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Phetchabun (เพชรบูรณ์) is a city in Lower Northern Thailand , and the Capital City of the Province of this name.


346 kilometres from Bangkok, Phetchabun borders on three regions, the North, the Central and the Northeast. The central part of the province is on the Pa Sak river basin with mountain ranges running along both the western and eastern sectors. Because of the fertility of the land, Phetchabun has always been an agriculturally productive area. The very name of the province actually means the land of crops and foods.

Today, Phetchabun is a province with rich tourism potential. Its climate is pleasant due to the mountainous and forested areas and it has a history of richness and prosperity for more than 1,400 years. As and Sukhothai styles have been discovered.

There is not a lot here for tourists at the moment, because it is off the beaten track. Effectively,it is a "branch line" off the normal bus routes. Buses from Phitsanulok,Kon Kaen etc, stop at Lom Sak some 40Km distant so few people come here. Regrettably also, the bus terminal is about 2 kilometres outside the City ,although there are Tuktuks for the adventurous ones.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

Quite a lot of buses stop at this town on the way to Lom Sak. Here are some services you can find from Mochit Terminal (Northern Bus Terminal in Bangkok):

  • 0 2936 2852-66
  • Phetprasert Tour[3] 0 56 720720
  • Thin Siam Tour 0 2936 0500

Buses are very frequent, like 2 or 3 within an hour. First Class service from Phet Tour cost 263B and takes 4 hour+.

  • Lopburi

Aircon buses come from there six times daily starting at 0700. Five of these terminate at the distant bus station, and the other goes on to Lomsak.

  • Saraburi

Aircon buses run four or five times a day between Saraburi and the newer bus terminal in Phetchabun, calling at the older town bus station in Phetchabun on the way.

  • Lom Sak

Red songthaew run every 10 minutes until around 6pm between the main bus terminal in Phetchabun and the centre of Lom Sak, passing through Phetchabun town centre and calling at Lom Sak bus terminal on the way.

Get around[edit]

Motor Cycle Taxi and Motor Trishaws are available at market, hotels and bus station.

Better to bring your own vehicle, if you are planning to go to Khao Kho. Car/Motor Cycle rental service may rarely have but couldn't manage to find one on Sunday, most the shops on the main road are closed. Town is not really ready for tourist anyway.

To orient yourself: As you come into the City from the south (Bangkok/Saraburi) on the main road heading north, the in town bus station is on the left hand side immediately opposite the golden archway leading to the centre of the City, a couple of hundred metres distant. Mainly local buses use this bus station.

From the main bus station (Bor Khor Sor) to the south-east of the centre - you turn left and then right and about one kilometre distant beyond a set of traffic lights is a T-intersection. To the right of this in about another kilometre is the City centre on your left. The main north/south road is some 200 metres from there. Most of the long distance buses come to and from here.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Highland Agricultural Research Center at Ban Kon Maphon (บ้านภูค้อนมะพร) via Hwy 2258 (44 km)
  • Phu Tubberk (ภูทับเบิก) via Hwy 2331 (requires Phu Hin Rong Kla NP entry)
  • Wat Pha Sorn Kaew is the most spectacular temple in Thailand, located in Khao Kho, Petchabun in North-Central Thailand. This temple is set on an 830m peak, a few hundred meters from the town of Khaem Son on the main highway 12. Nearly all of the visitors to Wat Pha Sorn Kaew are Thai. There are few of foreign tourists because this temple isn’t famous to foreign tourists seem to like the temple in Bangkok. There are a high mountain valley stacked wrapped around the temple, the temple is located on a mountain with a height of 830m from the flat, so you can see the view around the temple clearly. This temple is made from colorful glass. The main pagoda and surrounding buildings are adorned with over 5 million colorful mosaic tiles and pottery items. There are relics of Buddha contained in the temple. Most Thai people are Buddhists, the belief that the sacrifice of the relics will bring peace to life.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Battle Conquer Muay Thai & Weight Loss Camp, 26 Moo 9, Nong Chaeng, Bueng Sam Phan, Phetchabun 67160, Thailand, +66 63 362 3402, [1]. Traditional Muay Thai and modern weight loss techniques in a beautiful, country setting. Lots of options and programs available including: Muay Thai technique training, fight training, fight promotion and booking, strength and conditioning, weight loss retreats, detox retreats. Training prices start at B300/day with onsite accommodation for B500/night...discounted/all inclusive packages available.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Pineapple Books, 69/35 Klang Meaung Phatthana, Phetchabun (behind new government bus station), 056720522, [2]. Foreign language bookshop, over 20 different languages, books bought, sold, exchanged. They sell great coffee too!  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Breakfast is easy enough to find in the City centre - just look for an open restaurant. Some have pictures of what is available.

  • Street Eats

There are plenty of these in the City centre close to the Clocktower, and not far from the main north/south road. They have tables and chairs, and some of them sell beer. A large variety of food is available, just look and point, as all is written in Thai. It is usually not spicy - if you want this, the necessary ingredients are on the table to add to your meal.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are plenty of hotels as you come from the south: On the left you will see the Kosit Hill Hotel, which is upmarket. On the other side of the road up a couple of side streets are the budget hotels where you can get a good aircon room for as little as B350.

  • Sawasdee Bungalows

54 Sunkoo Muang Road. Along the main highway into and out of town. Has private bungalows with hot water, TV and wifi starting at 250 baht with fan. Walking distance from a small night market and the town center. (Very big roaches in the room. Be careful of staying this place)

  • Kosit Hill Hotel

39 Samukkeechai Road. Prices start B700. It is on the left hand side of the main road coming from Bangkok/Saraburi, a few hundred metres south of the City entrance and in town bus terminal. It appears to be an upmarket hotel.

  • Srivara Place Hotel - โรงแรมสรีวรา (pronounced Seewara)

This is up a street on the right as you come from Bangkok/Saraburi. For the price this is a really decent hotel, at B350 per night, aircon, hot water, bar fridge. No restaurant. The room is large and clean. No lift. It is within walking distance of the City centre.

  • Dusita Residence - ดุสิตา เรสซิเดนท์

A short walk from the main bus terminal, this place has clean and modern apartment-style rooms with air-con and fridge for B400. Not much English is spoken, but they are used to foreign guests. Also there's no English sign, but it's the modern four-storey building on a back street to the east of Klang Mueang Phatthana Road. Turn right exiting from the bus terminal, and walk to the end of the third alleyway on the right. There are plenty of eating and drinking options nearby along Klang Mueang Phatthana.

Get out[edit]

The in town bus terminal is a very local one. Even the out of town one has limited destinations, Lopburi being one of these. If you want to go to more distant places, then take a bus from the terminal to Lom Sak, some 40Km distant, where there is a bus terminal at the edge of that city (some 8Km out!) at the main road going to these places.Create category

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