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Kamphaeng Phet

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กำแพงเพชร
Northern Thailand
358 km from Bangkok
Province of Kamphaeng Phet
Population : 28000
Thai prononciation : Gam Pèng Pèt

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1 à 2 jours

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General Information about Kamphaeng Phet

Located 77 km from Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet attracts far fewer visitors. Nevertheless its Historical Park also worth a visit especially for the 3 Buddha of Wat Phra Kaew. UNESCO World Heritage since December 12, 1991, this large park in the forest adjacent to the city contains many temple remains. It is a good place for cycling around and a good introduction to Sukhothai visit although its temples are in lot poorer condition. History and temples fan will also add Si Satchanalai to the program.
The Kamphaeng Phet city, whose name means diamond wall has few monuments to visit: two museums devoted to objects and statues found in the area and its history and the remains of its fortifications (walls and forts). But the city has this quiet and friendly atmosphere of small tourist towns. Great efforts have been made since 2011 to promote and attract visitors here. Today mostly are Thai. There are also more and more tours offering to visit both Sukhothai and Kamphaeng Phet. The Ping River banks where the night market stands are nice. There are quality and cheap accommodation but they are not numerous and pretty far from the Historical Park. The remains of the Sukhothai period are very numerous in the area. Outside of the city, near the Bus Terminal in particular. The region also have several national parcs and hilltribes.
Kamphaeng Phet is a nice and relaxed step to discover history of Thailand. You may surprise yourself by staying several days seduced by the atmosphere and the desire to ride among the temples over again.
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Accommodations in Kamphaeng Phet

Strangely in Kamphaeng Phet, hotels and guest houses are quite far from Historical Park which is partly in the city. Accommodation with the most interesting quality/price ratio are located in the area between Wat Khu Yang and the Big C Supercenter. But there are also some hotels on Ratcahdamnoen1 and Thesa 1. If you arrive by bus, get off at the clock tower rather than going to the bus station which is 2 kilometers far from the city.

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Weather & climate in Kamphaeng Phet

Kamphaeng Phethas a tropical savanna climate. The winters are dry and very hot. Temperatures rise until April, the hottest month with frequent temperature rises up to at 40 °C and higher. The rainy season runs from May to October with slightly cooler temperatures during the day, although the nights remain warm.

In Kamphaeng Phet, August and September are the rainiest months.

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Practical information about Kamphaeng Phet

Transportation to get around in the city are not very easy to find. They are usually at a few strategic points (Terminal buses, Clock Tower, market and Big C). If you can come with a car, things will be simpler otherwise once settled in your hotel or guesthouse, rent a bike to be able to go around easily. The Three J Guesthouse is the place where you can rent bikes at the best price (50 THB day). Chakungrao Riverview Hotel and Naravat Hotel also offer to rent bicycles but at much higher prices (200 to 250 THB per day).
If you arrive by bus in high season, get off the bus where the majority of Thai passengers get off, just at the crossroads where you have the Clock Tower in sight. It will prevent you from going to the Bus Termina. In low season, , it may be preferable to continue to the bus station, you will have less chances of finding a motorcycle taxi or tuk-tuk at the crossroads. And do not hesitate to contact your hotel or guesthouse and ask them to pick you up.
For information, only the Historical Park Information Center is truly effective and available. Take the opportunity of your visit of the park to go see them, they have a lot of information for visiting the region.

How to get around in Kamphaeng Phet ?

The best way to get around in Kamphaeng Phet is without context the tuk-tuk or by renting a bicycle. Three J Guesthouse rent bicycles. There are also many local buses but it is not esy to know where they go.

How to ask in Thai to go to Kamphaeng Phet ?

I want to go to Kamphaeng Phet / Yak paï ti Gam Pèng Pèt.
Where is Kamphaeng Phet ? / Gam Pèng Pèt you ti naï ?

Must-visits in Kamphaeng Phet

Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park

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My opinion :
In two parts, one involving the Wat Phra That and Wat Phra Kaew with its three great Buddhas and one more in the forest with numerous remains of temples. It is THE visit to do in Kamphaeng Phet
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