Kamphaeng Phet - A Diamond in Thailand's Culture
Despite many obvious similarities, and both being UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park has a distinctly different feel than the park at Sukhothai. It feels more remote.
Many of the ruins are surrounded by more primitive forests than is Sukhothai. Wat Phra Kaeo has some magnificent old trees as well as structures.
On a weekday morning in November, we seemed to be the only visitors. The park has a splendidly quiet atmosphere that makes one want to stare at the ruins and contemplate what this society must have looked like in the 15th century.
If you don't have your own transportation or have not rented a motorbike, you can rent a bicycle at a very friendly Visitors Center for Bt 20/hour. The park is too large to walk comfortably, and a bicycle seems about right.
Both parts of the historical park can take much of a day. Perhaps combine the Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park with a visit to the Kamphaeng Phet National Museum, which is very close by.
Wat Phra Kaeo
This large temple rests in the shade of some magnificent trees, many of which are their own type of attraction. Wat Phra Kaeo
Excavations are continuing with sections of laterite wall still being unearthed.
Wat Chang Rob
This temple set on a mound in the Aranyik area can make you wonder how beautiful it must have looked when all 68 elephants flanking the main chedi were still intact.
The park is open from 08:00 - 17:00 | admission fee Bt 40
Bring a good camera and enjoy this gem of a cultural site.