Kamphaeng Phet Travel Information
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Introduction

KamphaengphetIt is administratively divided into 9 Amphoe (District) Muang, Khanu Woralakburi, Khlong Khlung, Khlong Lan, Lan Krabu, Phangsila Tong, Phran Kratai, and Sai Ngam ,2 King Amphoe (branch District), 78 Tambon (Sub- Districts) and 883 villages. The province's economic condition in general is highly satisfactory. Its economic development growth is 9.4% yearly on the average.



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History

Kamphaeng Phet is an important province. During the Sukhothai era, it was a town whose status was recognized as that of the crown ruling town, it is presumed to have been established in 1347 during the Reign of King Ler Thai, the 4th King of the Sukhothai dynasty and it was called "Cha Kang Rao and "Nakhon Chum" Kamphaeng Phet occupies an area of 8,607.5 square kilometers and is located 358 kms. from Bangkok. This province is in the lower Northern Region, having its territory bordering on: Tak and Sukhothai .
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Festivals & Events
Nop Phra Len Pleng

This is the traditional festival to give expression of Kamphaeng Phet's culture in Buddha homage paying. Every year, on full moon day in the month of "Makha Puja" (during February-March period), the grand procession will be organized to pay homage to Lord Buddha's relic at the Phra Borom That Chediyaram temple. The fair today consists of colorfully decorated parades of participants dressed in ancient attires crossing the Ping to pay homage to the Holy Relic on the Nakhon Chum side of the river.

The Kamphaeng Phet Mini Banana Festival
Organized to promote and publicize architectural productivity, namely, "Kluay Khai" (mini banana), which has brought fame to Kamphaeng Phet decides celebrating the festival, competition of ceremonious preparations of a kind of traditional food called "Khao Kraythip" and "Khao Krayasat" are arranged during the period of September and October.

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City attractions

Wat Phrathat

This is the second largest monastery located within the city wall, just east of Wat Phra Kaeo. It is presided over by a pagoda built of sand stone and bricks, surrounded by a Vihara with sand stone walls having a gate on each side. The construction is classical Kamphaeng Phet style.

Kamphaengphet National Museum

This museum, located behind Wat Phra Kaeo, Was officially opened in early 1970. It contains objects du art, and archaeological times to the present, from all over Thailand, in addition to archaeological pre-historical items from excavations in Kamphaeng Phet and its neighboring provinces.
It is open daily from 9.00-16.00 hrs. except Mondays, Tuesdays and official holidays, admission fee is 10 Baht.

San Phra Isuan (The Siva Shrine)

This shrine is situated behind the Provincial Court. The structure is of square sand stone base with 1.5 meters high floor and a staircase. On the Chooe,Chee pedestal there is a bronze of Isuan God, cast during the period of Governor Chaowas Sudlapha, (the genuine image is displayed in Kamphaeng Phet National Museum.) During the reign of King Rama V, however, a German tourist to Kamphaeng Phet secretly removed the head and hands of there idol and brought them to Bangkok in 1886. The Ruler of Kamphaeng Phet notified Bangkok about the incident and H.M. the King had personally requested the return of the head and hands. A replica was cast and graciously given as a replacement, which is now displayed in the Museum of Berlin, West Germany.

Kamphaeng Phet Historical ParkKamphaeng Phet Historical Park

Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park is located in the township area. The archaeological sites in the ancient city of Kamphaeng Phet is now under the renovation by the Fine Arts Departments and open to the public everyday from 8.30-16.00 hrs. The admission fee is 20 Baht.
The ancient ruins in Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park are divided into 2 areas:
This important monastery is situated in the heart of Kamphaeng Phet City. Its walls are made of whose slabs of round sand stone laid parallel to the city walls. All structure within the monastery are made of sand and it is presided over by a large pagoda of Sri Lankan style.

City Pillar Shrine

It has been built by King Woraman, during Sukhothai Period. It is highly respected by Kamphaeng Phet residents.

