Petchaburi, one of the oldest province in Thailand. Phetchaburi province has been described as the place where the golden era of Ayutthaya still lives on, and this is demonstrated in the impressive architecture of palaces and temples.
The city is one of the oldest settlements in Thailand, mentioned in historical records dating to the 8th century, and having significant standing artefacts dating to the 12th century. Phetchaburi is about 130km (75 miles) southwest of Bangkok.
The city is situated on the River Phet, which originates in the Kaeng Krachan National Park and flows into the Gulf of Thailand at Baan Laem. The Khao Luang caves in Phetchaburi is filled with a large number of Buddha images including a four meter high image ordered by King Chulalongkorn.