Day 5, and my stop today is Kamphaeng Phet, which translates to ‘Diamond wall’.
As the capital of the identically named province (as is the relationship between most of the capitals and provinces in Thailand), Kamphaeng Phet was a key part of the defense to the former Sukothai and Ayutthaya capitals.
I don’t think I really scratched beneath the surface of this town at all during my short stop here……..a wirlwind visit through the historical park and national museum. Taking in the blue-roofed temples and the park ruins.
It was all really impressive, but I may have been a bit underwhelmed due to having been blown away by Sukothai the previous day.
One thing that I’d noticed in this town, and all of the others throughout the week, is the amount of stray dogs in Thailand.
I’m a big dog-person and, in general, I was pretty confident I knew how to handle myself around them…….however….when you’re walking down a street at night and suddenly a pack of 10 appear from no-where, barking…….a lot of that dog-whisperer theory goes out of the window! No making friends here!…….no eye contact……keep the same pace……and try to not walk straight through the pack if you can help it!
Next Stop – Tak!