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Northern Thailand
360 km from Bangkok
Province of Phetchabun
S Thai prononciation : Pet tcha boon


Recomm. stay
2 days


General Information about Phetchabun

Bordering 7 other thai provinces including those to its east that are part of Isaan (North-Eastern Thailand) and located in the lower part of Northern Thailand, Phetchabun is not a very well-known nor very frequented by foreign tourists destination. But Thais appreciate its mountains especially Khao Kho area (you can also find the spelling 'Khao Khor') for its coolness which owned it the nickname, like other places of the Kingdom, of Switzerland of Thailand, and its seas of mist at dawn (especially in the rainy season). The other great unmissable monument of Phetchaboon province is Wat Phra Sorn Kaew and its unique alignment of white Buddhas of decreasing sizes. Sri Thep Historical Park at the South, on the other hand, is much less interesting than those of Sukhothai, Si Satchanalai, Kamphaeng Phet or Ayutthaya for an entrance fee equivalent to the one of the first 3.

The city itself only offers a few attractions that can really motivate you to travel all the kilometers to reach it but it is worths visiting it at the time during its most famous festival.


Accommodations in Phetchabun

In town, in Phetchabun, apart from the Livist Resort Phetchabun, you will not find any luxury hotel but good 2 or 3 stars accommations for a very reasonable price (the advantage of less touristy destinations). Personally, I had stayed at the Maneechan Villa. In Khao Kho and Phu Tap Boek, there are many resorts and tent campsites perched in the mountains. You will find a few on hotel reservation websites, but many are not listed there and can be found on Facebook.

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Practical information about Phetchabun

If you can, try to visit Phetchabun during the Um Phra Dam Nam festival. A unique event in Thailand which is a 3 days celebration with day and night parades, traditional boat races and its highlight, the bath of the most sacred Buddha image of the city by its governor who carries it into the river where it has been found and completely plunges in water with it several times (see information and next dates of the Phetchabun Um Phra Dam Nam festival here).

How to go to Phetchabun ?

The only way to go to Phetchabun with public transport is by bus. From the neighboring provinces Phitsanulok or Loei or from Bangkok. Allow 6-7 hours by bus from Mochit Terminal, Bangkok's Northern bus terminal. Another solution to come to Phetchabun from Bangkok, is to take a flight to Phistanulok at Don Muang airport then a bus at one of the two bus terminals of the city. Reaching Phitsanulok by train from all the towns on the Northern train line and then taking a bus is also generally the best option to go to Phetchabun from all these towns. Note that there are also buses to Khao Kho from Bangkok.

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How to get around in Phetchabun ?

As tourists in general and especially foreign tourists are rare in the town in Phetchabun, so are tuk-tuk and motorcycle taxis. But the city is not huge so you can get around by walking. Otherwise, go in front of the main fresh market, hospital or the bus terminal to find some.

Festivals in Phetchabun ?

Here is a list of the main festivals taking place every year in Phetchabun. I mention their dates as soon as they are official on Thai Festivals page.
phetchabun rocket festival

Phetchabun Rocket Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of May

Plus d'infos sur Phetchabun Rocket Festival

um phra dam nam

Um Phra Dam Nam

This festival generally takes place in the month of September

Plus d'infos sur Um Phra Dam Nam

How to ask in Thai to go to Phetchabun ?

I want to go to Phetchabun / Yak paï ti Pet tcha boon.
Where is Phetchabun ? / Pet tcha boon you ti naï ?
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