Kamphaeng Phet Description:
Halfway between Chiang Mai and Bangkok, Kamphaeng Phet guarded the nascent Thai Kingdoms that emerged from the jungles of Northern Thailand during the 14th century from Burmese and Khmer incursions.
Kamphaeng Phet’s (Diamond Wall) ancient fortifications can still be seen in the town’s old city where the thick ramparts that protected its citizens still partially stand alongside ancient temple ruins.
Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park is the town’s top draw for travelers on luxury tours of Thailand looking to explore the ancient ruins that once protected the often invaded Northern Thai kingdoms like Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. Dotted with dozens of Buddha images, the ruins feature several distinct architectural and artistic forms developed over the first centuries of Thai culture.
Kamphaeng Phet National Museum, not far from the center of town and the historical park, has an excellent collection of artifacts spanning the city’s history.
Best Time to Visit Kamphaeng Phet:
June through October rainfall in the region makes the verdant jungle particularly lush. March to May are the months with the highest temperatures, and the beast weather is from November to January.
How to get to Kamphaeng Phet:
Kamphaeng Phet Highlights:
The historical park near the center of town is a must-see for anyone touring Thailand.
Western style clothing is fine in town. If you’re heading into the park to explore the ruins, dress for a hike.