Pranburi is a country suburb that has, over the years, become an alternative to the Bangkok coastline for locals. It is so popular that the Thai’s call it the “Thai Riveria.”
This is a province that is known for its coastline, rivers, and parks. You will find mountains to climb, caves to delve, beaches to relax on, and forests to explore. There is no shortage of things to do here, but here are five of the top things to do in Pranburi. Start planning your next trip now!
1. Take a tour of Pranburi Forest Park
For an amazing day trip that surrounds you with natural beauty, schedule time at Pranburi Forest Park. This is a Queen’s patronage project that focuses on mangrove conservation and preservation. It is a park within a park, comprising of 3.17 square kilometres (1.22 square miles), that sits at the mouth of the Pranburi River in the Klongkao-Klongkob National Reserve Forest.
The most exciting part of spending time at Pranburi Forest Park is the mangrove trail walk. These walks are done on raised wooden boardwalks throughout the mangrove forest, to protect the natural wildlife. You can even sneak peeks at the animals who live there, including chipmunks, kingfishers, and porcupines.
Long-tail boat rides are also available if you’re interested in seeing the park from the Pranburi River. The tour is forty-minutes and takes you through the forest and past a small fishing village, before meeting up with the ocean. We advise that you do both the walking and boat tours whilst you’re here!
Pranburi Forest Park
Address: Thong Thind Prachuap Khiri Khan 2024 Rd. (Tha Lat Kradan-Khlong Kao), Pran Buri, Amphoe Pran Buri, Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77220, Thailand
Price: Free admission; 600 THB / 17.43 USD per hour for boat rides
Opening Hours: 8 am - 4 pm daily
Duration: an hour for the walk; 40 minutes for the boat ride
Contact: +66 61 464 4951
Website: Pranburi Forest Park
2. Relax for a while on Sai Noi Beach
Sai Noi Beach is located about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) north of Hua Hin and is relatively peaceful, so it’s a great choice for a day when you want to relax and enjoy the beach. It is a great place for drinking, sunbathing, and swimming, all without large throngs of tourists.
This is quite a small beach but it has a lot of amenities: sun beds, Thai massages, and Chang beers are all available here.
When you’re done sunbathing or getting your massage, you can wander to any one of the beach restaurants to get some local Thai cuisine, before taking a dip in the ocean. This is a gorgeous, secluded beach to spend time on and is a great way to take some time away from sightseeing - don’t miss it!
Sai Noi Beach
Address: Soi Hua Hin 101, Khaotao Road, Pranburi, Thailand
Price: Free to visit; 100 THB / 2.90 USD for a sun bed; 100 THB / 2.90 USD for a Chang Beer; 300 THB / 8.70 USD for a massage
Opening Hours: 24 hours a day
Duration: around 3 hours to one afternoon required.
Access: Located 10 km (6.2 miles) away from Hua Hin
3. Take a drive through Pranburi with bike rentals
Motorbike rentals are a part of travelling for many people, throughout Thailand, but especially in Pranburi. This is because many of the sights are spread across a large distance, and bikes are often used to get from one place to another.
In Pranburi, bike rentals can be found along the beach, close to tourist attractions, and in the city centre. Prices can vary between locations and are higher near tourist-heavy places, so do yourself a favour and try to either find a rental office frequented by locals or ask the front desk of your accommodation for referrals. You’ll need to leave a piece of ID, or your passport, so keep that in mind.
Bikes are best rented for the duration of your stay in Pranburi, although per-day rates are also available. If you’re planning on doing a lot of travelling, you’d be well advised to request a newer bike, it’d be a more expensive rental, but you won’t have to worry about the bike breaking down.
Mr. Moo Bikes & Boats Adventures
Address: Moo 3, Pak Nam Pran, Pranburi 77220, Thailand
Price: from 5.81 USD
Opening Hours: 8 am - 5 pm daily.
