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Pranburi Mongrove Forest

Pranburi Mongrove Forest


Pranburi Mongrove Forest Park located in Klongkao-Klongkob National Reserve Forest, Pranburi Distrtict, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. It is 3.17 sq.km. It is the Forest Development Plan of Paknum Pranburi in accordance with Her Majesty Queen Sirikitโ€™s wish. The area has been declared a forest park by the Royal Forest Department since September 30, 1982.

The main water resource of the district is the Pranburi River, with a mangrove forest (the protected Pranburu Forest Park) at the mouth of the river where it flows into the Gulf of Thailand, further boosting the areaโ€™s scenic, natural appeal.

A one-kilometre stretch of beach here is fringed by pine trees and there are several mangrove nature trails for adventurous visitors to explore. Beaches are very popular with visitors, as they are still less crowded than those of nearby Hua Hin. The main beach is fronted by a small road that extends south from the estuary of the Pranburi River to Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park.

This coastal national park is undoubtedly Pranburiโ€™s star attraction, and covers an area of 98 square kilometers. Limestone mountains, caves, mangrove swamps, beautiful beaches and various kinds of local and migrating birds make up the parkโ€™s main appeal.

With its many ridges, Khao Sam Roi Yot (which means โ€˜the mountain of 300 peaksโ€™) stands as a landmark for seamen. Hat Sam Phraya, located 3.5km north of the park office, is a beautiful beach lined with pine trees. Tham Kaeo and Tham Sai are caves with impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Another well-known cave is Tham Phraya Nakhon, which has a big hole through which a shaft of light reaches and permits the growth of various kinds of plants. Khao Daeng is a view point from where spectacular views can be enjoyed, and Ban Khao Daeng a canal-side village, which is also the starting point for a one-hour boat trip to watch wild birds.

 

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Pranburi Forest Park consists of mixed forest and mangrove forest. It has naturally beautiful sceneries and beaches. Pranburi River also runs through the middle of the forest.

The weather of the forest is influenced by monsoon and land breeze. It consists of three seasons.
1. Rainy Season โ€“ June to middle of November
2.Winter โ€“ middle of November to February
3. Summer โ€“ March to May

Plants in the area are pine three, Casuarina, mangrove swamp, cycad, copper pod, Aloe, neem three, Australian wattle, tropical almond, for example. The animals in the area are small-size animal such as hare, porcupine, squirrel, chipmunk, and many kinds of kingfisher and reptile.


There are two convenient ways to get there by

Use old Phetchakasem Road from Huahin. At 16 kilometers from Huahin, there has a sign guide left to Pranburi Forest Park 4 kilometers.

Or use the new road Chaum-Pranburi. Before entering Pranburi, turn left at the junction of three roads called Samyak Phetchakasem. And along the road to Huahin about 8 kilometers, there has a byroad at the right and a sign point to Pranburi Forest Park 4 kilometers.
Accommodations

The Forest Park provides camping area and toilet. Tourists can ask permission for camping from the head of Pranburi Forest Park directly. Pranburi Forest Park consists of mixed forest and mangrove forest. It has naturally beautiful sceneries and beaches. The Pranburi River runs through the middle of the forest. There are fisherman village, called Paknum Pranburi Khaotao (Pranburi-Khaotao estuary), and Samroyyod National Park nearey. These are appropriate and convenient places to visit.

Pranburi Forest Park Beach Pranburi Forest Park Beach is a long white sand beach that protudes into a sea in some area while upper to the shore it is the line of casualina tree along with a beach.

