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All you need to know to visit Phetchaburi

Southern Thailand
121 km from Bangkok
Province of Petchaburi
Thai prononciation : Petboori


Recomm. stay
1 à 2 jours


Practical guide to go and visit Phetchaburi

120 km south from Bangkok, the city of Phetchaburi, whose name means city of diamonds, is an often ignored by tourists in favor of its neighbors Cha Am and Hua Hin located directly on the coast. The nearest beach Phetburi is Hat Chao Samran, 15 km far from the center. Puek Tian and its beach are 20 km far. Yet has Phetchaburi some interesting attractions: Ayutthaya period temples, royal palaces or cave temples and even a large National Park. The most famous monuments are Tham Khao Luang, a temple in a cave, the most interesting visit in Phetchaburi as for us, or Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park overlooking the city from the hill of Khao Wang. It is the emblem of Phetchaburi. The city history is very rich, it is an interesting destination for those who love history and culture.. Archaeological finds indicate that the city dates back to the Dvaravati period, somewhere between the 6th and 11th century before becoming a royal fortress during the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods. The three kings of the Rattanakosin period, Rama IV, Rama V and Rama VI had their pensions for the rainy season respectively named Phra Nakhon Khiri, Phra Ram Ratchanivet and Phra Ratchnivet Marugadayawan palaces. The Kaeng Krachan National Park also attracts nature lovers. Going to Phetchaburi is also an opportunity to discover a provincial town undisturbed by foreign tourism. Our only regrets is the lack of really good accommodation options to accommodate those who would like to stay in the city to take the time to discover.

Accommodations in Phetchaburi

In Phetchaburi, it is not easy to find a small hotel or a cheap guest house that combines nice rooms and quiet rooms. Cheap accommodation can be counted on the fingers and are often noisy place when you hare the road traffic very well. A good alternative may be to find a homestay. We have so far only a few homestay addresses in Phetchaburi but we will try to collect more. Otherwise for those who want to enjoy the beach, Hat Chao Samran about fifteen kilometers from Phetchaburi have several hotels and guesthouses. The price for the night there is a bit higher than in Phetchaburi city.

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Practical information about Phetchaburi

There are many accommodations in Hat Chao Samran, the beach 15 km far from Phetchaburi. Staying there is probably a better choice than staying in the accommodation in the city which are often in bad shape and/or noisy. Note that as in any destination with not many tourists, it could be very helpful if you can speak a little thai especially if you want to have dinner at the night market in front of the Post Office.

How to go to Phetchaburi ?

Located 121 km in the south of Bangkok, it takes 2 to 3 hours to go to Phetchaburi by bus or train. Buses and minivans depart from Sai Tai Mai, Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal. Be carefull buses that do not have Phetchaburi as final destination may left you on Phetkasem Road and not in the city. Ask before getting in where you will be dropped. Minivans for Phetchaburi stop at the night market.

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How to get around in Phetchaburi ?

To get around in Phetchaburi the most convenient is to rent a scooter or bicycle. Otherwise, you can hire the services of a ricksaw or a motorcycle taxis, a trip in the city costs around 20-40 baht. Renting one for the day should cost you around 200-300 baht. There is also a bus system within the city provided by songthaews (10 THB). But no map exists.

Festivals in Phetchaburi ?

Here is a list of the main festivals taking place every year in Phetchaburi. I mention their dates as soon as they are official on Thai Festivals page.
phetchaburi phra nakhon khiri festival

Phetchaburi Phra Nakhon Khiri Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of February

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art of salt festival

Art Of Salt Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of March

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harmony puppet festival

Harmony Puppet Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of May

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big mountain music festival

Big Mountain Music Festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of December

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Other places to see in Phetchaburi

Wat Yai Suwannaram Phetchaburi
Wat Yai Suwannaram
this temple worths a visit for its mural paintings in the ordination hall, its wooden wihaan and its little pond
Wat Khoi Phetchaburi
Wat Khoi
recent temple, its specific architecture and beautiful statues should not leave you indifferent
Phra Ram Ratchaniwet Phetchaburi
Phra Ram Ratchaniwet
this palace built during the reign of King Rama V by a German architect will probably interest beautiful houses lovers
Wat Kamphaeng Laeng Phetchaburi
Wat Kamphaeng Laeng
ancient Khmer temple of which only a few ruins remains is now a Buddhist temple
Wat Mahathat Worawihan Phetchaburi
Wat Mahathat Worawihan
with its high white prang, it does not go unnoticed in Phetchaburi. It also houses a highly revered Buddha here
Wat Ko Kaew Suttharam Phetchaburi
Wat Ko Kaew Suttharam
especially interesting for the almost 300 years old mural paintings of its main hall which retrace the life of Buddha
Wat Phra Non Phetchaburi
Wat Phra Non
housing a lage Reclyning Buddha and many other statues
Pa La-U Waterfall Phetchaburi
Pa La-U Waterfall
This waterfall about sixty kilometers from Hua Hin is located in Kaeng Krachan National Park. It is a pleasant area of nature but not the most photogenic waterfall in Thailand.

Weather & climate in Phetchaburi

Phetchaburi has a tropical savanna climate. The temperatures there are hot all year round, with only small variations. The year begins with the dry season from December to April, before the monsoon comes in May. The rains slow down somewhat from June to August and are the strongest in September until November.

The best time to come to Hua Hin is from December to April. Then monsoon comes with heavy rainfalls generally quite brief from May to September. It is in October that it rains most in Phetchaburi, this is why it is not the best time to come to Phetchaburi .

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How to ask in Thai to go to Phetchaburi ?

I want to go to Phetchaburi / Yak paï ti Petboori.
Where is Phetchaburi ? / Petboori you ti naï ?
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