Prachuap Khiri Khan (province)
Prachuap Khiri Khan Province is the southernmost province in the Central Thailand region and shares borders with Chumphon Province to the south and Phetchaburi Province to the north, with Myanmar to the west, and the Gulf of Thailand to the east.
Prachuap Khiri Khan (ประจวบคีรีขันธ์) is the provincial capital of Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.
City of pure gold, delectable coconuts and pineapples, delightful beaches, mountain and caves, land of spiritual beauty.
Prachuap Khiri Khan is a province located in the lower central region connecting with the South of Thailand that possesses various interesting tourism attractions such as beaches, islands, forests and mountains.
Once known as Muang Bang Nong Rom, Prachuap Khiri Khan was left to decay after the sacking of Ayutthaya at the end of the 18th century. The town was rebuilt at the mouth of the Ron River during the 19th century and renamed Prachuap Khiri Khan.
It was also an old seaside resort of the country during the reign of King Rama V. From historical evidence, Prachuap Khiri Khan was a location of Mueang Na Rang during the Ayutthaya period. In the reign of King Rama II of Rattanakosin, a new city was established at the mouth of the I Rom Canal and was named Mueang Bang Nang Rom. Moreover, during the reign of King Rama IV, Mueang Bang Nang Rom, Mueang Kui, and Mueang Khlong Wan were combined into Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan which means a city of mountains. The city hall was situated at Mueang Kui until 1898, it was then it was moved to Ao Ko Lak or Ao Prachuap, the location of Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan nowadays.
Prachuap Khiri Khan covers an area of 6,367.620 square kilometres. It is a long and narrow coast stretching to the South. The narrowest part is from the border of Thailand and Burma on the West to the eastern sea coast at the Singkhon Pass, Khlong Wan sub-district, Mueang district, being a distance of approximately 12 kilometres. Its distance from the north to the south is approximately 212 kilometres.
The province comprises 8 amphoe: Bang Saphan; Bang Saphan Noi; Hua Hin; Kui Buri; Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan; Pran Buri; Sam Roi Yot; Thap Sakae.
Distances from Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan to other districts
- Amphoe Kui Buri 30 kilometres
- Amphoe Thap Sakae 34 kilometres
- Amphoe Pran Buri 71 kilometres
- Amphoe Bang Saphan 87 kilometres
- Amphoe Hua Hin 90 kilometres
- Amphoe Bang Saphan Noi 110 kilometres
- King Amphoe Sam Roi Yot 54 kilometres
- North: borders Phetchaburi.
- South: borders Chumphon.
- East: borders the Gulf of Thailand.
- West: borders the Tenasserim Range connecting Burma
- Prachuap Khiri Khan - the provincial capital
- Hua Hin - beach resort
- Bankrut - beach resorts in the unspoiled part of Thailand
From Bangkok, there are 2 routes as follows:
First Route Take the Thon Buri – Pak Tho Road (Highway 35), passing Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, and turn left into Phetchakasem Road (Highway 4), passing Phetchaburi into Prachuap Khiri Khan. The total distance is approximately 280 kilometres or 3½ hours.
Second Route Take Phetchakasem Road or Highway 4, passing Phutthamonthon, Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi into Prachuap Khiri Khan. The total distance is approximately 320 kilometres or 4 hours.
From the Southern Bus Terminal on Borommaratchachonnani Road, the Transport Company Limited offers various routes of daily bus services; namely, Bangkok – Prachuap Khiri Khan, Bangkok – Hua Hin, Bangkok – Pran Buri and Bangkok – Bang Saphan. Companies providing bus services of the Bangkok – Prachuap Khiri Khan route are the Hua Hin – Pran Tour Co., Ltd., Tel. 0 2884 6191-2 (4.00 a.m.-10.20 p.m.), the Phuttan Tour Co., Ltd., Tel. 0 2435 5302, 0 2435 7414 or Prachuap Khiri Khan Office, Tel. 0 3261 1411 (6.00 a.m. – 1.00 a.m.), the Bang Saphan Tour Co., Ltd., Tel. 0 2435 5105, 0 2884 8895 or Bang Saphan Office, Tel. 0 3269 1267 or Ban Krut Office, Tel. 0 3269 5074 ( Bus leaves at 7.30 a.m. and from Ban Krut at 12.30 a.m. There is also a 7.30 a.m. bus provided on Saturdays.) For further information, contact the Southern Bus Terminal Tel. 0 2435 1199, 0 2434 7192, 0 2435 5605 or www.transport.co.th.
From Hua Lamphong Railway Station, there is a daily southern train passing Hua Hin, Pran Buri, and Prachuap Khiri Khan, departing Bangkok at 9.25 a.m. and arriving at Hua Hin at 1.45 p.m. Moreover, on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays, there is the one-day-trip touring train to Suan Son Pradiphat; and from the Thon Buri Railway Station, there is the Thon Buri – Lang Suan train, departing at 7.20 a.m. and arriving at Hua Hin at 11.52 a.m. For further information, contact the State Railway of Thailand at Tel. 1690, 0 2220 4334 or http://www.railway.co.th.
The Siam General Aviation Co., Ltd. provides Bangkok-Hua Hin flights 4 times a day at 7.30 a.m., 10.45 a.m., 2.15 p.m., and 5.15 p.m., taking approximately 45 minutes. For further information, contact the Bangkok Office at Tel. 0 2664 6099, Suvarnabhumi Office at Tel. 0 2134 3233-4, Fax. 0 2134 3235, Hua Hin Office at Tel. 0 3252 2300-1, Fax. 0 3252 2302 or www.sga.co.th, e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rickshaws (Sam Lor) are for relative short distances. Tourists can take short rides within the town costing between 20 and 30 baht. Longer rides may cost as much as 50 baht.
Tuk-Tuks (three-wheeled motorized rickshaws) are also popular for short and quick journeys. Fares must be bargained in advance.
Songthaews (public passenger pick-up vehicles) pick up as many passengers as they can and drop them off as the drivers reach their destinations. They are a very reasonable way of getting around.
Motorbikes can be hired but it is advised to be extremely careful when hiring a motorbike to only use a reputable agency.
Cars can be rented from trust-worthy companies such as AVIS, Budget and Hertz. For those traveling only short distances, they can rent bicycles downtown.
Motorbike Taxis are the most popular form of public transportation in town and the prices are low (some bargaining is advised before getting on). Trips cost about 10-40 baht depending on the distance. Due to safety however, make sure the driver has a spare helmet of good quality.
Boats can be hired at the pier for travel to nearby islands.
By train Timetable: http://www.railway.co.th/english/images/N_S.pdf
Thailand’s royal family and especially former kings were the first to set this location on the map as the original seashore destination in Thailand. The long white sandy beaches themselves are clean, spotless and pretty, much more so than Pattaya’s, and the sea is relatively clean. Besides just sunbathing snorkeling and swimming, visitors can also enjoy golf, spas, caves, peaks, waterfalls, shops, seafood and nearby national parks. The town is warm and laid-back making it ideal for families and couples.
Prachuap Khiri Khan is in fact more of a holiday destination with the local Thais than foreigners with many floods of Bangkokians purchasing condominiums there. This guaranteeing a bit of a quite atmosphere if you are fed up with rowdy noisy foreign tourists at their favourite locations, such as Pattaya or Ko Samui.
The provincial town of Prachuap Khiri Khan is a predominantly Thai-Chinese area where most of the locals are engaged in some kind of business or the other.
Events and Festivals
Hua Hin Jazz Festival (หัวหิน แจ๊ส เฟสติวัล) is a festival presenting the musical performances of a large number of Thai and international musicians. It is organised nearby the Hua Hin seaside around June.
Khao Chong Krachok Tak Bat Devo Ceremony (ตักบาตรเทโวเขาช่องกระจก) is organized at Wat Thammikaram Worawihan, at the foot of Khao Chong Krachok, Mueang District, Prachuap Khiri Khan during the End of Buddhist Lent every year. Visit and purchase products of Prachuap Khiri Khan and enjoy the exhibition of the votive tablets and Buddha images, participate in the Devo alms-giving to 200 monks, witness the traditional Chak Phra Festival, see the float parade of the Lord Buddha’s biography. Additionally, participants will be able to admire the viewpoint of Ao Prachuap, Ao Noi and Ao Manao from the summit of the mountain in the middle of the town.
A Fair to Commemorate the “Heroic Deeds of 8 December 1941” (งานรำลึก “วีรกรรม 8 ธันวาคม 2484”) is organised at Ao Manao within the compound of Wing 53, Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan, from 7-10 December to commemorate and honour the heroic deeds of the Thai civilians, police and soldiers who fought in the battle with the Japanese army which brought their troops into Thailand at Ao Manao during World War II on 8 December, 1941. In the event, there are academic exhibitions of the air force authorities and various other governmental offices, booths offering local products, and various forms of entertainment such as Lam Tat - a performance presenting an exchange of impromptu poetic verse, and Khon - a mask dance - in impromptu style.
For art it is better to go to nearby Hua Hin where there is the Art Gallery 41/99 Tavorn Village 5, Soi Mooban Noi, Nongplub Rd, Hua Hin Tel. 032-516314, 081-8905786.
There is also the Hua Hin Arts and Crafts center featuring a collection of classic Thai-style works of art.
Tourist attractions: There is a big temple at a mountain at the sea, fisherman village/harbour and a lot of quiet time at the beach. The unspoiled part of Thailand.
Amphoe Hua Hin
Hua Hin Town (ตัวเมืองหัวหิน) is 195 kilometres from Bangkok and 90 kilometres prior to Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan. Hua Hin Market is a large venue of various restaurants, souvenir shops and hotels. It is easily accessible by Sam Lo – three-wheeled pedal vehicle, Song Thaeo - minibus and rental car service provided to the centre of the district or nearby places.
Chatchai Market (ตลาดฉัตรชัย) is an old market of Hua Hin, which is well-known among both domestic and international tourists, located by Phetchakasem Road in Hua Hin town. This market was built in 1926 after the royal initiative of King Rama VII on the occasion of his first royal visit to Klai Kangwon Palace with Queen Rambhai Barni. The Chatchai Royal Family, by General Prince Purachatra of Kambaengbejr, had the market constructed and presented it to the king. The structure of the market was made of reinforced concrete with a 7-curved roof, symbolising its construction during the reign of King Rama VII. Nowadays, it is a marketplace of souvenirs, as well as fresh and preserved food.
Hua Hin Night Market (ตลาดโต้รุ่งหัวหิน) presents the colours of Hua Hin’s nightlife and is a source of various kinds of food such as Thai dishes, seafood, Thai desserts, Roti, etc. Both Thai and foreign tourists usually visit this place. Moreover, there are plenty of souvenir shops located in this area.
Hua Hin Railway Station (สถานีรถไฟหัวหิน) The unique feature of this place is Phlapphla Phra Monkutklao which is a royal pavilion in a cruciform plan. It was constructed during the reign of King Rama VI, was originally called as Phlapphla Sanam Chan and situated at the Sanam Chan Palace in Nakhon Pathom province. This pavilion was originally for the king to watch the Wild Tiger Corps and boy scouts from all over the country conduct annual military practices. After his reign, the State Railway of Thailand removed and kept it in order to commemorate His honourable deeds in 1968. Colonel Saeng Chunlacharit, the governor of the State Railway of Thailand during that time, realised that the pavilion should be reconstructed in Hua Hin to be the royal train platform for His Majesty the King. The reconstruction was done by Thai craftsmen. During its opening ceremony on 6 April, 1974, it was renamed “Phlapphla Phra Mongkutklao” on 6 April, 1974, by Her Royal Highness Princess Bejaratana Rajasuda Sirisobhabannavadi. This railway station is considered as a very famous venue of Hua Hin. Moreover, it is a place collecting an ancient steam engine that the State Railway of Thailand bought from England. This steam engine was in service during the period prior to World War II. Contact Hua Hin Railway Station at Tel. 0 3251 1073.
