The 8 Best Things to Do in Phetchabun, Thailand

November 24, 2017 Vivienne Hutton

Phetchabun is a town (thesaban mueang) in Thailand, capital of Phetchabun Province. It covers the tambon Nai Mueang of the Phetchabun district, along the Pa Sak River. As of 2005, it had a population of 23,823. Phetchabun lies 340 km north of Bangkok.
Restaurants in Phetchabun

1. Wat Phra Kaeo

Nai Mueang, Phetchabun 67280, Thailand
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 57 reviews

Wat Phra Kaeo

Reviewed By Wooders110 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The drive alone would be a great day out; the scenery is amazing!
It is an incredible sight when you see the temple in brilliant white contrasting against the lush dark green of the Mountains. The whole complex is a photographers dream and beautifully laid out from the entrance leading you to the temples and of course the temples themselves.
We all had a great day; if you visit Thailand you must come here!!!

2. Buddha Thamaracha

Phetchabun, Thailand
Excellent
38%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Buddha Thamaracha

Reviewed By MikeB107 - London, United Kingdom

Huge Buddha and nice park area. Free entry and parking. In building under is a local history display but all in Thai. Photos interesting though.
Limited food stalls. Dont plan to buy lunch here. Park and lake pleasant enough for a picnic.
You can buy and make offerings in a smaller worship area near entrance or take up to the big Buddha.
Suggest you hire a tuk tuk for half a day to tour the town sites and get a feel for the place. We got one via a very small restaurant run from the front of the family house alongside the lake near the bus station. Cost 300 baht for half day. 3 hours was enough.

3. Tat Mok National Park

Amphoe Mueang, Phetchabun, Thailand
Excellent
78%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
0%
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5 based on 9 reviews

Tat Mok National Park

Reviewed By Stephane G - Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Great great great place! Wonder why there is not much visitor!!! The place is stunning! Quiet, well organized. There is no phone signal but who cares! Entrance fee 100 baht 30 for the car, camping 30 b per person. Dreams are beautiful as the sky at night! There is a natural pool by the campsite where you can swim and refresh yourself.

4. Huai Pa Daeng Reservoir

Aamphoe Mueang, Phetchabun, Thailand
Excellent
14%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 14 reviews

Huai Pa Daeng Reservoir

Reviewed By GaryWhite2013 - Bangkok, Thailand

The title says it all. There is nothing here but a barrier and a small lake behind it, plus a few desultory restaurants. Boring - not worth the short trip out, so don't bother!

5. Wat Mahathat

17 Nikon Bamrung Road | Nai Mueang subdistrict, Phetchabun, Thailand
Excellent
14%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
44%
Poor
14%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 7 reviews

Wat Mahathat

Reviewed By Raymond W - Chengdu, China

Wat Mahathat is one of the oldest wats in the city of Phetchabun, sporting a few chedis (brick monuments) which date back to the Sukothai era. The most eye-catching of these is an unusual red-brick structure with a rather blockish look. At the time of our visit there were hundreds of fine theads attached to it and they fluttered in the breeze. Apart from these moderately interesting brick stupas, the main viharn (temple hall) is nothing you haven't seen a hundred times before. Phetchabun is a pleasant enough town, but its wats aren't of particular note.

6. Wat Trai Phum

Phetcharat Road | Nai Mueang, Phetchabun, Thailand
Excellent
25%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
25%
Terrible
0%
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3.5 based on 4 reviews

Wat Trai Phum

Reviewed By Raymond W - Chengdu, China

Haven't heard of the "famous" Phra Buddha Maha Thammaraja statue? Don't worry. We hadn't either. This is probably a case of "world-famous in Phetchabun". Nevertheless, if you are in town, you might want to stop by Wat Trai Phum and see this locally famous statue. There is a somewhat intriguing local legend that goes along with it at least.
The Phra Buddha Maha Thammaraja statue dates back to the Khmer era and it is probably of Khmer not Thai origin. Its early history is cloaked in mystery but it ended up at Wat Trai Phum, a minor wat which was founded in 1557. (None of the buildings at the site today seem to be more than about 100 years old, however). The statue made a real nuisance of itself by wandering out of the wat one night and bathing itself in the cool waters of the Pa Sak River, which is located just across the road from the temple. The locals brought it back to the temple but they now have an annual festivity in which the gilded idol is immersed once more in the waters of the Pa Sok River every year.
The venerated image is perhaps more likely to appeal to Thais than foreigners. (Yet there was no Thais viewing it during our visit either). For us, we enjoyed learning a bit of local legend, but a single statue and some unimpressive modern buildings make for a very minor "sight".

7. City Pillar Shrine

Thanon Lak Mueang, Tammbon Nai Mueang, Phetchabun, Thailand
Excellent
20%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
40%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 5 reviews

City Pillar Shrine

Reviewed By Raymond W - Chengdu, China

Every major town in Thailand has a city pillar, which is viewed as something like the centre or "navel" of town. The practice clearly has its roots in pre-Buddhist, animist beliefs. This is the mystical centre of town.
Whereas these city pillars are of interest to many Thais (who come and leave offerings), they are, at best, of passing interest to foreigners. This one is just a little more interesting than usual because the stone pillar itself comes from Si Thep, an ancient town. It is said to be the oldest such pillar in Thailand. Even so, a five to ten minute look around will be enough for most tourists.

8. Pineapple Books

69/35 Klang Meang Phattana, Phetchabun 67000, Thailand +66 56 720 522
Excellent
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1 based on 1 reviews

Foreign language bookshop and coffeeshop, books in over 20 different languages bought, sold, exchanged.Large selection of coffee and teas, open daily.

Reviewed By timandy2 - Phetchabun, Thailand

Closed. Have no idea why this is under night life in Phetchabun. . Or under club.the place is closed

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