|• Total||5.4 km2 (2.1 sq mi)|
|• Density||4,800/km2 (13,000/sq mi)|
Phetchaburi (Thai: เพชรบุรี (Pronunciation)) is a town (thesaban mueang) in southern Thailand, capital of the Phetchaburi Province. In Thai, Phetchaburi means city of diamonds (buri meaning city in sanskrit). It is approximately 160 km south of Bangkok, at the northern end of the Thai Peninsula. As of 2005, the town has a population of 26,181 and covers the two tambon Tha Rap and Khlong Krachaeng.
The Phetchaburi River runs through the middle of the city. The region is mostly flat, save for a hill (called Khao Wang) on the outskirts of town. The royal palace named Phra Nakhon Khiri and one of the many wats are on top of Khao Wang. The hill and town is the site of an annual festival, called the Phra Nakhon Khiri Fair. It lasts for eight days in early February and includes a sound and light show and classical Thai dance.
The official city flower is the leelowadee flower or frangipani.
Phetchaburi is known for its traditional Thai desserts. The most well-known is a custard dessert called Khanom Mor Gaeng. Other popular desserts include Portuguese-influenced thong yip, thong yod, and foi thong.
Phetchaburi has numerous private and public schools from k-12. Several have English programs taught by native English speakers to ready students for higher education. Some of the more well known schools are Prommanusorn School, Benjamaputit Mattayom school. Wat Don Kaitia prathom school and Arunpradit prathom/mattayom school. There are also several universities including Phetchaburi Ratchabat University.
Life in Phetchaburi
Most locals are born in Phetchaburi or are from surrounding areas. A small minority of foreigners work as teachers at various prathom and mattayom schools. However, Phetchaburi is a largely agricultural town with numerous farms. People in Phetchaburi work in a variety of agriculture-related professions such as farmers, fruiter growers, cowherders and agricultural product vendors.
The people of Phetchaburi engage in a variety of recreational activities. Fishing in the Phetchaburi River is quite popular. Young people can be seen playing football as well the traditional Thai sports, sepaktakraw. Adults and their families travel to Bangkok, go shopping or attend temples. The elderly can be seen playing Chess and other board games by the riverside.
Cha-am is a popular beach resort for Phetchaburi people as well as travellers from Bangkok and surrounding areas.
In the city proper, the primary mode of transportation is by motor vehicles with motorcycles being the most popular. Cars are the second major form of transportation. Locals also travel by hired motorcycles and song taews.