After a few days in Pattaya to sleep out the jet-leg, we reached our current destination Prachuap Khiri Khan. This is a place we have passed by serveral times before when travelling further south by train. Every time we have been amazed about how beatiful it looks, but never stopped and paid the city a visit untill now. A decision we do not regret, that we finaly made the time for a stopover here.
Prachuap is so beatiful, so friendly, so easy going and with a lot of fresh seafood reasonable priced. We stay at Sunbeach Guesthouse, in a very quite part of the beachroad. From our huge upstairs balcony we have the best view we can imagine for as little as 1000 baht/day! We are surrounded by National Parks at the Northern and Southern part, and to the west lays the Jungle of Burma. We spend our days cruising around on our rented motorbike, through serveral small fishing villages and beatiful beaches. Evenings are succesfully spend on a nearby seafood restaurant right on the street (and maybe some sweet desserts from one of all the food markets popping-up after sunset).
The most beatiful beach is placed inside the Royal Air Force, but visitors are welcoming during day time. A beach chair cost 10 baht, a “rice-on-top” lunch starts from 35 baht and a bottle of soda water 10 baht. At one of the hills there skall be langure monkeys, but that area was not open for visitors when we were there. Instead we climbed the 396 steps up the hill in the Northern part to visit the temple where the Makaker monkeys stays. Well, then don’t only stay up on the hill, we do see them on the streets and climbing on the nearby buildings, and not to mention how fast they are inspecting our motorbike…… Yesterday the Makaker was on the beach, and they where also swimming and sky diving into the fontaine. It was the day after the Lay Krathong Festival, so probably the monkeys was down at the beach “cleaning-up” (i.e. eating) all the flower decorations from the festival the day before.
On our way to the market at the Burma bordet, we found a very special place. Following the hand written signs to “Hanging Stone” we drive into a narrow dust road ending in a welcoming spot. We climbed the stairs to view point #1, being the rooftop of some kind of bunkers build between some giant stones. Then we moved onto the stairs of view point #2, surprisingly we now found ourselves inside a temple. Our sun-caps are quickly removed, and the welcoming monk shows us were we skall go. And then we are in the middle of a short jungle-trek around, under and through more giants stones. Amazing.
Did I mention that Prachuap is very beatiful, relaxing, friendly, easy going, and that we have a room with a beatiful view (day and night)?
Maybe a place to consider for a second home away from home???