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Khao Wang (Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park)
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Private Petchaburi Half-Day Tour from Hua Hin
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Phetchaburi
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“Old palace”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

Historical place. Used to be a holiday palace for King Rama the IV. He was very talented in science. The place up there was an amazing view, with groups of architectural buildings with mostly remaining Thai culture influence, partly western influence. Some part of it is a museum as well. There are 2 ways to go up there, 1 is to walk up (be careful of the monkeys - they will take bags and foods from you). 1 is to take a cable car which you will have to pay for it (40 baht I think). On top of that to be able to visit the place, I think you have to pay around 150 baht as well. Would be worth it if you would like to learn more about Thailand's heritage and appreciate.

Visited February 2013
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“An Important Part of Thai History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

We happened to stumble upon this attraction by accident on our way from the Floating Market to Hua Hin. Our Taxi man suggested that we stop and see an important part of Thai history where the royal palace of Rama IV-V is and where they once lived on occasion.

This was very interesting to see and the view from the top of the palace was breath taking by Thai standards. I say this because not many places you can visit by cable car in Thailand, will afford you a 180 degree view of the area.

The price was nominal at 150 baht per person and the self guided tour of the residence was worth while. Remember not to bring food or drink with you due to the "Monkey Muggings" from the resident troupe of monkeys lurking about the palace grounds. They are smart critters and when unsuspecting folks aren't watching what they are doing, their hand held food or drinks are mugged from their unsuspecting hands by the mean the monkeys!

After you take the cable car back to the parking lot, some of the venders have some odd things for sale and you might pick up a bargain or two.

If you are hungry as we were, the open air restaurant has some good Thai food at local Thai prices. Have fun!

Visited November 2013
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“Too good to drive past!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

Phetchaburi may have been a Japanese POW camp in WWII but nowadays has some interesting sites including the old town and a few temple caves worth the effort. The market and restaurants are rather good too.

Visited June 2013
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“Great place to break a journey to or from Hua Hin”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

Pra Nakhon Khiri on the edge of Petchaburi town sits on a hill guarding the main route south from Bangkok to Cha Am and Hua Hin. Most Thais call it Khao Wang though - simple Thai translation of the official name.
The best way to visit is to start over near busy Petchkasem Road and take the cable car up, explore the 19th century Royal villa and the jedis and temples along the hill top and then walk down the path on the town side of the hill (it starts very near the top of the cable car). As a former royal residence the normal dress code rules apply, cover those shoulders and knees please or you will only be able to see the outside of the buildings. The villa is filled with an odd mix of Asian and European furniture, ceramics and objets d'art and is an interesting example of how Siam was modernising and opening to the world then. Be sure to go up to the royal bedroom. No photos inside but you can take pics of the buildings and the amazing view.

There are many monkeys so be sensible. Avoid carrying food and keep secure hold of your possessions. Above all, remember that cute baby monkeys always have a mother watching nearby! Don't touch! Otherwise the monkeys are fun to watch and very easy going. You'll get some fun photos. The ice cream sellers at the top usually carry catapults to deter the monkeys while you enjoy your Walls ice cream - as long as you don't wander off, you'll be fine!

Between the bottom of the path and the cable car is a row of shops selling a wide range of Thai biscuits, snacks and some fruit, very popular with Thai tourists!

Visited February 2013
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“Great Views from the Cable Car. THB150 Palace Admission Fees is applicable to Tourist”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

The Cable Car ride to the hill top offer stunning views of Phetchaburi. Unless you are an museum fanatic, else the pricey admission ticket can be deterring. Avoid during raining season as thick moss and algae formed on the walkway making it extremely slippery, in addition there wasn't much railing to support prevent falling.

Visited September 2013
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