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.
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.