Bloody history of the Thai city known as ‘Diamond Wall’
By David Armstrong
A sleepy riverside town in Central Thailand, Kamphaeng Phet is popular with Bangkok tourists as a stopover on their way to Chiang Mai. But as David Armstrong explains, it’s played a crucial role in battles between warring kingdoms of ancient Siam and Burmese invaders
AMPHAENG PHET is a small and peaceful provincial capital on the Ping River, which flows south from Chiang Mai to help form the Chaophraya River. It is near the point where the river emerges from the
hills of Tak province and spreads majestically across the soft soils of the central plains. To the west are rugged, heavily forested mountains that form a network of splendid national parks. To the east are endless fertile flatlands, where farmers grow rice,
cassava, sugar, mangoes, and tiny, bright yellow fruit called kluai khai, or egg bananas. Its main attraction is a UNESCO World Heritage historical park, which contains the ruins of a fortress, fortified walls that protected a city and more than 60 ancient temples.
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