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.
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.
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
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 kilometers.
How to get there.
Distance from Amphoe Mueang
to Other Districts :
Nong Ya Plong
Getting to Phetchaburi and
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
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
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