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“UNESCO World Heritage Site” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park

Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park
Kamphaeng Phet, Thailand
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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“UNESCO World Heritage Site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

This was my second UNESCO site in two days. I went into the museum, then walked around slowly reading about the history and left feeling like I had some new knowledge.

After the museum I rode a bicycle around the site, visited various ruins and took a load of pictures. Worth the visit.

Visited February 2012
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Ayutthaya, Thailand
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“Visit to Nakhon Chum and Chakangrao”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Visited Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park again after five years. Historical Kamphaeng Phet, a former military outpost, has in fact four areas of which two are really taken good care for. These two areas are the Chakangrao walled city and its Aranyik (forest) area.

As I knew the old city quite well, my visit focused on the Thung Setthi area (in particular the Aranyik area of Nakhon Chum on the west bank of the Ping River). The fourth area contains all the other (more isolated) monuments on the east bank of the Ping River outside the old Chakangrao city.
 
I visited the Nakhon Chum area about 10 years back, but still had difficulties to find most of the temple ruins of the former city. The area is very badly indicated. Most of the ruins are only accessible via unpaved tracks, not easily done by car. The information boards in situ had their best years. This area, historically important, does not attract many visitors and it is understandable why. An effort could be done to improve the access to this site and set up appropriate markers. It cannot be a big investment to realize this.
 
I made also a short visit to the walled city of Chakangrao, the area north of Wat Phra Kaeo (heart of the park) and Rd #101, which cut through it. Here are also a number of ruins, merely laterite foundations and some fortresses as part of the interesting laterite defence wall. The area lacked maintenance, as no tracks could be seen, leading to the different ruins. I had to cross the area in nearly knee deep grass. I felt not very comfortable and skipped two ruins; the high grass was likely a snake habitat and I was wearing low shoes. Here also an effort could be made to keep this area (UNESCO site) accessible for visitors.

All the four historical zones of Kamphaeng Phet are really worth to be visited. Count two days. If possible start with a visit to the National Museum (closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and national holidays).

Visited November 2012
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Unseen Thailand - well worth a visit!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Kamphaeng Phet forms a triangle of heritage sites with the better known Sukhothai and Sisatchanalai ruins. However, it gets very few tourists and that makes for a far more peaceful experience. The ruins are partly in the small town and partly in the forest beyond the town. The atmosphere here is very different to its ruined sister cities as most buildings, images and stupas have lost the outer brick and stucco layers and feel more raw and mysterious, so you won't get that "temple fatigue" feeling here. In fact the temples among the trees have more of a lost city feel to them and as you'll very likely be the only people around you'll be able to enjoy that sense of "discovery".
We found people in the town to be very friendly and welcoming and it was easy to find some good food. Private transport is a good idea especially if you want to combine all 3 ruined cities but you can also get to Kamphaeng Phet by long distance buses as it lies just off the main North South highway

Visited August 2012
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“Hidden Gem of Northern Thailand”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Very private and secluded. Not many other tourists as the place is not so well known among westerners. The historical park is part of UNESCO heritage site, and is well maintain

Visited June 2012
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“Peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

Great as so few tourists visit this site but plenty to see & do-able within a day

Visited February 2012
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