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I posted this here in the Hua Hin local forum, but I'm not sure this is the best location for it:

 

I've had a couple of friends here in Thailand express interest in visiting (or living in) the city of Prachuap Kiri Kan, and they've piqued my curiosity, but I can't seem to find any reference to it here on TV.  I would like to learn about PKK, but every "Local Forum" here references virtually every other province in the country but this one.  Does anybody know if there's a correct place on TV for forum discussions about PKK - or, for the Thai Visa moderators, if maybe there should be?

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25 minutes ago, Mahseer said:

Hua Hin is correct forum as PKK is one hour south. Throw some questions out here and see how you get on.

Thanks for that (and I will take your advice accordingly hereafter), but if this is true, shouldn't Thai Visa at least include a reference to the province in the sub-heading for this forum?  I notice that other Local Forums make a note of mentioning all the provinces which are meant to be included in the grouping, but PKK is nowhere to be found.  Don't know if I'm correct in assuming that the TV moderators will pick up on this as a result of this thread, or if I should contact them directly.

 

Basically, I was hoping to stumble across any existing comments from expats about PKK city itself, rather than throwing out loads of question into the emptiness.  😁

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Me & the Mrs stayed in PKK for 4 or 5 days last year on our tour around South Thailand, on the surface it appears to be a very nice and quaint place, I have some pics on Facebook somewhere I'll see if I can dig a few up and post on here for reference.

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4 minutes ago, poohy said:

PKK hmm .....Its best avoided!

 

Why would that be !!

I've stopped there a few times, as it's roughly half way between our place and BKK.

I found it to be a nice little town, not too crowded but still a vibrant market/fishing town feel to it.

Great pier and views from the beach road and just south, at Ao Manao, a good beach to swim.

There's a selection of hotels from budget to middle level and a sprinkling of Western style eateries, if that's your thing.

I'm not sure what there is not to like about it, unless you are looking for non-stop nightlife...

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1 minute ago, cornishcarlos said:

 

Why would that be !!

I've stopped there a few times, as it's roughly half way between our place and BKK.

I found it to be a nice little town, not too crowded but still a vibrant market/fishing town feel to it.

Great pier and views from the beach road and just south, at Ao Manao, a good beach to swim.

There's a selection of hotels from budget to middle level and a sprinkling of Western style eateries, if that's your thing.

I'm not sure what there is not to like about it, unless you are looking for non-stop nightlife...

Humour! maybe difficult to understand but there you go

Also we have to keep out/dissuade the Riff Raff

 

PS if you read my address you will have seen i live there and worked the above out

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5 minutes ago, poohy said:

PS if you read my address you will have seen i live there and worked the above out

 

I don't tend to study posters details, like location 🙂

But I don't blame you, trying to dissuade the crowds.. Like a lot of places, they are only a few people from being spoilt 

I won't tell anyone else how nice it is there, you're secret is safe...

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Ok being helpful now its a nice place , beautiful countryside and smallish town but not to everyone's taste

 

April to November is very quiet, a bit like gods waiting room can be busy with snow birds and winter holidaymakers other months but in real terms still a quiet town, more or less zero night life

Weekends can be busy with Thais.

Its mainly a government town so has all facilities ..main shops Tesco and a Macro shopping wise anything else its a visit to HH

Plenty of hotels and restaurants (one good foreign one, not sure if its allowed to advertise so contact poster  Mister T)

 

Really its best if a prospective visitor comes for a few days and looks around then decides 

 

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We tend to joke about it being our own little secret. Have noticed over the last five years or so, more people are staying rather than passing through. I have seen most of Thailand over the last 20 years and this is the cleanest and friendliest town I have lived. Thankfully poohy lives out of town a bit :wai:

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I enjoyed our short stay here, this was on our outward leg of the journey on the way down to Satun along the Andaman coast, we came back up along the Gulf coast and stayed in Hua Hin / Cha Am, not impressed with Hua hin at all. 

