Kamphaeng Phet (กำแพงเพชร) is a city in Lower Northern Thailand.
Located in the lower north of Thailand on the bank of the Ping River, Kamphaeng Phet is 358 km from Bangkok. To its east are riverine flatlands while the western areas are made up of high mountains lush with fertile forests where a number of national parks have been established.
Areas along the river bank at present-day city used to host several ancient towns which had played a major role as strategic front-lines since Sukhothai was the kingdom's capital down through the times of Ayutthaya and early Rattanakosin (Bangkok) eras. In fact, the name Kamphaeng Phet actually means "walls or forts as strong as diamonds".
- The hot springs of Phra Ruang, not far from the main town. Follow Hwy 101 north (towards Sukhothai) out of Kamphaeng Phet for 13 km, then turn left and 12 km up this road you'll come upon the springs.
- Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park, north of city (walk north, hard to miss). 09:00-16:00. In former times Kamphaeng Phet was part of the Sukhothai kingdom. Ruins from this time are found to the immediate north of the new city. In 1991 these, along with the two related historical cities, became a world heritage site. 100 baht.
The night market in Kamphaeng Phet is particularly good for cheap and varied eats. It's located on Tesa 1 between Bumrungrat and Soi 14.
During the day Ton Pho Market between Tesa 1 and Rachadumnoen, first soi south from Kamphaengphet/101 is a good bet for food.
While a handful of restaurants are open until around midnight much of the town shuts up pretty early, between 20:00 and 21:00; even the night market is winding down by that time. Bear this in mind when planning your dinner.
Like any Thai town with more than a handful of people, Kamphaeng Phet has been overrun with cafes serving a wide range of espresso-based beverages. Most also have a selection of cakes.
There are at least three cafes on Wichien/Rachavitee. Starting from Rachadumnoen heading towards 3J Guesthouse, first is Ba-Gan Tim (09:00-21:00, espresso, 30 baht, air-con) which can be identified by the cute cow beside its chalkboard. Next is In Coffee, a small stall affair with only a couple of tables (espresso, 25 baht.) Last before 3J is Coffee Club (08:00-18:00, espresso, 30 baht, air-con, free Wi-Fi) which has comfortable sofas and some of the best coffee in Thailand. They also provide a free pot of green tea with each cup of coffee. These cafes are all on the south side of the road. Ba-Gan Tim and Coffee Club both serve cakes.
Vigit 2 has two cafes within 200 m heading south from Wichien, the first in a bookshop (09:00-20:00, espresso, 30 baht, air-con, free Wi-Fi) and the next, Sugar Cane Coffee (espresso, 40 baht, air-con, free Wi-Fi) about 50 m further on. Both are on the east side of the street and also serve cakes.
The intersection of Tesa 1 and Kamphaengphet/101 does have another coffee shop which is also a bakery, Cake Pound / เค้กปอนด์ (7:00-?, espresso, 35 baht, air-con). Lots of breads, mini pizzas and cake options at reasonable prices; the two muffins for 30 baht were tasty and a particularly good deal.
- Coffee Today, town centre (intersection of Tesa 1 Rd and Kamphaengphet Rd. Look for the clock and the fountain). Possibly the best coffee shop in town. Cappuccini at 50 baht, selection of sweet snacks, Wi-Fi. On the street corner opposite the town fountain. Popular.
- Riverside Scenic Resort, 325/16 Tesa 2 Rd, ☎ . Relaxing place to stay. Lots of local info and near the old city. 1,500+ baht.
- 3 J Guesthouse, 79 Rachavitee Rd (about 2 km south of city centre), ☎ . Check-out: 12:00. Low cost, basic rooms (entirely adequate and clean), fan or air-con, very pleasant garden environment. Small range of food offered, motorbikes for hire (200 baht a day). Family run business, good spoken English, helpful advice about touring the town and ruins. 250-500 baht.
|Routes through Kamphaeng Phet|
|Chiang Rai ← Tak ←||N S||→ Nakhon Sawan → Bangkok|