Phetchabun’s symbolical tree is tamarind which should give you at least a small clue about what you cannot miss while in this province. Thanks to its cool weather and fertile soil, Phetchabun holds some of Thailand’s most important agricultural bases attracting all kinds of agribusinesses as well as agritourists. During January 17-25 of every year, the city hosts “Phetchabun’s Agricultural Festival” or better known as “Sweet Tamarind Fair” as a platform for local farmers to display their work and compete their crops in different categories. However, if you miss that time of the year, tamarind and other produce can still be found here all year.
Phetchabun is known to be established in 2 eras – Sukhothai and Ayutthaya – leaving many remains of what used to be a prosperous city in the past. They can mostly be found at Si Thep Historical Park along with other old temples in the province like Wat Mahathat and Wat Trai Phum. Another traditional annual event held at Wat Tri Phum is the Um Phra Dam Nam ceremony. It usually takes place in September (the 10th month of lunar calendar) where the image of Phra Buddha Mahadhamaracha, the most revered Buddha image of Phetchabun, is emerged in the Pasak River. After the ceremony, you can take a bath in the river with the local people for good luck as the water is now considered holy.
As mentioned before, Phetchabun has an abundant land so you can definitely expect to explore some impressive national parks. There is a total number of 3 beautiful national parks in this province. Khao Kho National Park, also referred to as Little Switzerland, offers beautiful scenery. Nam Nao National Park, with its perfect-conditioned forest, is home for rare wild lives and Marshall’s Horseshoe bats. And finally Tat Mok National Park is renowned for its towering waterfall.