Overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, Prachuap Khiri Khan is a laid-back coastal town with a turquoise bay, limestone mountains, hilltop temples and sandy beaches. In town you’ll find numerous seafood dining opportunities and parks, while the greater Prachuap Khiri Khan Province reveals national parks, a floating market and water park.
Things to do in Prachuap Khiri Khan
Prachuap Khiri Khan’s biggest draw is Prachuap Bay, which lures you in with its light-blue water, soft sand and charming promenade. Stroll along the waterfront to discover a range of restaurants serving fresh seafood, traditional noodle dishes, Western-style pizza and barbecued meats.
You’ll find Khao Lammuak at the southern end of Prachuap Bay. This prominent limestone mountain offers panoramic views of the town and bay from its base, along with friendly dusky leaf monkeys. On the northern end of town, Khao Chong Krajok provides views of Myanmar in the distance and 396 steps up to a historic stupa on its summit.
Venture slightly north of town to reach Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, home to protected marine environments with rare mainland serows, fishing cats and Irrawaddy dolphins. Admire the undulating limestone hills before exploring the famous Phraya Nakhon Cave, where you can see a traditional water well and the 19th-century Khuha Kharuehat Pavilion.
Are you visiting with your family? Drive 1.5 hours to Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Jungle and let the kids run wild on obstacle courses, slip down water slides and swim in multiple pools. Before heading back, stop off at Sam Phan Nam Floating Market, where you can visit various floating shops selling quirky souvenirs and local delicacies.
Getting around Prachuap Khiri Khan
Prachuap Khiri Khan is about 3.5 hours’ drive from Bangkok, which also has daily buses to the town from its Southern Bus Terminal. The town is easy to explore on foot or by using the motorcycle taxis or mini buses, while rented motorcycles can be used for longer trips.