Kamphaeng Phet Travel Guide - Wat Phra Borommathat Chediyaram
The golen stupa of Wat Phra Borommathat Chediyaram – Kamphaeng Phet Travel Guide

Introduction to Kamphaeng Phet Travel Guide

Kamphaeng means ‘wall’ and Phet means ‘diamond’ in Thai. Therefore, the name of the province (Kamphaeng Phet) means ‘the wall of diamond’. This wall acted as a defensive boundary between the Kingdom of Ayutthaya and Burma. The previous name was Khao Kampeng, which referred to a mountain wall that separated the two kingdoms. Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Phichit, Nakhon Sawan, and Tak are provinces nearby.

The city walls and fortifications that remain now show that Kamphaeng Phet was a historic outpost town during the Sukhothai dynasty. Legend has it that there were two cities in the area before the city was built: Chakangrao and Nakhon Chum. Nakhon Chum was built on the west side of the Ping River, whereas Chakangrao was established on the east bank.

​​Kamphaeng Phet is a wonderful tourist destination with a variety of natural and cultural attractions around the province.

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Credit: Kamphaeng Phet, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thailand by Samuel Magal

How to get to Kamphaeng Phet

Map of Kamphaeng Phet Province

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Top Attractions in Kamphaeng Phet

Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park

Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park

The UNESCO World Heritage Site that features the ruins of Sukhothai Kingdom’s ancient town.

Khlong Lan National Park

Khlong Lan National Park

The national park that is home to the beautiful Khlong Lan Waterfall.

Wat Phra Borommathat Chediyaram

An ancient temple with a stupa in the Burmese style.

Side Trips

External Resources

Kamphaeng Phet Travel Guide - Buddha at Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park
Sleeping Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew in Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park – Kamphaeng Phet Travel Guide

Summary of Kamphaeng Phet Travel Guide

Located on the vast Ping River and bordered by mountains to the west, Kamphaeng Phet is best known for a small but notable historical park. Due to its lengthy history as one of Siam’s most strong fortified outposts, vestiges of those days may still be found in Kamphaeng Phet today, so much so that it has its own historical park, similar to Sukhothai. This province is definitely for visitors looking for a less congested and well-known destination. Still can’t make up your mind? Please do not hesitate to visit any of Thailand’s other well-known provinces:

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