Phetchaburi, locally known by Thais as Muang Phetch, is located 160
kilometers south of Bangkok. One of Thailands central region provinces,
Phetchaburi is situated on the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand with an
overall area of approximately 6,225 square kilometers. Its terrains throughout
the western border, where Tanaosri Range lies as a natural border between
Thailand and Myanmar, are mountainous dense jungles. In the east, there is an
80-kilometer long coastline towards the Gulf of Thailand.
A very old city which used to be an important royal fort town, Phetchaburi
had been given several names such as, Phripphri, Phripphli or Phetchaphli. Some
historians have gone as far as to say that Phetchaburi could have been named in
Indian style, as the Indian influence in those days day was strong. Others put
forward the idea that the name Phetchaburi might have originated from Maenam
Phetch the most important river of the town.
Whatever the assumptions are, the fact that Phetchaburi is an ancient city
with a very long history is undeniable. This has been proven by many
archaeological findings which could be dated back to the Dvaravati Period.
During Sukhothai and Ayutthaya Kingdoms, Phetchaburi was a strategic royal
fort in the west. Only a lineage of Kings had the rights to rule this historical
city. That is why Phetchaburi has been called by some scholars as the "Living
Ayutthaya" as the town shares many similar things to the City of Ayutthaya. The
prosperity of the Ayutthaya Kingdom can be seen and appreciated in Phetchaburi's
wealth of fine old temples.
In the Rattanakosin Era, Phetchaburi has changed its character to a town of
charming beauty, with peaceful seaside resorts and superb natural reserves. The
three Kings of the Rattanakosin Period, King Rama IV, V, and VI established
their retreats here. They built the three palaces namely Phranakhonkhiri,
Phraramrajanivet, Phrarajnivesmarugadayawan in Phetchaburi thus, Phetchaburi is
also known as Muang Sam Wang (the city of the three Palaces). The province is
also well known for its splendid historical park, ancient temples, wonderful
beaches and caves, as well as a great variety of local and fresh seafood.
Phetchaburi also has a popular resort town, Cha-am which is the premier beach
resort in the province.
The majority of the local residents are engaged in agricultural activities
including rice farming, upland crop farming, fruit farming, palm sugar
production, animal husbandry and sea and fresh water fisheries.
There are three important Maenam in Phetchaburi including "Maenam Phetchaburi
with an overall length of 227 kilometers, "Maenam Bang Kloy", with an overall
length of 44 kilometers, and "Maenam Bang Tabun", with an overall length of 18
travel information for phetchaburi
Distance from Amphoe Mueang to Other Districts
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Getting to Phetchaburi and around
By Car from Bangkok:
Drive along Highway No. 35 (Thon Buri-Pak Tho) passing Samut Sakhon and
Samut Songkhram Provinces and then take Highway No. 4 to Phetchaburi
Province. The total distance is 123 kilometers. Alternatively, it is
possible to travel via Nakhon Pathom and Ratchaburi Provinces.
By Bus from Bangkok:
There are buses leaving regularly from the Southern Bus Terminal in
Thonburi for 50 baht (ordinary) on the new road, 46 baht on the old road
(via Ratchaburi and Nakhon Pathom), 60 baht for 2nd Class air-conditionedditioned
and 75 baht for 1st Class air-conditioned. The bus takes about 2 1/2 hours
to reach the destination. Contact 0 2435 1199-200 or Phetchaburi Tour, Tel:
0 2435 7408 for more details.
By Bus to Cha-am and Hua Hin:
There are several buses depart from Phetchaburi's city, fares ranging
from 18 baht (25 air-conditioned) to 22 bahts (31 air-conditioned). It takes
60 and 90 minutes to reach the destinations respectively.
Restaurant in phetchaburi
By Train from Bangkok:
Trains leave Bangkok's Hualamphong Station at 12.20 p.m. (rapid train),
2.15 and 2.35 p.m. (special express), 3.50, 5.35 and 6.20 p.m. (rapid
trains), 7.15 p.m. (express), 10.30 and 10.50 p.m. (express diesel railcar).
All these trains offer 1st, 2nd and 3rd class seating except for the 2.35
p.m. special express (1st and 2nd class only) and the 10.30 and 10.50 p.m.
express diesel railcar (2nd class only) and take about three hours to reach
Phetchaburi. Fares are 34 baht, 78 baht and 153 baht, not including rapid or
express surcharges. Call 1690 or visit
There is no ordinary train service between Hualamphong and Phetchaburi,
but there are three ordinary 3rd class trains daily from Thonburi (Bangkok
Noi) Station at 7.45 a.m. and 1.30 and 2.00 p.m. (34 baht, no surcharges).
Getting Around Phetchaburi and Cha-am
Samlors and taxis (motorcycles) can go anywhere in the center of town for
20 baht. It is possible to charter one for the whole day for 150 baht.
Shared songthaews cost 6 baht around town including to and from the railway