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Spectacular Viewpoints along the Gulf Coast

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The Palace and Temple Hill overlooking Phetchaburi:
Khao Wang - Attractions
Khao Wang (เขาวัง -อี๊ด) (Phetchaburi)

Phra Nakhon Khiri is locally known as Khao Wang (Palace Hill). The number of visitors here, in Phetchaburi province, has been among the highest in the country. One of the reasons for its attraction may be that it was once a palace consisting of many beautiful pavillions. On top of that is its location, on top of the mountain which is situated in the heart of the city of Phetchaburi. All of it makes a visit here even more exciting. The climb up the mountain can be made by walking from the front or by using the tram in the back. Either way brings one to a spectacular view of the different plantations below, especially the many plumeria trees which are normally in bloom and give off a nice fragrance in summer. The original plumeria plant was brought into the Kingdom by King Rama V.
Another adventure is to go through a large group of monkeys, living in the area; they have become a symbol of the people.

Phra Nakhon Khiri is the first palace that King Rama IV had built upcountry during the period of 1858-1859. The palace was constructed on top of Samana or Maha Sawan Mountain that consisted of three hills. The middle one is where a Ceylonese style stupa, “Phra That Chom Phet,” was built by King Rama IV, covering over the original one which contained a Buddha relic. The top of the Eastern hill is the location of Wat Phra Kaeo or Wat Phra Kaeo Noi, the palace temple that is composed of the ubosot, the red shrine "Chedi Daeng", the belfry and the round-shaped stupa “Phra Buddha Sela Chedi.” It was originally built on Si Chang Island with greenish grey marble before being dismantled into small parts for transportation purposes.

On the West hill, the palace residential area is located; there are pavillions of different sizes, each constructed for different functions. The Phetchaphum Phairot Pavillion is a blend of Western, Chinese and Thai architectural styles. The pavillion was originally a throne hall in the reign of King Rama IV but was converted into a residence hall for royal guests. (It was renovated in 1883 to be a residence of Duke Johanne Albrecht, the governor-general of Brunswick, Germany and his wife) The plan of the building is still laid out as the original with a dining room, a parlor, a tea room, bedroom and bathroom. Connecting to this pavillion are two other pavillions. First is the pavillion of Pramot Mahaisawan, the royal residence hall for Queen Thepsirindhara Borom Rachini and the second is the Wetchayan Wichian Maha Prasat Pavilion, in the style of a tetrahedron that bears five finials. It is used for housing the bronze figure of King Rama IV, shown standing under a nine-tiered umbrella, the symbol for kingship, and wearing a Scottish cap. His right hand holds a sword while the left hand a book. The pose was believed to be inspired by his Royal imagination.
Next to these buildings is a building with a Chinese style roof, called the Ratcha Dhamma Sapha Pavilion, formerly a private place for the king’s royal religious preaching during the reign of King Rama IV. It was converted to a dining room for the royal family in the reign of King Rama V.
Besides the previous pavillions, there is another building called Santhakharn Sathan pavillion which was the residence for the royal women of the family. It consisted of a living room and a bedroom. It was sometimes used as a guest residence also. Other buildings are: an observatory, a theatre and small pavillions which are presented with captions about the function of each of them.

Entrance fee for Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park is 40 Baht, by cable car 70 Baht (including museum), children 10 Baht.
Open daily from 9 am to 4 pm. For more information call Tel. 032-425600

Entrance fee for Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park is 40 Baht, by cable car 70 Baht (including museum), children 10 Baht.
Open daily from 9 am to 4 pm. For more information call Tel. 032-425600

The central Viewpoint of Hua Hin:

Khao Hin Lek Fai - Attractions
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6 km to the South of Hua Hin:
Takeap Rock - Attractions
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At the northern end of the city of Prachuap Khiri Khan:
Khao Chong Krachok - Attractions
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View from Khao Chong Krachok

The Bay of Prachuap

The Shrine on the Top

South of Prachuap, in the Air Force Area, a beautiful bay is worth a sidetrip:
Ao Manao - Attractions
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Ao Manao (อ่าวมะนาว -aew) (PrachuapKhiriKhan)

The 3-km-long beach is located in the picturesque bay Ao Manao. It lies 3 km south-east of the city, situated on military grounds.

In Wing 53 Historical Park is a hero statue, a replica of an air force soldier standing on a propeller holding a flag and facing the sea. A large engraved stone refers to the fight between the Thai and Japanese armies at Ao Manao. There is an annual ceremony to commemorate the heroic deeds of 8 December, 1941.

The atmosphere here is relaxed and non-commercial. Langur monkeys live in the trees at a small temple behind the landing field. There are showers, toilets, changing rooms, and restaurants. It is best to enjoy the beautiful scenery during a boat tour (300 Baht per boat).

Khao Thong Chai



A steep hill divides the long beach of Ban Krut:
Khao Thong Chai - Attractions
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The temple on the hill in the center of Pathio offers more than a splendid view:

This excellent viewpoint requires a 30 minute walk up to the top:

Khao Din Sor

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