Published/Last edited or updated: 8th December, 2020
Khao Lommuak is a rugged limestone peak at the southern end of Prachuap Khiri Khan, just on the far side of the airforce base, and is the highest peak in the immediate area.
If you look carefully from the beach road you’ll spy a small Buddhist sala and Thai flag at the summit—yes you can climb to the top!
You’ll need to have a fair degree of fitness and be good with heights as the climb up is quite strenuous while on the climb down you’ll almost be abseiling down a couple of four to six metre near–vertical rock faces. There are ropes when needed, but a couple really need to be replaced, so take care. Also wear decent shoes—we wouldn’t recommend doing this in flipflops.
The climb takes about an hour each way and begins from behind the historical park within the airforce base, where there is a family of gorgeous dusty langurs (a striking contrast to the feral beasts at Khao Chong Krachok). It starts with stairs and the trail is clear the whole way up. It is difficult in parts, so take care.
At the summit, ring the temple bell, take in the amazing views and watch the planes coming and going at the base. Legend has it the Japanese hid gold in caves within this peak, so keep your eye out for glittery stuff.
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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