Photo: A pensive Buddha at Wat Phra Kaeo.

Two days in Kamphaeng Phet

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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.

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A great reason to spend a night or two in Kamphaeng Phet is Three J Guesthouse, one of our favourite places to stay in Thailand. Mr Charin and his son James ease the difficulty of exploring a non-touristy destination by providing maps, info, tours and motorbike/bicycle rental while generally making guests feel welcome in a town where you won’t see many foreign faces.

The atmospheric scene at Wat Phra Kaeo. Photo taken in or around Two days in Kamphaeng Phet, Kamphaeng Phet, Thailand by David Luekens.

The atmospheric scene at Wat Phra Kaeo. Photo: David Luekens

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.

Golden teak at the Ruan Thai Museum. Photo taken in or around Two days in Kamphaeng Phet, Kamphaeng Phet, Thailand by David Luekens.

Golden teak at the Ruan Thai Museum. Photo: David Luekens

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 (Around 600 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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