Hua Hin Festivals
Phra Nakhon Khiri Fair
Phra Nakhon Khiri, also known as Khao Wang, is an important historical site. During the reign of King Rama IV, it served as the king’s out-of-town palace. To celebrate Phetchaburi’s cultural heritage-particular Phra Nakhon Khiri the people of Phetchaburi hold the Phra Nakhon Khiri Fair regularly around the end of February at Khao Wang Compound. The five-day fair presents a parade of people enacting the procession of monarchs who ruled Phetchaburi; during the Dvaravati and Srivijaya Periods. Apart from that, there are exhibitions on Phetchaburi’s history and archaeological objects. Cooking demonstrations on the province’s famous dishes and sweetmeats are among the main attractions of the fair. Also featured are various kinds of entertainment and contests.
Thai Song Dam Festival
The festival is held annually on April 18 at Song Dam Village, Khao Yoi district. Apart from a merit-making ceremony, folk plays and the authentic cuisine of Thai Song Dam villagers are also on offer. Many villagers wear their traditional costumes- a sight rarely seen today.
Phetchaburi is famous for a vast variety of sweets. The reputation of these sweets stems from the use of Tanot (palm) sugar as some of their ingredients. Examples are Mo-kaeng, a sweet made from flour, sugar and eggs; A-lua and Sampanni, a sweet made from flour and sugar; Thong Yip, Thong Yot and Foi Thong, sweets made from baked egg-yolk; and Chao Tan Chueam (palm seed in thick syrup). Visitors are able to buy these sweets as souvenirs from sweet shops near Khao Wang or the shops on both sides of Phetkasem Road.
Khao Chae (rice served with ice and sweetened meat) is a renowned local dish and is popular during the summer season as it cools you down. Khanomchin Thotman (rice noodles with fishcakes) is also a popular dish.
Fruits are found in every season. Phetchaburi’s famous fruits are sweet and aromatic rose apples known as Chomphu Phet, fresh palm seeds, pineapples from Don Khun Huai, cantaloupes and gold bananas from Amphoe Tha Yang.
Hats and handbags made from hemp are available at Hup Kraphnng village, 4 kilometres before Cha-am district.