The Emblem of Phetchaburi

Introduction
     Phetchaburi  is  a  very  old  town  and  used  to be an important royal for a along period of time. There were so many names by which to call this town in the old days, such as, Phripphri, Phripphli or  Phetchaphli. Some historians have said that the name Phetchaburi could be the original name because  it  is  found  on  Stone  Scrip - true  No.1. It could have been named after the Indian style, accordina  to  Indian  influence  during  those  day,  like  some  other  towns  in  Thailand,  such as, Ayothaya,   Kanchanaburi,   Suwannaphum.   In   addition ,  it   is   also   believed    that    the   name Phetchaburi might have originated from the Phetch River which is an important river of this town.

     Phetchaburi  is  a  central  region  province,  situated  on the west shore  of  the  Gulf  of  Thailand  having an overall area of 6,225.138 square     kilometers.      Its      geographical      characteristics     are mountainous  thick  jungles throughout the border in the west where Tanaosi  Range  is   the  border   line  between   Thailand   and  the Socialist  Republic  of  the  Union  of  Myanmar.  There is a plain all along  the  seashore  in  the  east  of  Changwat  Samut Songkhram and  Amphoe   Pak   Tho   of   Changwat   Ratchaburi   to   the  north Amphoe  Hua  Hin  of  Changwat  Prachuap  Khirikhan  to  the South and  the  sea - shore  of  the  west  side of the Gulf to Thailand to the east.  The   total   length   of   the   Phetchaburi   seashore   from  the northern - most  spot  to  southern - most  sopt  is  approximately  80 kilometers  while  the  total  length  of  the border line in Phetchaburi dividing Thailand and Myanmar is approximately 120 Kilometers.



     Phetchaburi  is  administratively divided into 7 Amphoes and 1 King Amphoe, they are : Muang, Cha-Am,  Khao  Yoi,  Tha  Yang,  Ban  Lat,  Ban  Laem,  Nong Ya Plong, and King Amphoe Kaeng Krachan.

     The  majority  of the Phetchaburi population has for its principal occupation agriculture, I.e., rice farming, upland crop farming, fruit growing, palm sugar production animal raising, and fisheries for both sea water and fresh water.

     There  are  three  importan t rivers  in  Phetchaburi  they  are :  "Phetchaburi  River", having and overall   length   of   44   kilometers   and   "Bang   Tabun   River",  having  an  overall  length  of  18 kilometers.

     The  average  temperature  of Phetchaburi ranges from 16-38 degrees celcius. There are most rains from July to October.

History
     Phetchaburi  is accessible  by  car  through  two  routes.  One is to leave Bangkok  passing Nakhon Pathom and Ratchaburi to Phetchaburi totaling a  distance  of  166  kilometers  the  other  route   is  to   leave   Bangkok  by Highway  No. 35,  the  Thonburi-Pak Tho Highway passing Samut Sakhon, Samut  Songkhram,  Amphoe   Pak   Tho   of   Changwat   Ratchaburi,  then making   a   left  turn  to  join  Highway  No. 4  on  to  Phetchaburi,  totaling  a distance of 121 kilomters.

     The  Transport  Company  Limited  (Bo  Kho So) opertes a daily Bangkok Phetchaburi service. Detailed  information  can  be  obtained  from  Tel.  (02) 435-1199 (air-conditioned coach) and Tel. (02) 434-5557-8  (non  air-conditioned bus).  The travel time is approximately two hours. Moreover, one  can  travel  via  several  southern  route  buses,  such  as,  Bangkok - Chumphon,    Bangkok-Prachuap Khirikhan and Bangkok-Hua Hin which also drop passengers in Phetchaburi.

     There  are  several  trains  daily  leaving  Bangkok  (from  Hua  Lamphong  Railway Station) for Phetchaburi and Cha-Am. Detailed information can be obtained from Travel Service Section, Tel. (02)223-7010,  223-7020. From Tel.(02)441-3102 one can obtain information from Thonburi Railway Station (Bangkok Noi) where there are trains leaving for Phetchaburi every day too.