Phetchaburi Province, located 160 kilometers south of Bangkok, is a province in the central region of Thailand. It is situated on
the west shore of the Gulf of Thailand and was once an important
royal fort during the Ayutthaya period. Characterized by mountainous thick
jungles and splendid beaches, this richly historic region provides visitors
with a wealth of opportunities for sightseeing and relaxation.
There are many prominent
attractions in this region. The Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park extends
over a hilly terrain and houses an old palace and a few historic temples. Tham Khao Luang is
a cave on the north of the historical park and houses a beautiful Buddha image.
The temple of Wat Tham Klaep at the foot of Khao Luang Hill, with its large
hall and impressive carved doors is definitely worth a visit. Phetchaburi
Province is also home to one of Thailand’s largest national parks, with its
rich flora and fauna and splendid 18 level waterfalls, called Namtok Tho Thip
is a major tourist attraction. Hat Cha-am is a beautiful
strip of beach, which attracts a lot of national and international tourists.
Phetchaburi Province makes an excellent
destination for soft adventure such as trekking in the national park, rafting
and bird watching. It is a memorable experience to go rafting down the
Phetchaburi River which takes us through a lovely journey of lush forests and from amid hill tribe
There are both air-conditioned and non-air conditioned buses regularly leaving
the Southern Bus Terminal in Thonburi for Phetchaburi. There is no ordinary
train service between Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Railway Station and Phetchaburi,
but there are three ordinary third class trains daily from Thonburi Station.