Prachuap Khiri Khan

Coastal province on the Gulf of Thailand

Bay in Prachuap Khiri Khan
Bay with fishing boats

Prachuap Khiri Khan is a coastal province contained between the Gulf of Thailand to the East and Myanmar to the West. The province’s main tourist destination is the coastal resort town Hua Hin, about 3 hours drive from Bangkok.

The capital of the province also named Prachuap Khiri Khan is a small laid back fishing port some 80 kilometers South of Hua Hin. Just South of Prachuap Khiri Khan town is the narrowest point of Thailand, a little over 10 kilometers wide from the Gulf to neighboring Myanmar.

Province of beaches and forested mountains

The province is best known for its many beautiful sandy beaches and lovely bays in the Eastern part, while the Western part of the province close to Myanmar is mountainous and forested. Agriculture plays an important role, with products as coconuts and pineapples grown widely.

In spite of the development of its coastline much of the province has kept its rural character with palm trees, mountains, pineapple farms and rice fields dominating the landscape.

Hua Hin, popular beach resort

The oldest beach resort in the country, Hua Hin, is located in this province. King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) had a Palace named Klai Kang Won built here that opened in 1929. The Palace is still being used today by the Royal Family.

With the opening of the railway from Bangkok, Hua Hin started to become a popular beach resort destination. It is now also the center of nightlife in the province.

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan province
Khao Sam Roi Yot

To do & see in Prachuap Khiri Khan

Prachuap Khiri Khan province is best known for its beautiful coast line with sandy beaches and warm waters. Hua Hin is the largest resort town on the Western Gulf of Thailand. It offers long sandy beaches, plenty of water sports, excellent golf courses, international cuisine and some of the best spas of the country.

Several kiteboarding schools at the beaches of Hua Hin and Pranburi offer the chance to learn this exciting sport. The area around Hua Hin and Cha-Am offer some of the highest standard golf courses in the country.

South of Hua Hin are plenty of less developed beaches and beautiful quiet bays.

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park not far South of Hua Hin is a coastal park set up to protect the fresh water marshes in the area. Although still a very beautiful place with its limestone cliffs, shrimp farming has unfortunately destroyed much of the area. The Phraya Nakhon Cave with the famous Kuha Karuhas pavilion built in it, is one of the major attractions of the park.

The provincial capital

The provincial capital Prachuap Khiri Khan is much less developed and quieter than Hua Hin and makes for a great day trip. It is located on a lovely bay full of fishing boats with several islands visible in the distance.

Right next to the beach is a small mountain named Khao Chong Krachok where large number of monkeys live. On top of the mountain is a temple named Wat Thammikaram. Getting to the temple requires a long and rather steep climb of about 400 steps. Once on top the views of the city, the beaches and the bay are magnificent and make the climb worthwhile.

Getting to Prachuap Khiri Khan

Getting to Prachuap Khiri Khan is easy, there are multiple ways to get there. The most comfortable is by private taxi, most hotels can arrange one for you. Make sure you agree on the price and destination before setting off.

Although slower, taking a train is a good way the enjoy the scenery and see some of the country while traveling to your destination. The State Railway of Thailand offers daily train services a number of days per day to Prachuap Khiri Khan province. The Southern line with trains leaving from Bangkok’s Hualamphong station has stops in Hua Hin, Wang Phong, Pranburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan town, Thap Sakae, Ban Krut, Bang Saphan Yai and Bang Saphan Noi.

Although Hua Hin has its own airport, at the time of writing there are no regular scheduled flights from Bangkok. From Bangkok’s Southern bus terminal there are daily services by air conditioned bus to Hua Hin, Pranburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan town and Bang Saphan.