Khet Kamphaeng Phet Zone 100 THB
Khet Aranyik Zone 100 THB
Joint Ticket 150 THB (For 2 Zones)
A house has to have a fence just like Sukhothai needed Kamphaeng Phet as its fortification. Even though it was never a capital of Thailand, Kamphaeng Phet served the kingdom as a defensive town which makes it no less important than Sukhothai itself.
Existed during the same time, Kamphaeng Phet has a similar city structure as Sukhothai with rectangular-shaped gate surrounded with moats that are connected to the Ping River on the west side. The town was divided into 2 parts including the city area where all the royal, political, and religious businesses were done and the Aranyik outside of the city wall which was more of a residential area. Several beautiful historical sites are found in the park including ruins, large Buddha images, and valuable antiquities.
Sitting right in the heart of the city, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Phra That seemed to be the most significant places of worship for Kamphaeng Phet. If you think these names sound familiar, it is probably because they have the same name as the “Wat Phra Kaew” in Bangkok and Wat Phra That in many other provinces. The fact that the Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image of Thailand, was once enshrined here should tell you something about the political power of Kamphaeng Phet back in the days.
If you wish to see all that this brilliant town left for us, also visit the Kamphaeng Phet National Museum located near Wat Phra That. Once you have the complete picture, you will not wonder anymore why it this city is called the “Wall of Diamond” and was also announced by UNESCO along with Sukhothai and Si satchanalai as a World Heritage Site.
From Bangkok, use Highway No. 32 passing Ayutthaya, Ang Thong, Singburi, and Nakhon Sawan. Then follow Highway No. 1 to reach Kamphaeng Phet. From Kamphaeng Phet city center, use Highway No. 101 (Kamphaeng Phet-Phran Kratai) and turn left at the 360th kilometer marker. The total distance is 363 kilometers.