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Phetchaburi is a city and also the capital of Phetchaburi Province in Thailand – Part 6

Phetchaburi is a city and also the capital of Phetchaburi Province.

History of Phetchaburi

• Phetchaburi is an old royal city.
• It dates back to the Mon of the 8th century.
• Later Khmer settled in the city.
• This is associated by the prangs of Wat Kamphaeng Laeng.
• In 1860 King Rama IV built a palace near the city of Phetchaburi.
• It is commonly known as Khao Wang.
• Its official name is Phra Nakhon Khiri.
• Next to the palace the king built a tower. From here he did his astronomical observations.
• On the adjoining hill is the royal temple Wat Phra Kaeo.

Activities in and around Phetchaburi

Rafting along the Phetchaburi River
• This is an exciting adventure.
• The rafting is through the Kaeng Krachan National Park.
• The trip from Phetchaburi to the starting point takes approx. 3 hours.
• This is a drive by 4-wheel drive truck.
• The raft trip takes some 5 hours.
• The trip passes a verdant forest and a Karen hill tribe village.

Local Products
• Phetchaburi is famous for a vast variety of sweets.
• These sweets stems are made from the use of Tanot sugar. Examples are:
– Mo-kaeng, a sweet made from flour, sugar and eggs.
– A-lua and Sampanni, a sweet made from flour and sugar.
– Thong Yip, Thong Yot and Foi Thong: sweets made from baked egg-yolk.
– Chao Tan Chueam.
– Khao Chae: rice served with ice and sweetened meat.
– Khanomchin Thotman.

Fruits of Phetchaburi
Phetchaburi’s famous fruits are sweet and aromatic rose apples. They are:
– Chomphu Phet
– Fresh palm seeds
– Pineapples from Don Khun Huai
– Cantaloupes
– Gold bananas from Amphoe Tha Yang

Festivals of Phetchaburi

Phra Nakhon Khiri Fair
It takes place around the end of February at Khao Wang Compound. The five-day fair presents a parade of people.
• They are seen enacting the procession of monarchs who ruled Phetchaburi.
• There are exhibitions on Phetchaburi’s history.
• Cooking demonstrations are famous.
• There are various kinds of entertainment and contests.

Thai Song Dam Festival
• The festival is held annually on April 18.
• It is held at Song Dam Village, Khao Yoi district.
• Villagers wear their traditional costumes.
• There are folk plays.

Songkran Festival Nationwide
• The traditional Thai New Year usually falls around the 13-17th.
• Local people to pay homage to Buddha images, clean their homes, and sprinkle water on their elders as a mark of respect.
• This has developed in recent years into open water warfare.
• Everything from hoses to ten gallon tubs used to guarantee a thorough soaking of the target.
• This is particularly popular in the tourist areas of Khao San Road, Bangkok, and Chiang Mai.
• The latter also holds colorful parades and religious ceremonies.
During the festival, there are many activities such as:
– The Songkran procession floats
– Chinese Dragon
– Lion Dances
– Bathing of the revered Phra Ruang Rodjanarit
– Sand Chedi building
– Thai opera
– Local entertainments

Best time to visit / climate

• The most pleasant time to visit is the cool season that lasts from November till February.
• It is both the coolest and driest period.
• Daytime temperatures still hover around 30°C (86°F), but it does cool down into the lower 20s as it gets dark (lower 70s in Fahrenheit).
• March and April represent the hot season.
• The temperatures are 35°C (95°F) on average.
• This is the worst season to visit Bangkok, so plan in a lot of air-conditioned shopping mall visits and get a hotel with a swimming pool.
• The wet season that runs from May till October.
• Expect massive downpours resulting in floods all over the city.
• Extreme rainfall happens in September and October, so these months are best avoided.
• Dry season equates to high season and any rates associated with travel are much higher than low season.
• For those you can’t take extreme heat Dec – Feb is milder than Mar – May and air quality is poor.
• May – Nov there are less tourists, fresher air, greener foliage, and if you like white water rafting this is the time.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

– From Bangkok
• The blue-white express buses with numbers 977 and 72 from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal will take you directly to Phetchaburi’s bus terminal.
• This is adjacent to a night market.
• The express buses leave Bangkok currently every two hours.
• This is between 11.00 and 17.00.
• Allow two hours for the journey.
• It will cost 112 baht.
• There are also minibuses going.
• Take care to avoid the blue, white and orange buses. They will stop many times. They will take much longer to reach Phetchaburi.
• You can also reach Phetchaburi by train from Hua Lamphong.
• The journey normally takes around four hours.
• This will cost 100-250 baht.
• A taxi from Bangkok should cost about 2000 baht.
• It should take around two hours.

How to reach Bangkok?

1. By plane
Bangkok is served by two airports
– Suvarnabhumi Airport
– Don Muang Airport
• Suvarnabhumi Airport is used by all airlines in Thailand, except for domestic flights on Nok Air and Orient Thai.
• These still use the old Don Muang Airport.
• Both these airports are about 30 km (19 mi) from the city center.
• Allow at least three hours to connect between them, as they are far away from each other and there is heavy congestion on the roads.
From suvarnabhoomi airport, The BMTA public bus lines are:
– 549: Suvarnabhumi to Min Buri
– 550: Suvarnabhumi to Bang Kapi
– 551: Suvarnabhumi to Victory Monument
– 552: Suvarnabhumi to On Nut
– 552A: Suvarnabhumi to Sam Rong
– 553: Suvarnabhumi to Samut Prakan
– 554: Suvarnabhumi to Don Muang Airport
– 555: Suvarnabhumi to Rangsit (using the expressway)
– 558: Suvarnabhumi to Central Rama 2
– 559: Suvarnabhumi to Future Park Rangsit (using the outer ring road)

Don Muang Airport
• Don Muang Airport (IATA: DMK) (ICAO: VTBD) (or Don Mueang) is about 30 km (19 mi) north of downtown.
• It was Bangkok’s main airport until 2006.
• The airport currently handles Nok Air and Orient Thai domestic flights.

2. By Bus
• Bangkok has three public bus terminals.
• These buses are cheaper, safer, faster, more comfortable and won’t scam you.
• The largest, busiest, and most modern terminal is the Northern Bus Terminal, ? +66 2 936-2841(-3), also known as Mo Chit.

3. By Train
• The State Railway of Thailand, ? +66 2 222-0175, serves Bangkok with railway lines from all four directions of Thailand.
• Hualamphong Train Station is the most important station.
• It is located close to Yaowarat and served by its own MRT station.
• It is a big and surprisingly convenient station built during the reign of King Rama VI.
• It was spared from bombing in World War II at the request of the Thai resistance movement.

4. By Car
• Getting into Bangkok by car is not a good idea.
• The best way to get to Bangkok from Northern Thailand is driving on Phahonyothin Road (Route 1), which comes from Mae Sai near the Myanmarese border.
• Sukhumvit Road (Route 3) comes from cities inEastern Thailand, such as Trat, Pattaya and Chonburi.
• Phetkasem Road (Route 4) must be one of the longest roads in the world, as it comes all the way from the Malaysian border serving Southern Thailand.

Some Travel Books about Thailand

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Blogs / Sites about Thailand – Phetchaburi

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Images and photos of Thailand – Phetchaburi

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