TRAVEL DATE: 6-8 May 2016
DESTINATION: Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan Provinces
ACCOMMODATION: Rest Detail Hotel in Hua Hin
A popular destination for Bangkokians during long weekends, is to head south to the beach resorts of either Cha-am or Hua Hin. On this trip I was based mainly in Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan province. However, I also did a stopover on the way down and on the way back in Phetchaburi. Unlike Pattaya, its neighbour on the other side of the Gulf of Thailand, Hua Hin is less sleazy and the bars closer earlier. It is more family orientated. It has become a good destination for people thinking about retiring. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click to see the embedded tweets for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.
The following map shows the places that I visited during the trip:
LIST OF PLACES I VISITED:
Lung Thanom Sugar Palm Plantation,สวนตาลลุงถนอม,Phetchaburi,13.021445 99.913737
Ple Yuan Restaurant,เปลญวน,Phetchaburi,13.058185 99.935030
Rest Detail Hotel,,Prachuap Khiri Khan,12.60396 99.95492
Baan Khrai Wang,บ้านใกล้วัง,Prachuap Khiri Khan,12.581892 99.955693
The Hua Hin Memory,รฤกหัวหิน,Prachuap Khiri Khan,12.579100 99.955738
Hua Hin Beach,,Prachuap Khiri Khan,12.569586 99.962729
Cicada Market,,Prachuap Khiri Khan,12.534257 99.965768
Ban Khao Tao Handicraft Center,ศูนย์หัตถกรรมบ้านเขาเต่า,Prachuap Khiri Khan,12.462826 99.974178
Sirinart Rajini Mangrove,ชายเลนสิรินาถราชินี,Prachuap Khiri Khan,12.394395 99.981145
Hua Hin Hills Vineyard,,Prachuap Khiri Khan,12.52604 99.70556
Artist Village,,Prachuap Khiri Khan,12.57724 99.91997
Camp Meating,,Prachuap Khiri Khan,12.45316 99.9817
Night Market,,Prachuap Khiri Khan,12.5714 99.95645
Ban Rim Nam,ร้านอาหารบ้านริมน้ำ,Phetchaburi,13.088716 99.948488
Khao Luang Cave,,Phetchaburi,13.135467 99.933109
Phra Nakhon Khiri,อุทยานประวัติศาสตร์พระนครคีรี,Phetchaburi,13.108981 99.934880
Ban Kanom Nuntawan,บ้านขนมนันทวัน,Phetchaburi,13.107327 99.933238
PHOTO ALBUM: DAY 1 – It’s a long drive between Bangkok and the seaside resort of Hua Hin, and so we decided to break the journey by stopping off first in Phetchaburi. Here we visited the Tham Rong community. Phetchaburi is famous for its sweet desserts. There is also an abundance of sugar palm trees. In this community we saw how they made palm sugar and the Thai dessert Khanom Tan. For lunch we ate at the popular Ple Yuan Restaurant. This is a themed restaurant. One of the dining rooms was exactly like a school classroom. Another was on the back of a truck. There is also a museum here with collectibles from yesteryear. Our next stop was Rest Detail Hotel in Hua Hin. After freshening up, we visited the photo exhibition on Naebkaehat road. This was held at Baan Khrai Wang, a popular cake shop on the seafront, and the nearby Hua Hin Memory, which is a museum, gallery and eatery. After a brief stop on Hua Hin beach to enjoy the sea breeze, we ate dinner. Our final stop for the day was at Cicada Market. You can buy a lot of original handicraft here, as well as listen to live music and eat from a wide selection of food. The market is open in the evenings from Friday to Sunday.
PHOTO ALBUM: DAY 2 – The first stop on the second day was to visit the Ban Khao Tao community. Here there is a royally initiated handicraft project to help the wives of fishermen. Looms were brought in from Northern Thailand and the local people were taught cotton weaving. At the community center you can watch them weave and buy some cloth in their shop. From here we drove south to Sirinart Rajini Mangrove Ecological System Learning Centre in Pranburi district. This is another royal project where the old salt farms were rehabilitated and a mangrove forest was grown instead. Here you can learn how they did this and go for a walk through the mangroves. On the way to our next stop we came across a new purpose built bicycle lane that runs south for about 10 kilometers from Kasetsart University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Our stop for lunch was at Hua Hin Hills Vineyard. You can join tours here of the vineyard for 100 Baht each or just enjoy the views from the restaurant while sipping wine. Back in Hua Hin we made a quick stop at the Artist Village. This is a great place to come and chat with local artists or just watch them at work. You can also join workshops where the emphasis is on fun more than learning. Our dinner on the second night was at Camp Meating, which was a barbecue on the beach. This is not a permanent set-up, as they tour Thailand. I think they were last in Chiang Mai. The final stop was at the ever popular Night Market where you can buy just about anything. There is also a lot of good food too.
PHOTO ALBUM: DAY 3 – The last day started with some relaxing poolside at my hotel before driving back to Bangkok. Like last time, we did a stopover in Phetchaburi to break up the long journey. First stop was for lunch at Ban Rim Nam. This was followed by a visit to Khao Luang Cave. This cave in the hillside houses a revered Buddha image. There is a hole in the ceiling of the cave and if you are there first thing in the morning, the suns rays create a beautiful scene. The next stop was a visit to Phra Nakhon Historical Park on the hilltop overlooking Phetchaburi city. This used to be the summer palace for King Rama IV. The final stop before heading back to Bangkok was Ban Kanom Nuntawan. This is one of a number of places along the highway in Phetchaburi where you can buy food souvenirs to take home for family and friends.