located in the lower northern part of Thailand, 346 kms. from
Bangkok. It has a total area of 12,668.416 sq.kms. or about,
7,917,760 rai. Phetchabun, an ancient city with several interesting
and important places such as Wat Mahathat and Si Thep Historical
Park, has always proposed throughout her history. At present, it is
famous for the fertile land for cultivation. The renowned fruit is
sweet tamarind. Besides, there are various historical and natural
attractions as we know from the motto of the province: Sweet
Tamarind City, Nam Nao National Park, Si Thep Ancient City, Khao Kho
Commemoration, Poh Khun Pha Muang City.
area is a plain surrounded by the hills. The main river passing
through the province is Pasak River.
Phetchabun has 3 seasons: hot season, rainy season and cold season.
North bordering Loei Province.
South bordering Lopburi Province.
East bordering Chaiyaphum and Khon Kaen Province.
West bordering Phichit, Phitsanulok and Nakhon Sawan Province.
From Phetchabun city to nearby
- Chaiyaphum 259 kms.
- Khon Kaen 240 kms.
- Loei 190 kms.
Lopburi 260 kms.
- Nakhon Sawan 195 kms.
- Phichit 130 kms.
- Phitsanulok 170 kms.
From Phetchabun city to its districts
- Bung Sampan 105 kms.
- Chondan 55 kms.
- Khao Kho 70 kms.
- Lomkao 70 kms.
- Nam Nao 140 kms.
- Nong Pai 58 kms.
- Sithep 115 kms.
- Wang Pong 85 kms.
- Wichienburi 100 kms.
The name "Phetchabun", as appears in
the historical evidence found by the Department of Fine Art,
originates from the word "Phuechapura" which means plenty of crops.
However, the name was changed into "Phetchabun" which means plenty
This province is considered to be the ancient city which was built
in two different periods in the same area. Wat Mahathat including
other ancient temples indicate that the first period of Phetchabun
was found during Sukhothai Kingdom. T The Department of Fine Arts
declared the wall and the forts as the archaeological sites on 8
March B.E. 2478.
How to get there
Direct air - conditioned and non air - conditioned buses leave from
the Northern Bus Terminal on Kamphaeng Phet2 Road. (Tel. 537-8055-6)
starting 09.30 A.M.until 09.30 P.M.
Taking Highway No.1 to Saraburi till Km. 125 (Pukae); turn right to
Highway No. 21 via Amphoe Chaibadan, Amphoe Si Thep to Phetchabun
for 346 kilometres.
Held in February during the tamarind is ready to pick up and it is
also the agricultural day of the province.
Festival of Lisu Hill tribe
Held in February of each year. It is the ancestor veneration day.
Rum Jong, Rum
Trung Nong, Rum Tone Folk Dance
Held during Songkran Festival. The musicial instrument is Tone and
the number of dancer is about 20.
Poh Ta Chao Tung Festival
The spirit house was built in the edge of the rice field. It is
believed that the spirit will take good care of food in the villages
and ensure the rainfall in their fields.
Hae Nang Maew
Held in the year when there are no adequate rainfall. The cat is
caught into the basket and then the villagers will take it walking
around the village with traditional folk dance. Whenever the cat
arrives their houses, they throw the water to the cat.
Held during the period of May-June. It is the original festival of
the north-east region. It is celebrated to maintain the local
custom. The people bring firing homemade rockets into the sky for
competition and entertainment . The owners of the rockets who win
the competition will be awarded.