Things to See and Do in Ratchaburi
The ancient city of Ratchaburi, founded during the prosperous years of the Suwanna Phum Kingdom, is located approximately 120 kilometers west of Bangkok. A leisurely drive along Petchkasem Road (Highway 4) takes about 1 1/2 hours. The city is also made more accessible by having its own railway station. Ratchaburi is positioned near famous provincial temples and favorite beach resort areas such as Cha-am and Hua Hin.
Suggested Driving Routes For Tourists
Turn off of the main Petchkasem Road and go pass Amphur Ban Kha Sub-district, into Amphur suan Phung. This is a beautiful route, but if you are traveling in your own car and have already been to various attractions in Amphur Chom Bung, you might like to try another route. We suggest you take road 3206 at Pak Tho and turn on to road 3313 to Ban Pongkrating before passing Amphur Ban Kha Sub-District to Suan Phung. Alternatively you can use the Huay Chinasi (opposite the turn off to tambon Koo Bua) Road 3337. This route takes you past Thung luang until you reach the first road at Ban Pongkrating. Turn on to this road and continue through the Amphur Ban Kha Sub district until you reach Suan Phung. This is perhaps the most beautiful route in Ratchaburi, cutting through the forest and passing close to the undulatating mountain ranges.
The city of Petchburi, just 60 kilometers south, is famous for its many temples which span several centuries. Notably, Pechburi’s most famous temple is Wat Khao Wang. Originally built as a monastery during King Rama IV’s reign, the temple commands a breathtaking view overlooking the city. The palace has now been restored to its original splendour and can be reached by hiking up a scenic pathway or cablecar.
South of Petchburi awaits the sandy shores and cool sea breezes of Hua Hin, a bustling beach city popular with locals and tourists alike for its vibrant markets and many delicious seafood restaurants.