Tourist information about Phetchaburi (Thailand)
General information about Phetchaburi
Petchaburi (Petchaburi also, Phetburi, Phetchaburi, Phetburi) is a small city in and the capital of the eponymous province, 120 kilometers southwest of Bangkok, is a popular tourist destination (Phetchaburi on the map of Thailand).
There are no beaches, the nearest beach is 10 km away. But there is a huge number of interesting attractions in form of temples and palaces. Petchaburi is quite possible to compare with Ayutthaya, although the scale and age of the temples are more modest. If you are even slightly interested in the history and culture of Thailand, love to explore ancient temples and palaces, then to look through Petchaburi strongly recommended.
The city has a rich and meaningful for the Kingdom's history. This is one of the oldest cities of Thailand. The first mention of the settlement on the site of the city date back to the eighth century, the most ancient and important landmarks are the twelfth century. A short time in the eleventh century the city was occupied by the Khmer Rouge, leaving behind some of their temples in the Khmer style. In the period when the capital of the Kingdom was Ayutthaya, hat Yai has become one of the most important centres of the state. It then appeared most of the historical monuments.
Today, travelers in Petchaburi not very many, especially Europeans. Often you can find tourists-Thais and school groups. Mostly people come here with a guided tour for a day in the city without stopping. Tourist infrastructure is poorly developed, hotels and guesthouses quite a bit. Exchange offices are scarce here, the unfavorable exchange rate. So it is better to change money in advance in other tourist cities. There are ATMs. All kinds of shops, as in any other Thai city abound.
No entertainment in Phetchaburi no, and in the evening, after a tiring day of sightseeing, except that you can drink beer on the balcony of the hotel overlooking the city and the temples, or walk around the emptying streets. In 21 hours, the whole city goes to sleep.
The best places that you can use as a base to travel to Phetchaburi are Hua hin, Bangkok or cha-am. Are easy to reach by public transport or rented car or motorbike, and a day to run through the main attractions. In order to see everything here, you will need two full days.
Weather, tourist seasons in Phetchaburi
Phetchaburi can be visited all year round. During the low season from June to October can be rainy, but they usually go in the afternoon or evening, and do not interfere with the sightseeing.
Seasons in Phetchaburi by month:
* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit
How to get to Phetchaburi
The town is located 120 kilometers from Bangkok, is located 26 kilometers North of Cha-am and 65 from Hua hin. If you want to visit it in one day, it is best to do it from Hua hin or Cha-am. Especially useful to get acquainted with its sights on a rented transport. It is possible to do the route as the main route AH2, and via the coast road, which is also a kind of attraction and designated as a Scenic Route.
If vehicle rental is not your option, it is still even one day on public transport to visit Petchaburi, returning the same day back.
Using hue is the railway line from Bangkok to as far South as Singapore. Railway station here is about a kilometer away from the center (station on the map). The fare from Bangkok – from 34 baht (see currency of Thailand, the exchange rate), Cha-am – 8, Hua-hin – 14.
From Bangkok from the station Hualapmphong here departs daily 12 trains, but their schedule for the trip for a day is inconvenient, because no morning flights.
But from Hua hin and Cha-am is very convenient morning and evening flights, which will allow you to come here at 5 or 7 am and 19 hours back.
The detailed schedule you can find on the site http://www.railway.co.th. Buy tickets in advance is not necessary, can just come to railway station and buy a ticket to the cheapest third class.
The city is located on the main road from Bangkok to the South, so you can reach it by bus not only from Bangkok, Hua hin or Cha-am and Phuket, Krabi and other southern resorts. However, the majority of buses in the city do not drive and make a stop on the highway near the shopping center Big C (stop at Big-C on the map). From there to the city can be reached by motorbike taxi for 50 baht or a taxi, but the acute desire to save money, and you can walk (2 kilometres to the city centre).
From Bangkok buses leave from the southern bus terminal Sai Tai Mai every 30 minutes during the daytime; cost 120 baht; travel time 2 hours. Arrive at the center of Phetchaburi to a stop near the night market, (bus stop on the map). Also from the terminal are sent a minivan for 100 baht. They go faster, but there was no space for Luggage, so large suitcases are better not to go.
Due to the inconvenient location of the southern terminal is sometimes much more convenient to drive to Petchaburi on the minivan from Victory Monument in Bangkok. They cost 100 baht, departs every 20-30 minutes or more occupants. Arriving at his station near the night market, (bus stop on the map).
From Hua hin buses depart from the city bus station (see bus station Hua hin), cost 50 baht.
From Cha-am in Petchaburi bus you can catch at the bus stop main road (more on where to stop in Cha-am on here). The fare is 40 baht.
Transport in Phetchaburi, than to move on
Phetchaburi is a small town. To move around the centre on foot. But not all attractions are located close to the center, and therefore, they are best viewed on a rented vehicle, at least bike.
To rent a car here is not as easy as other popular resorts of Thailand. Rentals here at every step, so you have to look. Can ask for help in the reception of the hotel or the Guesthouse staff. Rent a motorbike starts from 250 baht. Bike can be rented for 120 baht. Rent available in at least two places in the city: the 2N Guesthouse Guesthouse at 98/3 Moo 2 Tambol Bankoom; Rabieng Rim Nam Guesthouse at 1 Shee Sra Inn Road.
Also, the city can be navigated on a motorcycle taxi (the trip within the city - 50 baht) or a route taxi, Songea (fare 20 baht along the route, from 50 baht as taxi).
The hotels here are low, especially affordable guesthouses. Can't come, and simply walking down the street to find a cheap Guesthouse. You have to find, or ask local taxi drivers or tuk-tuks for help.
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- Beaches. Phetchaburi is traditionally not a beach holiday destination. However, in 15 kilometers from the city on the coast are great beaches. To get there, it is best to rent a car.
- Entertainment. In addition to sightseeing there is absolutely no entertainment for tourists. Especially evening. The city goes to sleep very early, and after 19 hours on the street all promptly falls asleep.
- Food. As with any Thai city, there are thousands of street cafes with great Thai food. If you want to eat something more familiar in the shopping center Big C a couple of kilometres from the centre of town on route AH2, you can find the usual European fast food in KFC and other restaurants.
- Currency exchange. The exchange rate is disadvantageous here, it is better to change money at other resorts.