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Pranburi Forest Park (Wana Utthayan Pran)

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Located around 25 km south of downtown Hua Hin, this small national park has one of the most extensive mangrove forest walkways in Thailand.

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Mangrove trees blanket most of the park’s nearly 800 acres, with a pine-fringed beach on one side and a rock formation known as the Ram’s Head, reachable after a two km hike inland, on the other. Initiated by the Thai royal family in the early 1980s, the forest was reestablished on land once occupied by shrimp farms.

It’s always a bit dark beneath the mangrove canopy, where creepy arm-like roots pierce the murky sediment that supports a healthy crab population. This is also a decent bird-watching destination, with kingfishers among the species commonly spotted. A lookout tower affords splendid views of the mangroves from above, while the Ram’s Head overlooks not only the forest but also Pranburi river and the sea.

Bring some decent shoes if you plan to make it all the way up to the Ram’s Head, which requires a rugged climb relying on pre-fastened ropes in places. While the beach is usually quiet and great for a picnic, it’s not so good for swimming as the water stays shallow for a long way out. Boats can be hired in nearby Pak Nam Pran village for a tour of the river (400 baht for a 40-minute tour). The park makes a pleasant stop-off on a daytrip that could also include Khao Tao or one of the other outlying beaches.


How to get there
Hop on Route 4 south out of Hua Hin and take a left onto Route 3168 when you see signs for Pak Nam Pran, then go right at the fork if you want to go straight to the park, or left to check out Pak Nam Pran fishing village first. From there you can also follow the seaside road to the park. A handful of restaurants and resorts are found along this road, and campers can set up a tent for 30 baht per night. Admission to the park is free.

Pranburi Forest Park (Wana Utthayan Pran)
25 km south of Hua Hin

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