Photo: Reclining Buddha, outside Phetburi.

Things to see and do

Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park
Western edge of town

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 .

Tham Khao Luang
Five km out of town

These caves are well worth a visit and are fairly accessible, located only five kilometres from the centre of Phetchaburi. 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 ... Read more about Tham Khao Luang .

Temples in Phetchaburi
Scattered around central Phetchaburi

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 .

Kaeng Krachan National Park

Covering a total of 2,915 square kilometres, Kaeng Krachan is Thailand's largest and certainly one of its most beautiful national parks. Its western border adjoins Burma and the northern border sides with Mae Nam Wildlife Sanctuary. 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 ... Read more about Kaeng Krachan National Park .

Haad Chao Samran and Haad Puk Tian

Haad Chao Samran and Haad Puk Tian are two of the closest beaches to Phetburi and while neither are great shakes from a beach or swimming perspective, they do make for a pleasant afternoon under the shade with some cold drinks, a sea breeze and perhaps a guitar. Haad Chao Samran is the closest beach to Phetchaburi and enjoys immense popularity among Thais, so if you are after a quiet day at ... Read more about Haad Chao Samran and Haad Puk Tian .

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