easy way to get around in Phetchaburi’s downtown is by van
(songthaew) or ‘Leng Car’. These can be hired at bus stations
and markets for 5 to 10 baht per person, depending on your
destination. You need to confirm your destination with the
driver before getting on. It’s possible to charter a songthaew
for the whole day for 200 to 300 baht, depending on your bargaining
distances of about 1 or 2 km., you can try a samlor. Two people
can sit in a samlor for about 10 baht per person. Travelers
can charter a samlor for the day to see four or five places
with a fare of about 100 baht.
taxis are a fast and convenient way of traveling distances
less than 2 km. The cost is around 10 baht per person.
Buses or cars are
best for traveling to nearby districts. Distances from the
main town to nearby districts are 18 km. to Tha Yang District,
45 km. to Cha-am District, 12 km. to Ban Lam District, 8 km.
to Ban Lard District, 23 km. to Kao Yoi District, 34 km. to
Nong Ya Plong District and 57 km. to Kaeng Krachan District.
Getting To Cha-am Beach
No buses run directly
to Cha-am Beach. Travelers can get on the non air-conditioned
buses plying the Phetchaburi-Hua Hin route, near Potharam
Temple or other southbound buses and get off at the Cha-am
Intersection. Buses leave daily every 20 minutes from 5.40
am to 5.00 pm and the fare is 20 baht per person. The trip
takes about one hour. You can then get a motorcycle taxi for
the short trip to the beach for 20 baht per person.
Regular taxis do
not make the direct trip between Phetchaburi and Cha-am Beach.
The usual route taken is from the town to Cha-am Intersection,
and then a 20-baht motorcycle taxi for the rest of the journey.
The taxi rank is in front of Phetchaburi Rama Theatre on Surin-Ruechai
Road. Taxis leave every 15 minutes from 5.00 am to 6.00 pm
with a fare of 20 baht per person. The trip takes approximately
50 minutes. The charter price to Cha-am Beach is about 300
Trains leave regularly
from Phetchaburi Station for Ban Cha-am. The fare is 8 baht
per person and the trip takes about 30 minutes. The motorcycle
ride from the station to the beach costs 20 baht per person.
The distances from
Phetchaburi to nearby provinces and towns are 98 km. to Nakhon
Pathom, 53 km. to Samut Songkhram, 54 km. to Ratchaburi, 158
km. to Prachuab Khiri Khan and 66 km. to Hua Hin.