Phetchaburi Province

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Phetchaburi

เพชรบุรี
Cha Am Beach
Cha Am Beach
Flag of Phetchaburi
Flag
Official seal of Phetchaburi
Seal
Map of Thailand highlighting Phetchaburi Province
Map of Thailand highlighting Phetchaburi Province
Country Thailand
CapitalPhetchaburi town
Government
 • GovernorChai Phanitchaphonphan (since 2008)
Area
 • Total6,225.1 km2 (2,403.5 sq mi)
Area rankRanked 36th
Population
(2014)
 • Total474,192
 • RankRanked 58th
 • Density76/km2 (200/sq mi)
 • Density rankRanked 68th
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
ISO 3166 codeTH-76

Phetchaburi (Thai: เพชรบุรี, pronounced [pʰét.t͡ɕʰā.bū.rīː]) is one of the western provinces (changwat) of Thailand.[1]

Geography[change | change source]

Phetchaburi is in the northern part of the Malay Peninsula. The Gulf of Thailand is to the east. Most of the province is a flat plain. The Kaeng Krachan National Park is Thailand's largest national park, covering nearly half of the province. It covers 3000 km2.[2]

History[change | change source]

Khao Wang

Phetchaburi is an old royal city, dating back to the Mon of the 8th century. Later Khmer settled in the city, as can be seen by the prangs of Wat Kamphaeng Laeng.

In 1860, King Rama IV built a palace near the city of Phetchaburi, commonly known as Khao Wang, but its official name is Phra Nakhon Khiri. Next to the palace the king built a tower for his astronomical observations. On a hill near the palace is the royal temple Wat Phra Kaeo.

Tourism[change | change source]

Sights[change | change source]

Hat Cha-am (หาดชะอำ) This tourist resort resort, with modern facilities, is on a beach considered to be one of the most popular beaches of Thailand.[3][4]

Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park (อุทยานประวัติศาสตร์พระนครคีรี) This park is a hilly area with an old palace and historical temples near the town. It has royal halls, temples and groups of buildings, constructed in Thai, Western neoclassic and Chinese architectural styles.[5]

Wat Kamphaeng Laeng (วัดกำแพงแลง) This temple was originally a Khmer place of worship. It was later turned into a Buddhist temple and a shrine hall was constructed. However, the outlook of the place has not much changed due to the existence of sandstone walls and four Khmer style pagodas.[6]

Haad Chao Samran welcome sign

Hat Chao Samran (หาดเจ้าสำราญ) Legend says that King Naresuan the Great and King Eka Thotsarot made several royal visits here and enjoyed its beauty. The villagers called it "Hat Chao Samran", which means "beach of royal leisure".[7]

Local products[change | change source]

Phetchaburi is known for a vast variety of sweet food. The reputation comes from the use of Tanot (palm) sugar. Examples are Mo-kaeng, a sweet made from flour, sugar and eggs; A-lua and Sampanni, a sweet made from flour and sugar; Thong Yip, Thong Yot and Foi Thong, sweets made from baked egg-yolk; and Chao Tan Chueam (palm seed in thick syrup).

Festivals[change | change source]

Phra Nakhon Khiri Fair (งานพระนครคีรี) Also known as Khao Wang, it is an important historical site. During the reign of King Rama IV, it served as the king's out-of-town palace.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Phetchaburi". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  2. "Kaeng Krachan National Park". Department of National Parks (DNP) Thailand. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  3. "Hat Cha-am". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  4. "Maruekhathaiyawan Palace". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  5. "Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  6. "Wat Kamphaeng Laeng". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  7. "Hat Chao Samran". TAT. Retrieved 2 July 2015.

Other websites[change | change source]

Coordinates: 13°6′38″N 99°56′47″E / 13.11056°N 99.94639°E / 13.11056; 99.94639