Hat Hua Hin (ชายหาดหัวหิน) is located in the east of the town. The path to the beach is on Damnoen Kasem Road. On its both sides lie hotels and souvenir shops. The beach is approximately 5 kilometres long and covered with delicate and white sand, suitable for swimming.
Khao Hin Lek Fai (เขาหินเหล็กไฟ) is located at Hua Hin sub-district, 3 kilometres to the west of Hua Hin town. It is a beautiful viewpoint to see the sunrise. The scenery can be admired in 4 directions. From this spot, the panoramic view of the town and Hua Hin Bay can be seen. Its summit comprises a beautiful plain and rock cliff. Moreover, there is a bird garden, a local handicraft centre, food and beverage shops, multi-purpose area abundant with plants in the literature located at its top. Besides, it is a place where the statue of King Rama VII stands. The appropriate period to visit this viewpoint is at dawn and dusk. Those wishing to use this area can contact the Hua Hin Municipality Office at Tel. 0 3251 1047.
Namtok Pa La-u (น้ำตกป่าละอู) is situated at Huai Sat Yai sub-district within the compound of Pa La-u forest, covering an area of 273,125 rai. It is abundant with verdant plants and various kinds of wild animals. Pa La-u is within the compound of Kaeng Krachan National Park and under the responsibility of the Namtok Pa La-u Ranger Station of the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Flora, situated 2 kilometres prior to the waterfall and near the reservoir. Namtok Pa La-u comprises Namtok La-u Yai and Namtok La-u Noi, beautifully cascading down the 11 different tiers. There is water running throughout the year and it is suitable for swimming. Moreover, it is an attraction where there are plenty of butterflies. The appropriate period to travel is during November to April and in the early morning due to the comfortable coolness and an opportunity to see a variety of wild animals, as well as, rare birds.
To get there: From Hua Hin Market, there is an intersection on Phetchakasem Road to the west. Take Highway No. 3219 to the end of the road for approximately 63 kilometres. Turn right into Fa Prathan village and continue further for 4 kilometres. A Song Thaeo – mini bus can be rented for a round trip at Chom Sin Road for 800 Baht. Tourists will have to pay the entrance fee to the national park, which is 400 Baht for an adult and 200 Baht for a child. In the case that visitors would like to stay overnight, the park provides 15 bungalows: 1,200-3,000 Baht, tents for 2-4 persons: 120-250 Baht a night or a camping area: 30 Baht / person / night. Contact the Kaeng Krachan National Park Ranger Station at Huai Pa Lao, Hua Hin district, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110 or the Kaeng Krachan National Park, Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi, Tel. 0 3245 9293 or the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Flora, Bang Khen District, Bangkok, Tel. 0 2562 0760 or www.dnp.go.th.
Wat Huai Mongkhon (วัดห้วยมงคล) is situated at Thap Tai Sub-district where the grand image of Luangpho Thuat with an inscription of H.M. the Queen’s initials So Ko is enshrined. From the area, the surrounding scenery and the Tenasserim Range, bordering Thailand and Burma can be admired. To get there: From Hua Hin, take Highway No. 3218 (Nong Phlap – Pa La-u) for 14 kilometres to Thap Tai Sub-district, turn left at Nong Taphao Intersection and go further along the route to Wat Huai Mongkhon. It is open from 5.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m. For further information, contact Tel. 0 3257 6187, 0 3257 6297.
San Phra Phrom (ศาลพระพรหม) is located on Maha Chai Hill, Nong Kae sub-district, 5 kilometres from Hua Hin town to the south. Dr. Phutsadi Chitchum had this shrine renovated. The renovation was completed in 1999. Its construction aims to present doctrines through symbols. It is open daily to the public. Besides, the scenery of the beach and town can be seen from this spot.
Khao Takiap, Khao Krailat (เขาตะเกียบ เขาไกรลาส) are two mountains standing side by side, 14 kilometres from Hua Hin district to the south. Turn left at Km. 235 of Phetchakasem Road for approximately 500 metres. From Hua Hin Market, there is a bus service between Hua Hin – Khao Krailat – Khao Takiap.
Khao Takiap is a beautiful cliff-hanging rock mountain projecting over the sea. Its summit is an enshrining place of a large standing Buddha image in the posture of persuading relatives from quarrelling, standing at the summit and facing towards the sea. There is a path to the top of the mountain, where visitors can clearly admire the scenery of the beach and Hua Hin town. Khao Takiap Beach is 1.5 kilometres long. It is not steep and full of delicate white sand. There are various restaurants, accommodation and souvenir shops along the beach.
Suan Son Pradiphat (สวนสนประดิพัทธ์) is 9 kilometres from Hua Hin along Phetchakasem Road. At the intersection at Km. 240 on Phetchakasem Road, turn right for 500 metres. There is a bus service provided every 20 minutes. Travelling by train, visitors can get off at the Suan Son Pradiphat stop. There is the Thon Buri – Prachuap Khiri Khan Route, departing at 1.10 p.m. and arriving at Suan Son at 6.10 p.m. (other express trains and rapid trains do not stop at this spot.) Suan Son Pradiphat is under the supervision of the Infantry Training Command, Pran Buri. There is accommodation in the forms of a hotel, bungalows, row houses, and houses provided. For further information, contact Tel.0 3253 6581-3 or Fax. 0 3253 6584.
Ko Singto (เกาะสิงห์โต) is approximately 800 metres on the east side of Suan Son Pradiphat. It is a small island in the shape of a lion crouching and facing to the north. It is suitable for those who like fishing. Tourists can rent a boat at Khao Takiap village. It takes 45 minutes to get here and costs 2,500 Baht/ a boat/ 5 persons. Otherwise, taking a boat for fishing and catching squid is 3,500 Baht/ a boat/ 10 persons. Contact Khun Noi at Tel. 0 3253 6079, 08 1705 9358.
Khao Tao (เขาเต่า) is located at Nong Kae sub-district, 13 kilometres from Hua Hin district. At the crossroads on Km. 243-244 on Phetchakasem Road, turn left and cross the railway track for approximately 1 kilometre to Wat Khao Tao. There is a bus service between Hua Hin - Pran Buri. Get off the bus at the entrance of the temple and continue with a motorbike. In case of travelling as a big group, it is more convenient for the visitors to rent a Song Taeo – minibus from Hua Hin town. Within the compound of Khao Tao, there are two nice and clean beaches; namely, Hat Sai Noi and Hat Sai Yai. Moreover, there is a small island near the coast. On the island are various kinds of shells piling up into layers, as well as, a large Buddha image facing towards the sea.
Thanarat Infantry Camp (ค่ายธนะรัชต์) is a military camp covering an area of approximately 600,000 rai, located on Phetchakasem Road, 237 kilometres from Bangkok (by taking the Thon Buri – Pak Tho Route). Within the camp’s compound, there is the Memorial Building of Field Marshall Sarit Thanarat, a collection venue of his biography, past works, clothes and personal belongings, the Orders and Decorations of Thailand and other countries, Infantry Museum, exhibiting ancient weapons of various periods, and Tha Sadet, located by the Pran Buri River in the west of the camp, 12 kilometres from Phetchakasem Road. It is a natural relaxation space, where there are decorative and flowering plants, as well as those in Thai literature, and adventurous activities such as tower jumping, cliff climbing, shooting, fishing, camping, etc. Thanarat Infantry Camp was granted the Award of Excellence for the Conservation and Preservation Organisation in the 2002 Thailand Tourism Awards due to its beautiful location, suitability for tourism, as well as, readiness in its organisation of attractive activities and its efficient system. (Visitors who wish to stay overnight in the camp should contact 2 weeks in advance). For further information, contact Thanarat Infantry Camp Tourism Office at Tel. 0 3262 1730, 0 3255 5158.
Amphoe Pran Buri
Khao Chaomae Thapthim Thong (เขาเจ้าแม่ทับทิมทอง) is a very beautiful viewpoint overlooking the Pran Buri River and Pak Nam Pran village. Moreover, it is the location of the Chaomae Thapthim Thong Shrine where there is a statue of Chaomae Thian Ho Xia Bo or Chaomae Thapthim Thong which is sacred and highly respected among the locals.
Hat Pran Buri (ชายหาดปราณบุรี) is a long beach connecting with Hua Hin Beach. It comprises Pran Buri Forest Park and a splendid beach stretching to the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. Although it is near Hua Hin, it is very serene and shady. There are various kinds of accommodation provided.
Pak Nam Pran Village (หมู่บ้านปากน้ำปราณ) is situated at Pak Nam Pran sub-district at the mouth of the Pran River. Pak Nam Pran is a spot where the river runs into the sea. Most of the local people are fishermen; therefore, this village is a marketplace of low-priced seafood. The famous seafood product of this place is fresh squid, 1-day sun-dried squid, sun-dried squid, shrimp paste, dried shrimps, etc.
Hat Naresuan or Hat Khao Kalok (หาดนเรศวร หรือ หาดเขากะโหลก) is 7 kilometres from the mouth of the Pran River to the south. The path to the beach is between Km. 253-254 (opposite the Thanarat Infantry Camp and Pran Buri District Office). Turn into the path for 3 kilometres, turn left again at the T-junction for 2 kilometres, pass Wat Na Huai and turn right for a further 6 kilometres. The beach is clean and calm, and covered with light brown sand. In its south stands a small mountain similar to a skull – kalok - which is the origin of the mountain’s name. Khao Kalok is in the area of the Thao Kosa Forest Park. At its viewpoint, visitors can admire the surroundings of the nice beach. Moreover, there are various kinds of accommodation and seafood restaurants provided.
Pa Khao Chao (ป่าเขาจ้าว) is located at Khao Chao Sub-district. Take Phetchakasem Road until reaching Km. 253, go for approximately 4 kilometres to the similar way as Khao Chao Reservoir. It is an abundant western forest area of Pran Buri District, with plenty of butterflies. Interesting attractions are Namtok Phraek Takhro, Namtok Phraek Talui, Namtok Inthanin, Namtok Huai Kop, the Karen hilltribe village, a route through local farms, and the Phran Buri Dam. Some parts of the forest are steep suitable for four-wheel drive vehicles and adventure lovers. For convenience, visitors should bring their own personal cars. For further information, contact the Khao Chao Sub-district Administration Organization at Tel. 0 3262 3122.
Pran Buri Dam (เขื่อนปราณบุรี) is situated at Nong Ta Taem Sub-district, Km. 253, 12 kilometres from the entrance to Phetchakasem Road and 20 kilometres from the Pran Buri District Office. It is an earthfill dam obstructing the Pran Buri River. The ridge of the dam is 1,500 metres long, 8 metres wide and 42 metres high. It is a valley with beautiful scenery. Its river is stretching along the agricultural area of Pran Buri, Kui Buri and Mueang Districts for approximately 65 kilometres.
