The Phetburi river

The Phetburi river

The Phetburi river

When the waters of the river are low, it isn't nearly as scenic as this! Watch out for monitor lizards swimming its length.

Taken on: 1st November, 2010. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See travelfishery's page of Flickr

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The province of Phetchaburi borders Pratchuap Khiri Khan to the south, Burma to the west, Ratchaburi to the north and the Gulf of Thailand to the east.

Characterised by thick, jungle-covered mountains towards the western frontier with Burma, which run down to the plains by the Gulf of Thailand, Phetchaburi holds considerable allure for nature-loving travellers. While the provincial capital, Phetchaburi (also known as Phetburi) has a number of wats and a hilltop palace well worth exploring, the massive Kaeng Krachan National Park (Thailand's largest at 3,000 square kilometres) makes a stopover of at least a day or two worthwhile.

There are also a few rather mediocre beaches not far from Phetchaburi that may interest some -- they're very popular with local tourists as a getaway for the weekend, but the beaches further south are considerably better.

Despite Phetchaburi's appeal, tourism is only a small part of the local economy -- the majority of the ... Read our complete Phetburi travel guide

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