Land of the worlds heritage Kamphaeng Phet covers an area of 8,607 square
kilometers. It is divided administratively into 9 districts, namely, Mueang Kampheang
Phet, Phran Kratai, Khlong Khlung, Khanu Woralaksauri, Sai Ngam, Lan Krabue,
Khlong Lan, Sai Thong Watthana and Pang Sila Thong and 2 sub-districts,
Bueng Samakkhi and Kosamphi Nakhon.
Geographically located in the Lower North 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 Mueang district used to host
several ancient towns which had played a major role as strategic front-line
frontiers 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 as strong as walls or forts make of diamonds.
Kamphaeng Phet covers an area of 8,607 square kilometres. It is divided
administratively into 9 districts, namely, Mueang Kampheang Phet, Phran
Kratai, Khlong Khlung, Khanu Woralaksauri, Sai Ngam, Lan Krabue, Khlong
Lan, Sai Thong Watthana and Pang Sila Thong and 2 sub-districts, Bueng Samakkhi
and Kosamphi Nakhon.
||: Tak and Sukhothai
||: Nakhon Sawan
||: Phichit and Phitsanulok
|Distances from Amphoe Mueang to Other Districts
||Sai Thong Phatthana
||Pang Sila Thong
Festivals & Events
The Nop Phra Len Phleng Festival
: Makha Bucha Day (the 15th day of the third lunar month)
: Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park, Kamphaeng Phet
Annually, this religious festival is held during the celebrations of Makha Bucha
in February in order to resuscitate and disseminate the old tradition began since
Sukhothai time. The festival started from 1983 with a model procession of troops
being organised to pay homage to the town’s major religious sites including candle
light procession (wian tian) around the Holy Relic pagoda. Anticipated events are
also various kinds of entertainment like plays and music performance with audio
and visual effects telling the history of how the town was built. Apart from Thai
art and cultural show, there are also fair for local handicraft products from
private and governmental sections and annual Kamphaeng Phet Red Cross fair as
well as the colourfully decorated parade of participants dressed in ancient attires
crossing the Ping river to pay homage to the Holy Relic pagoda on the Nakhon Chum
side of the river.
Cha-kang-rao Thai kite Festival
: During February - March
: Cultural Conservation yard, Sirijit Park, Kamphaeng Phet
"Cha-kang-rao Thai Kite Festival" is held annually in order to promote and maintain
the local culture and tradition of flying a kite in Thailand. Expected activities
are Thai Kite Contest for juveniles and adults, fighting fish and beauty fish contest.
This festival is aimed to encourage useful pastime for Thai people to have their time
spent wisely and pleasurably as well as to conserve our Thai tradition. Each year,
local sports event is organised including local food tasting event. For types of kites
entered in the competition are Chu-la, Puk-pao and beauty kite. As for fish, Thai and
Chinese fighting fish and guppy fish are breeds anticipated to be competed.
Northern Culture Expo (16 provinces)
: 21 - 23 August of every year
: Cultural Conservation yard, by Ping river
Locals and tourists are invited to pay a visit and purchase local food and products at
this annual cultural expo as well as being delighted by the performances showing lifestyle,
the lives and wisdoms of people from 16 provinces in the Northern part of Thailand, e.g.,
Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Nan, Phrae, Mae Hong Son, Phitsanulok,
Uttaradit, Phichit, Tark, Nakhon Sawan, Sukhothai, and Kamphaeng Phet. Morever, there
are also live folk music, local performances from above provinces, exhibitions on the journey
to Kamphaeng Phet of King Rama 5 and King Rama 9, exhibition on Kamphaeng Phet’s signature
products and tourist attractions in Kamphaeng Phet including training about Thai culture.
Sart Thai Kamphaeng Phet Kluai Khai Festival
: Thai Sart Day - last day of the 10th lunar month, usually in September
: Po yard, District office, Kamphaeng Phet
Sart Thai Kluai Khai (type of banana) Festival is held in September each year during the
fruit’s season, to promote and boost the sale of this local banana for which the province
is famous. Eagerly anticipated are performances and entertainments like banana contests,
banana decorated parade, competition on the making of Krayasart (a local sweet) and stiring
of Krayatip rice. Besides, you can find OTOP products for sale and get educated in agricultural
exhibition. All attendees will have an opportunity to try tasty Krayasart freshly made by
the winners of competitions from the previous years. Forest Rope Ceremony, another Buddhist
ritual is also expected to be seen in the scene.
Long distance trekking at National Park Mae Wong
: October - February
: Area in National Park Mae Wong, Kamphaeng Phet
Long distance trekking at National Park Mae Wong is an enjoyable way to hone
your survival skills and learn about the nature. Being observant with a good
memory and basic knowledge of nature and surroundings helps you towards having
a safe and pleasant trekking. The destinations are those natural tourist attractions
in the park such as Mountain Mokoju, Kra-sa waterfall, Mae-kee waterfall and
Mae-ree-wa waterfall. The trekking can be categorised into 2 types which are 1)
Trip to Mountain Mokoju – THB7,000 for round-trip, which will take 5 days and
4 nights travelling on foot; 2) Waterfall trip – THB4,000 per round-trip, taking
3 days and 2 nights on foot (only 1 waterfall out of 3 can be chosen per trip).
The sufficient preparation before this long distance trekking is highly advised.
Loi Krathong Festival
: Cultural Conservation yard, Sirijit Park by Ping River, Kamphaeng Phet
Loi Krathong Day is one of the most popular festivals of Thailand celebrated annually
on the Full-Moon Day of the Twelfth Lunar Month. "Loi" means "to float" and a "Krathong"
is a lotus-shaped vessel made of banana leaves. Traditionally, the purpose is to offer
an apology to the Goddess of water. By the moonlight, people light the candles and
joss-sticks inside their Krathongs and make a wish, then place them on the river.
It is believed that Krathongs carry away sins and bad luck as they float away.
The Festival is held annually to conserve and maintain Thai and local tradition as
well as to promote the tourism of Kamphaeng Phet, to boost up the economy and create
the income for the locals. The activities in the event include the contest for parade
of vehicles decorated as giant Krathongs with beautiful local women on top, Krathong
competition, Beauty Queen contests for adults and kids, entertainments, performances
about lined forest robe, Prateepkaew (glass lamp), Tara-kwan, Heaven of Cha-kang-rao,
etc. in the middle of Ping River. Not-to-be-missed programmes are also firework show
and launch of thousands of Krathongs which is guaranteed to be a mesmerising scene of the night.
Traditional Food Expo, Noodles Festival and Tour De Kamphaeng Phet
: 1 - 3 December, annually
: Sirijit Park by Ping River, Amphur Muang, Kamphaeng Phet
The love for noodles of Kamphaeng Phet people is the reason this festival was born.
Whether it be chicken noodles, old style noodles or the famous Pad Thai, the popularity
for this easy-to-find and quick food has grown rapidly. This annual food expo consists
of numerous stalls selling well-known food and noodles of Kamphaeng Phet for locals and
visitors to enjoy to their heart’s content. While gratifying in good food and good value
purchases for quality OTOP products, there will also be live music and performance to
keep you entertained in the event.