Pran Buri Forest Park (วนอุทยานปราณบุรี) was originally under the Royal project of H.M. Queen Sirikit. Originally, it was designated as the Pa Khlong Kao and Khlong Khoi National Forest Reserve, covering an area of 1,984 rai, comprising mangrove forests and the Pran Buri River running through the centre of the forest area. At present, the Royal Forest Department of Thailand has acclaimed it as a forest park covering an area of 700 rai and is under the supervision of the Phetchaburi Forest Office, Protected Areas Regional Office 4, Department of National Park, Wildlife and Flora. Pran Buri Forest Park possesses a white sandy beach that is shady with a 1-kilometre line of pine trees on the east of the park. Moreover, from the park, the scenery of the sea, Ko Singto, Khao Takiap and Khao Tao can be admired. Interesting spots are as follows:
Mangrove Nature Study Route and Cruising: There is an elevated wooden bridge constructed for visitors to closely study the natural resources, and ecology of the mangrove forest. Along the path of 1,000 metres stand many information signs. Moreover, there is a small pier connecting with the path where visitors can take a boat, admire the natural beauty, study the ecology of the mangrove forests, view various kinds of plants, and experience the lifestyle of the locals living along the canals. It costs 350 Baht (8 persons) and takes 40 minutes. The forest park provides accommodation, welfare shop, and camping area. For further information, please contact the Pran Buri Forest Park, Mu 1, Pak Nam Pran Sub-district, Pran Buri District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77220, Tel. 08 1682 6674, 08 1763 9652, 08 9787 4812 (8.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.).
King Amphoe Sam Roi Yot
Hat Sam Roi Yot (Hat Nom Sao) (หาดสามร้อยยอด หรือ หาดนมสาว) is located at Khao Daeng Sub-district. It is a very serene beach with nice surroundings, shady with pine trees by the beach. The water is shallow and it is good for swimming. On its south lie various islands such as Ko Kho Ram, Ko Nom Sao, Ko Rawing and Ko Rawang. Visitors can take a boat travelling around the islands and do snorkelling. There are resorts and accommodation on the beach provided. To get there: From Phetchakasem Road, turn left at Km. 254 (the entrance to Khao Kalok) until reaching Wat Phu Noi. Turn left at the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Regional Centre 4 until reaching a small crossroads to the beach.
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติเขาสามร้อยยอด) is situated in Kui Buri District and Sam Roi Yot Minor District, 63 kilometres south of Hua Hin. According to legend, this area was once an ocean where there were various islands. During that time, there was a group of junks from China sailing that were shipwrecked by a storm. There were 300, in Thai language Sam Roi, survivors from this event, who separated and lived on various islands. Therefore, it has been called “Ko Sam Roi Yot”. After that it was deviated into “Khao Sam Roi Yot” until the present time.
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park covers a total area of approximately 98 square kilometres or 61,300 rai. It comprises high and steep limestone mountains by the beach and a wet mud plain beach combining with shallow sea, as well as, limestone islets lined up near the shore, where various kinds of birds reside during November and February. It was acclaimed a national park on 28 June 1966 as the fourth national park of the country and the first marine national park of Thailand. Within the compound of the national park, there are the following attractions:
Khao Daeng Viewpoint (จุดชมวิวเขาแดง) is situated at Ban Khao Daeng on the summit of Khao Daeng. The appropriate time to admire the scenery is from 5.30 to 7.00 a.m. because the sunrise and the surroundings will be the most beautiful. Visitors can admire the view of Khao Sam Roi Yot, Sam Phraya Beach and houses. At the foot of Khao Daeng, there is a tourist information centre. To get there: Walk from the Office of the National Park for 500 metres or drive to Khao Daeng village until reaching the crossroads on the left. Park the car and walk for approximately 725 metres or 1 hour.
Khlong Khao Daeng (คลองเขาแดง) is suitable for cruising to admire the scenery and various kinds of animals in the mangrove forest ecology. Tourists can rent a boat from Khao Daeng and Bang Pu villages and board at the pier in front of Wat Khao Daeng. The cruise will go along the canal for 3-4 kilometres and takes 1½ hours for a round trip. The appropriate period of cruising is from 4.00 to 5.00 p.m. because it is not too hot and the sunset can be admired as well.
Hat Sam Phraya (หาดสามพระยา) is 5 kilometres from the Office of the National Park. It is a white sandy shady beach with a 1- kilometre line of pine trees. At the beginning and the end of the beach stand limestone mountains on both sides, and it is also suitable for swimming and camping. Moreover, restaurants and toilets are provided at the beach.
Tham Sai (ถ้ำไทร) is in the Khung Tanot village, 9 kilometres from the Office of the National Park. Parking can be done in the compound of the village near the foot of the mountain and walk further up to the cave for approximately 280 metres. At the first part of the cave stands the Bayan or Sai tree that is the origin of the name of the cave. In the later part, there are various spots of stalagmites and stalactites. Interesting spots in the cave are Bokkhorani pond, a stalagmite and stalactite room, a room of seven-colour curtains, dry waterfall, the statue of Ta Oep, the first person who discovered this cave, Noina pond, and a stone in a dome shape. Inside the cave is quite dark. Tourists can rent a lamp or a flashlight from the locals at Khung Tanot village.
Tham Kaeo (ถ้ำแก้ว) is at the Hup Chan Valley, 16 kilometres from the Office of the National Park to Bang Pu village. Turn left passing the shrimp farm until the end of the dirt road and walk further to the entrance of the cave. Within the cave lie glittering stalagmites and stalactites. It is very dark inside and quite dangerous because there is a very deep abyss. A lamp and a leading officer of the national park are obligatory.
Thung Sam Roi Yot (ทุ่งสามร้อยยอด) is in the west of the national park. It is a large fresh water pond covered with plants such as giant reeds and slender sedges. Therefore, it is a residence of a variety of migratory birds such as egrets, cormorants, common moorhens, purple herons, purple swamp hens, etc. Cruising to admire the nature on a punting boat, canoeing, bird watching, taking photos or doing research can be done. The suitable period is during November to December because there will be plenty of birds and lotuses.
Hat Laem Sala (หาดแหลมศาลา) is at Khao Thian, 16 kilometres from the Office of the National Park. At the beach, there is a tourist information centre and a bathing room. The beach is at the entrance to Tham Phraya Nakhon. Hat Laem Sala is a cape, stretching to the sea with mountains on both sides. It is a good place for swimming.
To get there: From Pran Buri – Pak Nam Pran Buri Road, turn right to the Office of the National Park and go straight on until reaching Ban Bang Pu crossroads. Turn left at Ban Bang Pu and cross the bridge over the Bang Pu Canal to the foot of Khao Thian. After that, walk across the mountain for 480 metres to the Laem Sala. Otherwise, rent a boat from Ban Bang Pu to Laem Sala Beach, which takes 30 minutes.
Tham Phraya Nakhon (ถ้ำพระยานคร) is 500 metres from Hat Laem Sala and 17 kilometres to the north of the Office of the National Park. Tourists can travel by renting a boat from Bang Pu village. Restaurants are provided at Hat Bang Pu. It takes 30 minutes and costs 250 Baht a boat for 8 persons. Otherwise, walk across Khao Thian for a distance of 530 metres. From the beach there is a path leading up to the Phraya Nakhon Cave. Along the way lies a trapezoid pond constructed with burned bricks with a width of 1 metre and a depth of 4 metres, called “Bo Phraya Nakhon”. Historically, it is told that during the reign of King Rama I, Chao Phraya Nakhon, ruler of Nakhon Si Thammarat City, travelling by boat passing the entrance of Khao Sam Roi Yot, faced a big storm and could not continue his journey. Therefore, he stopped here for several days and had this pond built for containing drinking water. “Tham Phraya Nakhon” is a large cave whose ceiling has a chimney letting sunlight pass through. The distinguish point of this cave is “Phrathinang Khuha Kharuehat”, a cruciform-plan pavilion constructed during the reign of King Rama V on his royal visit on 20 June, 1890. The pavilion was built by His Royal Highness Prince Khachon Charatwong in Bangkok. Later, it was taken to be reconstructed here by Phraya Chonlayut Yothin. King Rama V came to attend the ceremony of raising the Chofa, the Naga – shaped gable finial himself. On the stone wall on the right side are inscribed two large distinguishing white royal initials of King Rama V and King Rama VII. The pavilion is the most outstanding spot of this cave and is also the symbol of Prachuap Khiri Khan at present.
The park provides accommodation at Khao Daeng and Hat Laem Sala, as well as, tents for rent. For further information, please contact the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Flora, Bang Khen District, Bangkok, Tel. 0 2562 0760 or www.dnp.go.th or Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Khao Daeng Sub-district, Kui Buri District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77150 or Tel. 0 3261 9078.
To get there:
- By car: From Phetchakasem Road (Highway No. 4) to Pran Buri crossroads, turn left along the Pran Buri – Pak Nam Pran Buri Road for 8 kilometres, turn right for 16 kilometres, pass the Ban Bang Pu Intersection and go straight on for 4 kilometres. At the T-junction, turn left again for 5 kilometres to the Office of the National Park. Otherwise, from Phetchakasem Road at Km. 286 (near Ban Samrong, 6 kilometres prior to Kui Buri District), turn left for 14 kilometres to the Office of the National Park.
- By bus: Get off at Pran Buri District and continue with a Song Thaeo - a minibus between Pran Buri – Ban Bang Pu. From Ban Bang Pu, rent another Song Thaeo to the Office of the National Park.
- By train: Take a train (Thon Buri – Prachuap Khiri Khan or Thon Buri – Lang Suan). Get off at Sam Roi Yot Railway Station and continue with a Song Thaeo (Pran Buri – Ban Bang Pu) in front of the railway station. At Ban Bang Pu, rent a car to the national park.
Amphoe Kui Buri
Kui Buri National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติกุยบุรี) covers Sam Roi Yot Minor District, Pran Buri District, Kui Buri District and Mueang District, being an area of 969 square kilometres. It is an undulated mountain range. The ridge lies from the North to the South and is a part of the Tanaosi mountain range. It comprises dry and humid evergreen forests and plenty of wild animals due to the water resources and abundant food. Wild animals residing in the park include wild elephants, gaurs, bantengs, sambars, bears, common barking deer, Asian tapirs, gibbons, monkeys, langurs, etc. Interesting attractions are as follows:
Namtok Dong Mafai (น้ำตกดงมะไฟ) is situated within the Kui Buri National Park and is the origin of the Kui Buri River. Namtok Dong Mafai has 15 tiers of granite cataracts with water flowing throughout the year. The period when there is a lot of water is during August to December. The most beautiful tiers are from the 8th to the 15th. The 14th is a large cliff with a waterfall dropping down to the basin below, being a height of 10 metres. Moreover, it is abundant with various kinds of plants such as ferns, orchids and moss. It is also a viewpoint to see the wreathed hornbills flying through the top of the trees, creating a sound similar to that of an airplane. Additionally, there is a giant 200-year-old Hopea timber tree whose branch is covered by a banyan tree, while at its top stick the Bird’s Nest Ferns and orchids. A large number of Mafai Pa trees – a wild species of Baccaurea – are scattered in this area and influence the name of this waterfall.
Namtok Pha Ma Hon (น้ำตกผาหมาหอน) is a three-tiered waterfall with a nearly vertically steep cliff and clear water flowing vigorously throughout the year. At its centre lies a large basin where there are a lot of plants such as various kinds of ferns, and palm trees. It is suitable for trekking to study the nature and relax.
To get there: From Bangkok, go along Phetchakasem Road, at the Km. 290 or 3 kilometres prior to the Kui Buri District Office, turn right into Highway No. 3217, passing Ban Yang Chum into the Yang Chum Reservoir Project. Turn left before reaching the project and go along the path to the Yan Sue Village until the end of the path. Turn left for 2 kilometres to the Office of the National Park. (The distance from Kui Buri to the Office of the National Park is 35 kilometres.)
