Pranburi Beach

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Pranburi Beach, Hua Hin Overview

Pranburi beach is a natural beach located to the west of the Gulf of Siam. It is easily accessible from the resort town of Hua Hin that lies at a distance of mere 20 miles. Visitors who aspire to relax amidst sand, sun and sea find it irresistible on account of its unspoilt beauty and clean surroundings sans the commercialisation.

It is indeed a far cry from the more popular beaches of Thailand with several tiny islands and rocky cliff-like projections visible on the coastline. The sand is grainy and coarse with the colour being a trifle darker than the customary golden yellow. Families with young children in tow are also found frequenting the area where the kids can have fun frolicking in the sea or making sandcastles on the beach. Apart from the solitude, Pranburi beach is also known for a variety of local delicacies.

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Things to do at Pranburi beach

  • Swimming - Tranquility is the word that strikes most visitors once they reach the beautiful beach. The most obvious activity for the tourists here is swimming in the shallow waters.
  • Walking – Many people prefer to take long walks along the beachfront merely gazing at the calm water ahead and counting the island visible from afar.
  • Visiting the National Park - The Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park lies to the south of the breach and is a short drive away. International tourists find walking up the steep trails an exhilarating experience. The area is full of caves and deep ravines with many hidden beaches and marshlands.
  • Fishing- Avid anglers take time out to go on a fishing trip in and around the beach area. Snakeheads, catfish, jungle perches and the prized golden carp happen to be the biggest draw here.
  • Kite Surfing - Pranburi, particularly the beach area, is known to be one of the best kite surfing destinations of Thailand. While the veterans enjoy a fun-filled afternoon trying to enhance their skills on the beach, the novices choose to take training classes.
  • Water Sports - The beach is never quite crowded, making it a haven for both kids and adults eager to try their hand at a host of water sports including kayaking, sailing, water skiing and snorkelling. Young kids are enthusiastic about participating in banana boat rides too.

Food at Pranburi Beach

Food at Pranburi Beach
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The beach is yet to be fully developed, but there is no shortage of fancy resorts with fine dining restaurants here. An abundance of fish available in the area makes seafood the most popular choice for people who are eager to sample the local fare. There are several quaint Thai eateries along the beach as well, where it is possible to watch the food being cooked and served instantly. The spicy tom yum soup and the red & green curries are hot favourites here. There are many vendors seen hawking fresh fruit slices on the beach along with deep-fried shrimps and squids that are served as snacks.

How To Reach Pranburi Beach

The beach is about 20 miles way from Hua Hin making it possible for tourists to hire a taxi or private car for the 3. 30 hours drive from Bangkok. Locals prefer to take a train ride from Hua Lumpong Station to Hua Hin and then hire a taxi to reach the destination. There are a number of private buses plying from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal to Pranburi as well.

Tips

  • Carrying swimwear is essential for there are no shops on the beach selling the essential attire
  • Entering a restaurant or booking rooms at a resort is necessary for using the restroom
  • Visiting the local supermarket for picking up food for a picnic might be the best option for spending the day at the beach
  • The high-end resorts offer free Wi-Fi to their guests

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