Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park

A King's picnic ground

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Those pesky critters
Just adding to the above about the monkeys, although there are vendors selling cold drinks on the si...

By antoniamitchell

What we say: 4 stars

Completed in 1860, the palace is named Phra Nakhon Khiri, but is commonly referred to as Khao Wang. Although very occasionally still used by members of the Thai royal family, today it's mostly open to the public as a museum and home for thousands of vicious monkeys that totally overrun the entire site.

There are three areas of interest on the hilltops. On the southern hill is Wat Maha Samanaram and Wat Phra Kaeo, which bears a resemblance to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok. On the centre hill, there is a chedi, Phra That Cham Phet, from where there is a great view of Phetchaburi, and on the northern hill sits the Royal Residence. The Royal Residence forms the centrepiece of the museum. Of particular interest is the observation tower, which was built to allow the king to study the stars. A number of different paths connect the sites and the best way to experience the site really is to just wander from hilltop to hilltop. Drinks are available.

A word on the monkeys -- the entire hilltop is owned by these beasts and they can be extremely aggressive. Keep all food hidden and do not offer them anything to eat unless you like having these beasts jump and climb all over you. Going by the sheer number of signs, people must get bitten and or attacked regularly -- we were attacked twice on our most recent visit.

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Western edge of town
How to get there: To get here from town, walk down Bandai It Road and take the right past Wat Chang. The walk up the hill is moderately strenuous, so a cable car has been installed to whisk you up. If you want to get the cable car, you may want to get a samlor to take you to the base, as the cable car runs up the far side of the hill.
Last updated: 15th September, 2013

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Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.

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  • Those pesky critters 4 stars

    4th September, 2013

    Just adding to the above about the monkeys, although there are vendors selling cold drinks on the site, holding a coke can in your hand is inviting monkey action. Keep all beverages (apart from water) hidden when you're there, same as you would food.

    If you do decide to buy a soda, I'd recommend you only drink it while standing right by the museum guard - he hangs around on the museum porch to stop monkeys entering the building, and will wave his slingshot about to keep the critters away from you.

    Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park reviewed by antoniamitchell (2)
    Written on 4th September, 2013, rated 4 out of 5. Visited here in December, 2010

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