If you intend to visit Thailand and are interested in seeing some stunning places – here are my top 3 for the Phetchaburi region!
Phetchaburi is a town, the capital of Phetchaburi Province, about 130km southwest of Bangkok. Our driver came from that very town, telling us about numerous temples in and around the city centre and the traditional market, buzzing with life until mid-day.
We did not walk around in the city, nor did we see the market. But we sure saw some amazing sights which really are worth a look!
If you have more time than we had or are simply interested in seeing as much as possible, here is a short list of the most well known spots in Phetchaburi:
Phra Nakhon Khiri – King Mongkut’s palace on the Khao Wang mountain. Nowadays it’s a museum and a well known tourist attraction.
Phra Ram Ratchaniwet Palace – also called the Ban Puen Palace, is a villa in the southeast of the city.
Wat Yai Suwannaram – a lovely buddhist temple with an old library on wooden stilts in a lake.
Wat Ko Kaeo Sutharam – a monastery near the river.
Wat Mahathat Worawihan – another monastery
Wat Khamphaeng Laeng – the ruins of an old monastery
Tham Khao Luang – a cave about 3km north of the city centre
We visited three of these spots, the Tham Khao Luang, climbed the Khao Wang and roamed around the area of Wat Mahathat Worawihan.
The Wat Mahathat Worawihan lies hidden in the middle of town and at first you see nothing but a parking spot with some temples nearby.
Various areas offer a great look down and there really is a lot to see. The main temple is being renovated right now, so you don’t see a lot from the outside. There also is a Pagoda a bit farther away. You can walk there, takes about 15 minutes according to the locals, but as I said it was really hot that day so we skipped this.
The monkeys were also affected by the heat and totally left us alone, but I heard they can be quite nasty. So be careful, don’t carry any food with you and no plastic bags and try to not go too near to them.
Otherwise it’s such a lovely and interesting temple! Really worth the trip!
Easily the most astonishing sight we had during our trip to Thailand overall, was the Tham Khao Luang Cave!
In the parking spot before the cave you can find some booths selling drinks and snacks. You then head up a bit, until you stumble upon a deep set of stairs. At first it doesn’t look like much, but if you dare to walk down and explore a bit, you will find something really impressive!