- Places to Explore
- Travel Tips
- Fodor's Choice
This small seaport town with many wats once linked the old Thai capitals of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya with trade routes on the South China Sea and Indian Ocean. Phetchaburi is famous for khao chae, a chilled rice dish with sweetmeats once favored by royals that has become a summer tradition in posh Bangkok hotels. You can find it around the day market on Phanit Charoen Road (look for people eating at stalls from small silver bowls), along with khanom jeen thotman (noodles with curried fish cake). The city was also a royal retreat during the reigns of Rama IV and Rama V (1851-1910) and has two palaces open to the public. Steer clear of the gangs of monkeys on the streets and around Khao Wang, especially with food in your hands.
Phetchaburi at a Glance
Elsewhere in Around Bangkok
- 80 Degrees: Fodor's Helps You Find Your Best Beach Vacation Spots
- Fodor's Go List 2014: Where we are going in 2014
- World Cup Fever: Start planning your trip to Brazil!
- Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards: Check out the winners of 2013
- Weekend Getaways: Fodor's Recommends the Best Weekend Escapes in the US
- Great American Vacation: Find Your Next U.S. Trip with Fodor's