Best-known for its delicious tamarins, Phetchabun Province is one of Thailand’s best holiday destinations for outdoor adventures and nature immersion. This laid-back province is centred around the capital city of Phetchabun and is home to religious temples, cascading waterfalls and a legendary forest with a mythical lore.
Things to do in Phetchabun
Outdoor adventurers will love the range of activities around Phetchabun Province, including the hiking trails and white-water rafting at Thung Salaeng Luang National Park. This sprawling national park also showcases native flora and fauna and wildlife, such as elephants, woodpeckers and yellow-throated martens. Don’t miss seeing the three-tiered Kaeng Sopha Waterfall, dubbed the “Niagara Falls of Thailand”.
Immerse yourself in Thailand’s rich religious culture at the mountaintop Wat Prathat Phasornkaew. This revered Buddhist temple is covered in mosaic tiles and surrounded by manicured gardens and panoramic countryside vistas. You can also hike to the summit of the 1,768-metre-tall Phu Thap Boek mountain or camp among nature trails and caves at Nam Nao National Park.
Venture back in time at the fascinating Si Thep Historical Park, home to ancient ruins dating back to the 7th century. Dive into Thailand’s military history at the Khao Kho Memorial, where you can see old war helicopters and fighter planes.
Wander through the famed Himavanta forest, a public park in Khaem Son. The original Himavanta is known throughout Hindu lore and is said to contain mythical creatures, including the naga and garuda. Afterwards, visit one of the nearby restaurants or coffee shops for delicious Thai cuisine made from local produce.
Getting around Phetchabun
Phetchabun Province is easily reached by catching long-distance buses from Mo Chit Terminal in Bangkok. Although there are motorcycle taxis available in the towns, it’s best to hire a vehicle in Bangkok and explore the province at your own pace.