The province of Prachuap Khiri Khan is betwixt Phuket together with Bangkok, to the North of Chumphon province together with due south of Phetchaburi province. Officially, it’s business office of Central Thailand – Chumphon is the commencement of the southern provinces, together with is called the Gateway to the South. My wife’s identify unit of measurement is from Chumphon, together with she has some identify unit of measurement inwards Prachuap Khiri Khan too. Her cousin who lives inwards Prachuap Khiri Khan town had only had a baby, hence on our recent trip to Chumphon nosotros decided to accept a duo of days inwards the side past times side province to explore together with see the family.
Yes, I know this is a Phuket blog, but I’ve been out of Phuket for the concluding week, together with I mean value Prachuap Khiri Khan is worth a visit. It’s around 570km from Phuket to the provincial capital. We volition see 1 time to a greater extent than equally nosotros liked the area, together with the conditions was non that swell equally nosotros caught the border of Cyclone Nargis, hence we’d similar some other await sometime. I promise y’all bask reading well-nigh something out of Phuket!
Our commencement halt was Bang Saphan, to see an auntie, a cousin, together with to a greater extent than extended family. They alive close the beach, alive generally on fishing, ain well-nigh xxx rai of province (1 rai is 1600 foursquare meters). The mode of life is form of elementary to us, but I tin post away assure y’all they cause got coin inwards the bank! Bang Saphan is correct inwards the due south of Prachuap Khiri Khan province. From at that spot it was non far to Ban Krut, which has hotels together with a beach. We had idea to remain there, but subsequently bespeak prices at a duo of resorts, nosotros changed our mind. OK, the conditions was non great, but comport inwards heed that nosotros alive inwards Phuket, hence nosotros are used to prissy beaches together with I cause got a fair amount of savvy when it comes to hotel standards together with prices. Enough said. We did cause got a prissy tiffin past times the beach at Ban Krut (aka Ban Krood).
However, perchance on a sunny 24-hour interval the beach would await nicer together with if y’all desire a identify to larn away from the crowds – this mightiness survive it! I tin post away recommend a see to Ban Krud for some other reason. On a loma overlooking the beaches at that spot is an incredible temple, called Wat Tang Sai (I cause got also seen it called Wat Thongchai). Even my wife’s mum was impressed together with I tin post away assure y’all she’s seen a few temples! This impressive construction was built inwards 1996 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the King’s ascencion to the throne.
You tin post away crusade upwards the loma together with common close a large Buddha image.
The views from the Buddha are impressive, but y’all cause got to climb higher to accomplish the temple. There’s a curt walk upwards the route earlier reaching the staircase to the temple, guarded past times tearing Nagas (multi headed serpents who are said to cause got sheltered the Buddha from heavy rains equally he meditated).
Views are great, the temple is hugely impressive amongst multiple levels, murals, buddha images together with fifty-fifty a golden urn containing bones from the cremated torso of the lord Buddha.
We continued North to Prachuap Khiri Khan town, where nosotros visited my wife’s cousin together with checked on accommodation options. The quite prissy beach at Ao Manao has accommodation – seaview rooms for well-nigh 900 Baht, but they were total – it’s a pop spot for Thai tourists at the weekend. I reckon nosotros alone saw a few other unusual visitors. No worries, only a few doors from my cousin inwards law’s trouble solid was a hotel (Prachuab Place Hotel) amongst decent plenty rooms for 650 Baht, a few minutes walk to the seafront. The hotel had a pocket-size eating theater (where nosotros got java together with breakfast side past times side morning) together with did non permit Durian!
After proverb “Aaah!” to the baby, nosotros checked inwards together with ate some dinner at a seafront eating theater called Pleun Samut. Like the hotel at Ao Manao, it was packed, hence service was slow, which annoyed my dearest wife. Food was tasty though. If nosotros larn dorsum it volition survive inwards midweek! We hence institute a prissy petty hotel called Sun Beach Guesthouse amongst seaview rooms together with a pool, cost only 900 Baht. That’s where we’ll remain side past times side time!
Prachuap Khiri Khan town is quite small, only a few streets really. It’s correct on the sea together with is a angling town. It took me only a few minutes to make upwards one’s heed to similar the town. Small together with friendly, together with non much inwards the mode of unusual tourism, though equally I said, it is real pop amongst Thai tourists at the weekend. On Sabbatum morn I woke early, equally did my petty boy, hence nosotros both took a walk downwardly to the ocean. Fishermen were bringing inwards the catch, nobody seemed to survive inwards a hurry, one-half the town was all the same sleeping. We enjoyed a walk along the beach road.
Well, nosotros had to caput dorsum to Chumphon 180km south, but went dorsum to Ao Manao, equally the Sun was shining that morning. The Bay is dwelling to the Thai Airforce Wing 5.
We had to cross the rails to accomplish the beach. Can’t tell nosotros saw whatsoever novel airforce planes, but quite a few erstwhile ones…
At the far due south terminate of the bay is a mount called Kao Lom Muak. Here is a adventure to encounter together with feed Dusky Langurs, equally at that spot is a Dusky Langur conservation center. There’s also a shrine here.
H5N1 quick discussion well-nigh history. Ao Manao was the site of tearing fighting betwixt the Thai airforce together with the invading Japanese on Dec eighth 1941. The Thai purpose inwards World War ii is rather cloudy. Initially Thai forces resisted the invasion at multiple points along the due east coast, but inside a 24-hour interval an armistice had been signed. You tin post away read to a greater extent than here: Battle of Prachuap Khiri Khan.
Ao Manao is pop amongst Thai visitors. The beach looked pretty nice, together with at that spot were a bunch of pocket-size restaurants to select from. We had an early on tiffin hither earlier heading home. It was a sunny morning, but clouds were edifice hence nosotros were keen to start dorsum to Chumphon. Part of the bay has angling boats together with chapeau shaped rocks, the other terminate has the nicer beach together with the tourists. We liked it. We’ll survive back!
There was all the same fourth dimension for a see to the impressive aquarium at Waghor, well-nigh 10km due south of Prachuap Khiri Khan town. Certainly a stand upwards for for the Phuket Aquarium together with alone xx Baht to larn in! Prachuap Khiri Khan province has to a greater extent than also – at that spot is the Khao Sam Roy Yod national park, together with the beach resort town of Hua Hin. We volition explore more! Meanwhile, we’re dorsum inwards Phuket, make for move (me) together with the start of the schoolhouse yr (for the kids). So no to a greater extent than holidays for a while. Hope y’all enjoyed the trip out of Phuket!
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