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Phetchaburi and beyond


It is 121 km from Bangkok to Phetchaburi. And it's not particularly a great bicycle ride. The closer you are to Bangkok, the busier and bigger the roads are. There is no alternative than to cycle on the roads 4 and 35.

Wat Yai Suwannaram and Wihara Pranon with a huge reclining Buddha Wat Yai Suwannaram and Wihara Pranon with a huge reclining Buddha

I came from Bangkok, so I was cycling on the 35 and took the junction south, 38km to Phetchaburi. It was for the most a not very interesting ride although just before the city I saw a hill formation of what looked like karst mountains. It was a nice view but soon I was in town.

Karst mountains just north of the city in Khao Yoi

Karst mountains just north of the city in Khao Yoi

Must sees in town are:

  • Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park
  • Wihara Pranon with a huge reclining Buddha
  • Wat Yai Suwannaram with beautiful murals of angels
  • Phra Ram Ratchaniwet

At first I didn't think it was that much. It seemed the town was much the same as I have seen before. The beauty of the town turned out to be in the hills and at the foot of the hills.

For the Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park, I had to climb up the hill. Although I really enjoyed it there I was more impressed by the murals I found at the foot of the hill in Wat Yai Suwannaram next door to Wihara Pranon and a massive reclining Buddha.

Phetchaburi

Later I found the Phra Ram Ratchaniwet, a European style palace of about a century old.

Wat Maha That, Phetchaburi
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Wat Maha That, Phetchaburi Wat Maha That, Phetchaburi Wat Maha That, Phetchaburi Wat Maha That, Phetchaburi

Murals in Wat Maha That

Accommodation in town

There are several hotels in Phetchaburi.

Do you need to book in advance? Well, I didn't and found a room very easy but it can't hurt to have a look.

Wat Maha That, Phetchaburi
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Wat Yai Suwannaram Wat Yai Suwannaram Wat Yai Suwannaram Wat Yai Suwannaram

Wat Yai Suwannaram and Wihara Pranon with a huge reclining Buddha

Going south to Cha Am, Hua Hin and further ...

Life gets better from here on. You still have to follow highways but it gets more quiet and eventually you will be able to leave highway 4. That story starts here.

On the road from Phetchaburi to Chaam
On the road from Phetchaburi to Chaam

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