Two days in Kamphaeng Phet

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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The atmospheric scene at Wat Phra Kaeo. Photo 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 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 (Full text is around 600 words.)

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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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Our top 8 other sights and activities in and around Kamphaeng Phet

Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park: Central zone
Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park: Central zone

Don’t miss the elephant statues

Kamphaeng Phet National Museum
Kamphaeng Phet National Museum

An excellent collection

Kamphaeng Phet Riverfront
Kamphaeng Phet Riverfront

Take it easy the local way

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Mae Wong National Park

Get out there

Khlong Lan National Park
Khlong Lan National Park

Cool off in the jungle

Wat Phra Borommathat
Wat Phra Borommathat

Ancient riverside temple