Photo: Tree shaded ruins at Kamphaeng Phet.

Things to see and do

Two days in Kamphaeng Phet

The haunting, UNESCO-listed ruins at Kamphaeng Phet attract a trickle of travellers, often on day trips from Sukhothai. Those who linger are treated to marvellous food, a scenic riverfront, pristine natural attractions and spirited locals who haven't become jaded by large-scale tourism. If you seek to sidestep the well-trodden track, two days in Kamphaeng Phet could be just the ... Read more about Two days in Kamphaeng Phet .

Kamphaeng Phet Historic Park
Centre and west of town.

Walking the streets of modern Kamphaeng Phet, it’s hard to believe this low-key backwater was once a key stronghold of the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya kingdoms. Often overlooked by travellers, what remains of this once magnificent city can be explored at Kamphaeng Phet Historical ... Read more about Kamphaeng Phet Historic Park .

Kamphaeng Phet National Museum

This large and rather dusty museum contains the usual collection of artifacts. You'll find Buddha statues, ancient bronzeware, fragmented bas-reliefs, ceramics and odds and ends, many of which were unearthed in the immediate surrounds. It's not as elaborate or well maintained as the museum up in Sukhothai, but if you miss that one, this will do as an alternative. ... Read more about Kamphaeng Phet National Museum .

Ruan Thai Museum

Located right next to the National Museum, this lesser attraction is more notable for the structure itself than what it houses. Made of golden teak wood, it's a classical gabled-roof Kamphaeng Phet style stilted house with a large open courtyard filled with potted plants and traditional ceramic basins. Three rooms surround the courtyard, each full of information boards on the area and ... Read more about Ruan Thai Museum .

San Phra Isuan

Situated just northeast of the historical park's central zone, this small shrine has a laterite base upon which stands a bronze cast of the Hindu god Shiva. The statue is a replica -- the original is displayed in the nearby Kamphaeng Phet National Museum. During the reign of King Rama V, the hands and head of the original statue were stolen by a German tourist who took them to Bangkok in 1886 ... Read more about San Phra Isuan .

Kamphaeng Phet Riverfront
Riverfront, Kamphaeng Phet

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 ... Read more about Kamphaeng Phet Riverfront .

Khlong Lan National Park
Around 60km from Kamphaeng Phet
T: (055) 766 022

Spread over 300 square kilometres on the west side of Kamphaeng Phet province, Khlong Lan National Park is best known for the breathtaking 100 metre-high Khlong Lan waterall. Situated a short stroll from park headquarters, the falls include several different streams of water that cascade over a 40 metre-wide cliff into a collection of pools suitable for swimming; it's possible to swim right ... Read more about Khlong Lan National Park .

Mae Wong National Park
Around 20 km south of Khlong Lan village
T: (081) 881 4729

Around 20 km further south past Khlong Lan village, Route 1117 ends at Mae Wong National Park -- not to be confused with Mae Wang National Park in Chiang Mai province. A remote 894 square km of pristine forest that stretches all the way south into Nakhon Sawan province and west to Tak's Umpang district, Mae Wong is worth the effort if you want to get way out into the wilderness. While the ... Read more about Mae Wong National Park .

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Kamphaeng Phet? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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