Phetchaburi is located 125 kilometres (78 miles) south-west of Bangkok on the eastern shores of the Gulf of Thailand. If you decide to travel to the popular seaside resort of Hua Hin then you will pass through this town.
You'll also notice that this is not a very particularly interesting town, perhaps even a little scruffy, but a good place to explore many interesting historical and archaeological sites.
It is far better to stay overnight in Bangkok, then take a drive out in the morning on your way to the beach resort town of Hua Hin or Cha-am. If you like, you could stay over in one of the luxury hotels or resorts near the beach in Hua Hin. The reverse will also work from Hua Hin to Bangkok.
Khao Luang Cave is located three kilometres (one mile) from the town of Khao Luang. As you approach the town along Route 4, take the left fork and continue past a rocky hill on your right. Cross over the railroad track and park under the shady trees.
A steep stairway will lead you down to the entrance to the cave. The best time to visit is around midday as the opening in the roof of the cave allows the sunlight to illuminate the huge central chamber. You will see many Buddha statues, including a fifteen metre reclining Buddha.
Phra Nakhon Khiri Royal Palace, also called Khao Wang, stands above the town of Phetchaburi on the 95 metre (320) foot high Khao Khlang Mountains. Built in 1860 by King Mongkut who had a keen interest in mathematics, political science as well as astronomy. You cannot help but notice the kings observatory, which dominates these now restored ultra white palace buildings.
Architecture as well as artifacts and furniture that are seen in the small museum here consists of many outside influences including Western, Chinese and Japanese.
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