Accommodation There is no accommodation provided in the park. Visitors who wish to stay overnight can contact the Office for camping. They have to bring their own tents and food. For further information, contact the Kui Buri National Park, P.O. Box 10, Kui Buri Post Office, Kui Buri District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77150.
Prachuap Khiri Khan City Pillar Shrine (ศาลหลักเมืองประจวบคีรีขันธ์) is located on Sala Chip Road, opposite the city hall. It was constructed in the Lop Buri style of art during the period when Pol. Sub-Lt. Amnuai Thaiyanon was governor of the province. His Majesty the King had HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn attend the opening ceremony of this shrine on 20 August, 1994. The shrine is the symbol of auspices and prosperity of the city.
Wat Ao Noi (Tham Phra Non) (วัดอ่าวน้อย หรือ ถ้ำพระนอน) is situated at Ao Noi Sub-district, at the foot of the hill near Ao Noi. Before reaching the centre of Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan, there is a by-road, 3 kilometres from Phetchakasem Road Km. 314. Within the compound of the temple is a small cave where a reclining Buddha image is enshrined. In the past, this temple was a shelter from storms for the fishermen.
Ao Noi, Ao Prachuap Khiri Khan (อ่าวน้อย, อ่าวประจวบคีรีขันธ์) is in front of the Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan. It possesses beautiful surroundings suitable for exercises such as jogging or cycling by the beach. There is a beach-side road connecting Ao Noi and Ao Prachuap together. There is a line of pine trees at Ao Noi, while at Ao Prachuap, there is a pedestrian path to closely admire the beach and for selecting various restaurants.
Khao Chong Krachok (เขาช่องกระจก) is a small mountain where a large number of stump-tailed macaques reside. Its entrance is behind the City Hall with 396 steps to the summit, being a height of 245 metres from sea level. It is the location of Wat Khao Chong Krachok where a replica of the Buddha’s footprint and the relics of the Buddha, which the King came to attend its containing ceremony on 12 June, 1958, and planted a Bodhi tree, are enshrined. There is an annual celebratory ceremony on 12 June. In the north of the mountain, there is a large hole similar to a mirror frame which has influenced the name of the mountain. From the summit, there is a pavilion for relaxation where visitors can view the splendid scenery of the centre of the city, the three bays and various islands.
To get there:
- By car From Highway No. 4 (Phetchakasem Road) Km. 320, turn left into Amphoe Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan and cross the railway track for 2 kilometres, passing the province sports stadium. Go straight on for 500 metres to Wat Thammikaram. The starting point to Khao Chong Krachok is on the right of the temple.
- By bus Get off at the bus terminal and continue by taking the motorcycle service.
- By train Get off at Prachuap Khiri Khan Railway Station and continue with a Sam Lo or a service motorcycle.
Ao Manao (อ่าวมะนาว) is under the supervision of Wing 53, the Royal Thai Air Force. It is a clean beach with beautiful nature suitable for swimming. Opposite the beach stands Khao Lom Muak. At ebb tide, a long sand bar will appear and can be walked along. At the summit of Khao Lom Muak, there is a replica of the Buddha’s footprint. Moreover, at the foot of the mountain stands a shrine of Chaopho Khao Lom Muak. It is also the location of the Spectacled Langur Preservation Area. Ao Manao was once a battlefield in World War II between the Thai and Japanese armies. At present, within the compound of the Wing, there is a hero statue, a replica of an air force soldier standing on a propeller holding a flag and facing towards the sea, Wing 53 Historical Park, a large stone engraved into the scene of the fight between the Thai and the Japanese armies at Ao Manao. There is an annual ceremony to commemorate the heroic deeds of 8 December, 1941. Tourists can relax and swim at the beach. Moreover, there are restaurants, a club, and various forms of accommodation provided such as town houses, condominium, etc. For further information, please contact the Public Relations Department of Wing 53, Tel. 0 3266 1087-8, 0 3261 1017, 0 3266 1031 ext: 60464, 60465, 60484 (Reserve 1 month in advance). Please deliver a letter in advance for a group visit.
To get there:
- By car From Mueang Prachuap Municipality, go to the south along Sala Chip Road until reaching the T-junction to Highway No. 3167, and pass the airport of Wing 53 to Ao Manao, a distance of 15 kilometres. Otherwise from Ao Prachuap, take the road along the beach.
- By bus Get off at the Prachuap Khiri Khan Bus Terminal and continue with the service motorcycle.
- By train Get off at the Prachuap Khiri Khan Railway Station and continue with the service motorcycle.
King Mongkut Memorial Park of Science and Technology at Wa Ko (อุทยานวิทยาศาสตร์พระจอมเกล้า ณ หว้ากอ) is a significant place to Thai science history. It was because King Rama IV had made his astronomical forecast 2 years in advance on a total solar eclipse at Wa Ko. The king together with scientists and diplomats of various countries also made a trip to witness his forecast on 18 August, 1868. On 16 May, 1989, the Cabinet approved in principle on the establishment of the King Mongkut Memorial Park of Science and Technology. On 3 May, 1990, H.M. King Bhumibol granted its name as “King Mongkut Memorial Park of Science and Technology at Wa Ko, Prachuap Khiri Khan” to commemorate King Mongkut’s honour, the Father of Thai Science. Later, the Ministry of Education acclaimed it as an educational institute under the Department of Non-formal Education on 16 June, 1993.
The compound of the park comprises many spots as follows:
Astronomy Buildings (อาคารดาราศาสตร์), a group of three-storey buildings connecting to one another; namely, Phanthiwathit, Phanphinit Chantra and Dara Thatsani Buildings, as well as, 11 learning bases such as Hall of Fame, Future World, Technology for Professions, Children’s World, Sky at Wa Ko, the Father of Thai Science, Human Beings and Stars, Thai Kings and Astrology, Solidarity of the Prachuap People, the Cosmic Order and the World of Fixed Stars and Universe System, Space Development and Future of Human Beings.
Wa Ko Marine Life Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์สัตว์น้ำหว้ากอ) is a museum exhibiting marine life such as sea fish, fresh-water fish and brackish water fish. Moreover, there is an underwater tunnel, providing a chance to learn and witness the differences of the life residing in different levels of depth, creating a feeling of being in the deep blue sea.
Butterfly Garden (สวนผีเสื้อ) is a place where more than 20 varieties of local butterflies reside. It provides knowledge of the butterfly lifecycle and displays examples of stuffed butterflies for study purposes.
For those who wish to do camping at the park, there are various Wa Ko Camping Activities such as Scientific Camp, Environmental Camp, Astronomy Camp, Birdcamp, Camp for Physically Challenged Children, Energy Camp and a variety of activities such as bird watching, astronomical observation, walk rally, beach activities, and group activities. Moreover, there is accommodation provided for 120-200 persons, as well as, tents for camping. For reservations, please contact the Marketing Section, Tel. 0 3266 1098, 0 3266 1726, 0 3266 1104 during office hours, website: www.nfe.go.th/waghor or e-mail: email@example.com. The park is open daily and free of charge from 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. For a group visit, please deliver a letter in advance. For further information, please contact Tel. 0 3266 1098, 0 3266 1726-7 ext: 247 or Fax. 0 3266 1098.
To get there: From Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan, go to the south for 12 kilometres along Phetchakasem Road until reaching Km. 335-336. There will be a path to Wa Ko on the left.
Amphoe Thap Sakae
Hat Laem Kum (หาดแหลมกุ่ม) is at Mu 7, Na Hu Kwang Sub-district, 4 kilometres from the main road. It is very serene, suitable for relaxation and swimming. The beach is 5 kilometres long, lined up with pine and coconut trees. There are pavilions for admiring the scenery or enjoying meals.
To get there:
- By car From Highway No. 4, Km. 365, turn left for approximately 4 kilometres, cross the railway track to the beach or turn at Km. 370 and go straight on, following the direction signs for a distance of 4 kilometres.
- By bus Take the Bangkok – Bang Saphan Bus, get off at Udom Suk Market and continue with a service motorcycle to the beach.
- By train Take the Thon Buri – Lang Suan train and get off at Don Sai Railway Station, Thap Sakae District and continue with a service motorcycle.
Hat Wanakon National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติหาดวนกร) was acclaimed a national park on 30 December, 1992. It became the 76th national park of the country and the 18th marine national park. It is a mixed deciduous forest generally comprising sparse woods and various shed-leaf plants mixed together such as Phai Pa - Bambusa bambos (L.) Voss, Burma Padauk- Pterocarpus indicus, Makha Mong - Afzelia xylocarpa. Originally, this area was a planted forest, mixed with a natural-grown one, which was just recovered. Planted plants are Salao - Lagerstroemia loudonii Binn., Tabaek - L. floribunda Jack, teak, Phayom - Shorea roxburghii G. Don, Son Thale – Horsetail tree, Son Padiphat – Casuarina junghuniana Miq. However, only few kinds of wild animals are discovered in this park. Birds found in this park include the black-naped orioles, Pacific reef-egrets, black drongos, Indian rollers and various other species. The park covers a water area of 15.36 square kilometres. Fish found are fresh-water fish such as catfish, snake-headed fish, climbing perch, Nile tilapia, and various kinds of sea fish. The beach is 7 kilometres long, lined with Horsetail trees. Within the compound of the national park, there are interesting attractions as follows:
Hat Wanakon (หาดวนกร) is a white sandy beach and hills stretching alternately towards the sea. On the beach lies a long line of pine trees parallel to the sea from Khlong Nam Chuet to Huai Ban Yang, being a distance of 7 kilometres. At low tide, the distance of the beach stretching to the sea is 150 metres.
Ao Makha (อ่าวมะค่า) is a bay bending from Ban Wang Duan to the mouth of Khlong Nam Chuet. Its characteristic is a steep rocky cliff by the sea. It is also a location of the National Park Ranger Station. Ko Chan and Ko Thai Si can be seen from this area.
Hua Krang and Hin Chuang Nature Study Routes (เส้นทางเดินศึกษาธรรมชาติหัวกรังและหินจวง) are similar to an outdoor classroom to learn and understand the relationship of nature, as well as, to create conscience to take care of nature. Each station will present the relationship of lives that need to depend on one another within this forest area, both plants and animals such as bamboos, Spondias bipinnata, Mangifera spp., ant’s nests, anthills and various other lifeforms. There are overall 28 stations and 3 routes. The first one is 2 kilometres and takes 2 hours. The second one is 3.5 kilometres and takes 3 hours, while the third one is 6 kilometres and takes 4 hours.
Lan Khoi, Ko Chan and Ko Thai Si (ลานข่อย, เกาะจานและเกาะท้ายทรีย์) (It is a swallow’s nest concession where there are coral reefs surrounding it.) For snorkelling, please contact the Office of the National Park.
The park provides tents and accommodation for tourists. Contact Hat Wanakon National Park, Huai Yang Sub-district, Thap Sakae District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77130, Tel. 0 3260 2654, 0 3261 9030, 08 1327 5210 or Department of National Park, Wildlife and Flora, Bang Khen District, Bangkok, Tel. 0 2562 0760 or www.dnp.go.th or the Faculty of Forestry, Kasetsart University. For information and reservations for accommodation, contact Tel. 0 2579 0520, 0 2942 8111 (there are bungalows and rooms within the park).
