Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park, Kamphaeng Phet

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Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park is an archeological site in Kamphaeng Phet, Thailand. Along with Sukhothai Historical Park and Si Satchanalai historical park, it is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Town of Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns. Major features in the Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park include archaeological remains of ancient sites such as Mueang Chakangrao to the east of the Ping River, Mueang Nakhon Chum to the west and Mueang Trai Trueng some 18 km from the town to the southwest. Chakangrao, the ancient Kamphaeng Phet town, had the same town planning concept as the old Sukhothai and Si Satchanalai, with separate zones for religious sites both within and outside of town limits. Structures are usually large and made of laterite. Religious sites on the west bank of the Ping River at Nakhon Chum are built of bricks and of smaller size.
City walls and old fortifications mark the boundary of the rectangular town area, measuring 300–700 metres wide and 2,200 metres long.
Wat Phra Kaeo is a large royal temple in town centre near a site believed to have been a palace. The temple itself was used on important city events and had no monks in residence. Major features include the principal chedi with lion-adorned base and a round chedi with elephant-adorned base. There are also other Chedis of different bases and remains of several chapels. Its boundary is marked off by laterite walls.
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  • This park consists of two sections: the big one (with only remainigs of about 20 temples), but nice though and you can visit by car. The second one, accross the road you can only visit by foot, but ha...  more »
  • The perfect place to stay in Thailand forever. The atmosphere is very nice, quiet and peaceful to the very hot day, but we still don't stop to capture a memorable impression because the ancient of this place attracts us. The international fans of this place are Amazing Thailand.
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  • Come for the historical heritage or simply to enjoy the peaceful and quiet atmosphere reigning here. Stroll between the monuments and under the shade of the threes. Or, as the locals do, run or bike inside the park at the end of the afternoon.
  • Peaceful, generally well kept park with a number of partially restored ruins. Not as spread out as Sukhothai. We hired a tour guide (in Thai) and electric car to take us around. The guide and driver were helpful and knowledgable. There are a lot of temple ruins, over 40 if I remember correctly, so if you want to see everything plan to spend a fair amount of time here. You can drive through the park or rent bikes. 30 Baht/hour/bike for "city bikes" . . . 50 for mountain bikes. We rented city bikes which were a bit beat up. The mountain bikes looked to be in better shape. The museum is small but informative and in good shape. Overall a good place to visit.
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