A city of historical strategic importance, Kamphaeng Phet is now a charming, quiet province with many interesting natural and cultural attractions.
Geographically located in the lower portion of Northern Thailand along the banks of the Ping River, Kamphaeng Phet is 358 kilometers from Bangkok. To the east of Kamphaeng Phet are flatlands, while in the west there are a number of national parks with high rising mountains and lush, fertile forests. In the areas along the Ping River near the provincial capital of Kamphaeng Phet there were once a number of ancient towns that served as strategic front-line frontier-posts between the northern and central kingdoms. In fact, the name Kamphaeng Phet literally means “strong as walls” or “forts make of diamonds”. The capital city of Kamphaeng Phet is split into two: the new city, which appears very similar to a typical Thai provincial city, and the old city, encircled by the original fortification walls that now protect a historical park.
Kamphaeng Phet is a charming balance of old and new worlds, with comfortable accommodation available in the new city, while historical attractions await visitors in the wall-encircled old city. The town also features a lively street market, and day trip attractions include nearby Khlong Lan National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty filled with exotic flora and fauna.