To get there:
- By car From Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan go along Phetchakasem Road for 24 kilometres, there is a left path at Km. 345 and an entrance to go further for 3 kilometres.
- By bus Get off at Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan and rent a Song Thaeo for a distance of 23 kilometres.
- By train Get off at Huai Yang Railway Station and continue by service car or motorcycle.
Namtok Huai Yang National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติน้ำตกห้วยยาง) covers an area of Mueang District, Thap Sakae District, and Bang Saphan District, being 161 square kilometres or 100,625 rai. Most of the area is steep mountains on the Tenasserim Range, 200 – 800 feet above sea level. It is an original source of water at the foot of the mountain bordering Thailand and Burma. It was acclaimed the 70th national park in Thailand on 8 December, 1991. The office of the national park is located in the area of Huai Yang Waterfall. The compound of the national park is a shady and relaxing atmosphere. Besides, there are many waterfalls such as Namtok Kha-on, Namtok Huai Hin Dat, Namtok Khao Lan and Namtok Bua Sawan.
Namtok Huai Yang (น้ำตกห้วยยาง) is a small 9-tiered waterfall near the office of the Huai Yang National Park. It is suitable for relaxation due to its beautiful scenery and interesting nature study route.
Namtok Khao Lan (น้ำตกเขาล้าน) is a beautiful waterfall of the Huai Yang National Park. To get there: Take Highway No. 4 (Phetchakasem Road) until passing the crossroads at Huai Yang Sub-district Police Station to the south for 13 kilometres. Make a U-turn and keep left at the Udomnan Plaza Market. Turn left into Khao Lan – Phuk Tabaek Road for 13 kilometres.
Namtok Huai Din Dat (น้ำตกห้วยดินดาษ) comprises a lower brook which is 6 metres wide and 5-tiered waterfall; each tier is closely connecting to one another. It is a waterfall situated in between a gap of quite high and steep mountains, 50 kilometres from the Office of the National Park to the south.
Namtok Kha-on (น้ำตกขาอ่อน), Thap Mon (ทับมอญ) is located 60 kilometres from the Office of the National Park to the south, near the border with Burma within the area of Bang Saphan District. It can be visited in every season. It is a beautiful 9-tiered waterfall. Admiring the waterfall takes approximately 1 hour.
Pa Khao Luang (ป่าเขาหลวง) comprises the Tenasserim Range, which complexly has created a forest which is the source of the Huai Yang River. There is a steep cliff bordering Thailand and Burma. Trekking admirers can walk up to the Khao Luang summit for a distance of 7 kilometres or 5 hours. The highest summit is 1,251 metres high and is a viewpoint where the Tenasserim Range can be splendidly witnessed.
There are 2 bungalows provided in the park. Tourists will have to bring their own tents. Contact Namtok Huai Yang National Park, Huai Yang Sub-district, Thap Sakae District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77130 at Tel. 08 1215 0737, or the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Flora, Bang Khen District, Bangkok, Tel. 0 2562 0760 or www.dnp.go.th.
To get there:
- By car From Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan, go to the south along Phetchakasem Road to Km. 350-351 where there is a crossroads. Turn right into the Office of the National Park for 7 kilometres.
- By train Get off at Huai Yang Railway Station and continue with a service motorcycle.
Amphoe Bang Saphan
Hat Ban Krut (หาดบ้านกรูด) is located in the Ban Krut area, Thong Chai Sub-district. It is a 12 kilometres wide and a beautiful beach parallel to the beach road. Originally, there were plenty of bergamots - Makrut in Thai - which influenced the name of the beach. The atmosphere in this area is serene and shady with coconut trees. A fishing community is scattered along the beach. It is a place where tourists can experience the lifestyle of fishermen such as coastal fisheries, the seafood preservation process, and catching of jellyfish for export. Accommodation is provided in many areas.
To get there:
- By car Take Highway No. 4 (Phetchakasem Road) to Km. 382, turn left along the Phetchakasem – Ban Krut Road and cross the railway track for approximately 9 kilometres to the Ban Krut beach road.
- By train Get off at the Ban Krut Railway Station and continue with a service motorcycle.
- By bus Take the Bangkok – Bang Saphan Noi Bus and get off at the entrance to Ban Krut and continue with a service motorcycle or Songthaew.
Khao Thongchai (เขาธงชัย) is an important viewpoint of the Ban Krut Beach. From this point, the view of the bays and a line of coconut trees stretching as far as the eye can see can be admired. It is suitable for appreciating the sunrise and the sunset. Khao Thongchai is the enshrining place of “Phra Phuttha Kitti Sirichai” or is locally called as “Luangpho Yai”, a Buddha image in the posture of meditation in the Gandhara style of art (influenced by Greek art through India). The image faces towards the sea. The locals of Bang Saphan constructed it and presented it to Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of Her Majesty’s 60th Birthday Anniversary. Moreover, on the mountain is situated the Prince of Chumphon Shrine, highly revered by the fishermen. The shrine is very outstanding on the summit of the Thongchai Mountain. It is believed that the Prince of Chumphon once stayed at this place to anchor a battleship. Therefore, a replica of an anchor was constructed at this shrine facing towards the sea. Within the compound are a decorative plant garden and a monastic residence. Besides, on this mountain is an enshrining venue of Phra Maha Chedi Kao Yot, a 3-tiered corn-shaped pagoda constructed by the Ban Krut locals on the auspicious occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne. It is a viewpoint for admiring a stretching beach and beauty of the wide coconut grove. The combination of sand, sea, and line of coconut trees becomes a perfect scene of nature.
Hat Thang Sai (หาดทางสาย) is 5 kilometres from Hat Ban Krut by taking a beach road to the north, hugging around Khao Thongchai to the Thang Sai beach road. It is a white sandy shady beach with coconut trees and pine trees.
Ko Ram Ra (เกาะรำร่า) is at Thongchai Sub-district (between Thap Sakae Sub-district and Bang Saphan District), 300 metres from the shore. It is a medium-size rock island with a small sandy beach and a surrounding coral reef. On the island live fishermen.
Ao Bo Thonglang (อ่าวบ่อทองหลาง) is 4 kilometres from Ao Mae Ramphueng along the beach road. There is a curving beach. When the tide goes down, the white sandy beach will appear as a wide space. People usually come to swim and relax because the level of the water is quite shallow and there are small rock islets lined up in front of the bay. In the beach area, there are restaurants providing food and drinks for tourists. To get there: Take Highway No. 4 to Km. 397 until reaching the crossroads into Bang Saphan District on the left. Go further along Highway 3169 and continue along Klang Ao Road by the beach to the entrance of Ao Bo Thonglang.
Wat Tham Ma Rong (วัดถ้ำม้าร้อง) is located at Ong Prasat Sub-district, 2 kilometres to the south from Bang Saphan District Office. Inside the cave comprise many chambers with various colours of lights, creating an admirable and interesting atmosphere within the cave. At one side of the cave is a long line of Buddha images. It is accessible by cars to the entrance of the cave.
Ao Mae Ramphueng (อ่าวแม่รำพึง) is 120 kilometres from Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan. Take Highway No. 4 (Phetchakasem Road) to the crossroads into Bang Saphan District for approximately 17 kilometres. It is a beautiful beach with white sand and there is a beach road parallel to it. There are seafood restaurants provided for tourists. It is suitable for relaxation.
Amphoe Bang Saphan Noi
Hat Bang Boet (หาดบางเบิด) is located at Ban Bang Boet, Sai Thong Sub-district. It is a curving bay with a clean reddish-brown sandy beach and a stone mountain obstructing the entrance to the bay. During World War II, Bang Boet was famous for its watermelons which were large in size with sweet and crispy taste. They were planted in the farm of M.C. Sitthiporn Kridakon, a person who once mentioned “Money is an illusion, rice and fish are real”. Pha Daeng is a red rock cliff, located next to Ban Bang Boet. Visitors can walk along the beach enjoying Pha Daeng.
To get there:
- By car Take Highway No. 4 (Phetchakasem Road) to Km. 425 (at Huai Sak T-junction), turn left into Highway No. 3497 for approximately 16 kilometres to Hat Bang Boet.
- By bus Take the Bangkok – Bang Saphan Noi bus and get off at Huai Sak T-junction and continue with a service motorcycle to Hat Bang Boet.
- By train Get off at Huai Sak or Bang Saphan Noi Railway Station, and call for a service car (if any) from your accommodation would be more convenient.
Ko Thalu, Ko Sang, Ko Sing (เกาะทะลุ เกาะสังข์ เกาะสิงห์) are small islands located close to one another. Travelling from Ban Nong Samet is approximately 7 kilometres or takes 30 minutes, while travelling by speed boat will take 15 minutes. Ko Thalu covers an area of 1,000 rai with the distance from the north to the south of 2 kilometres. Geographically, it comprises beaches, mountains and coconut groves with abundant and white sandy beaches such as Ao Muk (อ่าวมุก), surrounded by a serene atmosphere, delicate white sand and nice coloured sea, Ao Sai Yai (อ่าวไทรใหญ่), suitable for snorkelling, kayaking and sailing, Ao Thian (อ่าวเทียน), whose scenery is nice to be admired due to a large number of balsam plants – Thian in Thai - and corals swept by the sea tide to the east of the island and a stone cliff and large stone hole in the north of the island which took place because of the wind and sea water having eroded it and created a sea arch. This is the origin of the island’s name. The area around Ko Thalu and Ko Sang is abundant with colourful shallow-water corals such as Staghorn Corals, Nobilis Cup Corals, Anemone Corals, and possess white sandy beaches suitable for those who love a peaceful and private atmosphere and admire snorkelling to witness the corals, sea fans and many beautiful fish. Moreover, tourists can do kayaking around the island which takes approximately 2½ hours, as well as, other kinds of activities such as camping, trekking, and mountain climbing. There are boats and accommodation provided for tourists. Contact Ban Pak Khlong Pier for boat rentals. It takes 20 minutes for travel.
To get there:
- By car From Phetchakasem Road, turn left at Km. 399 along Bang Saphan – the beach for 10 kilometres, passing Tha Kwian and Bang Saphan Markets. At Bang Saphan Market, turn right into Bang Saphan – Nong Hat Thai Road, passing Phong Prasat Sub-district Administration Organisation for 10 kilometres. Turn left at the crossroads in front of the police booth into Ko Thalu Pier.
- By bus Take the Bangkok – Bang Saphan Noi bus from the New Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal. It will pass the entrance of Ko Thalu Pier, taking approximately 5½ hours.
Namtok Sai Khu (น้ำตกไทรคู่) is located in Thong Mongkhon Sub-district, 20 kilometres from Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan. It is a medium-sized waterfall but full of natural beauty, appropriate for those who love adventure. Four-wheel drive cars should be used. To get there: Take Phetchakasem Road, passing Bang Saphan Yai Intersection for 8 kilometres. At Km. 404, enter the route to Ban Pong Ko for approximately 11 kilometres.
Cruising along the Pran River (ล่องเรือแม่น้ำปราณ) The Pran River originates from the Kaeng Krachan forest, passing mountains in the west before flowing into the sea at the mouth of the Pran River. Tourists can take a long-tailed boat witnessing the surroundings along the river to the mouth of the Pran Buri River. The trip will pass the City Pillar Shrine, Chaomae Thapthim Shrine, pineapple plantations, and fishing villages, as well as, can watch various kinds of birds. The trip takes approximately 3 hours. For further information, contact Tel. 08 9911 1985 or Wara Restaurant at Tel. 0 3262 2081, 0 3254 0255, 08 1847 5440 (Take the boat at the mangrove forest for 500 metres by walking from the Pran River Forest Park). The boat costs 800 Baht for 8 persons.
