Photo: Wat Chang Rob in wet season.

Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park: Northern zone

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Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park's northern zone is located around a kilometre northwest of the park's central zone; and it is here where the historical park gets most interesting in our opinion, with venerable trees piercing into the ancient ruins.

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Wat Phra Si Ariyabot and Wat Chang Rob are two sites that should not be missed, but we also recommend minor sites like Wat Kamphaeng Ngam and Wat Ma Phi, which are ideal for a few minutes of contemplation. Altogether the northern zone contains 40 different sites spread over a sizeable forested area.

Dry season is not peak season. Photo taken in or around Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park: Northern zone, Kamphaeng Phet, Thailand by David Luekens.

Dry season is not peak season. Photo: David Luekens

The first major site that you’ll see, on your left, after entering the historical park’s northern zone is Wat Phra Non, a large complex that blends into the forest. The ruins include the remains of several structures built from the 14th to 16th centuries, including a large ordination hall in front and a wihaan that once housed a reclining Buddha image towards the back. A two-metre-high laterite wall with narrow windows rims the sprawling grounds. Sema boundary stones depicting characters from the Ramakien epic were discovered here and can now be seen in the National Museum.

While there are no Buddha images or other individual attractions, the entire complex is a pleasure to wander through. Countless walls and wide laterite pillars stand alongside vast trees, making this is a prime place for a game of hide and seek.

Within the grounds of Wat Phra Non. Photo taken in or around Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park: Northern zone, Kamphaeng Phet, Thailand by David Luekens.

Within the grounds of Wat Phra Non. Photo: David Luekens

Between Wat Phra Non and Wat Singh in the historical park’s northern zone, Wat Phra Si Ariyabot was named after a large Buddha image that still stands facing the forest at the back of the complex. Up front stands a massive two-metre-high brick base that once supported a wihaan. It must have been one of the largest buildings in the area; with some imagination you can picture it with a broad wooden roof sheltering chanting monks during the Sukhothai period. Off to the sides, a couple of badly damaged chedis still display some of the original circular patterns around the cracked ... Travelfish members only (Around 800 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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How to get there
The Northern Zone ruins are best explored by bicycle, which can be rented at Three J and other hotels or at the front gates to both zones for 30 baht. To reach the park, head west past the City Pillar Shrine and turn right (north) and then left (west), following the signs. Cars and motorbikes can be brought into the northern zone for an extra 20 to 50 baht. Admission is 100 baht for only the northern zone, or you can pay 150 baht for the entire historical park.

Walking the entire northern zone and then back into town would make for a very tiring day. A few vendors sell water next to the parking lot at Wat Chang Rob in the northern zone -- there’s a lot of ground in between so do stock up. Fourrest is a good place to grab a bite to eat before or after hitting the northern zone.

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