Phetchaburi Province , Phetchaburi province is located a short ride away, west of Samut Songkran. It is one of Thailand’s main provinces, situated some 130 km away from Bangkok. Phetchaburi borders with Siam bay (on the east) and Burma (on the west). Its versatile landscape varies from Siam bay’s beautiful shores to Tanaosi mountain chain which stretches along the border with Burma and covered in evergreen forest.
Phetchaburi’s main attractions are:
Muang Phetchaburi – the province capital and one of the most ancient cities in Thailand. The city contains many temples and somewhat echoes Ayutthaya, although many believe (myself included) it is more interesting.
The most famous attraction in Phetchaburi is definitely Phra Nakhon Khiri historical park, a spectacular complex of palaces and temples that are situated on 3 hill tops overlooking the city. The place is also known by its local name – Khao Wang (the palace on the hill) – and the entire complex constitutes a part of the national Thai museum.
Cha Am resort town – is located some 40 km south of Phetchaburi, and 20 km north of its larger sibling Hua Hin. Cha Am features great beaches and local tours in the region. It is a popular tourist destination for many Thai families and it is calmer, humbler and more common than the royal resort town of Hua Hin. Cha Am also features a huge outlet (shopping center) with many stores offering various brands in cheaper prices than you will find in Bangkok. To me, this is the best outlet in Thailand and you must visit it, when you are in the area.
Kaeng Krachan – the biggest national park in Thailand spreads over some 3000 square km and takes almost half the territory of the entire Phetchaburi province. The park is entirely covered with a lush, evergreen forest and features two rivers who cut across its turf – the Phetchaburi river and Pranburi river. The park contains wonderful waterfalls, hidden caves and various animals, including elephants, leopards, monkeys and more. You will also find here a big lake which was created using a large dam. It’s no wonder then, that the entire area is a popular destination for tours and excursions, tracks, rafting etc. For more information on Kaeng Krachan, please visit this website.