Duration: from 1 day to 1 week
Contact: +66 81 995 6735
Facebook: Mr. Moo Bikes & Boats Adventures
4. Take lessons at Kite Cable Thailand
One of the best experiences to have in Thailand is kite cabling. If you’re not familiar with this water activity, it’s kitesurfing that uses a cable that allows you to perform tricks. Get used to kitesurfing and can be a great experience.
In Pranburi, the best place to do this is at Kite Cable Thailand, the very first kite cable organization in the country. It is a two-tower cable system that helps riders learn how to do new tricks, while still having control of both their speed and own agility.
You will be coached by one of the instructors at Kite Cable Thailand to make sure that you’re always safe and having fun. It’s a great way to get an introduction into kitesurfing! And for just 200 USD, you can even rent a room at the property, with a lakeside balcony, for a whole week.
Kite Cable Thailand is a property that offers dining options, a bar, and a shop so that everything you need during the day is within your reach.
Kite Cable Thailand
Address: Moo 2, Pak Nam Pran, Pranburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77220, Thailand
Price: 1,000 THB or 29.03 USD - includes all rental equipment and the ticket price; 7,000 baht or 203 USD for a one-week stay
Opening Hours: 10 am - 6 pm daily. Closed on public holidays.
Duration: 3 days required.
Access: How to access [ex: 1 min walk from hougang mrt]
Contact: +66 889 529 2050
Near by Food: food on site
Website: Kite Cable Thailand
5. Spend an afternoon in Thao Ko Sa Forest Park
Thao Ko Sa Forest Park is a unique attraction, located on the southeastern side of Thailand. It hosts caves, forests, and a secluded beach within its confines and is quite popular with the locals, so make sure you bring your phrasebook when you visit, in case you need directions!
This park is a great day trip for friends and family, as there are a variety of restaurants right along the beach where you can have a great meal. Take your time here to explore the caves, which hold some gorgeous rock formations and can lead to great photographs.
Thao Ko Sa Forest Park
Address: Pak Nam Pran, Pranburi District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77120, Thailand
Opening Hours: open daily; may close during rainy season.
Duration: an afternoon or all day.
Access: 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) south of Hua Hin
Near by Food: beach restaurants are less than 20 metres (65.6 feet) from the beach.
Website: Thao Ko Sa Forest Park
6. See quirky Chinese shrine of Chao Mae TubTim Thong
If you wish to learn more about Chinese influence and culture in Thailand, the Chao Mae Tub Tim Thong is a great place to start. This small shrine in Pranburi is a sacred place many people hike up to pay respect and show worship to the pre-Buddhist spirit of Chao Mae Tubtim. Chao Mae is an important figure in the Chinese-Thai belief as he is responsible for showering followers with blessings and good luck. Those who come all the way from different parts of Thailand are bestowed with these good graces. The shrine is particularly an interesting tourist attraction for its intricate crocodile statue situated right in front of the shrine.
See the Chinese Shrine of Chao Mae Tub Tim Thong
Address: Pak Nam Pran, Pran Buri District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77220, Thailand
7. Visit Khao Kalok Hua Hin on low tides
Hua Hun is a part of Thailand that has a hidden gem on its own worth exploring, like the Khao Kalok Beach. This beach may not be like the pristine waters of the Phi Phi Islands and Krabi Islands that attracts hundreds of tourists yearly, but it’s definitely a must-see when in Hua Hin. Those traveling with family and friends will also be able to enjoy this beach destination as it is slowly being developed with commercial establishments like restaurants, and shopping stores for those who wish to leave Hua Hin with authentic souvenirs from this part of Thailand. Enjoy one whole day of relaxing on “skull island” and soak up some sun in one of Hua Hin’s best attractions.
Khao Kalok Beach
Address: Pak Nam Pran, Pran Buri District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77120, Thail
Opening hours: 24 hours, Sundays to Mondays
Experience all that Pranburi has to offer
Take a moment to appreciate how much Pranburi has waiting for you: sandy beaches, mangrove forests, motorbike rentals, national parks, and the wonder of a country you have yet to uncover. You will never forget your time in this area, or the people you meet, so do yourself a favour and make sure that you take enough photographs to build memories of your favorite Thai trip.
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