Call into this temple/museum on the way back from Hua Hin to Bangkok airport just off route 4 and you can see it from the road, but not so easy to find, even with a GPS I had to go round once, both coming and going!! It is in Phetchaburi which is about an 60 to 90 mins from Bangkok and 60 mins from Hua Hin by car.
Three temples on top of a hill built by Rama IV around 1850. Fortunately there is a funicula on the Route 4 side which takes you up the 300 odd feet, but you can walk up it from the main town side if you choose. It was a hot afternoon when I was there and I would not like to have to had to walk up it!! Costs 150 Baht for frangs inc the train ride.
It was built for King Rama IV as his "summer house", which is the first building you can walk round is kept as a museum but no photography inside. There are lovely views from the outside from here on the plain all the way down the coast to Hua Hin I think!! Two more temples on subsequent hills but I only had time and energy for one more the white Chedi as short of time and very hot in the sun there.
Lovely place to spend an hour or two but I did not have enough time as had to get back to airport for return flight!! Palace opens around 9.00 and closes at 4.00. Signs etc are in both Thai and English so there are things to read and get some of the back ground.
There are places to buy food drinks and things at teh car park where you pull in, free parking, and stalls up top for snacky food and beverages.
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