Phetchaburi is the province that connects the Southern peninnsula of Thailand to the main landmass not far from Bangkok. To the east the entire province has 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.

Recommended for

  • Anyone who wants to get away from the crowds
  • Travelers looking for a place with lots to do that few other foreign tourists visit

Getting there

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 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.

Where to stay

We find our accommodation on by first searching for the town or province and our dates, we then filter out any rooms with a score lower than 7 or 8 (depending on availability) as well as any rooms out of our budget. After this, we open the map and hover over all of the pins in the rough location we already decided we want to stay in. Hovering over the pins gives us the price for x nights plus the review score. We click on each pin to open those hotels in a new tab, review them and book our favorite.

Getting around

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.