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.
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.
Must sees in town are:
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.
Later I found the Phra Ram Ratchaniwet, a European style palace of about a century old.
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 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.
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