Located approximately 163 kilometers south of Bangkok,
40 kilometers south of Phetchaburi and 20 kilometers north of Hua Hin
The access road to the beach is two kilometers long.
Name: Cha Am
Location: Central Thailand
Pictures in the web: Cha Am
Last Visit: September 2006
First Photo: The beach in Cha Am
Ban Puen Palace
Phra Ram Ratchaniwet (Ban Puen Palace) is a palace which King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) who had it built as a rainy season palace with his own money. The plot of land was bought from a villager and the design was made by a German, Mr.Karl Deurring. Admiral HRH Prince Boriphat of Nakhonsawan and HRH Prince Damrong were assigned to monitor the construction. The palace is of European design and construction began in 1909 and completed in 1916. The palace was named during the reign of King Rama VI as Son Phetch Prasat Palace. The name was changed to be Phraram Ratchaniwet in 1918 when it was used as a palace to welcome and accommodate state visitors. It's located about 1km south of the town centre in a military area which you can enter in order to visit the palace.
Admission: 50 baht.
Petburi, Diamond City
"The Former Royal Town"
Petchaburi/Petburi, which means the Diamond City is a town full of history. Because it was never sacked by the Burmese on invasion of Ayutthaya, it has many fine examples of Ayutthayan period temples and monuments.
Most come to Petburi on day trips from Bangkok or Hua Hin, but there are many off the beaten track gems to be found here. So if one is interested, 2 days would be nice.
One of the claims to fame of Petburi is the Khao Wang National Park. Should never be missed.
Khao Wang/Nakhon Khiri Palace Park and surrounds
"Monkey Busy Eating !!"
There are so many monkeys here, they seem to run this place.
"Parts of the palace"
The numerous buildings housed many stables and quarters for guards. Now, they are uninhabited. Much pretty flowers and trees in the palace area.
"At the top"
At the top, you'll be able to see the provincial city, the surrounding areas, and the White Chedi of Khao Wang.
The white chedi at Khao Wang (Wat Phra Keow) is a Petburi landmark.
It's actually a bustling little town with much commercial activity as it is the provincial capital.
Being in Thailand during the 80th birthday celebrations of HM the King, he is honoured by many billboards set up by government and individuals to celebrate the occasion.
"Surrounding country side"
King Ramkhamheng once said, "there are fish in the rivers and rice in the fields"
Like many Asians, rice is the staple diet of of Thais and the country side is lush with rice growing, like my native Malaysia.