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Khao Wang (Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park)
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Private Petchaburi Half-Day Tour from Hua Hin
Ranked #2 of 22 things to do in Phetchaburi
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

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.

Thank pair211
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

A nice day trip to do while you are in Hua Hin is to catch the local bus to Phetchaburi town.It's very cheap and you get to see abit of the countryside.While in Phetchburi visit King Mongut 's old palace 'Khao Wang' situated on top of a hill . From the top of this "White Palace" you can get a very good view of the surrounding area .You can also walk into some parts of the palace which have been converted into a museum .The palace is open everyday but the museum is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays.

Thank Jula C
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

Phetburi (the Thais do not pronounce "cha") is just another ugly city consisting of roads and buildings without any urban planning, but what you can experience on the top of the hill is quite unique.

Park in the city center (clear of monkeys which might otherwise damage your car) and have the walk up. Don't take the cable car because you will have the experience of arriving to the palace through the fortifications, stables, guardhouses etc...

On the top you can visit the inside which is of course very very European style with a Thai touch. A lot of furniture and objects reflect the ambiance and the view is amazing,

After have a walk on the well maintained footpath on the top of the hill to see a big chedi and a temple with a funny red tower.

A lovely experience, but dress with long sleeves and a hat and drink a lot of water. As a foreigner you will pay much more than a Thai for the entrance - unacceptable practice which reflects poorly on a country which claims to be tourist friendly.

Thank behuman
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

From Cha Am we drove to Phetchaburi which is just less than 150 kilometers from Bangkok to visit the Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park. Maha Sawan Mountain is divided into three parts and rises 95 meters above sea level, it is also known locally as Khao Wang.

The whole complex was built as a Summer Palace by King Rama IV (King Monghut) and is decorated in a combination of Thai, Chines and European styles, construction finished in 1858.
On the Western peak is the Palace and its associated structures.

The Central peak houses the relics of Buddha in the Chedi called Phra That Chom Phet which was renovated by King Monghut. The Eastern peak is where you will find Wat Phra Kaeo which is a Royal Temple built in a similar style to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in the Grand Palace.

This beautiful historical park is definitely worth spending a few hours, there is also a cable car to get you up and down the hill.

Just be careful while walking to each peak as there are hundreds of feral monkeys here!

Thank Cathy P
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

The best here are the monkeys. One almost attacked my dad because he was playing with that animal. Was funny.

OK. Now serious..... As you can see on my pictures. Written in Thai (entrance fee 20 Bath = 0,50 EUR). Written in English. (entrance fee 150 Bath = 4 EUR). So this is one more place where the tourists get ripped off.

I was already pissed off and then I walked up there. Besides some old damaged houses nothing that wowed me. OK the museum inside was interesting because of its history but if you think what they earn from the tourists they should keep that building intact. Its dirty and the color is coming off everywhere. Then we see the sign that leads us to the bed chamber of the king but that room was locked. Big signs that prohibit the driving of all vehicles. But that doesn't count for the staff. They drive like hell on this little streets and almost drive you over when they pass you.

DON'T GO. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND SET AN EXAMPLE.

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