Phra Nakorn Khiri, Petchburi
Visit the palaces on three mountain peaks that are as heavenly magnificent as a divine castle. Smell the gentle fragrance of Frangipani that lingers in the breeze whilst strolling around in Phra Nakorn Khiri. The palace is built on the top of three soaring mountains. Phra Nakorn Khiri was the royal summer palace for two former kings of Siam, King Rama IV and V. Take your time to rest in the pleasant shade of various plants and the sweet aroma from little white Frangipani that has grown along the paths for hundreds of years. Phra Nakorn Khiri was built under the royal command of King Rama IV on the mountain ranges of Khao Samana or Khao Mahai Sawan, locally known as Khao Wang – Palace Hill. The whole compound comprises royal houses, temples, pagodas, and an observatory. Khao Wang combines the elegance of Thai, Chinese and western Neo-classic architectural styles. Nowadays, it is a historical park and is open to public. Phra Nakorn Khiri is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Petchaburi. Within Wat Maha Samanaram, on the eastern hill, there are mural paintings by Khrua In Khong. On the mountaintop sits Wat Phra Kaew, the temple of Phra Nakorn Khiri. On the western hill are magnificent royal houses and several throne halls. The mountain in the middle is the site of Phra That Chom Phet where Buddha's relics are enshrined. This is considered the best scenic point where tourists can overlook the other two mountaintops, as well as Phetchaburi's beautiful landscape.
Great local food
Petchburi’s custard pudding is famous for its rich ad sweet taste from a classic ingredient, palm sugar. There are several flavors available, such as original, lotus seeds, and taro. They can also make a good souvenir to take home.
Phra Nakorn Khiri historical park is open daily from 8.30 AM to 4.30 PM. Admission fee for Thais is ฿ 10 and ฿20 for foreigners. The mountaintop palaces are accessible either on foot or by a ฿30 cable car round trip.