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    Hanging out in Kamphaeng Phet

    I just got back from Thailand and had a great time. A particularly great time with one girl who is from around Kamphaeng Phet.

    I am talking to her about another trip up to the countryside and I am wondering what other's experiences have been in this area? It looks pretty rural from what I have dug up so far. Rural could be cool, this last trip was deep in tourist land.

    I am a pretty adventurous traveler, I think, but I am wondering what I might be getting myself in for. I guess the family has some land along the Ping(?) river, so that is where I would most likely be staying for at least part of the time.

    any info appreciated

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    How did you meet her?

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    my guess is youll be taken to the family village and they will try to fleece you.
    sorry to be cynical and i hope im wrong

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    KP is even more boring than issarn, its flat with long straight roads, I met an American who lived there, He was well out of his tree, mad as fvking hatter, I kid you not.

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    ^ Withnallstoke used to live up there, fit in very well the loopys, sorry the locals.

    On the times I visited KP I found it to be one of the cleaner, less dingy looking cities/towns in Thailand. The set up of the town is not the average big road running through but more of a large villagey type set up. The river Ping running through seemed clean too, with lots of people snacking on the banks at sunset.
    If you ask me, u could do worse for somewhere to live..but it is very fucking hot up there, and ofcourse, its way out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capp
    Rural could be cool, this last trip was deep in tourist land.
    If you're not looking for any excitement, KP is a nice little town. For a few weeks there's enough to do if you can adjust to a very slow pace of life. There is not much variety to sustain a long term stay unless you have hobbies/interests/work to do. Overall, i enjoyed my 2 years up there. The banks of the river are really family friendly up to about 10 o'clock in the evening, then young Thai gangs start to accumulate and indulge in fighting. Some decent expats there that congregate in a couple of places in town if you need to speak English and chew the fat, so all in all not much different to most places outside the touristy areas.

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    I found the town quite pleasant, and we had a very nice meal in a Chinese restaurant there. Next day we checked out the KP Historic park, which is well worth a visit, then hit the road again.

    Certainly, like most of provincial Thailand, it's the kind of place you need to make your own fun, and I suppose periodic visits to a city would be in order to get some variety. I didn't see a single other white face when I was there.
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    Khampaengphet is one of my favourite provinces in Thailand ... recommend the Khlong Lan National Park and travelling down through that into the Huai Kha Khaeng World Heritage area.

    I put a few crappy pictures on the place up here years ago. They were from a trip to bloody Isaan on which I somehow strayed to other friggin side of Thailand.

    http://teakdoor.com/thailands-travel...tml#post237356 (Wayne Kerr's Isaan Sojourn)

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    I liked KP. Just stayed two nights at the 3j guesthouse. The owner was great. pretty area. Only one nightclub but it was grooving by jeebus.

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    Stayed in KP for one night right smack in the center of town at the Phet Hotel while driving up north to Mai Sai, nice clean city with friendly people who honestly seemed happy to see foreigners there.

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    My wife comes from KP.
    Its a chiled out laid back sort of place but a couple of days is enough. Its clean and tidy compared to most Thai rural towns.

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    Thanks for the replies. It sounds more like the type of area I would dig in the long term than a big city. I can only take so much city. I grew up in San Farncisco and around the east bay and chose to live in the quiet of rural northern California. The family farm is right on the banks of the river, and the National Parks there sound awesome.

    I know all the cynical stories of being fleeced, I have my eyes wide open on that front. I won't let it get in the way of trying for some adventure though.

    When I spent a month In Viet Nam a couple years ago I much preferred the little cities like Dalat and Vinh over the bigger ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capp
    I grew up in San Farncisco and around the east bay and chose to live in the quiet of rural northern California.


    On the banks of the river Ping.

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    Would love an update on how things went!!

    My experience is that there is much less drinking done in the villages than in Isaan and I put this down purely to the fact that the land is more fertile and therefore more work available..

    As others have said the drive up sure is flat so, as always, be aware of the 120KPH speed limit. I have been stopped several times but no bribe money asked for, I had to pay once and got a receipt all other times it is just a warning....Once my missus showed them my shit stained underpants...but that is another story...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremia
    Once my missus showed them my shit stained underpants...but that is another story...
    Come on then. Lets hear it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by withnallstoke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremia
    Once my missus showed them my shit stained underpants...but that is another story...
    Come on then. Lets hear it.
    I was driving up from BKK and had a bad stomach..had a wet fart and followed through...

    Luckily enough the last thing we did when leaving was collect the laundry so I pulled over and changed my shorts and pants.. The missus put them in a bag..


    Anyway between Nakon Sawan and monkey mountain they pulled me over for speeding...So my missus took out my shit stained pants and shorts saying I had to get to a toilet quickly........Go go go he said...but not so fast!!!!

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    ^ Keep 'em in a bag then for next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    ^ Keep 'em in a bag then for next time.
    Yeh..Even better get a Mars bar...grip it tightly in your underpands so that it melts and put it in the bag......When stopped by the BIB get your missus to do the same thing but then grab 'em and start licking it whilst rolling your eyes as if possessed by evil spirits... hehehehe

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    Sorry i asked.

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    Spent about 5 days up there 3 years ago, I enjoyed it, a bit quiet but I expected that, I got the usual family greeting, nice party etc, it was a bit of fun which I knew was gonna cost me a couple of shillings but as I had the cash I didn't worry to much.

    The shower was 2 X 45 gallon drums and a bowl (to be expected) alive with scorpions and other wildlife, the toilets were western ones but looked as though they had been pulled out of the local junior school, just a tad too low but better than squatting

    I slept on a double mattress on the floor with the girl, with the family kipping on the tiled floor around us, most unusual

    The family were sweet potato farmers and I spent more than a few days helping to plant the new crop, so about october/november if I remember rightly, hard bloody backbreaking work but it gave me a good insight into the lives they lead and why, if, I was a female I would take my chances with Pattaya's gold paved bars, a damn site easier getting screwed, fed and watered than bending over in a soggy field of mud in unbelievable tempratures for 12 hours a day planting sweet potato.

    Those 5 days taught me how lucky i really am, and if it were'nt for the fact that the girl I was with is a nutter I could have made a go of it, they were really friendly, happy people who shared their food and drink with me and I eat some really strange shit up there, but it was good, whether I could stand it for anymore than 5 days, I'm not sure, I didn't see another white face and had very little english spoken apart from hello, so maybe not back then.

    Good luck, I have a load of photo's but don't know how to post em on here as it's far to complicated. Enjoy it, I did.
    The person that said "Nothing is impossible" obviously never tried to slam a revolving door !!

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    ^^^^ Excellent post...

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