Prachuap Khiri Khan has a solid selection of guesthouses and hotels to choose from.
The Hadthong offers great views over the bay but the rooms themselves are rather basic -- clean but somewhat average. Bathrooms in particular are small and beds sport towels as blankets, which is not unusual in Thai guesthouses in a lower price bracket, but surprising in a proper hotel. Breakfast is included and massage, snooker and an inviting swimming pool are available. While you'll get better... Read our full review of Hadthong Hotel.
Maggie's is a rambling homestay in an old wooden Thai house a short walk from the centre of Prachuap Khiri Khan's beach. It's a homestay in the true nature of the word and feels more like you're staying over at a friend's house rather than just passing through. There's a large and very well shaded garden area littered with tables and seating and a large platform with some well-aged axe-cushions... Read our full review of Maggie's Homestay.
Set way down towards the southern end of the beach, and slightly set back from the road, Sun Beach Guesthouse is a good hideaway from the rest of town for those looking for creature comforts without staying in a big hotel. Unexpectedly empty given its location, spick-and-span appearance and great value prices, it looks slightly like something from a Spanish resort -- in a charming way. Staff are... Read our full review of Sun Beach Guesthouse.
From outside the Prachuap Beach Hotel bears a likeness to a decaying house all in white, but inside is a very different story. A sleek modern reception area is made up of classy browns, and with some snazzy business cards ready for guests. The brightly coloured rooms are equally pleasing, boasting large beds and bathrooms, TV, fridge, free WiFi and big windows that make the most of the view,... Read our full review of Prachuap Beach Hotel.
Old and weathered, the Yuttichai is a stone's throw from the train station and very close to the night market in the centre of town. It offers great value, very basic rooms and friendly service, and remains one of the best spots in Prachuap for those travelling on a tight budget. There are two room choices: smaller wooden fan rooms upstairs above the reception entrance with shared bathrooms and,... Read our full review of Yuttichai Hotel.
With signs that proclaim 'Zimmer' and 'Swiss Sausage', the extravagant frontage at Ning's Place gives off a distinctly Rasta vibe. The Thai and Austrian owners are a friendly pair and create an atmosphere almost as bright as the paintjob they've given the place. We couldn't see any rooms when we visited as the place was full -- a good sign in itself -- but downstairs it has a pleasant, relaxed... Read our full review of Ning's Place.
Head north from Khao Chong Krachok and over the bridge as the road follows Prachuap Bay for another three to four kilometres. Here the beach is quieter though still not great for swimming, until it reaches the limestone massif which marks the northern end of the bay. Here the road forks left for a couple of kilometres until you reach the small fishing village of Ban Ao Noi, situated at the northernmost end of pretty Ao Noi. The beach here is relatively secluded and clean and good for swimming.
Few visitors venture out to the town of Ban Klong Wan, small but full of energy and very authentically Thai. Just continue past Ao Manao to reach it -- about eight kilometres in total from Prachuap Kiri Khan. Ao Noi to the north gets more of the attention, but there's nothing wrong with the seafront at Haad Klong Wan at all -- the beach is just as pleasant and, while accommodation options are limited, there are good places to stay.
On the outskirts of Prachuap, about a kilometre north of town on the way to Ao Noi are a few guesthouses that may tickle your fancy. Prachuap's kite-surfing scene is based out of this area across March through to May.
The amazing views here render the Golden Beach Hotel worthy of a far higher price tag -- choose from the show-stopping view of the sea and mangrove trees on the river that snakes behind the hotel, or the equally pleasant sea and mountain view. While the hotel certainly doesn't look like much from outside, the rooms are pretty smart, clean and very well-sized. Free WiFi is available. Staff are... Read our full review of Golden Beach Hotel.