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Phetchabun (เพชรบูรณ์) is a city in Lower Northern Thailand.
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 in the middle of nowhere,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+.
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.
Kosit Hotel: Along the main highway into and out of town
Sawasdee Bungalows, 54 Sunkoo Muang Road: Older place but clean. 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.
The bus terminal is a very local one, and if you want to go to (say) Khon Kaen or Phitsanulok, then you will need to get a local 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.