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 ... Read more about Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park .
The caves contain a number of Buddhas in a variety of stances, including a large reclining Buddha draped in silk towards the rear of the main cavern. The best time to visit used to be around 17:00 when light through a hole in the ceiling falls directly onto one of the Buddhas, making for a superb photo -- on our most recent visit though we were told the caves now close at 16:00, meaning you'll ... Read more about Tham Khao Luang .
On Kasem Road, Wat Mahathat has a spectacular 42-metre-tall central white prang, which can be seen from much of town. Believed to have been built around 800 years ago, the temple shows considerable Khmer influence and marks pretty much the southern limit of the Khmer empire at its grandest. The central prang is floodlit in the evening, making it doubly impressive. The main bot contains some ... Read more about Temples in Phetchaburi .
Due to the region's inaccessibility and rugged terrain, very little logging or settlement has taken place, meaning primary forest dominates -- covers 95% of the vast area. It's truly a nature lover's paradise. The park is situated on the eastern slope of the Tenasserin Mountain Range, where the highest mountain, Khao Panoen Thung, reaches 1,207 metres but the main peaks are actually over the ... Read more about Kaeng Krachan National Park .
The coastline is straight, flat and not particularly interesting but fine for a quick dip if you are staying in Phetchaburi town, plus there are a multitude of places to eat in the area. As with Chao Samran the beach is a bit grotty and lined by a retaining wall, but people do swim here. Aside from eating stacks of cheap and tasty seafood under the casuarina trees there's not much to do -- you ... Read more about Haad Puk Tian .
A better beach than Haad Puk Tian, this still remains a pretty mediocre beach and we were surprised at just how many hotels are here -- all deserted on weekdays. The sand runs up to a rocky beach break and a series of rocky breakwaters are a little off the beach. We wouldn't bother swimming here, though there were tubes for hire. As with its southern sister, if you're staying in Phetchaburi ... Read more about Haad Chao Samran .