By bus the journey from Hua Hin to Phetchaburi is scheduled to take 45 minutes.
Bus Timetable from Hua Hin to Phetchaburi
- Click on the Hua Hin – Phetchaburi link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
Bus Stop in Hua Hin
Bus services to Phetchaburi depart from the Hua Hin Prakit Yon bus station on the Phet Kasem Road to the north of Hua Hin town centre.
Arrival in Phetchaburi
Bus services from Hua Hin to Phetchaburi terminate at a bus stop at Rai Som, Mueang Phetchaburi District, Phetchaburi 76000.
Phra Nakhon Khiri Palace in Phetchaburi
Phra Nakhon Khiri Palace, also known simply as Khao Wang, is a former royal palace now maintained as a historical park right in the centre of Phetchaburi town. The palace was built in 1860 by King Rama IV who particularly liked the location. One of the reasons why King Rama IV liked the located the location, which is at the top of a 95 metre tall hill, is that it was an ideal place to build an observatory. King Rama IV is noted for being the first King of Thailand to take an active interest in Western science. The Phra Nakhon Khiri Palace is open every day from 08:30 to 16:00 and admission costs 150 THB for foreign visitors. An additional fee of 40 THB per person is payable to take the cable car up and down the hill.
The Phra Nakhon Khiri Palace is spread over three peaks all connected by stairs and walkways:
- Western peak: This is where the Royal living quarters were located and the observatory. The King’s former bedchamber is set up as a museum display showing furnishings and clothes used by the Royal Family at the end of the 19th Century.
- Central peak: This is hill top has a 40 metre high white chedi.
- Eastern peak: The third peak has a temple which is similar to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok adjacent to the Royal Palace, albeit on a smaller scale.