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All you need to know to visit Prachuap Khiri Khan

Southern Thailand
281 km from Bangkok
Province of Prachuap Khiri Khan
Thai prononciation : Patchouap ghili ghan


Recomm. stay
2 jours minimum


Practical guide to go and visit Prachuap Khiri Khan

Capital of the province with the same name, Prachuap Khiri Khan is far from the agitation of its neighbour Hua Hin and still has not much foreigners tourists. The city does not lack of charm with its beautiful seafront, a temple perched on a hill where monkeys live and that offers a magnificent view on the bay, without forgetting the atypical Ao Manao beach, its golf with often yellowed grass except for the green just before the beach, its pier, the countryside and the mountains around. Prachuap has preserved its authenticity and is a very pleasant stop for enjoying the sea and the seafood served in restaurants, doing bike excursions in the area. If you have time go discover the Sam Roi Yot Park nearby.
Do not be afraid to enter the military base in the South of the city. It is the gateway to reach the beautiful beach of Ao Manao and the golf course. The only formality to be completed for non-Thai people is to sign the register in the building left after the entrance.
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Accommodations in Prachuap Khiri Khan

When you book a hotel online to sleep in Prachuap Khiri Khan, make sure it is located where you want to stay. In the city or at Sam Roi Yod. Prachuap is small even if it is the capital of the province, but it has many accommodation options. You have major hotels and a few friendly guesthouses with a limited number of rooms along the seafront on Suk Road Sant. And in the surrounding streets between the station and the sea front, there are many small cheap hotels. Ao Manao, the most beautiful beach is 3 km away from the city, in the military base. There is also some accommodation there. Just like on Pin Anuson Road along Ao Noi beach. Please note that for weekends and holidays many Thais, generally from Bangkok, come to spend a few days here. It is then more difficult to find available rooms. If you are planning to stay in Prachuap Khiri Khan during those days, it is better to book in advance.

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People often ask me what accommodations I recommend in Thailand, here are my recommandations in Prachuap Khiri Khan.

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Sam Roi Yod

Hotel in Prachuap Khiri Khan

Sam Roi Yod

Hotel in Prachuap Khiri Khan

Prachuap city

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Practical information about Prachuap Khiri Khan

Every evening a small night market consisting essentially of cheap restaurants takes place in the parking lot in front of the city hall. But nothing to do with the much larger and interesting taking place from the dock at the end of the street along the sea front every Friday and Saturday night. This Walking Street begins at 16h.

How to go to Prachuap Khiri Khan ?

To go to Prachuap Khiri Khan, you have the choice between the train, the bus or minivans. There is a little less than 10 trains per day from Bangkok while by bus bus there is a departure every hour from Bangkok South Terminal (Sai Tai Mai). Bus is the fastest and most convenient way to come from Bangkok or Hua Hin. From Hua Hin, you can stop the bus passing on the road by waving at them.

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How to get around in Prachuap Khiri Khan ?

If Prachuap Khiri Khan is a small city you can easiluy walk around, to go to Ao Manao beach or to Ao Noi, you will have to hire a tuk-tuk or rent a bicycle (50 THB per day ) or a scooter. Ask your hotel.

Festivals in Prachuap Khiri Khan ?

Here is a list of the main festivals taking place every year in Prachuap Khiri Khan. I mention their dates as soon as they are official on Thai Festivals page.
khao lom muak hike

Khao Lom Muak hike

This festival generally takes place in the month of Several times a year

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Other places to see in Prachuap Khiri Khan

Ao Manao Prachuap Khiri Khan
Ao Manao
this bay located within a military base has the nicest beach in the area. Particularly quiet week, it comes alive on weekends and holidays when many Thais come to enjoy the sea.
Khao Ta Mong Lai Forest Park  Prachuap Khiri Khan
Khao Ta Mong Lai Forest Park
mountainous park on the seafront at the end of Ao Noi beach. There is a pleasant trek along the coast.
Khao Lom Muak mountain Prachuap Khiri Khan
Khao Lom Muak mountain
This hill offers an incredible viewpoint on the surroundings and especially the 3 small islands and the bay of Prachuap Khiri Khan. But climbing up there is quite hard and only allowed during long holiday weekends in Thailand. The rest of the year, you still can go see the langur monkeys that are almost always there.
Wat Ao Noi Prachuap Khiri Khan
Wat Ao Noi
If this is the whole Ao Noï bay area that I recommend you to visit, do not miss Wat Ao Noi's small wooden carved hall, located just alittle before the beach and the stairs leading to cave with the 2 reclining Buddha images.
Khan Kra Dai Cave Prachuap Khiri Khan
Khan Kra Dai Cave
The place is actually home to two caves. The most famous one is accessed by a path of steps in the mountains alongside the sea. It houses two reclining Buddha images. It's the whole bike ride to come here with the nearby Wat Ao Noi, the beach and even the fishing port that is really nice.
Sai Cave Prachuap Khiri Khan
Sai Cave
This little-visited cave in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park has superb stalactites that form like a waterfall. The path to get to it, if it is not very long, is arduous.
Khao Daeng Viewpoint Prachuap Khiri Khan
Khao Daeng Viewpoint
This is the most famous viewpoint in Khao Sam Roi Yod Park and certainly offers a superb 360 ° view of the surroundings which is appreciated at sunrises and sunsets.
Pa La-U Waterfall Prachuap Khiri Khan
Pa La-U Waterfall
This waterfall about sixty kilometers from Hua Hin is located in Kaeng Krachan National Park. It is a pleasant area of nature but not the most photogenic waterfall in Thailand.

Weather & climate in Prachuap Khiri Khan

Prachuap Khiri Khan has a tropical savanna climate. Temperatures do notvary a lot throughout the year and the dry and wet season is not as clearly defined as in most parts of Thailand. The rainiest month is October.

The best months to come to Prachuap Khiri Khan are from December to April but even during the monsoon, precipitation here remains fairly moderate except for a few isolated episodes with possible flash floods. October is the only month when coming here is maybe not recommended.

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How to ask in Thai to go to Prachuap Khiri Khan ?

I want to go to Prachuap Khiri Khan / Yak paï ti Patchouap ghili ghan.
Where is Prachuap Khiri Khan ? / Patchouap ghili ghan you ti naï ?
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