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Phetchaburi

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"The Diamond City"

Phetchaburi Tourism

Dating back to the 8th century, this city is known to have the oldest settlements of Thailand. The city is situated on River Phet, and is home to some beautiful temples and the famous Royal Palace. Phetchaburi is more of a working agricultural city and not very popular as a tourist spot, however, there's a lot to see for the visitors too.

If you're looking for history, architecture, nature and food, all in one destination, Phetchaburi fulfils that. Also known as the Diamond City, this city is located on the gorgeous Phet River. Whether you want to stroll around the bustling markets or you're a history and art buff for the numerous temples, this city offers you every niche you could think of. Known mainly for its agriculture, there are many rice paddies, salt farms and fishing villages here.

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Phetchaburi Highlights

1. Phra Nakhon Khiri

Phra Nakhon Khiri
A national historic park sitting atop the Khao Wang hill, with a view of the whole city.

2. Wat Mahathat Worawihan

Wat Mahathat Worawihan
Located in the centre of the city, this gleaming and pristine white temple is one of Phetchaburi's must-visit sites, the Wat Mahathat Worawihan. It is a five-tiered Khmer-style stupa decorated beautif (Read More)ully by Phetchaburi's local artisans in their local art form. Inside the main shrine hall, there are many contemporary murals too. Many traditional musicians and dancers perform here throughout the day for earning money.

3. Tham Khao Luang

Tham Khao Luang
Tham Khao Luang is an impressive cave stuffed with stalactite.

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Exchanging Money in Phetchaburi

There are a few ATMs distributed around the city where you can exchange your money. If you prefer being on the safer side, you can exchange it at Bangkok before coming here so that you get a considerable exchange rate.

Major cards will be accepted at the hotels and guesthouses, but the small scale restaurants, drivers and street vendors might only accept cash. So it is advisable to carry a good amount of Baht with you while roaming around.

Daily Budget for Phetchaburi

Phetchaburi is a comparitively inexpensive city. A daily budget of 900-1,000 Baht would suffice for a day. This would include food, alcohol, entry fees for sigh seeing spots, travelling and shopping.

Religion of Phetchaburi

Buddhism is the key religion followed in Phetchaburi.

Phetchaburi Customs

Being a city of history and temples, you should be quiet careful with what you wear.You should cover yourself appropriately while visiting temples. You should follow their basic etiquettes of not pointing your feet at anyone, touching the statues or touching anyone on their head. Tipping is not common in Phetchaburi, however it is appreciated when good service is provided.

Language of Phetchaburi

The common language spoken in Phetchaburi is Thai. Most guesthouse managers speak English, but the drivers and local vendors, which are in majority in Phetchaburi, speak only Thai. So it is advisable to learn a few Thai phrases for better communication.

History of Phetchaburi

1,000 years ago, the Dvaravati and Khmer empires settled in Phetchaburi first. Some years later, the Mon people brought their traditions.During the Ayutthaya period, Phetchaburi served as a central point for trade between Siam, Burma and some Southern kingdoms. Phetchaburi is also known for the royal palaces created for King Rama IV, Rama V and Rama VI in beautiful Siamese architecture. These were initially used as royal holiday spots, but are now open to public.

Nightlife in Phetchaburi

Being more on the local and historic side, Phetchaburi doesn't have a great nightlife vibe. However, some bars like Hollandse Bar, Present Bar, Again Pub and Tidlom Pub can be good choices if you want to laze around having inexpensive alcohol and meet new people.

Shopping in Phetchaburi

For a local Buddhist living in Phetchaburi, there are many shops where they can buy their daily convenience items. But when if comes to tourist shopping and souvenirs, there are hardly any options. Some shops sell raw Thai silk and clothing for interested travellers.

Phetchaburi Photos

Phetchaburi, Thailand
Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park is also known as Khao Wang
City Pillar - Landmark in Phetchaburi
Most Beautiful Tham Khao Luang Cave, Phetchaburi

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FAQs on Phetchaburi

What is the best time to visit Phetchaburi?

The best time to visit Phetchaburi is from November to February. The months of April to June are extremely hot in this region, and July to October experiences heavy rainfall. 
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What is the local food in Phetchaburi?

Anything besides Thai food is a little difficult to find in Phetchaburi. Western cuisine should ideally be avoided while here. If you want to be safe, you can eat at the hotel restaurants. Many local roadside small restaurants also serve incredibly delicious Thai and Chinese food. Khanom Thai is a candy like dessert that Phetchaburi is known for. Most street-side stalls here are open till late night too.
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What is the best way to reach Phetchaburi?

A bus or a mini bus is the most preferred way to travel from Bangkok to Phetchaburi. It's cheap and comfortable. Taxi is another option too.
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What are the places near Phetchaburi?

The top places near to Phetchaburi are Hua hin which is 55 km from Phetchaburi, Bangkok which is located 128 km from Phetchaburi, Pattaya which is located 133 km from Phetchaburi, Koh samui which is located 386 km from Phetchaburi, Phuket which is located 575 km from Phetchaburi

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