Pranburi promises everything for a beach goer: sun, sand, pristine beaches, and the clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand. A sleepy coastal village till some years back, Pranburi has fast emerged as an important tourist destination in the Hua Hin region of Thailand and the reasons are not difficult to decipher. Home to several natural attractions, and a convenient location just 30km south of Hua Hin, Pranburi promises a heavenly retreat away from the madding crowds.
The beach is lined with several world-class vacation rental accommodations ranging from very affordable accommodation to super-luxurious retreats that are spread out far apart to retain privacy and exclusivity. Vacation rentals in Pranburi promise amenities of the cosmopolitan city as well as the abundant natural offerings. Depending on your taste and budget, you can choose from vacation villas offering basic yet comfortable facilities to luxurious cottages promising private pools and saunas.
Located on the south of Pranburi, this park of the three hundred peeks, encompasses undulating ranges of limestone hills, part of the Tenasserim Mountains, which line the coast. These are full of ravines and caverns, some of which can be reached by the park's network of roads and trails. The park is also home to mangrove swamps and beaches. The park also attracts various kinds of local and migrating birds, which are plentiful from November to February.
The area comprises of mixed forest and mangrove forest, some fine scenic spots as well as picturesque beaches. Pranburi River flows in the centre of the reserve.
The beaches are ideal for whiling away the hours soaking up the sun or indulging in water sports. Popular water sports and activities include canoeing, kayaking, snorkelling, speed boats trips, jet skis, banana boats, beach volleyball and football.
You'll find plenty of private spots on the beaches even on weekends when there is an influx of tourists from Bangkok. The popular beaches are lined with vendors to ensure that you don't go hungry or thirsty. You will also find some vendors from whom you can rent chairs and parasols or even buy handicrafts to take back as souvenirs.
Apart from the light snacks that you can buy from vendors, you can dine in the restaurants found in the resorts, small Thai-style eateries and is some fantastic seafood restaurants.
Those who find their holiday incomplete without a round of golf will not be disappointed. There are four world class golf courses to be found around Pranburi.
Built among a pineapple plantation, Banyan Golf Club is the newest of the Hua Hin golf courses. It provides spectacular mountain and ocean views from most all of the holes. Facilities include a contemporary Thai styled club house, full stocked pro shop, locker rooms, international restaurant and the Mulligan pub, which offers spectacular views over the golf course and mountains. The golf club also has four spa suites for the non-golfers.
The course is set in a valley, just next to the Black Mountains, which are so named because of the large black rocks set into the mountains, providing a nice backdrop to many of the holes. The course is ideal for both the average and skilled player. The clubhouse facilities on offer include fine dining in the restaurant, a well stocked golf shop and luxurious locker rooms.
Designed in 1992 by Robert McFarland, the course has an interesting seaside location and is surrounded on three sides by forested hills.
The natural jungle surroundings add to the pleasure of the game.
Nestled in between majestic mountains and facing spectacular tropical waters, the resort is ideal for rejuvenating in the lap of nature. You can pamper yourself to some relaxing therapies, massages and other wellness treatments.
Pranburi is ideal for those looking for a quiet holiday so is not exactly ideal for raucous nightlife activities. Nightlife here would mean a quiet dinner with your family, friends or your romantic half. For something more happening, you can go to Hua Hin which is about 25km away. Here you will find a variety of beer bars, local discos, and Western-style pubs.