Mangrove Forest Nature Trail This board walk, leading to mangrove forest, includes interpretative information for those wishing to understand more about the mangrove forest they are visiting.
Facilities

Phra Nakhon Khiri Park

Phra Nakhon Khiri Park (Khao Wang) Hua Hin


Phra Nakhon Khiri Park is a historical park in Phetchaburi, Thailand, located on hill overlooking the city.
The local famous call "Khao Wang" which to the locals it is better known as Khao Wang, simply meaning Hill with palace, while the name Phra Nakhon Khiri means Holy City Hill.
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The main aspect of the Phra Nakhon Khiri Park is the palace that sits atop this 92 meter high mountain peak. The palace was originally commissioned by King Rama IV because he was so fond of the way the Phra Nakhon Khiri Park looked. He wanted a palace to reside there so that royalty such as himself could bask among it and be a part of the majestic nature that the park had to offer.
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Although it is officially known as the Phra Nakhon Khiri Park, it is also commonly called Khao Wang, or Palace Hill. Either way you say it, the park and its accompanying palace is a must see for tourists and locals alike.
The park consists of three building groups, located on the three peaks of the 92m high hill. On the western peak is the actual palace with adjoining structures. The middle or central peak is a big chedi named Phra That Chom Phet. The eastern peak houses the Wat Phra Kaeo, the royal temple, built in similar fashion to the Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok. The whole complex was built as a summer palace by King Mongkut, with construction finished in 1860.
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The site was registered as an historical park on August 27, 1979, with two of the palace buildings now housing a branch of the Thai National Museum.
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You can access the Phra Nakhon Khiri Park either by foot or by railway. To visit the palace, admission costs 20 baht, which is currently less than one dollar in American money. Phra Nakhon Khiri Park is a very affordable location to visit, but it offers much more to the traveler. Phra Nakhon Khiri Park is an ideal location to visit when you are in the area. If you may not be at this location, make it a point to visit Phra Nakhon Khiri Park.

Hua Hin railway station

Hua Hin railway station


The Royal Waiting Room at Hua Hin's railway station

The Hua Hin railway station is one of oldest railway station in Thailand. Its most striking feature is the unique Royal Waiting Room in Thai architectural style.

 

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The Royal Waiting Room was built in the reign of King Rama VI in order to welcome the King and his entourage. The outstanding feature of the station is the pavilion constructed in the reign of King Rama VI; it was originally named as "Plub Pla Sanamchan", and it was initially situated at Sanamchan Palace in Nakorn Pathom Province.

 

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This beachside palace was formerly used as a royal summer residence by King Rama VI during the 1920s. The palace was designed by an Italian architect and built of golden teak.The Royal Waiting Room, the original building built in the same architectural style as Maruekkhathayawan Palace, stands adjacent to the station,and is a favourite spot for taking pictures for both Thai and foreign tourists.

Designed by a Scottish railway engineer, The 'Royal' opened in 1924 in the reign of King Rama VI. The Royal Hua Hin is the oldest par 72 courses in Thailand.This train station is the attractive site in Hua Hin that you should never miss. Behind the Railway Station to the west stands the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course, the first ever in Thailand.

 

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The Royal Waiting Room, the original building built in the same architectural style as Maruekkhathayawan Palace, stands adjacent to the station,and is a favourite spot for taking pictures for both Thai and foreign tourists.

This train station is the attractive site in Hua Hin that you should never miss. Behind the Railway Station to the west stands the Royal Hua Hin Golf Course, the first ever in Thailand.

Spirit Houses of Brassiere Beach

Spirit Houses of Brassiere Beach


Spirit Houses of Brassiere Beach were according to legend, built to appease the spirit of a fishermanโ€™s daughter who was once torn to pieces and her breasts fell into the sea. She was killed because she was desired by too many men. Until this day, the locals still hang brassieres to the spirit houses, but now they just pray for good luck.

Legend has it, once very difficult to read a time there was a fisherman's family who lived on this beach. They had a beautiful daughter who was desired by many men. Her father promised to give his daughter to two different kings. Later they both came to ask for the fisherman's daughter on the same day.
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The fisherman didn't know what to do. So he tore his daughter's body into pieces and threw them out to the sea. Her breast fell into the sea in front of Brassiere Beach. Villagers nearby the beach felt pity for her so they made a spirit house where people come to give her brassieres. Fishermen believe that giving her a brassiere will bring them good luck. That's why there are a lot of brassieres around the spirit house.

