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Phetchaburi

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Country rank: 11 out of 31 Places To Visit In Thailand

Sub-Region: Phetchaburi province


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Ideal duration: 2 Days

Best time: November to February (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Hua Hin (Check Flights)

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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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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.

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.

For a local Buddhist living in Phetchaburi, there are many shops where they can buy their daily convinience items from. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Buddhism is the key religion followed in Phetchaburi.

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.

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.

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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How 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. (Read More)

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