Ban Fang Tha Wildlife Preservation Village (หมู่บ้านอนุรักษ์พันธุ์สัตว์ป่าบ้านฝั่งท่า) is in Pran Buri District. It is a village where tourists can rent a long-tailed boat and ride along the Pran Buri River admiring the mangrove forest, protected birds, water animals and lifestyle of the fishermen.
Diving in Prachuap Khiri Khan may not be the kingdom’s best but there is still ample opportunity to experience the thrills and spills of exotic coral and marine life.
Bangsapan Located in the southern part of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Bangsapan is home to a couple of exciting islands for decent snorkeling and diving.
Ko Thalu By far, Ko Talu is the most appealing area in the vicinity for diving. The island offers divers shallow fringing reef and coral gardens with large schools of snappers, fusiliers and the occasional large ray. Besides Ko Thalu, there is also Ko Sang and Ko Lamla.
Various species of birds and butterflies and some types of wild animals can be found in the exotic forest around Pa La-U Waterfall. The area is excellent for trekking.
Spa (Nearby Hua Hin)
Spas in Hua Hin offer luxurious treatment which suits every budget. The treatment includes both traditional remedies and modern techniques. Facilities at spas in Hua Hin may also include a Jacuzzi and steam bath. Over the past few years these spas have become leaders in Thailand Many Spas in Hua Hin also offer traditional Thai healing arts as form of treatment. There is also alternative treatment such as Rishi. Resorts offer many detox programs. The most popular treatments are chi organ massage, karsai genital detox massage, deeper skin detox and herbal skin detox.
Hua Hin has a world class Chiva Som Resort and SPA. Focusing on greater well-being and vitality, Chiva-Som offers extensive fitness, spa and holistic health facilities to help you relax, restore and rejuvenate.
Spa in Amphoe Hua Hin
- Anantara Resort and Spa Hua Hin (อนันตรา รีสอร์ท แอนด์ สปา หัวหิน) 45 Phetkasem Road, Tambon Bo Fai, Tel: 0 3252 0250-6 Fax: 0 3252 0260 www.anantara.com
- Chivasom International and Resort (ชีวาศรม อินเตอร์เนชั่นเนล แอนด์ รีสอร์ท) 73/4 Phetkasem Road, Tambon Nong Kae, Tel: 0 3253 6536 Fax: 0 3251 1154, Bangkok Office Tel: 0 2381 4460-2, 0 2711 6900–12 Fax: 0 2381 5852 www. chivasom.com
- Hua Hin Mariott Resort and Spa (หัวหิน แมริออท รีสอร์ท แอนด์ สปา) 107/1 Phetkasem Road, Tambon Hua Hin, Tel: 0 3251 1881-4 Bangkok office Tel: 0 2476 0021-2
- Hilton Hua Hin Resort and Spa (ฮิลตัน หัวหิน รีสอร์ท แอนด์ สปา) 33/3 Naret Damri Road, Tambon Hua Hin, Tel: 0 3251 2879, 0 3251 2888, 0 3251 1612-4 Fax: 0 3251 1135 Bangkok Tel: 0 2264 0291-5
- Sofitel Central Hua Hin (โซฟิเทล เซ็นทรัล หัวหิน) 1 Damnoen Kasem Road, Tel: 0 3251 2021-38, Bangkok Office Tel: 0 2541 1463, 0 2541 1125
Spa in Amphoe Pran Buri
- The Evason Hua Hin (ดิ เอวาซอน หัวหิน) Mu 3 Paknam Pran (Tel: 0 3263 2111 Fax: 0 3263 2112 Bangkok Office Tel: 0 2254 4775 www.sixsenses.com)
For tourists wishing to play a game of golf they go to nearby Hua Hin.
Golf Courses in Amphoe Hua Hin
- Thavimuk Golf Par 3 (ทวิมุข กอล์ฟ พาร์ 3) 32/31 Phetkasem Road, Tambon Hua Hin, Tel: 0 3252 2571–2 Fax: 0 3251 2449 (9 holes)
- Majestic Country Club (มาเจสติก คันทรี คลับ) 164 Mu 4 Tambon Thap Tai, Tel: 0 3252 0162-6, 0 1942 3619 Fax: 0 3261 9167 (18 holes)
- Royal Hua Hin Golf Course (รอยัล หัวหิน กอล์ฟ คอร์ส), Tel: 0 3251 2475 (18 holes)
- Golf Course Hua Hin (สนามกอล์ฟหัวหิน) Damnoen Kasem Road Tambon Hua Hin, Tel: 0 3251 2475 (18 holes)
Golf Courses in Amphoe Pran Buri
- Hua Hin Seoul Country Club (หัวหิน โซล คันทรี คลับ) 174 Mu 1 Tambon Paknam Pran, Tel: 0 3257 2441 Fax: 0 3257 2439 (18 holes)
Amphoe Hua Hin
- Ban Isara (บ้านอิสระ) 7 Naeb Khehat Raod, Tambon Hua Hin, Tel: 0 3253 0574, 0 3251 1673, 0 3251 4517 (Seafood Mon-Fri 10.00 a.m.–10.00 p.m. Sat-Sun 11.30 a.m.–10.00 p.m.)
- Ban Luk Sao (บ้านลูกสาว) Phetkasem Road, Tel: 0 3251 2366
- Ban Pu Pen (บ้านปูเป็น) 33/4 Tambon Nong Kae, Tel: 0 3251 3751, 0 1332 1491 (Thai food open 09.00 a.m.–9.00 p.m.)
- Chao Le (ชาวเล) 15 Naret Damri Road, Tambon Hua Hin, Tel: 0 3251 3436-7 Fax: 0 3253 0610 (Thai food open 10.00 a.m.–10.00 p.m.)
- Charoen Photchana (เจริญโภชนา) Naret Damri Road, Tel: 0 3251 2168 (Thai food)
- Chon Ngoen (ช้อนเงิน) 59/2 Phetkasem Road, Tambon Hua Hin, Tel: 0 3252 0341, 0 3252 0143 (Thai food open 9.00 a.m.–10.00 p.m.)
- Hai Piang (ไฮ้เปียง) 6/7 Phetkasem Road, Tambon Hua Hin, Tel: 0 3251 1072, 0 3251 2070 Fax: 0 3251 3236 (open 9.00 a.m.–9.30 p.m.)
- Jay Khiao (เจ๊เขียว) 42 Ta Kiap Road, Tambon Nong Kae, Tel: 0 3251 2233, 0 3253 6899, 0 3253 6900 Fax: 0 3251 4302 (Seafood open 10.00 a.m.–10.00 p.m.)
- Khao Suai (ข้าวสวย) (Opposite to Golden Place Hua Hin) Phetkasem Road, Tambon Hua Hin, Tel: 0 1863 9481 (Thai food)
Amphoe Pran Buri
- Khrua Jaew (ครัวแจ๋ว) 486/9 Mu 2 Paknam Pran, Tel: 0 9206 6647 Fax: 0 3263 2184 (Seafood, Thai Food)
- O.X. (สวนอาหารโอเอ็กซ์) 277/2 Mu 2 Tambon Paknam Pran, Tel: 0 3263 1230, 0 3263 1246 (Thai Food)
- Rabiang Bua (ระเบียงบัว) (At the entrance to Pran Buri Dam) 208/4 Phetkasem Road, Tambon Nong Ta Taem, Tel: 0 3262 1622 (Thai food open 11.00 a.m.–10.00 p.m.)
- Chiao Ocha 2 (เฉี่ยวโอชา 2) Sai Thong Building, Su Suek Road, Tel: 0 3255 0868-9 Fax: 0 3255 0868 (Thai Food open 10.00 am.–10.00 p.m.)
- Chiao Ocha 3 (เฉี่ยวโอชา 3) 104/1 Phetkasem Road, Tel: 0 3261 1118, 0 3260 1732 Fax: 0 3260 4448 (open 08.00 am.–9.00 p.m.)
- Hat Thong (หาดทอง) 21 Su Suk Road, Tambon Ko Lak, Tel: 0 3260 1050-5 Fax: 0 3260 1057 (Thai food open 7.00 a.m.–2.00 a.m.)
- Jay Pang 1 (เจ๊ปัง 1) 136/14 Mu 1, Tel: 0 3266 1224 (Seafood open 9.00 a.m.–9.00 p.m.)
- Jay Pang 2 (เจ๊ปัง 2) 502/2 Phetkasem Road, Tambon Ko Lak, Tel: 0 3255 1031 (Thai Food open 7.00 a.m.–9.00 p.m.)
- Pan Photchana (ปานโภชนา) 40/1 Chai Tha-le Road, Tel: 0 3261 1195 (Thai Food, Seafood open 8.00 a.m.–10.00 p.m.)
- Phloen Samut (เพลินสมุทร) Su Suek Road, Tel: 0 3260 1866 (Thai Food open 10.00 a.m.–10.00 p.m.)
- Phuean Khun (เพื่อนคุณ) 135 Suan Son Road, Tambon Ko Lak, Tel: 0 3260 1969 (Thai Food open 8.00 a.m.–12.00 p.m.)
- Pramong (ประมง) 36 Liap Chai Hat Road, Tel: 0 3261 1168 (Thai Food open 7.00 a.m.–10.00 p.m.)
- Rap Lom (รับลม) 6 Chai Tha-le Road, Tambon Ko Lak, Tel: 0 3260 1677 (Thai Food open 10.00 a.m.–10.00 p.m.)
King Amphoe Sam Roi Yot
- Khrua Chom Tha-le (ครัวชมทะเล) Hat Nom Sao 181 Mu 4 Tambon Sam Roi Yot, Tel: 0 3255 9364 Fax: 0 3255 9365 (Thai food open 7.00 a.m.–10.00 p.m.)
Amphoe Thap Sakae
- Laem Kum Seafood (แหลมกุ่ม ซีฟู้ด) 70/1 Mu 2 Tambon Na Hu Kwang, Tel: 0 9914 4009, 0 9254 2755 (Seafood, Thai food open 10.00 a.m.–10.00 p.m.)
Amphoe Bang Saphan
- Rim Tha-le (ริมทะเล) (Hat Baan Krut) 13 Mu 9 Tambon Thong Chai, Tel: 0 1666 7272, 0 3269 5556-7 Fax: 0 1666 7272 Bangkok Office Tel: 0 2570 4766 Fax: 0 2570 4932 (Thai Food, Seafood open 8.00 a.m.-10.00 p.m.)
Amphoe Bang Saphan Noi
- Hat Son (หาดสน) Mu 3 Bang Saphan-Nong Hat Thai Road, Tambon Bang Saphan, Tel: 0 3269 9196, 0 1856 9975 (Seafood, Thai Food) Tour Service, snokeling is available
- Ban Mai/Blue Moon (บ้านใหม่/บลูมูน) Bang Saphan Yai, Tel: 0 7085 4767, 0 7163 6618 (open daily 19:00 to 02:00 hrs.), (live music)
- Chong Pizza (ชงพิซซ่า) near Coral Hotel, 3.5 k.m. down to the southern beach, Bang Saphan, Tel: 08 9548 9794 (downright Cosy little bar/restaurant)
- Coco Bar (โคโค่บาร์) Wa Ree Bungalows, Bang Saphan
- Why Not (วายนอท) where the road to Coral Hotel meets the beach, Bang Saphan (beachside bar and restaurant)
- X2 Resort Kui Buri, 52 Moo 13, Ao Noi Sub-district, Muang District, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand 77210, phone="+66(0)32 601 412 / +66(0)32 603 347, http://www.x2resorts.com/kuiburi/index_kui_buri.aspx - Opened on December 2007, the first X2 resort is at Kui Buri (pronounced goo-wee… boo-ree). Kui Buri is a 3 hour drive south of Bangkok, and half an hour south of the famous beachside resort town of Hua Hin. The general area is underdeveloped and peaceful with the only communities being local fishing villages. The resort is located on virgin beachfront land covering over 4 acres (12 Rai). The 23 semi private villas each have their own terrace, garden and most with private pools.The existing landscape of large, well developed trees has been carefully preserved, and provides a unique atmosphere punctuated by large open spaces and unique natural horticulture.
