Having been for several months without leaving the city, last weekend we took the opportunity to head out of town for the weekend, with a visit to Phetchaburi – a quiet, very Thai town only a couple of hours south of Bangkok.
While the outskirts of Phetchaburi are home to some interesting caves and numerous temples, a highlight is the Phra Nakhon Khiri historical park, dominating the hill in the centre of town. It’s possible to climb (or ride the tram) to the top of the hill where there is a palace to explore…if you can get past the monkeys.
Many historical areas across Thailand have their share of monkeys, but Phetchaburi’s local troupe take the art of temple-guarding to a new level. Usually it’s the local dogs that can be a problem, but here the monkeys have shown the dogs who’s boss – when we walked up this path to the lookout above, a local dog sheepishly took advantage of the monkeys’ distraction to sneak past us and head down the hill.
A little bit further up, this one took a break from admiring the view, doing his best to hurry us up on our way down.
The next generation of monkeys in training.
Happily we can say we easily survived the scenic walk up the hill, but probably we contributed to the monkey dominance by stopping to buy them some food from this lady at the bottom on our way out.
Safe and sound again – the view of peaceful Phetchaburi from our hotel, looking towards Phra Nakhon Khiri.