Free travel home page with storage for your pictures and travel reports! login GLOBOsapiens - Travel Community GLOBOsapiens - Travel Community GLOBOsapiens - Travel Community
 You are here: Member pages
Login
 Forgot password?
sign up


Top 3 members
wojtekd 245
Member snaps
el2995 Phetchaburi - A travel report by USC
about me      | my friends      | pictures      | albums      | reports      | travel log      | travel tips      | guestbook      | activities      | contact      |

Phetchaburi,  Thailand - flag Thailand -  Phetchaburi
7589 readers

el2995's travel reports

Phra Nakhon Khiri

  9 votes
Page: 1 2 3

Phetchaburi travelogue picture
Overlooking the town of Phetchanburi from atop Maha Samana hill on Thailand's western seaboard, Phra Nakhon Khiri palace complex is yet another interesting day trip from Bangkok. Locally referred to as Khao Wang, or celestial city of the mountain, the palace was a royal summer house that was commissioned by King Mongkut (Rama IV). The drive from Bangkok is rather scenic, with lush limestone mountains and the log rows of large-leafed teak trees along the highway median that the King had ordered planted to re-introduced teak into the region. Phra Nakhon Khiri, and the nearby Tham Khao Luang, would also appeal to those looking to view a bit of wildlife, given the population of wild monkeys at both attractions.


Favourite spots:
Phetchaburi travelogue picture
Phra Nakhon Khiri was made into a historical park in 1988. The hilltop palace complex must be reached by a cable car which ascend the heavily-wooded hillside at a steep angle and provides a view of numerous wild monkeys perched on the surrounding tree branches. It is interesting in that it mixes a variety of foreign architectural styles (European, Japanese, Chinese) in addition to the tradition Thai style. As Rama IV was an avid and accomplished astronomer, an observatory was built next to the Royal Palace; both structures may be entered, though shoes must be removed before entering the palace. The observatory affords a nice view of the white Phra That Chomphet chedi, and the town of Phetchaburi and the surrounding area in the distance. The is a small snack shack up near the Royal Palace for food and drinks, and some small restaurants and gift shops at the base of the hill in front of the cable car boarding area.

What's really great:
Phetchaburi travelogue picture
The most interesting, and by far the most entertaining part, of Phra Nakhon Khiri were the wild monkeys. The monkeys are quite aggressive, and there are signs posted that warn visitors not to carry any food or drink out in the open and to mind your purses, bags and backpacks, as the monkeys may attempt to snatch them and run off. I was amazed at the shear number of monkeys that scampered around the complex. Some of the monkeys appeared to be mere infants, being nursed and groomed by their mothers. Some of the more mischievous ones could be seen carry around and licking juice cans that they were able to get a hold of. Some of the more amorous ones could be seen carrying on, engaged in Jungle Love. Of course, with so many monkeys, you need to watch your step, lest you accidentally plant your foot in what the Thais call kee ling (i.e., monkey-see, monkey-doo-doo).

Sights:
Phetchaburi travelogue picture
We didn't make it into downtown Phetchaburi, but the main points of interest are said to be Wat Yai Suwannaramand the Wat Kamphaeng Khmer shrine.

Restaurants:
We stopped at an open-air restaurant next to the highway at the turn-off for Tham Khao Luang, though I don't recall the name. The food was pre-cooked and served buffet-style, though you could also order soup, which was freshly made. The food was decent and inexpensive.

Other recommendations:
Phetchaburi travelogue picture
Tham Khao Luang is passed on the way to Phetchaburi when coming from Bangkok. It is a cave within a limestone hill that contains a temple. It also has quite a few wild monkeys, though they were not as aggressive as those at Phra Nakhon Khiri. Note that you must take your shoes off before entering the cave, and due to water percolating through the cave walls and ceiling, the floor and stairs are going to be wet and quite slippery, so be careful and perhaps lose the socks.

Published on Monday January 5th, 2004


send travelogue via e-mail    Publish on Facebook  



Thu, Jan 08 2004 - 09:24 AM rating by marianne

I love the picture of the monkey. I agree with what you are saying they are bag snatchers, and actually I am a bit scared of them.

Information:
Login if you are a member, or sign up for a free membership to rate this report and to earn globo points!

 Thailand
   Kanchanaburi average user rating for this report
   Phetchaburi average user rating for this report
   Phuket average user rating for this report
 United Kingdom
   London average user rating for this report
 United States
   Baltimore average user rating for this report
   Big Sur average user rating for this report
   East Hampton average user rating for this report
   Huntsville average user rating for this report
   New Orleans average user rating for this report
   New York average user rating for this report
   Philadelphia average user rating for this report
   Ridgecrest average user rating for this report
   San Jose average user rating for this report
   Washington average user rating for this report
 Vietnam
   Sapa average user rating for this report

 
Publish your own story!
 More on Thailand

   Bangkok - downundergal average user rating for this report
   Ayuthaya - magsalex average user rating for this report
   Bangkok - kcheepv average user rating for this report
   Ko Samui - gardkarlsen average user rating for this report
   Ko Phangan - andrestgt average user rating for this report




  Terms and Conditions    Privacy Policy    Press    Contact    Impressum
  © 2002 - 2017 Findix Technologies GmbH Germany    Travel Portal Version: 4.2.6