Amphoe Hua Hin
- A & B Guesthouse (เอ แอนด์ บี เกสท์เฮ้าส์) 113/16-17 Phetkasem Road, Tambon Hua Hin (Tel & Fax: 0 3251 2711), 6 rooms: 500-700 baht
- All Nation (ออลเนชั่น) 10/1 Dechanuchit Road, 11 rooms: 100-500 baht
- Anantara Resort and Spa Hua Hin (อนันตรา รีสอร์ท แอนด์ สปา หัวหิน) 43/1 Phetkasem Road, Tambon Bo Fai (Tel: 0 3252 0250-6 Fax: 0 3252 0260 www.anantara.com), 181 rooms: 4,943-11,299 baht
- Ba Yan (บาหยัน) (close to Baan Chan Chai) 119 Phetkasem Road (Tel: 0 2636 6588, 0 3253 3544 Fax: 0 2636 6590, 0 3253 3545 www.baanbayan.com), 21 rooms: 4,500-13,000 baht
- Ban Noen Tha-le (บ้านเนินทะเล) Khao Takiap Village 144/7 Baan Noen Tha-le, Nong Kae-Khao Takiap Road (Tel: 0 3251 1288), 18 rooms: 1,500-2,500 baht
- Ban Phak Loong Daeng (บ้านพักลุงแดง ป่าละอู) 15 Mu 1 Tambon Huai Sak Yai (Tel: 0 1943 9808, 0 1364 6593, 0 6035 3123), 5 houses: 500-3,000 baht (Tents are available 150-200 baht/night).
- Ban Phak Phoen (บ้านพักเพื่อน) 4ก Soi Binthabat, Poon, Suk Road, Tambon Hua Hin (Tel: 0 3253 2156, 0 3251 2344 Fax: 0 3253 2156), 12 rooms: 150–500 baht
Hat Khao Takiap (14 km south of Hua Hin)
- Anantasila (อนันตศิลา) 33/15 Nong Kae-Takiap Road, Ban Hua Don, Tambon Hua Hin (Tel: 0 3251 1879, 0 3253 6364 Fax: 0 3251 5914 Bangkok Office Tel: 0 2222 3788), 82 rooms and bungalows: 1,800-7,500 baht
- Ban Khachthong (บ้านคชาทอง) 214 Phetkasem Road, Tambon Hua Hin (Tel: 0 3253 3644), 10 rooms: 690-890 baht
- Baan Duangkaew (บ้านดวงแก้ว) 83/158 Soi Tha le 12, Hua Hin-Takiap Road, Tambon Nong Kae (Tel: 0 3251 5770, 0 3253 6460, 0 3253 6459 Fax: 0 3251 5532 www.baanduangkaewhuahin.com), 19 rooms: 1,800-3,000 baht
- Ban Sabai Jai (บ้านสบายใจ) 3/9 Takiap Road, Khao Takiap, Tambon Nong Kae (Tel: 0 3253 6036, 0 1333 0009 Fax: 0 3253 6037 Bangkok Office Tel: 0 2745 8550 Fax: 0 2745 8566 www.baansabaijai.com), 11 rooms: 2,800-6,500 baht
- Baan Talay Dao Resort Hua Hin (บ้านทะเลดาว รีสอร์ท หัวหิน) 2/10 Soi Takiap Village, Phetkasem Road, Tambon Nong Kae (Tel: 0 3253 6024–30, 0 1845 2809 Fax: 0 3253 6031 Bangkok Office Tel: 0 2751 6854, 0 2751 8068 Fax: 0 2751 6853 www.baantalaydao.com), 38 rooms: 2,500-12,000 baht
Amphoe Pran Buri
- Aleenta Resort (อะลีนตา รีสอร์ท) 183 Mu 4 Tambon Paknam Pran (Tel: 0 3257 0194 Fax 0 3257 0220 Bangkok
Office Tel: 0 2519 2044 Fax 0 2519 2184 www.aleenta.com), 10 rooms: 5,885-15,000 baht
- Arayan Resort and Water Sport Center (อารยัน รีสอร์ท แอนด์ วอเตอร์สปอร์ต เซ็นเตอร์) 5/1 Mu 1 Tambon Paknam Pran (Tel: 0 3263 2222, 0 1935 5327 Fax: 0 3263 2223 Bangkok Office Tel: 0 2574 1125, 0 1619 2792), 19 rooms: 1,200-2,500 baht
- As Dream Resort and Spa Bangkok (แอส ดรีม รีสอร์ท แอนด์ สปา) 454/25-26 Mu 2 Tambon Paknam Pran (Tel: 0 3263 2401-9 Fax: 0 3263 2400 Bangkok Office Tel: 0 2690 5037-8 Fax: 0 2690 5040 www.asdreamresortandspa.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), 35 rooms: 3,300-18,000 baht
- Ban Kramom Thong (บ้านกระหม่อมทอง) (เลยวัดเขากะโหลก) Mu 4 Tambon Paknam Pran (Tel: 0 3263 1725-6), 20 rooms: 1,000-1,200 baht
- Ban Hat Pran (บ้านหาดปราณ) 8/8 Mu 3 Tambon Paknam Pran (Tel: 0 3263 1435, 0 9912 3092), 14 rooms: 800-1,800 baht
King Amphoe Sam Roi Yot
- Anchana Resort and Spa (อัญชนา รีสอร์ท แอนด์ สปา) 228 Mu 4 Baan Phu Noi, Tambon Sam Roi Yot (Tel: 0 3255 9366-7 Fax: 0 3255 9368 Bangkok Office Tel: 0 29516 1574-8 Fax: 0 2954 2984 www.anchana.com, E-mail: email@example.com), 32 rooms: 9 houses: 2,100-8,500 baht
- Ban Kannika (บ้านกรรณิการ์) 139 Mu 5 Tambon Sam Roi Yot (Tel: 0 3255 9294), 13 rooms: 700 baht
- Ban Sabai Chai Tha-le (บ้านสบาย ชายทะเล) 231 Mu 4 Tambon Sam Roi Yot (Tel: 0 3255 9265, 0 9032 7222 Fax: 0 3255 9265 www.bansabai.com, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), 15 rooms: 900-1,100 baht
- Blu Beach Resort (บลูบีช รีสอร์ท) 185 Mu 5 Tambon Sam Roi Yot (Tel: 0 3255 9314-5, 0 9225 1908), 9 rooms: 700-2,500 baht
- Coffin Bay Resort (คอลฟิ่น เบย์ รีสอร์ท) 224 Mu 4 Tambon Sam Roi Yot (Tel: 0 3255 9333 Fax: 0 3255 9361), 60 rooms: 990-2,900 baht, 2 houses: 4,900 baht
- Krathom Yom Doi (กระท่อมยมโดย) Hat Nom Sao (Bangkok Office Tel: 0 2427 1440), 1 house: 4,500 baht
Amphoe Mueang (Prachuap Khiri Khan Town)
- Ao Noi Beach Resort (อ่าวน้อยบีช รีสอร์ท) 206 Liap Tha-le Road, Tambon Ao Noi (Tel: 0 3260 1350, 0 3260 1354, 0 1818 4779), 8 rooms: 600–800 baht
- Ao Noi Sea View (อ่าวน้อย ซีวิว) 202/3 Mu 2 Tambon Ao Noi (Tel: 0 1401 6001, 0 9615 9012 www.aownoiseaview.com), 11 rooms: 600-1,200 baht
- Ao Manao (อ่าวมะนาว) Accommodation should be reserved in advanced at the 53rd Squadron (Tel: 0 3266 1088), 112 rooms
- Araya Resort (อารยา รีสอร์ท) 344/1 Tambon Khlong Wan (Tel: 0 3266 1252, 0 1855 7477), 28 rooms: 800-1,600 baht
- Ban Forty Resort (บ้านฟอร์ตี้ รีสอร์ท) 555/3 Prachuap-Khlong Wan Road, Tambon Khlong Wan (Tel: 0 3266 1437), 13 rooms: 1,000-1,200 baht
Amphoe Thap Sakae
- A-ngun resort (องุ่น รีสอร์ท) 133/1 Mu 2 Tambon Na Hu Kwang (Tel: 0 1961 7879), 8 rooms: 200–600 baht
- Ban Kaeo (บ้านแก้ว) 141/8 Tambon Na Hu Kwang (Tel: 0 3267 1168), 8 rooms: 300–350 baht
- Chan Ruean (ชานเรือน) 37 Mu 3 Liap Chai Tha-le Road, Tambon Thap Sakae (Tel: 0 3267 1890, 0 3267 1411), 40 rooms: 200-1,000 baht
- Chawalit (ชวลิต) 38 Mu 6 Phetkasem Road, Tambon Thap Sakae (Tel: 0 3254 6404-5 Fax: 0 3261 1734), 18 rooms: 180–280 baht
- Huai Yang Beach Resort (ห้วยยาง บีช รีสอร์ท) 74/3 Mu 7 Tambon Huai Yang (Tel: 0 3257 4525, 0 7070 2173, 0 1720 3402 Bangkok Office Tel: 0 2579 4375, 0 1721 9500 Fax: 0 2941 1193 www.huayyang.8m.com, E-mail: HuayyangBeach@yahoo.com), 14 rooms: 1,500-2,500 baht
Amphoe Bang Saphan
- Ban Khiao Beach Resort (บ้านเขียว บีช รีสอร์ท) 217 Mu 2 Tambon Thongchai (Tel: 0 3269 5112, 0 1378 7520 Fax: 0 3269 5482), 18 rooms: 300-3,000 baht (include breakfast)
- Ban Klang Ao Beach Resort (บ้านกลางอ่าว บีช รีสอร์ท) 300 Mu 3 Ban Krut, Tambon Thongchai (Tel: 0 3269 5086, 0 3269 5123), 29 bungalows: 1,600-2,800 baht
- Ban Kruit Youth Hostel (บ้านพักเยาวชนนานาชาติบ้านกรูด) (90 kms from Hua Hin)123 Ban Krut-Khok Ta Hom Road, Tambon Thongchai (Tel: 0 3261 9103, 0 9121 6857 Bangkok Office Tel: 0 1839 6857 Fax: 0 2391 6854 www.thailandbeach.com), 43 rooms: 300-2,900 baht
- Ban Kruit Resort (บ้านกรูด รีสอร์ท) 212 Mu 2 Tambon Thongchai (Tel: 0 3269 5076, 0 1421 1186 Fax: 0 3267 5076 www.bankrutresort.com 900-2,700 baht
- Ban Phrao Thai Resort (บ้านพร้าวไทย รีสอร์ท 176/7 Mu 3 Hat Ban Krud, Tambon Thongchai (Tel: 0 9682 4484 www.sanook.to/proudthai), 8 rooms: 700–800 baht
- Rachavadee Beach Resort, . Luxury bungalows on the beach or large family bungalows poolside. 98/1 Moo 7, Bankrud beach, Tambon Thongchai (Tel: 087-0265515) 1600-3800 baht
Amphoe Bang Saphan Noi
- Ban Maphrao Ko Thalu (บ้านมะพร้าว เกาะทะลุ) 111/1 Mu 10 Tambon Bang Saphan (Bangkok Office Tel: 0 2673 0966, 0 9918 3715, 0 9744 5639 www.kohtalu.com), 20 rooms: 2 days 1 night: 1,900-2,350 baht, 3 days 2 nights : 3,400-4,300 baht
- Nirvana Sanddune Resort & Spa (บ้านกำเนิดพลอย) Tel: 08 9444 4000, 08 6899 2382
- Ban Prim Resort (บ้านปริม รีสอร์ท) 21/2 Mu.3 (Mu Ban Fang Daeng) Tambon Saithong
(Tel: 0 9822 2866, 0 9914 9477 www.baanprim.tk) 4 houses: 600-1,200 baht
- Bunchu Bangburd Resort and B.J. Bungalow (บุญชูบางเบิด รีสอร์ทและบีเจ บังกะโล) 102 Mu 5 Tambon Sai Thong (Tel: 0 1921 9660, 0 1309 7711, 0 3261 9112 Fax: 0 1309 7711 www.bbr-bangburd.com), 36 rooms: 700-1,200 baht
Prachuap’ seashore restaurants provide visitors the opportunity to sample some delicious seafood. For those after some munchies off the tourist track there are a couple of markets in town serving lots of local edibles.
