Last week Skye and I rented a car and did some exploring! We didn’t really have a plan of where we wanted to go, so we just headed South on the main road coming out of Hua Hin. We drove for about an hour and a half and ended up at the Khao Ta Mong Lai Forest Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan.
We had no idea what to expect but we spoke to a lovely woman from the visitor centre who told us where to go and a bit about the park. There were lodges that you could stay in, and even places that you could camp.
Down a 300m path was the viewpoint which juts out from the rest of the area. Some parts of the walk are a bit rocky but can be easily done. We also walked a little bit further on, onto the rocks, where there were locals picking the shells off the rocks in the water. I think that was a much better view around the other side of the mountain and you could see the whole bay from there.
The cliffs are stunning too but you aren’t permitted to climb on your own, someone a few years ago didn’t tell anyone he was climbing and got stranded for over a day, so they take your safety very seriously.
Even though we only saw a little bit of the park I thought it was beautiful, the beach was covered in shells and even the trees were labeled with their names on. The water was quite dirty and muddy though but there were also lots of fishing boats.
I would really recommend this place if you’re in the area.
Then we went to explore the rest of the bay. It’s one straight road all the way along the beach which has some greats views, and the further you drive the clearer the water gets. We had to turn off that road a little further up though because they were setting up a market, so we went through the quaint town instead. It very much reminded me of a Thai version of a sea side town like Llandudno, it was beautiful!
We tried to follow the satnav to the other side of the bay where there’s more mountains but it took us through a Military Base. We drove through and had to sign in and read the rules. It was pretty normal rules for everyone, but you also can’t take any pictures of the airbase or the runway. A lot of the public come onto the base to use the beach which looked beautiful and the water was a lot clearer. I took a few more pictures and then we decided to head on back home.
Overall our little day trip was so good, the scenery was stunning, with the blue sky and water, and the mountains jutting out of the sea. If you’re ever around the area of Prachuap Khiri Khan check out Ao Prachuap Bay!
I hope you enjoyed this post, and the photos that I took!