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Phetchaburi Province Page 5, Places of Interest around Phetchaburi Province

Phra Ram Ratchaniwet - This palace of European architectural style is originally called Wang Ban Puen. It is situated in the south of the town. King Rama V commanded it built as a rainy season palace in 1916. It was used to welcome and accommodate state visitors during the reign of King Rama VI. The palace is open every day from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 0 3242 8506-10 ext. 259.


Hat Chao Samran - This historic beach is 15 kilometres southeast of the town. There is a road linking Hat Chao Samran, Puek Tian and Cha-am. Legend says that King Naresuan the Great and King Eka Thotsarot made several royal visits here and highly appreciated its beauty. The villagers thus rendered it a name Hat Chao Samran, which means Beach of Royal Leisure. King Rama IV ordered a seaside palace built at this beach in 1918 and called it Hat Chao Samran Palace. Accommodation is available.


Places of Interest around  Tha Yang


Hat Puek Tian  - seven kilometres south of Hat Chao Samran, this wide and long beach is popular among Thai tourists. The most prominent landmark is a huge statue of a female giant standing in the sea.


Places of Interest around  Ban Laem


Wat Khao Takhrao  - Travel 12 km from Phetchaburi to Amphoe Ban Laem and continue for another six km. This temple houses a highly revered sitting Buddha image called  Luang Pho Khao Takhrao. The image was found at the mouth of the Mae Klong River in Samut Songkhram by the villagers of Ban Laem, who migrated from Ban Laem to Samut Songkhram during the fall of Ayutthaya.


Hat Laem Luang  -  Located four kilometres north of Hat Chao Samran, this beach stretch's for two kilometres and is full of white sand.


Places of Interest around  Kaeng Krachan


Kaeng Krachan Dam  - This dam is located 53 km southwest of the town along the Phetchaburi-Tha Yang-Kaeng Krachan route. The construction was completed in 1966. It is 760 metres long and 58 metres high, overlooking beautiful scenery of the reservoir and its islands.


Phetchaburi Province Page 7, Kaeng Krachan National Park, Cha am