Phetchabun is truly Thailand’s perfect diamond as it boasts pristine forests, rivers and mountains which make up a host of exciting things to do. Here’s our list of things to do in Phetchabun.
1. Phetbura Buddhist Park, the power of belief of the Phetchabun people
Is a place for performing the Buddhist activities and being a leisure attraction where the people of Phetchabunhave joined hands to build the replica of PhraPhutthaMahaThammaracha, a big Buddha image, which was cast by pure brass on the occasion of the 7th Cycle Birthday Anniversary of King Rama IX. PhraPhutthaMahaThammaracha is considered to be a sacred image of Phetchabun province.
Location: On Highway No. 21, near downtown Phetchabun, Amphoe Mueang, Phetchabun.
2. Visit thesea of mist at Khao Kho all-year round
The climate in Amphoe Khao Kho is Cool and pleasant all-year round and quite cold in winter. With an altitude of about 1,174 meters above mean sea level, Khao Ko encompasses many undulating mountains of the Phetchabun Mountain range including the Rattanai Reservoir located in the basin area, which results in the sea of mist phenomenon almost every day all year. Visitors can witness the misty flow of Khao Kho from numerous scenic points; such as, the sea of mist viewpoint in front of the District Office, Khao Takian Ngo Viewpoint, and Wat Kong Niam Viewpoint.
Location: Amphoe Khao Kho, Phetchabun.
3. Wat Phra That Pha Son Kaeo, the marvel of faith
Is a Dhamma practice place built amidst nature and peaceful atmosphere surrounded by undulating mountains with an outstanding 7-tiered lotus shaped stupa named Chedi PhrathatPha Son KaeoSiriratThamnaruemit.It is decorated with mosaics in various colors, accessories, gemstones, necklaces, bangles, as well as Bencharongporcelain or traditional five-colored Thai ceramics. The decoration was done piece by piece all over the stupa. The stupa’s compound has been divided into a zone of Dhamma practice residence and Sangkhawator templezone. Furthermore, the place enshrines the majestic “Five Buddhas” statue, which is the five-layered white Buddha image that creates an exceptional beautiful image enhanced by the breathtaking landscape of the mountains and cloud like a paradise on Earth. The attraction is one of the 10 Dream Destinations.
Location: Amphoe Khao Kho, Phetchabun.
4. Experience the coldness all-year round at PhuThapBoek
As part of the route “travel through the cloud”, this place is breathtaking with the magnificent scenery of mist and cloud flowing along the meandering and inclining route to the top of PhuThapBoek with an altitude of 1,768 metres above mean sea level, which is the highest viewpoint of Phetchabun covered with a cold climate all year. One of the magnetic charms drawing tourists to the place is the cabbage plantation of the Hmong ethnic group on the mountaintop that is available to see during July-August and October-November every year.
Location: Amphoe Lom Sak, Phetchabun.
5. Freshwater Jellyfish, the one and only in Thailand,atKaeng Bang Rachan.
Kaeng Bang Rachan is an about 300-meter-long large rapids, which is the origin of the Khek waterway and a habitat of the freshwater jellyfish living in the moving River species, Craspedacustasowerbyi, the one and only in Thailand and can be seen once a year. The activity “Paddle in the Forest and Look for Freshwater Jellyfish” is annually held by the Nong Mae Na Forest Community for tourists to enjoy feedingfish, seeking shells, and sightseeing flocks of butterflies during March-May.
Location: Kaeng Bang Rachan, TambonNong Mae Na, Amphoe Khao Kho, Phetchabun.
6. Biking across the savanna field at Thung SalaengLuang National Park
ThungSalaengLuang, 23 kilometers from the ThungSalaengLuang national park’s headquarters in the area of Nong Mae Na, is savanna covering a widespread open area of approximately 16 square kilometers. Along the path through the mixed deciduous forest, visitors can see wild animals feeding and varietiesof flora. In addition, there is savanna alternating with the PinusMerkusiiforest called ThungYa Mueang Len and ThungNonSon. The transition period of the rainy to the cold seasons is a perfect time for Trekking, camping andbiking across the fields to ThungSalaengLuang and Thung Nang Phaya, which are savanna surrounded with pine forest and hill evergreen forest. On the pine branches, some rare orchid plants like Dendrobium senile and Dendrobium trigonopus can be found.
Location: TambonNong Mae Na, Amphoe Khao Kho, Phetchabun.
7. Thai Lom Walking Street, the charm of the community
The Thai Lom Walking Street is situated on Ronnakit Road, a Historical road of Amphoe Lom Sak, which has been in use since 2012. Both sides of the street remain classic with traditional wooden houses of two stories. The walking street is filled with vendors selling local Food that is quite rare; such as, Khanom Chin Thai Lom, Ping Kai Khao Buea, Khao Lam, PhayaLuemKaeng, etc.Tourists can also buy local products, Cloth, accessories, and handmade goods by the people in the community for souvenirs. Furthermore, the walking street offers cultural performances, demonstration booths of weaving Ban Tio ancient textiles,ancient blade smith by the Ban Mai Blade Smith Group who has carried the handicraft legacy for over 100 years from Vientiane artisans, folk music performances, as well as retrospective folk dances that locals and tourists can enjoy participating. Thai Lom Walking Street is open every Saturday evening from 5.00-10.00 p.m.
Location: Amphoe Lom Khao, Phetchabun.
8. Si Thep Historical Park
Is one of the country’s significant civilization centers. There is evidence that indicates a long continuous settlement of humans since the prehistoric era, including the Dvaravati and Khmer civilizations, respectively, which have dated more than 1,000 years in total. The Park occupies an area of approximately 2,889 rai that is divided into 2 sections in which over 70 ancient ruins are scattered. Some spots have been unearthed and restored. The important Monuments feature Prang Si Thep, Prang Song Phi Nong, and Kho KhlangNai Ancient Monument. Open daily between 8.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Location: Amphoe Si Thep, Phetchabun.
9.Phu Phaeng Ma
PhuPhaeng Ma is one of the highest scenic points in the PhuHin Rong Kla national park, as well as a viewpoint for admiring the sunrise, Sunset and sea of mist in the morning during the cold season. The spot is en route to PhuThapBoek.
Location: The PhuHin Rong Kla National Park, Amphoe Lom Kao, Phetchabun.
10. Tat Mok National Park
Is an abundant forest on the high undulating mountain range. It is an important watershed of the Pa Sak and Chi Rivers as well as a buffer area for three forests; namely, Nam Nao national park, PhuKieo Wildlife Sanctuary, and Tabao-HuaiYai Wildlife Sanctuary. The interesting highlight for tourists to yearn for is being nestled by the surrounding beautiful nature; for example, the scenic point where the landscape of Phetchabun town can be seen below, as well as a romantic scene to watch the Sunset. The Park also features Namtok Tat Mok, a one-layered large waterfall that runs down from a high cliff to the ground below and becomes drizzle, of which its name, Tat Mok came from.
Location: Amphoe Mueang, Phetchabun.