Asia : Southeast Asia : Thailand : Northern Thailand : Lower Northern Thailand : Phetchabun
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.
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):
Buses are very frequent, like 2 or 3 within an hour. First Class service from Phet Tour cost 263B and takes 4 hour+.
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.
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 distant bus station - 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.
Breakfast is easy enough to find in the City centre - just look for an open restaurant. Some have pictures of what is available.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.