Situated in the Lower North of Thailand, Kamphaeng Phet boasts the topography of plains in the north and south, with undulating mountains in the west, which are the origin of the province’s streams and tributaries.
Among these are Khlong Suan Mak, Khlong Wang Chao, Khlong Khlung, and Khlong Khayaeng, all flowing into the Ping River, the province’s life vein that meanders from north to south across the province. Kamphaeng Phet is a location of an ancient city that existed in Thai history at least 700 years ago.
As an important strategic outpost duchy of the Sukhothai Kingdom, the city was strongly fortified with walls and battlements, which still remain to be seen. According to historical evidence, two towns known as Chakangrao and Nakhon Chum had existed on the left and right banks, respectively, of the Ping River before the emergence of Kamphaeng Phet.
The latter is located opposite the old Kamphaeng Phet town, and therefore, is of historical as well as cultural importance. Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991. The province also offers several natural attractions with verdant forests abundant with flora, fauna, and various kinds of birds, such as Mae Wong National Park, Khlong Lan National Park, and Khlong Wang Chao National Park.