Soak it up
Published/Last edited or updated: 14th June, 2016
The UNESCO-listed ruins at Kamphaeng Phet attract a trickle of travellers, often on day trips from Sukhothai. Those who linger are treated to great food, a scenic riverfront, pristine natural attractions and locals who haven't become jaded by mainstream tourism. If you seek to sidestep the well-trodden track, two days in Kamphaeng Phet could be just the ticket.
Day one Set off on a bicycle in the morning, stopping for a northern Thai coffee at one of several bakeries among the city’s solid selection of food offerings. Before you pedal up to the ruins, head down to the day market off Bumrangrat Road to see (and taste) fresh local fruit among the mounds of produce.
With a bundle of stumpy bananas in your bicycle basket, pedal north past quiet temples and the old wooden houses that line Tesa Road. Many homes double as restaurants, dishing out tasty egg-wheat noodle (ba-mii) soup with roasted duck or pork -- a specialty of Kamphaeng Phet. After a bowl (or three), continue north to the historical park’s central zone.
After checking out the Ayutthaya-period Buddha images and elephant sculptures at Wat Phra Kaeo, mosey over to the National Museum and Ruan Thai Museum to gain a deeper understanding of Kamphaeng Phet's place in history. If you're the superstitious type, offer a flower garland at a shrine dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, believed to protect all those who pass through ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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