Souvenirs from Hua Hin District include accessories from coconut shells, Khommaphat printed fabric, the printed fabric in traditional Thai patterns, brooms, utensils made of sisal fibre, bamboo woven products, as well as fresh and preserved food.
Souvenirs from Pran Buri District are seasonal fruits, products from pineapples and preserved fruits.
Souvenirs from Thap Sakae District include honey baked bananas, honey baked coconuts, and products from aloe vera.
Amphoe Hua Hin
- Khommaphat (โขมพัตถ์) 218 Phetkasem Road, Tambon Hua Hin, Tel: 0 3251 1250, 0 3251 3506 (Batik)
- Ko.Kai (ก.ไก่) Dechanuchit Road, Tambon Hua Hin (Wood Products)
- Tud Tu (ตุ๊ดตู๋) 55 Dechanuchit Road, Tambon Hua Hin (Resin Products)
- Thai Kasem (ไทยเกษม) 41-43 Phetkasem Road, Tambon Hua Hin, Tel: 0 3251 1271 (Silk)
- Pla (ปลา) Naret Damri Road, Tambon Hua Hin (Clothes)
- Phanom Korn (พนมกร) 59/1 Dechanuchit Road, Tambon Hua Hin (Antiques)
- Phai Boon (ไพบูลย์) Dechanuchit Road, Tambon Hua Hin (Silk, Antique)
- Lam Yai Phanit (ลำใยพานิช) Dechanuchit Road, Tambon Hua Hin (Ceramic)
- Hua Hin Than Samai (หัวหินทันสมัย) Phetkasem Road, Tambon Hua Hin
- Waraphon (วราพร) (Near Golden Place) 11/98 Near Soi Hua Hin 39, Phetkasem Road, Tambon Hua Hin, Tel: 03251 1251
If it is discos and loud pubs you are after, then Prachuap Khiri Khan isn’t quite the place for you. The general nightlife atmosphere is pleasant, quiet and laid-back, with open-air restaurants and hotel bars in the area offering a wide range of beers and whiskies in relaxing surroundings.
Health and Medical Centers
Prachuap Khiri Khan has many medical centers but for anything serious it is advised to go to nearby Phetchaburi or even Bangkok.
- Prachuap Khiri Khan Hospital (โรงพยาบาลประจวบคีรีขันธ์) 237 Pithakchat Road, Prachuap, Amphoe Muang, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77000, Tel. (032) 601060 – 4, 602336 - 9 *
Prachuap Khiri Khan is an ideal retirement location.
- It has only a small international expat community compared to Pattaya, so giving the place a more Thai feel.
- It is extremely affordable.
- There is an abundance of cheap but very livable accommodation.
- It has great tropical weather.
- It has convenient public transport.
- There are lots to see and do.
- There are plenty of restaurants offering all kinds of food, especially delicious seafood.
Prachuap Khiri Khan has a few local media, such as Thai newspapers, the English written Hua Hin Today Newspaper, the “Cable TV” channel in Thai and a few magazines. Most written information people in Hua Hin would find would be pampflets, flyers, free maps and other advertising materials for local hotels and real estate business’.
Nationwide Television, cable TV, local cable TV channels are available here. International newspapers and magazines are also available in English language book stores.
Landline telephone, all mobile phone systems, high-speed internet (ADSL), post offices and parcel services are available in Hua Hin.
Visits can be made throughout the year
- Don’t touch a Thai person on the head.
- Don’t point your feet at anyone.
- Don’t carry loads of cash when going out.
- Don’t say anything negative about anyone in the royal family.
- Don’t lose your temper and loudly argue in public.
- Don’t, as a man, unless it is on the beach, go shirtless - it is not only considered rude but it is also illegal.
- Don’t bargain the price of food in the markets, the price is set.
- Do be friendly and polite.
- Do dress politely at all times.
- Do, if you need a guide, use only the services of a reputable company.
- Do get off the beaten track.
- Enquire about the destination in order to prepare equipment properly.
- Prepare forest trekking equipment which is necessary and easy to use, such as sleeping bag, tent, plastic sheet, medicine, torch, pocket knife, insect repellent, compass, etc.
- Study the seasons of nature, such as flowers, migrating birds, etc. Prepare binoculars, notebook, pencil, pen and map.
- Study the route and check it with a map before travelling. Choose a path on the mountain ridge which is easier to walk on than the one in a valley. Strictly follow the authorities’ advice.
- Prepare a tent, sleeping bag, plastic sheet, kitchen utensils such as a pot, gas range, oil lamp, dried food, drinking water, canvas shoes, hat, etc.
- Examine the direction of the wind before putting up a tent. The tent must be windward while a bonfire and a restroom leeward. The tent should be on a hill or highland, and on an open area beside a creek.
- Sweep pieces of grass and leaves before putting up a tent since they may be a habitat of insects or reptiles.
- Find fuel from pieces of wood in the forest or on the beach, and put out the bonfire before going to sleep.
- Keep the area clean in its original state after camping.
Temples / Museums / Ancient Remains
- Study information about the place to be visited. Contact a local speaker such as a monk or officer who can give you information.
- Dress politely and be composed. Take off your shoes before entering a religious building or area.
- Avoid touching an artefact or ancient monument, especially the reliefs or paintings to maintain their original condition. Avoid trespassing in a prohibited area or on an ancient monument and taking any parts of the artefacts or architecture.
- Avoid using a flash in photo-taking which may cause damage to the artefacts or architecture.
Route 1 Adventure Tourism
- Morning Admire the nature of Pa La-u Waterfall.
- Afternoon Visit the Thanarat Infantry Camp.
- Late afternoon Relax and swim at Suan Son Pradiphat or Hua Hin Beach
- Evening Taste international food at Hua Hin town.
Route 2 Sam Lo Tour
- Morning Witness the sunrise at Khao Hin Lek Fai.
- Late morning Admire the beautiful bay at Khao Takiap.
- Afternoon Visit the God Brahma Shrine and relax by Suan Son Beach.
- Late Afternoon Experience Hua Hin by trishaw such as the pavilion at the Hua Hin Railway Station, Chatchai Market, Hua Hin community, fish bridge, and purchase souvenirs.
- Evening Taste seafood dishes.
Route 3 Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan – Thap Sakae Route (Stay overnight at Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan).
- Morning Witness the sunrise at Ao Prachuap.
- Late morning See the scenery of the City of 3 Bays on Khao Chong Krachok, pay respect to the city pillar shrine and visit the butterfly garden in the King Mongkut Memorial Park of Science and Technology at Wa Ko.
- Afternoon Enjoy Namtok Huai Yang.
- Late Afternoon Swim at Ao Manao.
- Evening Taste the fresh and reasonable priced seafood at Ao Prachuap or Khlong Wan.
Route 4 Bang Saphan – Bang Saphan Noi Route (Stay overnight at Ban Krut).
- Morning See the sunrise at Khao Thongchai.
- Late morning Snorkelling at Ko Thalu or Ko Lam Ra.
- Afternoon Visit Tham Khao Ma Rong and relax by Namtok Sai Khu.
- Late Afternoon Enjoy beach sports at Ban Krut Beach.
- Evening Barbecue under the moonlight on the beach.
Ecotourism 2 Days/1 Night (Sam Roi Yot – Pran Buri)
- 8.00 a.m. Depart Bangkok by taking Highway No. 4.
- 11.00 a.m. Arrival at Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, take a boat in front of Wat Bang Pu to Hat Laem Sala.
- 12.00 a.m. Have lunch at the welfare restaurant of Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park.
- 1.00 p.m. Visit Tham Phraya Nakhon, admire the beauty of the pavilion within the cave which is one of the Unseen Thailand attractions.
- 3.30 p.m. Visit Bueng Bua Sam Roi Yot.
- 5.00 p.m. Cruising along the river, see the water birds and study the ecological system in the lotus pond. (The lotus is in bloom during January – March).
- 6.30 p.m. Arrive at the accommodation at Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park or choose to stay at Ban Phu Noi Beach.
- 8.00 a.m. Have breakfast.
- 9.00 a.m. Kayaking in Khlong Khao Daeng, experience the mangrove forest and nature on both sides of the river.
- 12.00 a.m. Have lunch at the mouth of the Pran River.
- 2.00 p.m. Purchase souvenirs of Pran Buri such as Cheese shake cracker and preserved fruits.
- 5.00 p.m. Depart for Bangkok.
- Huahin Tagteam Transpor & Tour 29/1 Soi Huahin 15, Petchkasem Road, Hua-Hin, Prachaubkirikhan 77110. Tel : 66-086-3456897 Fax : 66-032-522848
- D&C Travel Hua-Hin 250/16 soi huahin 90 Petchakasem rd huahin Prachuap Khilikhan 77110. Tel : +66 32533005 Fax : +66 32533005
Amphoe Hua Hin
- Hua Hin District Offfice Tel: 0 3262 3000, 0 3260 2716
- Hua Hin Bus Terminal Tel: 0 3251 1230
- Hua Hin Railway Station Tel: 0 3251 1073
- Hua Hin Airport Tel: 0 3252 0180
- Hua Hin Hospital Tel: 0 3252 0401, 0 3252 0371
- Hua Hin Police Station Tel: 0 3251 1027, 0 3251 1743
- Tourist Information Centre Tel: 0 3251 1047
- Prachuap Khiri Khan Provincial Hall Tel: 0 3260 3991-2
- Prachuap Khiri Khan Public Relations Tel: 0 3260 2019, 0 3255 0149
- Prachuap Khiri Khan Hospital Tel: 0 3260 1060–4
- Prachuap Khiri Khan Police Station Tel: 0 3261 1148
- Prachuap Khiri Khan Railway Station Tel: 0 3261 1175
- Tourist Service Center Tel: 0 3261 1491
- Tourist Police Tel: 1155
- Highway Police Tel: 1193
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