Phetchaburi Guide

Phetchaburi has a long and rich history, which is reflected in the town's art and architecture. Originally, a Mon city, it fell to the Khmer Empire in the 12th century and was later part of the Thai Sukhothai and Ayutthaya kingdoms. Situated beside a river, the town is overlooked by Phra Nakhon Khiri ("Sacred City Mountain"), the neoclassical palace complex built by King Mongkut. Around the foot of the hill and in town are a number of interesting temples, one with a massive prang (spire), one with a beautiful scripture hall in a pond, and several with Ayutthaya period murals.

Main attractions

Phra Nakhon Khiri: an extensive historical park (locally known as Khao Wang) with a museum, temple, chedi, prang, and a lot of monkeys.

Tham Khao Luang: one of Thailand's most photogenic and accessible sacred caves.

Tham Khao Bandai It: a series of narrow caves with Buddha images beneath a temple.

Wat Maha Samanaram: a temple at the foot of Khao Wang with murals by renowned artist Khrua In Khong.

Wat Phra Phuttha Saiyat: a temple at the foot of Khao Wang with a large reclining Buddha.

Wat Yai Suwannaram: a picturesque 17th century temple with Ayutthaya-period murals, a traditional scripture hall surrounded by water and a sala supported by octagonal wooden pillars.

Wat Mahathat: a temple dating from the 14th century with a tall, white spire, murals and a cloister with many Buddha images.

Getting there

From Bangkok, take a minibus from the Victory Monument. Leave the BTS station by Exit 4 and turn right at the corner. Agents for Phetchaburi buses are on the right. The trip takes about 2 hours.

Map of Phetchaburi tourist attractions.

Updated: February 16, 2014.

Phetchaburi Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat roof decoration.

Phetchaburi Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat assembly hall.

Khao Luang cave Phetchaburi

Main chamber of Khao Luang cave.