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While the ruins of Sukhothai are very well known among travelers of Thailand, around it existed several satellite cities, which are lesser known.  Among these is Kamphaeng Phet, a fairly pleasant riverside town built directly alongside the old Sukhothai-style ruins.

Like Sukhothai, these are divided into different areas.  One section of temples and monuments are located within the old city wall.  The majority of the temples lie north outside the city in the forest.  These belonged to the Arani (forest dwellers) sect.

A few dozen temples dot these woods.  Upon coming to the exit of the outer Historical Park after see them all; I came across this quintessentially British car.  A Mini Cooper decorated all over with Union Jacks?  Certainly photo worthy.

Ruins beyond it?  Makes it all the more interesting.

Benjamin Williams

Hi all, my name is Ben. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in archaeology and writing, pursuing a career in the latter. However, I never quite lost that fascination for archaeological theory. For the past 11 years, I’ve been living and travelling between Asia, Europe, and North America, documenting ancient sites and the peoples who built them, and then adapting them into practical archaeological travel information at

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