Phetchaburi is a small city and capital of the same name province, located 170 kilometers south-west of Bangkok and in 280 km from Pattaya. The city is popular place for excursions.
The nearest beach is 10 kilometers from Phetchaburi. However there is a huge number of temples and palaces. Phetchaburi can be compared with Ayutthaya. If you are interested in the history and culture of Thailand, like to inspect ancient temples and palaces, then you are strongly recommended to visit Phetchaburi.
The city has a rich and significant history for the Kingdom. It is one of the first and oldest cities in Thailand. The first mention of a settlement on the site of the city dates back to the eighth century, and the most ancient significant sights - the twelfth century. For a short time in the eleventh century, the Khmer occupied the city, leaving behind several of their Khmer-style temples. During the period of Ayutthaya Phetchaburi became one of the most important centers of the state. The most of the current historical monuments appeared by that time.
There are not very many visitors in Petchaburi, especially foreigners. More often here you can meet Thai tourists. Basically, people come here for a one day excursion, without spending a night in the city.