Top Choice Historic Site in Phetchaburi

Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park

This national historical park sits regally atop Khao Wang (Palace Hill), surveying the city with subdued opulence. Rama IV (King Mongkut) built the palace and dozens of surrounding structures in 1859 as a retreat fr…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Phetchaburi

Wat Mahathat Worawihan

Centrally located, gleaming white Wat Mahathat is one impressive temple. The showpiece is a 42m-tall five-tiered Ayuthaya-style prang (corn-cob shaped stupa) decorated in stucco relief, a speciality of Phetchaburi’s…
Cave in Phetchaburi

Tham Khao Luang

About 4km north of town is Khao Luang Cave, a dramatic stalactite-stuffed cavern that's one of Thailand’s most impressive cave shrines, and a favourite of King Rama IV when he was a monk. Accessed via steep stairs, …
Buddhist Temple in Phetchaburi

Wat Yai Suwannaram

This expansive temple, founded in the late Ayuthaya era, holds quite a bit of history. Foremost are the faded murals inside the beautiful bòht (ordination hall), which date back to about 1700, making them some of th…
Historic Site in Phetchaburi

Phra Ram Ratchaniwet

Construction of this elegant summer palace, an incredible art nouveau creation, began in 1910 at the behest of Rama V (who died just after the project was started) and finished in 1916. It was designed by German arc…
Cave in Phetchaburi

Tham Khao Bandai-It

This hillside monastery, 2km west of town, sprawls through several large caverns converted into simple Buddha shrines and meditation rooms. There are some natural formations and skylights, and one chamber contains q…
Buddhist Temple in Phetchaburi

Wat Kamphaeng Laeng

A 13th-century remnant of the time when the Angkor (Khmer) kingdom stretched from present-day Cambodia all the way to the Malay peninsula, this shrine was built of laterite by Khmer King Jayavarman VII, one of the f…
Museum in Phetchaburi

Shadow Puppet Museum

Not a fully fledged museum, rather there are 32 large năng yài shadow puppets, made by the former abbot, displayed on light boxes in Wat Plabplachai's old bòht. It's not kept open; you'll need to find a monk across …
Buddhist Temple in Phetchaburi

Wat Phra Phuttaya Saiyat (Wat Phra Non)

The main attraction at this temple, also known as Wat Phra Non (the Reclining Buddha Temple), is 43m long. It's almost as big as the famous Wat Pho in Bangkok, but without the crowds.
Buddhist Temple in Phetchaburi

Wat Yang

This temple west of the city centre has a century-old hŏr đrai (sacred manuscript library) on stilts in a pond to protect the contents against termites. It's no longer in use, though it remains in good condition.