Wat Phra Non

Wat Phra Si AriyabotWat Phra Non is the renovated Buddhist monastery with four latrite walls. Within its compound, there are a square-shaped well and bathrooms. Its church whose base and pillars are made of laterites, has the boundary stones called "SEMA" carved in as a deity in the Thai salute manner and other delicate designs. Behind the church is situated a vihara housing the reclining image of Buddha. The vihara's wall was party cut into space blocks replayed by balusters. Another striking spot is its large pillars. Nowadays, this construction styles rarely found.

Wat Phra Si Ariyabot

This monastery is locally called "Wat Phra Yuen" It is fronted by a large pond. The walls are of vertices sand stone slabs decorated on each side with Buddha images cast in each of the four attitudes, i.e.: Reclining, Walking, Standing and Sitting.

Wat Sing

It is supposed that this monastery should have been constructed during both Sukhothai and Ayutthaya period because of its mixed styles of Arts.
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Natural Attactions

Apart from a great deal of historical tourist attractions, Kamphaeng Phet has also impressive places of natural beauty:

Mae Wong National Park Mae Wong Forest

It is a joint area of two provinces namely Kamphaeng Phet and Nakhon Sawan. The forest in Nakhon Sawan is called Mae Wong-Mae Poen Forest. Another part in Kamphaeng Phet is called Khlong Mae Wong Forest-Khlong Khlung Forest. It was announced to be a national park since September 14,1987. The park covers the whole area of 894 kms. or 558, 750 rai. Its area of about 279,050 rai is under the administration of Kamphaeng Phet Province. Among its tourist attractions are Kang Pha Nang Khoi (Phra Nang Khoi Islet), Bo Nam Un (Warm Water Well), scenic points, Chong Lom (Mountain hole), Mae Krasa Waterfall, Mae Ki Waterfall, Mae Wong Waterfall, Mo Ko Chou Hill Top etc.
Transport
Travelers can use the route to Khlong Lan National Park. Along the route Khlong Lan-Um Phang, drive straight on from the turning to Khlong Lan Market for about 19 kms. before reaching the headquarters of Mae Wong National Park. The park accommodation is available for tourists.

Khlong Lan National ParkKhlong Lan National Park

This park is located about 42 kilometers west of Kamphaeng Phet. An asphalt road leads to the waterfall. A medium-size, it flows year round. In the vicinity of the waterfall, there are several hill tribe villages, and one may see Yao, Mhong and Karen people.

Namtok Khlong Nam Lai (Pang Kwai)

This 9-leveled waterfall is located 16 kms. from Khlong Lan Waterfall and there is access road to the waterfall itself. It has been established as a National Park and it flows year-round.

Khao Son Forest Park

This park is situated in Tambon Kosamphi west of Kamphaeng Phet. It is another major tourist attraction developed by the Province as a natural resort. Trip to the park begins from the township area at Km.358 of Kamphaeng Phet-Tak Highway. Turn left at Km.380 and follow the 9 kms. access to the arboretum.

Khlong Wang Chao National Park

This National Park is located in Muang District. It has a genuine description of forest for you to explore, including the hills, waterfalls, and mountain streams in the condition of their natural beauty and existence.

Namtok Wang Chomphu

It is located about 30 kms. far from town along the route Kamphaeng Phet-Tak. This small waterfall flows in the rainy season.

Phra Ruang Hot Spring

The spring's hot water is believed to be mineral water capable of curing a number of disease and for relieving pain. The spring is about 25 kms. away from the Province's administration seat.

Sa Ta Phrom Spring

It is located at km.292 on the left of the route Kamphaeng Phet-Nakhon Sawan in Tambon Don Taeng, Amphoe Khanu Woralakburi. Its water gushes highly about 2 meters and can be noticed from the distance. This is a natural phenomenon which is rarely found in Thailand.

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Transportation


By Bus:
Buses come and go all day long from the main bus station as Kamphaeng Phet lies on the major Bangkok to Chiang Mai route.

By Car
Depart from Bangkok, use Highway No.32 to Nakhon Sawan via Ayutthaya, Ang Thong and Sing Buri and then proceed along Highway No.1 to Kamphaeng Phet, a total distance of 358 kilometres.

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