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27 minutes ago, cornishcarlos said:

 

Why would that be !!

I've stopped there a few times, as it's roughly half way between our place and BKK.

I found it to be a nice little town, not too crowded but still a vibrant market/fishing town feel to it.

Great pier and views from the beach road and just south, at Ao Manao, a good beach to swim.

There's a selection of hotels from budget to middle level and a sprinkling of Western style eateries, if that's your thing.

I'm not sure what there is not to like about it, unless you are looking for non-stop nightlife...

I happen to live in the Pattaya area (4 years now), so I'm familiar with your description above, and that's definitely NOT what I'm looking for.  I moved here primarily as an escapee from the infamous smoky season in Chiang Mai, and I like all the amenities that Pattaya has to offer - with the exception of the nightlife that you describe.  Also, I live at the beach (Jomtien), and I love it - but it would be nice to be able to actually swim in the water without getting sick, which is impossible anywhere around here because of the pollution and street runoff into the ocean.

 

I'm hitting my early 60's, and beginning to feel myself slowing down a bit, enjoying a bit more peace and quiet than I did in the past.  But I'm wondering if PKK would be outright boring.  I hear Hua Hin has all the amenities, but is too often swamped with Bangkok tourists and traffic, which doesn't sound very appealing.

 

So, does PKK have any amenities that a typical Westerner would want (some air-conditioned restaurants, a supermarket catering to Westerners [like Villa Market, say], a hospital with English-speaking staff)?  I guess this was the gist of my original posting.

 

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36 minutes ago, poohy said:

Humour! maybe difficult to understand but there you go

Also we have to keep out/dissuade the Riff Raff

 

PS if you read my address you will have seen i live there and worked the above out

If you want to dissuade the riff-raff, that's a good sign.  😁

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8 minutes ago, funlovinkid said:

But I'm wondering if PKK would be outright boring. 

 

The thing I like about PKK is that it is NOT Hua Hin or Pattaya.

There are some nice little bars, frequented by expats and locals but it's quiet.

Another thing which I love, is that it's just a couple km from the main highway. So getting in and out of the town is easy compared with some other places.

If you want to have a weekend up in Hua Hin, it's just a short drive away.

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Prachuap is definitely being 'found' by tourists. First visited 10 years back and it was just about a 100% Thai town popular at weekends with the Bangkok folks but quite at other times. 6-7 years back started seeing back packers and now in season the promenade is flooded with foreigners. As for numbers of foreigners who reside there others need to comment but I'd hazard a guess it's less than 200.

 

There is an excellent gym and swimming pool up by the main drag plus the local football side play in the Premier league, the Thai version, and if you severely screw up don't worry there's a prison right there in town.

 

You can reach by train in around 4 hours from Hua Lamphong and the 0805 is excellent.

 

Isnt there a high speed elevated railway line that is supposed to be running from Bangkok all the way to the Malaysian border? Any sign yet in Prachuap?

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PKK is not HH or Pattaya its a quiet "Thai" town

 

You can swim on Ao manao beach I wouldn't recommend town beach.

Air con restaurant hmm maybe a couple of hotel ones  

Shops same as Villa no, Tesco and Makro only 

Local Hospital is ok and there are some good pharmacy/ clinics who speak passable English

Hotels to suit all budgets 

House for rent anything by the sea is obviously more expensive but there are affordable places around ,you probably need a car or motorbike

Only real way to decide if its for you is visit and get a feel of the place

As for "full time" locals here in town and surrounding area being generous maybe 200 at max! 

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We stayed at Sun Beach hotel right at the top end of the promenade, very nice, small family run business, there is the army base to visit, there is a nice ' museum' there with some old aeroplanes and memorials to Thailand's fallen, the beach is pretty good and there are plenty of places to eat and drink in. The very narrow road one back from the beach has some small bars & eateries and other shops.

