Many Thai cities and towns fail to acknowledge the social and aesthetic value of their riverfronts, but Kamphaeng Phet is not one of them.
The city has taken full advantage of a 1.5 km stretch of riverfront by lining it with trees, steps and benches that offer an excellent vantage point for watching the sunset. On the opposite side of Sirijit Rd from the main riverfront area, Municipal Park and Sirichit Utthayan Park are outfitted with playgrounds, exercise equipment, tennis and basketball courts and walkways suitable for a jog.
On the riverfront itself, several women set up each evening around sunset to offer foot massage. A stone's throw further south, a small bridge leads to Ko Klang, an island that some day will probably be developed into a lovely recreation area but, at time of writing, is a rather overgrown affair with a few run down gazebos where locals go fishing during the day.
On the north side of the island is an old Chinese temple that has fallen into ruin -- worth a peek if you're searching for something to do.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 2nd December, 2014.