Spending Time in Phetchabun

The province of Phetchabun is located in the north of Thailand and is steeped in natural beauty. Phetchabun does not receive as many tourists as the major islands and cities of Thailand and this is a great place to visit for people who want to get off the beaten path a little and discover the rich culture and stunning beauty of northern Thailand. The climate in this part of the country tends to be relatively cool all year round and nature lovers will be in their element as they explore large areas of wild natural beauty such as Nam Nao National Park, while Si Thep Historical Park is the perfect place to discover the unique history of northern Thailand.

Natural Attractions
Phetchabun boasts two large and lovely national parks, both of which feature good hiking and walking trails as well as plenty of stunning natural attractions. Ruesi Sombat Cave is an enchanting and very atmospheric attraction, while Nong Nari Arboteum is a large park where visitors can relax next to one of the pretty lotus ponds. Travellers can hire a boat at Kaeng Bang Ra Chan and use paddle power to explore the large lake and view the groups of freshwater jellyfish that can be found there. Wandering through the forests and jungles to visit the area’s local waterfalls is another unforgettable experience that should not be missed. Many of the waterfalls in Phetchabun feature picnic areas as well as large plunge pools where visitors can take a dip to cool down for a while. Si Dit Waterfall is a large waterfall that consists of a single cascade of water, while Heaw Sai Waterfall is situated in Nam Nao National Park and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the whole of Phetchabun.

Other Attractions
Si Thep Historical Park is home to a large collection of ancient remains that date back more than a thousand years. A moat surrounds much of the area and ponds and swamps are situated in amongst the gently crumbing temples and monuments that can be found scattered throughout the area. Some of the buildings of note here include Prang Song Phi Nong, Prang Si Thep, the Khao Khlang Nai Ancient Monument and Chaopho Si Thep Shrine. People who are interested in getting in touch with their spiritual side will be able to visit a large number of traditional Buddhist temples while spending time in Phetchabun. Wat Chang Phueak houses the mummified remains of a prominent local monk, while Phasornkaew Wat Trai Phum features an enormous glittering Buddha statue. Other sacred sites that are open to visitors include Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Kaeo with its impressive bronze and silver Buddha statues and Wat Trai Phum.

Exciting Activities
Adventure seekers who want to have fun while exploring the beauty of Phetchabun will be able to take part in a wide range of memorable activities. Hiking and trekking are ideal ways to explore, while white water rafting at Aou Ruea Reservoir is sure to get the adrenaline pumping. Fishing is also a popular activity in this part of the country, while BB Gun Valley at Amphoe Khao Kho offers sharp shooters the chance to practice their skills.

Festivals and Events
A large number of festivals and special events are held in Phetchabun throughout the year and these celebrations offer a colourful insight into the history and culture of the area. People who are visiting Phetchabun in the month of January should make sure they catch the Sweet Tamarind and Phetchabun Red Cross Fair. This event celebrates the provinces tamarind products and visitors will be able to sample a wide range of different types of products at the fair as well as watching stage performances and the colourful Flow Car Parade. Chicken lovers are also invited to join the Grilled Chicken Festival in Wichian Buri that highlights the area’s famous grilled chicken in August, while the unique Um Phra Dam Nam festival in September is a very sacred event where special Buddha images are ritually cleansed and blessed by local monks.

Accommodation Options
Phetchabun boasts a wide range of accommodation options for visitors to choose from including basic lodges, cheap and cheerful guesthouses and luxurious hotels and resorts. Nature lovers who have got plenty of cash to splash are sure to love the experience of staying in one of Phetchabun’s national parks and some of the most scenic accommodation options in the province include the Swiss-style Imperial Phukaew Hill Resort, Phu Hin View Resort and the Phu Khao Khor Resort.

Where to Eat
Phetchabun boasts a number of special dishes and food products that visitors should try such as candied tamarind, grilled chicken served with sticky rice and a sweet and spicy sauce and khanom chin, which is a dish of rice noodles cooked in a rich gravy and served with fresh vegetables. Most major hotels and guesthouses come complete with a restaurant which serves both local Thai and Western dishes. Visitors who have a strong sense of adventure can also sample local dishes at the night markets that set up in towns throughout Phetchabun at around 17:00 each evening.

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