The ancient city of Rachaburi, founded during the prosperous years of the Suwanna Phum Kingdom, is located approximately 100 kilometers west of Bangkok. A leisurely drive along the 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.
The city of Petchburi, 60 kilometers south of Ratchaburi, is famous for its many temples which span several centuries. Notably, Pechburi’s most famous temple is Wat Khao Wang. Originally built a monastery in King Rama IV’s reign, the temple commands a breathtaking view overlooking the city. The palace has now been renovated to its original splendour.
Other attractions of Ratchaburi Province include the murals of Khongkharam Temple and the cave of Khao Bin with its sculptured eagles naturally formed by stalactites and stalagmites.
South of Petchburi await the white sands and cool sea breezes of Hua Hin, Which promise peace and quiet from the fast-paced city life. To the east, the ancient stone Buddha, Phra Phutthachai Tham Rus Khao Ngu can be found, and further north, the Tham Chomphon Arboretum is a peacefully enchanting place to relax. Chalerm PhraChon Phansa Park, in the foothills of Chom Phon mountain, is another unspoiled park to enjoy.