Best Places To Travel In Phetchaburi, Thailand

Phetchaburi is a province that is famous for its natural charm of beaches and mountains. The province is located not too far from Bangkok so it is one of the most visited tourist destinations by Thais and foreign travellers.

Petchaburi is situated on the northwestern shores of the Gulf of Thailand and borders Myanmar (Burma) to the west, where the dense jungle peaks of the Tanaosri Range serve as a natural division between Thailand and Myanmar.

A very old city, Petchaburi is believed by some historians to have Indian roots for its name, as the Indian influence over a millennia ago was quite strong. Archaeological findings even indicate that the city may date back to the Dvaravati Period, sometime between the 6th and 11th centuries C.E.

During both the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya Kingdoms’ eras, Petchaburi was the locale of a strategic royal fort and only a lineage of kings had the rights to rule this historical city. That is why Petchaburi has been called by some scholars as the \"Living Ayutthaya.” The prosperity of the Ayutthaya Kingdom can be seen and appreciated in Petchaburi's wealth of fine old temples, many of which were constructed during that period.

In the current Ratanakosin Era, Petchaburi has changed its character to a town of charming beauty, with peaceful seaside resorts and superb natural reserves. Three kings of the Ratanakosin Period, King Rama IV, V, and VI established their rainy season retreats here, each building a palace respectively named Phranakhonkhiri, Phraramrajanivet, Phrarajnivesmarugadayawan. Consequently, Petchaburi is also known as Muang Sam Wang, the city of the three palaces.

Best Places To Travel In Phetchaburi

Petchaburi province is also well known for its splendid historical park, ancient temples, wonderful beaches and caves, as well as a great variety of local foods and fresh seafood. Petchaburi also has a popular resort town, Cha-am, which is the premier beach resort in the province.

Phetchaburi is divided into 8 districts; Mueang Phetchaburi, Khao Yoi, Nong Ya Plong, Cha-am, Tha Yang, Ban Lat, Ban Laem, Kaeng Krachan

Accommodation In Phetchaburi

Phetchaburi offers diverse ranges of hotels from luxury hotels to small budget hotels on Hat Chao Samran, Hat Puek Tien, Hat Cha-Am and Muang Phetchaburi.

Plenty of the best value resorts and guesthouses are available around Kaeng Krachan Dam and nearby places.  At Kaeng Krachan National Park,  there are camping sites with cabins and tents available for rent for nature lovers and those who want to discover the pleasures of camping holiday

Where to Go In Phetchaburi

Hat Cha-am has been one of the most popular beaches of Thailand for a long time.

Best Places To Travel In Phetchaburi, Thailand
Hat Cha-am
Hat Chao Samran is a small beach and a favorite place for tourists who love its calm and beautiful atmosphere.

Best Places To Travel In Phetchaburi, Thailand
Hat Chao Samran
Hat Puek Tian has a huge statue of a female giant, the main character from a Thai literature, standing in the sea as its most prominent landmark.

Best Places To Travel In Phetchaburi, Thailand
Hat Puek Tian

The Laem Phak Bia Environmental Study and Development Project features a long walkway to study nature in mangrove forest.

Maruekhathaiyawan Palace was used as a royal summer residence by King Rama VI. This elegant and beautiful wooden palace was built on the seaside in a mixed Thai and European architectural style.

Phra Ram Ratchaniwet (Wang Ban Puen Palace) was built by the command of King Rama V to be used as his rainy season palace but the construction was completed in the reign of King Rama VI.  The architectural style was influenced by both art nouveau and baroque.

Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park (Khao Wang) was built as a summer palace by King Mongkut. The whole complex is located on the peak of three hills. The palace was constructed in harmonious Thai, Western neoclassic and Chinese architectural style.

Kaeng Krachan National Park is Thailand’s largest national park and is famous for its diverse wildlife and forests.

Khao Phanoen Thung – Camp Ban Krang are two major camp sites in Kaeng Krachan National Park.  Phanoen Thung Mountain is very popular for bird watching locations with over 400 species of birds and excellent view point for sea of fog in the early morning.

Camp Ban Krang is a campsite where you can take pictures of over 250 species of colorful butterflies. The camp offers a nature trail.

Things to do In Phetchaburi

The city of Phetchaburi has a lot to offer for those interested in nature, history, culture and adventure. It is well-known for its long, sandy beaches while it also features abundant natural attractions since Thailand’s largest national park is contained in this province.

Popular beach activities that can be seen randomly are swimming, water activities, flying kites, horse riding, and bicycle riding.  There are a great variety of local foods and fresh seafood available. Spare some time to visit splendid historical park and ancient temples.

Try adventure rafting experience along the Phetchaburi River. Travel on the long tail boat to see the fisherman’s way of lives and scenery of the fisherman’s village at Bang Tabun bay.

Kaeng Krachan National Park offers many interesting activities for nature lovers such as nature trailing, bicycle riding, trekking to waterfalls and caves, rafting, kayaking, bird watching, camping, etc.

Food & Drink In Phetchaburi

Like all Thai cities, Phetchaburi has hundreds of restaurants, cafes and food stalls, serving almost every variety of Thai food. Local dishes can be found in most restaurants and in fresh market.

Shopping In Phetchaburi

There are often locally produced handicrafts available at central markets, the occasional night market, and from village workshops in smaller towns throughout major tourist attractions. Phetchaburi is famous for its Thai desserts, especially Kanom Mor Gang (Thai coconut custard) that are widely sold in dessert shops along the highway road.

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