Photo: Bask in the light at Khao Luang.

Things to see and do

Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park
Western edge of town

Built under King Rama IV in the mid-19th century, the royal palace, temple, chedis, museum and cobblestone footpaths included in Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park sit atop a wide 95-metre hill known locally as Khao Wang (“Palace Mountain”), and while a tiring trip up here also rewards you with tremendous views, do beware of the brazen monkeys. ... Read more about Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park .

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Temples of Phetchaburi
Scattered around central Phetchaburi

Three impressive temples—Wat Mahathat Worawihan, Wat Kampheng Laeng and Wat Yai Suwannaram—collectively display the range of religious artistry that helped shape Phetchaburi from the 12th to 18th centuries. The following three-kilometre walking or bicycling itinerary will also take you to lesser-known temples plus the riverfront, old teak houses and fresh markets. ... Read more about Temples of Phetchaburi .

Tham Khao Luang
Five km out of town

Streaks of sunlight pierce dramatically into Tham Khao Luang, a large cave containing numerous Buddha images and other statuary in three chambers once frequented by King Rama IV. ... Read more about Tham Khao Luang .

Phra Ram Ratchaniwet (Ban Pun Palace)
1.5 km south of Wat Mahathat Worawihan

Phra Ram Ratchaniwet is a grandiose European-style palace built by order of King Rama V in the early 20th century. ... Read more about Phra Ram Ratchaniwet (Ban Pun Palace) .

Day trip to Baan Laem and Bang Tabun

A day trip from Phetchaburi to the coastal towns of Baan Laem and Bang Tabun reveals old-style Central Thai scenes of salt farms, rice paddies, riverside temples and crab-fishing huts dotting the ocean to the horizon and beyond. Very few foreigners come this way, but those with a car or scooter who are up for something different should consider giving it a ... Read more about Day trip to Baan Laem and Bang Tabun .

Haad Chao Samran and Haad Puk Tian
20km & 30km from Phetchaburi

Often overlooked in favour of the more popular sands of Cha-am and Hua Hin, Haad Chao Samran and Haad Puk Tian are the closest beaches to Phetchaburi and while neither is great for swimming, they do make for a pleasant afternoon with some cold drinks, fresh seafood and a salty breeze. ... Read more about Haad Chao Samran and Haad Puk Tian .

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Where to next?

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

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