Prachuap Khiri Khan – Amphur Muang

Prachuap Khirikhan city is located about 100km south of Hua Hin, in the southern stretch of Thailand. Although technically the capital of Prachuap Khirikhap Province, Amphur Muang Prachuap Khiri Khan is more like a quite beach town. Visitors love the relaxed atmosphere, stunning beaches, clean streets, and of course the affordable seafood. However, after staying here for a couple of days, it is the people of this area that really make it for visitors. They are friendly, mostly honest, and enjoy life at a slower pace than most of Thailand’s tourist destinations.

 

Prachuap Khirkhan Bay from the Ao Noi side

 

Although quiet in appearance, the area itself has a lot for visitors to explore and experience. From temples to boatyards, and from caves to mountain climbs, there is plenty to do for the active tourist. However, if you prefer to take it easy during your travels, then just relax on Ao Mano beach, stroll along the waterfront in Prachuap town, grab some of the freshest seafood around, and relax with a nice massage by the sea. How you travel Prachuap Khirkhan is up to you. All we want to do is share a few of the highlights that we believe shouldn’t be missed.

 

Prachuap khirikhan bay beachfront
The serene evening view of Prachuap Khirikhan Bay

Prachuap Khirikhan Bay on a Sunny Day - Panorama

Ao Manao – Prachuap Khirikhan

About Ao Manao – Prachuap Khirikhan

 

Ao Manao, aka Lemon Bay, is a beautiful beach located in an air force base (Wing 5) of Prachuap Khirikhan. The military base is very open and friendly, tourists are allowed to use almost all of the facilities, and because it’s cared for by soldiers … the beach is stunning, clean, safe, and checked everyday. There are chairs provided, along with delicious and affordable local food and beverages, all while you relax watching the waves and staring out at the island opposite. The water is normally warm, as the water is quite shallow, which makes it popular with swimmers. You can actually walk most of the way out to the island.

Near the beach area, there is also a food park serving coffee, beer, soft drinks, and mostly seafood (although other dishes are available). There is also a coffeeshop, and in the evenings a beach front ‘Steak House’ bar with live music. For those that like somtum, at the southern side of the base is a small but tasty somtum restaurant. A lot like to relax under the shade of the trees at the southern end of Ao Manao, where there are no chairs, just a cool breeze and maybe a few beached fishing boats.

Ao Noi – Prachuap Khirikhan

About Ao Noi in Prachuap Khirikhan

 

Ao Noi, the small bay of Prachuap, is a peaceful beachfront area with one of the most beautiful temples you are likely to find in Thailand (my personal opinion). The temple sprawls out along the seafront, and also up along the mountain. Visitors can walk around the temple and also explore the cave at the top of the stairs along the mountain side. About half way up is a very old temple, that appears unused now, but is interesting to look around. At the top, the cave is quite deep, so the monks may need to turn on the lighting before you go up. However, if the birds are nesting, visitors may not be allowed to enter. The birds are the kind that make nests for birds nest soup and so are a valuable ‘resident’ of the area.

This area also has a scout camp, fishing pier, and many seafood restaurants, some of which are quite famous in Thailand. The area is still very quiet, but does now have some hotels and guesthouses. It is a great area to ride around by bicycle or motorcycle.

Khlong Wan – Prachuap Khirikhan

About Khlong Wan in Prachuap Khirikhan

 

If you really like to experience ‘non touristy’ areas, Klongwan is an interesting place to visit. It is mostly popular amongst Thai tourists and has far less expats or tourists than the main town of Prachuap Khirikhan. It is a traditional fishing village to the south of Prachuap. The town centre is pretty much made up of one small road. At night, there will be market stalls selling Thai food and snacks. To the northern corner of the town, down the road next to the bank, are a few famous seafood restaurants. The food is fresh and prepared in traditional styles. Head further south, to Wagor area, visitors can find an almost deserted beach front, an aquarium, a science museum, a transport museum, and a butterfly farm. However, to really see the amazing natural scenery and ‘old style’ Thailand that this area has to offer, visitors will need a motorcycle or car to explore.