Khao Wang, or “palace hill”’ in Phetchaburi, Thailand, with its former royal retreat, rises above the flat surrounding plain. The city, on the site of a Khmer Empire outpost, has ruins of a temple from that era, and sacred caves. Photo: Thomas Bird
Khao Wang, or “palace hill”’ in Phetchaburi, Thailand, with its former royal retreat, rises above the flat surrounding plain. The city, on the site of a Khmer Empire outpost, has ruins of a temple from that era, and sacred caves. Photo: Thomas Bird
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Sacred caves with a sleeping Buddha, a Khmer temple ruin and a ‘holy hill’ that’s selfie heaven a short train ride from Bangkok, in Phetchaburi

  • Just 90km by train from the Thai capital, Phetchaburi’s ruined Khmer temple, once you find it, looks like one at Angkor in Cambodia but is much less crowded
  • The city also has cave temples in the jungle with a sleeping Buddha, and a former royal retreat on a hill that’s a selfie magnet and offers great views

Khao Wang, or “palace hill”’ in Phetchaburi, Thailand, with its former royal retreat, rises above the flat surrounding plain. The city, on the site of a Khmer Empire outpost, has ruins of a temple from that era, and sacred caves. Photo: Thomas Bird
Khao Wang, or “palace hill”’ in Phetchaburi, Thailand, with its former royal retreat, rises above the flat surrounding plain. The city, on the site of a Khmer Empire outpost, has ruins of a temple from that era, and sacred caves. Photo: Thomas Bird
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