So named after local folklore when a father tore his beautiful daughter up into pieces as he couldn't decide which suitor to give her away to (one of her breasts fell into the sea and the local fishermen tie brassieres around a spirit house for good luck). Accommodation is provided in a number of different styles and all rooms have air conditioning, living area, mini bar, refrigerator and CD player. The higher standard and larger accommodation come with private pool. A restaurant serves a wide selection of food and drink and numerous other facilities are on offer.
Address: 210 Moo 5, Tambon Baan Hau-Tan-Taew, Samroiyod, Pranburi, Prachuapkirikhan.

Brassiere Beach Prachuap Khiri Khan Location
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Brassiere Beach on the Cosy Beach, about 20 minutes southeast of Pranburi and 45 minutes south of Hua Hin. A unique collection of Mediterranean inspired cottages, each designed in distinctive style provides luxurious comfort coupled with genuine privacy. There are just nine cottages so you will rarely find more than 20 people on site.

Khao Luang Cave


Khao Luang Cave


This cave is located on Khao Luang Hill approximately 5km north from Khao Wang. From the foot hill, there are concrete stair cases leading to the cave entrance. Khao Luang is a small-sized hill having a height of 92 meters at the peak. However, Khao Luang Cave is regarded as the Largest and most important cave of Phetchaburi province because the important ornamented Buddha image built by King Rama V and dedicated to King Rama III and IV is enshrined here. This cave had been a royal picnic site since the King Rama IV period. He was very fond of this place so that he commanded the renovation of several old Buddha images in the cave.

 

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Khao Luang Hill which is only 92 metres high and five kilometers from Khao Wang. khao Luang Cave is regarded as the most important cave of Petchaburi because is houses a dressing Buddha image cast by the royal command of King Chulalongkon as the dedication to King Nang Klao and King Mongkut.

On the right hand side of the entrance at Khao Luang foot hill, there is a big beautiful monastery called "Wat Tham Kleap" by Phetchaburi folks Wat Tham Klaep which is now Wat Bunthawi or Wat Bunthawi having a very large multipurpose hall The Sala Kanparien and wooden door panels of the Ubosot are beautifully carved. Khao Luang Access Road at the foot hill

There are some interesting items to be seen in this monastery such as a hude multipurpose pavilion, and beautiful wood carved door panels of the main shrine hall which was designed and constructed by the Lord Abbot who was a famous artisan. The old legend told by Phetchaburi folks for centuries is that the entrance of the cave at this monastery is the entrance of a twilight zone town where inhabitants are only young maidens.

How to get there - from Bangkok's side of highway 4 take the flyover to Phetchaburi and turn left at the first cross road drive straight on (road 3173) for about 2km until foot of the hill. On the right you will see Wat Bunthawi. Drive to the parking area at the top of the hill. There you can hire an English speaking guide for the cave if you want to. They accept any fee.

Khao Bandai It

This is a small hill having a height of 121 meters at he peak. It is located two kilometers from Khao Wang. On the hill there is a very old monastery called Wat Khao Bandai.Besides Wat Khao Bandai It, there are several caves, which are huge in size and are located underneath the hill.

The first cave is called "Tham Prathun" which has buddha images enshrined along both walls of the cave. If one goes further inside the can reach another cave called "Tham Phra Chao Sua". The name was give to the cave because King Sua came here to visit his teacher, Lord Abbot Saeng, who was offered a two-meter standing Buddha statue this statue is in the attitude of calming the ocean and has been enshrined in that cave over since then.

Another cave located deeper inside is "Tham Phraphuttha Saiyat" which literally means the "Reclining Buddha Cave". Such name is given to the cave because a Reclining Buddha is enshried in that cave. Besides the Buddha image, there is also (in the cave too) a very old wooden boat roof which was offered to the Lord Abbot Saeng by King Sua.

In addition, there are several more caves such as Phra Athit Cave, Phra Chan Cave, Duke Cave (the name given to the cave after a visit made by Duke Johan Albert), Sawang Arom Cave, and Chang Phuak Cave, which may satisfy cave visitors to a high degree.