 

The local temple is,as usual stuck on top of a bloody great hill, my knees wouldn't allow me to climb it so the Mrs took the camera and did it one morning while I was still in bed 😀

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PKK is one of the nicest city’s in Thailand in my opinion .

Living in Pak Nam Pran , Kuiburi and Bangsaphan for the past 20 years we regular visit PKK . 

It changed a lot and not in a bad way , more and more foreigners living there now .

Think most of them live there because its away of the crowds and tourists .

Would be great tho to have a Prachuap Khiri Khan forum .

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11 minutes ago, cornishcarlos said:

Geez, who nicked the toppings from your pizza !!!

That is for sure, there are several pizza places here that serve better than that.

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19 minutes ago, cornishcarlos said:

Geez, who nicked the toppings from your pizza !!!

I don't think they quite got the hang of it yet, not being a big fan of Thai food I sometimes enjoy the excuses for Western fare that are dished up around this lovely country, and I have visited most of it 🙂

 

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2 minutes ago, Golden Triangle said:

I don't think they quite got the hang of it yet, not being a big fan of Thai food I sometimes enjoy the excuses for Western fare that are dished up around this lovely country, and I have visited most of it 🙂

 

 

The base looks pretty good and that's where my compliments end 🙂

I've stayed in that hotel though, was very good value.. Think we paid 800 baht ??

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We stayed at Sun Beach hotel right at the top end of the promenade, very nice, small family run business, there is the army base to visit, there is a nice ' museum' there with some old aeroplanes and memorials to Thailand's fallen, the beach is pretty good and there are plenty of places to eat and drink in. The very narrow road one back from the beach has some small bars & eateries and other shops.
 
The local temple is,as usual stuck on top of a bloody great hill, my knees wouldn't allow me to climb it so the Mrs took the camera and did it one morning while I was still in bed [emoji3]
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Yup , I also stay at sun beach , here’s an almost identical photo ( must have been in the next room ! )

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Have stayed there 3 times, last time was Songkran last year.

Recommend the OP take a trip there and stay 4 or 5 days, check out the beach Ao Manao ( excellent IMO ), have a walk up to the Wat ( watch out for the monkeys ) have a beer or two in the main beach front bars and walk the excellent beach front street market.

Me an the gf usually rent the bicycles from the hotel and cycle to the beach or cycle up north, some great rocky coves and wonderful scenery.

There’s a little pizza place on the second road back from the beach ( near the entrance to Ao Manao ), great Italian style pizza with a garden in the back, run by a farang ( although I think it was up for sale ), near the “ Gift Garrely “ ( [emoji23]).

Not sure I would want to live there but it is close to Hua Hin for a more lively/farang experience if that’s what you want occasionally.
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Totally boring place. No foreigners drunk 24/7. No Thais beating the crap out of foreigners daily. No girly bars or bar girls. No packs of foreign criminals . Worst of all no Burger King or Pizza Hut.

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As I mentioned in an earlier post my Mrs went up there while I was still in me scratcher sleeping the sleep of the innocent 🙂 But yep, I can't remember how many steps to get up there 400 comes to mind, but I told the Mrs no way was I going up there,on our travels down south we did find another temple perched on top of a mountain with well over a 1000 steps to get up there, Air Ambulance would be required for me LOL - I'll see if I can find a picture of it, I have one somewhere 🙂 

 

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As I mentioned in an earlier post my Mrs went up there while I was still in me scratcher sleeping the sleep of the innocent [emoji846] But yep, I can't remember how many steps to get up there 400 comes to mind, but I told the Mrs no way was I going up there,on our travels down south we did find another temple perched on top of a mountain with well over a 1000 steps to get up there, Air Ambulance would be required for me LOL - I'll see if I can find a picture of it, I have one somewhere [emoji846] 
 

Yup, it’s a hike for sure, late afternoon is the best time and yes a stick is recommended for the monkeys !!

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But it’s a great view from the top !!

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