The area has thus been continuously inhabited for well over 1,000 years and there are many historic buildings, temples, and palaces to attest to its importance. As the location is conveniently located for visitors heading south either by road or rail, Petchaburi is now a major stop for sightseeing along the way to Hua Hin or beach towns in Southern Thailand. In addition to a splendid historical pa
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KAENG KRACHAN DAM
This Thailands most extensive national park occupies a largely unexplored area of 2,915 square kilometers (720,312 acres). Kaeng Krachan was declared a national park on 12 June 1981. The park is located 53.5 kilometers from the city and is 3 kilometers beyond KhueanKaeng Krachan (Kaeng Krachan Dam) where there are a plenty of water activities such as cruising along the reservoir or fishing. With the large area of forests, camping and trekking are also popular activities here. The highest peak called Panerntung is the spot of the most picturesque scene which is the sea of fog during rainy and winter season. Kaeng Krachan is also famous for its natural diversity and beautiful waterfalls. Visitors can enjoy seeing rare type of birds and millions of butterflies during summer.
PHRA RAM RATCHANIWET
Originally called "Ban Puen Palace," this European baroque and art nouveau style palace is situated at Ban Mo on the south of the town. The construction began in 1909 by the command of King Rama V to be his rainy season palace. A German architect, Mr. Karl Deurring designed the palace, while Admiral HRH Prince Boriphat of Nakhonsawan and HRH Prince Damrong supervised the construction. It was completed in 1916 in the reign of King Rama VI and it was used to welcome and accommodate state visitors during that time. It has been commissioned to many institutes, it now becomes Petchaburi Historic and Arts Museum under the conservation by Thai Royal Army.
THAM KHAO LUANG
Located approximately five kilometers from Khao Wang, this cave is regarded as the largest and the most beautiful cave in Phetchaburi. Apart from beautiful stalactites, the large hole on the ceiling allows the plenty of lights down to the cave floor creates the stunning scene in the cave. This cave also houses a Buddha image cast under the royal command of King Rama V as a dedication to King Rama III and King Rama IV. At the foot of KhaoLuang Hill, there is a large monastery locally known as Wat Tham Klaep or Wat Bun-thawi. Attractions within the compound are a large multi-purpose hall and an ordination hall laden with beautifully carved door panels.
NONG YA PLONG HOT SPRINGS
The Nong Ya Plong Hot Springs physically consists of warm springs found between a public land and National Forest. It has four springs lining up on a north to south axis. Each of them has a diameter of about three to five metres and a depth of around 30 metres. Water normally flows from the northernmost to the southernmost springs and is also stored. In addition, yellow-green algae are found in the hot springs. Furthermore, the Petchaburi Provincial Administrative Organisation constructed a 200-metre-long pipe to convey hot water from the springs to newly-built mineral water bathrooms.