Petchburi City

Wat Phra Non Wat Yang Van services to Bangkok Wat Kampaeng Laeng Wat Yai Suwannaram The Old Quarter Phra Ram Rajaniwet Palace Wat Mahathat Worawihan Train Station Phra Nakhon Khiri to Cha-Am Beach to Bangkok

The city of Petchburi is the capital of the province of the same name. The town has been settled since the eleventh century. In the nineteenth century it became a royal retreat of King Mongkut (Rama IV), starting a new trend of the summer retreat that would be repeated by his successors.

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Despite having several attractions, there are almost no accommodations in Petchburi town. Most tourists visit the city either as a day trip from Bangkok, or as a stop on their way to Cha Am or Hua Hin.


Phra Nakhon Khiri National Park
Just east of Petchburi's city center, a small hill rises sharply out of the plain. On top of the hill, King Rama IV had a summer palace built in the 1850s. The palace is now a museum and national park.
Wat Mahathat Worawihan
The five towers (prangs) of this temple can be seen from all over town. The temple's origins are believed to go as far back as the twelfth century, when the Khmers ruled the entire region.
The Old Quarter
The oldest part of Petchburi is famous for its sweets market. Several shops in the area sell a variety of sticky sweet traditional Thai desserts, flavored with buttery pandan and banana. The buildings of the old town area don't have the charms of many other old towns around Thailand, but the markets are definitely interesting.
Wat Yai Suwannaram
One of the 30 other temples in Petchburi town, Wat Yai Suwannaram is notable for the painted murals in the ubosot as well as several other exquisite buildings within the compound of the temple.
Wat Kampaeng Laeng
This ancient temple dates from Khmer period, and was probably built around the twelfth century. It is one of the few Khmer temples in Thailand outside of the northeast. Originally it was a Hindu temple, but was later converted to Buddhist use.
Phra Ram Ratjaniwet Palace
King Rama V had this small very western styled palace built on the Petch river just outside of town. The palace was based on the summer palace of Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany.
Tham Khao Luang
Just three kilometers north of Petchburi is another small hill called Khao Luang, or "Royal Hill". Within the hill is a large cave with several Buddha shrines within. A colapsed portion of the roof lets in a dramatic light on the statues. The cave was a popular picnic spot for the royal family.