What to See in Pranburi
If you’re an avid beachgoer, enjoying the classic seaside elements of sun, sea, sand and warm, clear waters, Pranburi is not going to disappoint. Throw in a beautiful setting against the backdrop of verdant forests, a national park with mountains and an estuary, and you start getting the picture.
On route to Pranburi from Hua Hin – about a 30-km drive – you will pass several quiet bays which are good for swimming. South of Pranburi is Khao Sam Roi Yot (‘three hundred peaks’) National Park with its rugged limestone hills – part of the Tenasserim Mountains, which line the coast. These are full of ravines and caverns, some of which can be reached by the park's network of roads and trails.
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Khao Sam Roi Yot’s dramatic backdrop of endless limestone peaks festooned in lush greenery inspired its name (Khao Sam Roi Yot means ‘the mountain with three hundred peaks’). Covering an area of nearly 100 sqkm along the coast, approximately 60km south of Hua Hin, Khao Sam Roi Yot is as close as it gets to Krabi Province’s dream-like seascapes in the south of Thailand. Peppered with marshes, wetlands and mangrove swamps, the mountains house an abundance of wildlife, including barking deer, crab-eating macaques and serow, an Asian goat-antelope. Read More...
Be sure not to confuse Khao Tao (meaning mountain) with the island in the south of thailand. Koh Tao (‘koh’ meaning island). Situated 15 kilometres south of Khao Takiab, this fishing village remains largely untouched by the waves of modernity. The biggest attractions in the area are the secluded bay, Haad Sai Noi and the large Khao Tao Temple.
The temple is not something that will go unnoticed; it is difficult to ignore the huge golden Buddhas residing amid the hills, several caves and the shrine. Beside the temple is a gorgeous little fishing village where you can sit and enjoy a drink and a som tam in a local café.
- Opening Hours: 06:00-21:00 (for the temple)
- Address: Khao Tao
Pak Nam Pran or Pranburi Estuary covers the area from Pranburi Forest Park to Pranburi Beach. Where Pranburi River flows into the Gulf of Thailand, the area is home to a lush mangrove forest, a small fishing community and a handful of luxury spa resorts with stunning designs and sweeping ocean views.
About 30 minute’s drive from Hua Hin, Pak Nam Pran is blessed with picturesque scenery. Rows of swaying casuarina trees line the endless miles of white sandy beach stretching towards the south. Just north of it, a verdant mangrove forest extends from the Pranburi River and merges with Pranburi Forest Park. Read More...
Pranburi Forest Park is a project registered under the Queen’s patronage that seeks to protect the local mangroves. The park spans an area of 3.17sqkm at the mouth of the Pranburi River in the Klongkao- Klongkob National Reserve Forest, and features two nature trails that pass through awe-inspiring scenery. Read More...
Set on a low hill, Tabtim Shrine offers spectacular panoramas of the Pranburi Estuary (Pak Nam Pran), the river and surrounding villages. The shrine features carved walls and columns in Chinese style, painted in bright colours. Inside, it houses Goddess Tabtim, Chinese Goddess of Good Weather, highly respected by Chinese fishermen. Legend has it that an old Chinese merchant came from China and built the shrine atop the hill. Local villagers have come to respect the Goddess, for her miraculous protective powers. Many of the local shop-houses in Pranburi Town feature Chinese script over their doors, implying a strong Chinese influence in the area.
- Location: About 5km west of the Pranburi Estuary (Pak Nam Pran)
Situated 23 kilometres from Pranburi, this cave is full of stalactites and stalagmites. Oil lamps can be rented at a nearby village for exploring the cave. These fairly recent discoveries are some of the most beautiful caves In Thailand. Bear in mind that there is only one entrance which is also the exit, and once inside the caves, movement is also restricted.