PRANBURI, THE HIDDEN JEWEL BEYOND HUA HIN
When we tell people where we live, we always say Hua Hin, since most people, especially those familiar with Thailand know of Hua Hin. There is however a “hidden gem” close by, Pranburi a small town (even smaller than Hua Hin!) about 20 km south of Hua Hin center and 20 minutes from Sanctuary Lakes. Pranburi is comprised of 3 sub-towns: Pak Nam Pran and Kao Kalok, both located on the beach, and Pranburi, located inland. These areas, especially Pak Nam Pran and Kao Kalok, cater to a different market than Hua Hin, for those seeking an even quieter, less touristy area than Hua Hin.
ECO-FRIENDLY PRANBURI AND ITS HIP AND QUIRKY VIBE
Pranburi, and Pak Nam Pran specifically, is focusing heavily on the eco-conscious and green-thinking consumers, something Thailand is picking up on. Many resorts and restaurants along the Pak Nam Pran strip now offer organic produce and communal gardens, locally sourced and handmade art.
With the abundant outdoor activities and the national park in close proximity, the area attracts active people who enjoy the outdoors. Cyclists enjoy Pak Nam Pran, Kao Kalok and Dolphin Bay (just south of Pranburi) for their beauty and beaches. Kite surfing is another hugely popular activity along the coast from Hua Hin to Dolphin Bay, and Pak Nam Pran has a few charming spots that cater specifically to the kite surfing crowd.
THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF PRANBURI
Slightly further south of Pak Nam Pran is the area of Kao Kalok, designated by a mountain at the end of the road and continuing for another few kilometers along the coastline and stretching inland for approximately 1-2 km. Kao Kalok is even quieter than Pak Nam Pran and significantly more rural. A little further South is Sam Roi Yot National Park abundant with natural wild life, fauna, mango swamps and fishes. Rangers offer amazing tours around a stunning National Park daily.