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

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 .

Haad Puk Tian

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 .

Haad Chao Samran

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 .

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Phetburi? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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