Talk:Prachuap Khiri Khan/Listings
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.
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 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.
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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.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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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).
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Events and Festivals
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.
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 in Amphoe Pran Buri
Golf Courses in Amphoe Pran Buri
Amphoe Pran Buri
King Amphoe Sam Roi Yot
Amphoe Thap Sakae
Amphoe Bang Saphan
Amphoe Bang Saphan Noi
Amphoe Pran Buri
Office Tel: 0 2519 2044 Fax 0 2519 2184 www.aleenta.com), 10 rooms: 5,885-15,000 baht
King Amphoe Sam Roi Yot
Amphoe Thap Sakae
Amphoe Bang Saphan Noi
(Tel: 0 9822 2866, 0 9914 9477 www.baanprim.tk) 4 houses: 600-1,200 baht
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.
Route 1 Adventure Tourism
Route 2 Sam Lo Tour
Route 3 Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan – Thap Sakae Route (Stay overnight at Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan).
Route 4 Bang Saphan – Bang Saphan Noi Route (Stay overnight at Ban Krut).
Ecotourism 2 Days/1 Night (Sam Roi Yot – Pran Buri)
--globe-trotter 23:15, 2 February 2010 (EST)