothai, though Kamphaeng Phet eventually became an important satellite of the Sukhothai kingdom.

As a western fortress of Sukhothai from the 13th to 15th centuries, and later a key defensive outpost of the Ayutthaya kingdom, the diamond city lived up to its name -- at least for a while -- through several battles with ... Read our complete Kamphaeng Phet travel guide

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