Ao Noi, Prachuap Khiri Khan

BEACH
Ao Noi is located 7 kilometers north of Prachuap Khiri Khan. It is an intimate bay with almost no tourists and a good stretch of sand. Here, you can enjoy the sea with good swimming conditions and explore the hinterland.

In the southern part of the bay there is a fishing village. From the beach you can see the fishing boats sailing out of the harbor, which is truly a picturesque sight. Due to the presence of fishermen, the beach and the sea are less clean compared to the other bays, but the hotels try to keep the beach clean. On the north side of the bay, just a 200-meter walk along the beach, is a monastery that is well worth a visit. Besides the monastery there is a small mountain with caves which you can explore.

WHERE TO STAY
The basic stay Aow Noi Seaview is located directly on the beach and offers 10 rooms surrounded by a private garden. Next to this stay is the brand-new mid-range Joy Hotel, which just opened in 2019 offering rooms in a 4-floor building. The Chill Villa & Cafe is located right next to the monastery, and only a 3-minute walk from the beach. This stay only has a few rooms and a small pool.

The Aow Noi Seaview offers a simple breakfast of toast and coffee and tea. However, the stay does not serve lunch or dinner. Joy Hotel and The Chill Villa & Cafe have a restaurant. About half a kilometer away, in the small village, you will find several food stands. In town (7 kilometers away) there are a variety of places to eat, of which we really like the night market.

PLACE
Prachuap Khiri Khan is a relaxed beach town. A pleasant city with cozy shops, small markets, nice bars and tasty restaurants. We often dine at the night market and can recommend climbing the hill adjacent to the city center. A very long staircase takes you to the temple at the top of the hill. This hilltop temple offers panoramic views of the town and the bays of Prachuap. You’ll need to not be too afraid of monkeys because on the hill you will encounter many.

While Prachuap’s main beaches are not suitable for sunbathing, you will find 2 beaches just outside of town that have made it to the TreasureBeaches database. If you want to go fishing, a half-day trip costs 650 baht per person.

WHAT TO DO
The Kuiburi National Park is a great day out and is known as the best place in Thailand to spot wild elephants. In addition, you will find a large population of Asian cows and many other animals. During the safari you get into an open jeep together with a guide and go in search of elephants and other animals. An amazing experience!

The small border town of Dan Singkhon with neighboring Myanmar is located about 25 kilometers west of the city of Prachuap Khiri Khan. You can visit a nice market on the Thai side. Many goods from Myanmar are offered on the market, including clothing, wooden furniture, pottery and many plants. Before the COVID pandemic, the market was a well-known attraction, but currently quite a few shops are still empty. Only Thais and Burmese are allowed to cross the border.

TRANSPORT
From Bangkok there are good connections by bus or minibus (4 to 5 hours). If you are coming from the south, most trains, buses and minibuses will pass through Prachuap Khiri Khan, which has its own train station. You can take the morning train from Bangkok at 8:10 AM, which will arrive at Prachuap Khiri Khan at 1:39 PM.

Manao Bay is 3 kilometers south of town and you need a taxi or your own transport to get there. It is easy to rent a scooter in town.