Its name means "city of Diamonds"; and this really is a jewel for the visitor to discover as they tread the soil of this region so blessed by the gods.
Relatively untouched by tourism, the city of Phetchaburi promises moments of rare authenticity in Thailand, and can be explored by simply strolling around its night market. A place that sparkles with color, Asian flavors and character where you can taste the best Thai green curries in town.
Combining its nonchalant temperament with a generous surrounding countryside, the city is a feast for the senses with attractions such as the historical gardens of Phra Nakhon Khiri. In the heart of Phetchaburi, this site transports you to an eternal Thailand, in the heart of lush countryside where the traveler will find a string of the most graceful buildings.
Presiding opulently over the city, the Chom Phet stupa and its pointed dome facing the heavens send a mystical message to the traveler, with the setting sun as a backdrop. Faced with this majestic building, Wat Phra Kaew and the palace are certain to enchant the visitor, intoxicated by the wild scents of this former royal residence.
Nature's equivalent of this princely splendor, the cave sanctuary of Tham Khao Luang promises the visitor moments of eternity when he stands, thrilled, inside this hugely symbolic place. With this allegorical light well, the temple is an ode to contemplative escapism, revealing itself through the many altars scattered around. The atmosphere of this place, filled with incense and immortality and stretching out beneath thousand-year old stalactites, has more than enough to move the most seasoned of travelers. And if this splendor where man marries nature so gracefully inspires you, head for the Kaeng Krachan National Park, the largest in the country. Like Phetchaburi, this temple of biodiversity is a permanent source of enchantment which you'll never want to leave.
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