Must see attractions in Phetchaburi

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    Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park

    This national historical park sits regally atop Khao Wang (Palace Hill), surveying the city with subdued opulence. Rama IV built the palace and dozens of…

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    Kaeng Krachan National Park

    Thailand’s largest national park is surprisingly close to civilisation but shelters an intense tangle of wilderness that sees relatively few tourists. It…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Wat 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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Hat Puek Tian

    This rather unattractive beach, 20km southeast of Phetchaburi (you'll need private transport to get here) attracts a mix of beach and book lovers…

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    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…