Phetchaburi Province connects the southern peninsular provinces to the Central Region of Thailand. Nearly half the province along the border with Myanmar is occupied by Thailand's largest national park. Phetchaburi has some beaches that may not be the postcard-perfect varieties found elsewhere in Thailand, but are still quite nice.
Things to do in Phetchaburi
Tham Khao Luang Cave Phetchaburi
This cave full of Buddha statues puts on a stunning light show on sunny days
Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park in Phetchaburi
This scenic hilltop overlooking Phetchaburi is a nice place for Thai culture and history
Kaeng Krachan National Park – Wildlife viewing paradise
One of Thailand's best locations for viewing wildlife
Phetchaburi is the province that connects the Southern peninsula of Thailand to the main landmass not far from Bangkok. To the east, the entire province has a coastline facing the Gulf of Thailand, and to the west is mountainous jungle bordering Myanmar with the Andaman Sea out beyond that. Much of the west of Phetchaburi is taken up by Kaeng Krachan National Park which is the largest in the country.
- Anyone who wants to get away from the crowds
- Travelers looking for a place with lots to do that few other foreign tourists visit
Phetchaburi is on the main highway and train lines between Bangkok and the South making it easy to get here.
By bus – Buses from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal have frequent service Phetchaburi. The journey takes two to three hours.
By car – You’ll need your own transport to see most of what Phetchaburi has to offer, so going by your own car makes a lot of sense. Just take Rama II Road out of Bangkok until it joins the main Highway 4 to the South, then take that into Phetchaburi.
By train – Trains heading to Southern Thailand out of the main Bangkok train station stop in Phetchaburi. Timetables can be found on the Thailand State Railway website and you can also book tickets there.
What to do
Phetchaburi has lots to do, especially for nature lovers.
Kaeng Krachan National Park
Phetchaburi has Thailand’s largest national park, and it’s a fantastic place to visit. Kaeng Krachan is much less popular than Khao Yai, even though it’s about the same distance away from Bangkok. It’s also even richer in wildlife diversity and even still has wild tigers and leopards. Check out our guide to Kaeng Krachan National Park for more information.
The beaches of Cha-Am
At the far south of Phetchaburi is the resort town of Cha-Am. This is close enough to Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri-Khan Province that it is often lumped in with that city in guides, but it is in Phetchaburi. The sea along the Phetchaburi coast is fairly murky compared to most of Thailand’s famous island destinations, but the water is clean and the beaches here are quite nice.
Cha-Am gets popular on weekends and holidays when Thais, but even then the beach is long enough and everything spread far enough apart that it never really feels crowded. Cha-Am is a great destination to visit with kids as there is a great waterpark, pony rides on the beach, and watersports like banana boat rides.
Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park
Located on a prominent hill overlooking Phetchaburi City, Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park
Where to stay
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There are tuk-tuks in Phetchaburi town that can get you around the city and out to the nearby sights. For the coast and national parks you’ll need to rent a car or motorbike, or hire a driver.