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Kamphaeng Phet

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The bus station is off Kamphaeng Phet Rd, on the west side of the river, two km west of the roundabout. If you make prior arrangements, any hotel or guesthouse can provide pick-up or drop-off service. A handful of motorbike taxis hang around at the bus station and should know all of the area's hotels by name. Maroon songthaews also go to/from the bus station. In town, they can be caught near the roundabout or along many of the city's main roads.

Kamphaeng Phet is located midway along the most widely used route from Bangkok's Mo Chit (northern) station to Chiang Mai. At least 10 different bus companies that ply this route make regular stops in Kamphaeng Phet. Several buses of varying comfort depart hourly in either direction from 06:00 to 22:00, and a handful of buses continue to depart straight through the night. To Bangkok, the cheapest buses start at around 200 baht while the priciest VIP buses fetch 350 baht or more. Tickets to Chiang Mai are slightly less expensive. As they're long distance, most buses have toilets on board.

On the way to Bangkok, virtually all buses also service Nakhon Sawan, and some of the cheaper buses stop at smaller destinations like Uthai Thani, Singburi and Lopburi. If heading to Ayutthaya, buses will typically drop passengers along the main road, from where it's possible to catch a motorbike taxi, tuk tuk or songthaew into town.

On the way to Chiang Mai, virtually all buses also service Tak (with transfers available for Mae Sot), Lampang and Lamphun.

Air-con buses to Sukhothai depart hourly from 08:00 to 18:00 for 70 baht. You can also catch a songthaew to Sukhothai for 60 baht. From Sukhothai, buses go on to Phitsanulok every 30 minutes between 08:00 and 23:00.

If heading to other northern destinations, make your way to Phitsanulok, Lampang or Chiang Mai and transfer there. If heading to the northeast, transfer in Phitsanulok. For other central and also the more southerly northeastern destinations, make a transfer in Nakhon Sawan.

Songthaews to outlying provincial destinations can be caught at the day market on Bumrungrat Rd -- ask around if you need to reach a certain village.

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Getting Around

The best way to get around Kamphaeng Phet is by bicycle, which can be rented at Three J Guesthouse and other hotels for 50 baht. Three J also rents out motorbikes for 200 baht per day, although the selection is limited to a couple of small-engine automatics and a few manual gear bikes.

Maroon songthaews seem to run regularly during daylight hours from Big C in the south of town, to the day market down Bumrungrat Rd, then north up Tesa 1, through the roundabout, west to the bus station and back down Ratchadamnoen Rd and Charoensuk Rd.

With no tuk tuks, rickshaws or taxis to speak of, Kamphaeng Phet has only a small number of purple-vested motorbike taxis; while you'll find them at the bus station and day market, don't expect them to cruise by whenever you need. Kamphaeng Phet's pedal-powered samlors seem to be dying out -- we saw only one during our most recent stay.

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