Phetchaburi (also known as Muang Phetch) sits 160 kilometers south of Bangkok, off the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand. This vast province spreads across over 6,000 square kilometers, its Tanaosri mountain range bordering Myanmar along with dense jungles.
Formerly home to a royal fort, Phetchaburi has gone by many names over the years. It dates back the Dvaravati era, and has played a major role in Thailand’s history. When Sukhothai and Ayutthaya ruled the Thais, Phetchaburi was an important city ruled only by a long line of kings. There are a number of well-preserved temples located throughout the province as well as numerous archelogical and historical sites. Some historians still refer to Phetchaburi as a “living Ayutthaya” because of a number of similiarities between the two.
During the Rattanakosin era, Phetchaburi became known as a seaside resort for relaxation and scenic beauty. The kings of that period (King Rama IV, V, and VI) each established palace retreats in the province – Phranakhonkhiri, Phraramrajanivet and Phrarajnivesmarugadayawan. Because of this, Phetchaburi is often called Muang Sam Wang, or, “the city of three palaces.” The province boasts beaches, caves, delicious seafood cuisine, resorts, ancient temples, and an incredible national historic park. Cha-am is the province’s premier beach resort.
Most of the residents are employed in agricultural trades such as fruit farming, sea and fresh water fisheries, rice farming, upland crop farming, and palm sugar production.