We stayed some days at Prachuap Khiri Khan. As part of our training we wanted to bike some long distances and we were looking for good bicycles to rent. Prachuap has many nice places to visit and some national parks nearby.
The idea was biking in the area about 50-60 kilometers every day and that’s something you cannot do with the normal bicycles that you will find in almost every corner of the village.
It was not easy to find it but there is a bike shop in Prachuap Khiri Khan that also rents decent bicycles, mountain bikes and pro gear.
The name on google maps is ร้านเจพีไบค์ช็อป that google translates as “JB Bike Shop”
and the address is 209 Maharaj 2 Road in Prachuap Khiri Khan 77000, Thailand. It’s very close to the “steak” restaurant.
The owner is very friendly, speaks a good level of English and I t’s very easy to communicate with him.
Overall, we found that the service is excellent and the rates too.
We had to buy a lock for the bike but it was inexpensive.
If you need to rent a good bike in the area you can follow this link to google maps:
209 ถ.มหาราช 2 ประจวบฯเมือง Chang Wat Prachuap Khiri Khan 77000, Thailand
+66 98 560 5964
As a reference, we include as well some pictures taken from the web.
It’s hard to find good bicycles to rent but not impossible 🚴 🚴
35 km from Prachuap Khiri Khan is Namtok Huay Yang National Park where a 7-tier waterfall is the main attraction. It’s not far from the border considering that here is where the Thai territory narrows down to only 11 km from the coast of the Gulf of Thailand to Myanmar.
We rented a car (1000 bath/day) and after visiting the border market in Darn Singkorn in the early morning we drove to this national park where we paid 230 bath entrance fee (100 bath per person + 30 bath for the car).
Though we read that it’s a 7 level waterfall, we couldn’t find a way to go beyond level 5.
Almost every level has a bathing pools and every pool is full of small fish that will swim with you. 🐟 🐟
The park is very well maintained and very clean and you will can find some guards around, keeping an eye on the visitors and helping you if you have doubts about the paths.
At the entrance there is a camping site and a small restaurant selling cold drinks and Thai snacks.
It definitely worth a visit.
A big positive surprise was visiting Kuiburi National Park. A small national park southwest of Khao Sam Roi Yot. In Kuiburi or Kui Buri Nation lives one of Thailand’s largest herds of wild elephants (around 230 animals according to Lonely Planet, rangers couldn’t confirm the number).
You just need to be aware that it not a zoo and that spotting wildlife can take a long time and it may not happen at all. You have to be patient, very patient. Otherwise it’d be better to interact with tamed elephants in Chiang Mai province, where you can even have a bath with them.
We visited the park I a rainy day (by suggestion of the operator arranging the transfer in spite of we wanted to go the following day expected to be drier and warmer. Visits are arranged at the park office and you have to accompanied by a ranger and a driver.
We drove in the park for hours and see nothing besides some water buffalos in the distance. And after hours of waiting at the different observation points we spotted 3 adult and 2 young elephants among the trees some 400-500 meters away. Very disappointing indeed.
It was raining and some of the vehicles started to drive back to the park office because the visitors wanted to leave. Fortunately we were one of the last groups leaving the observation point. And I say fortunately because then it happened.
A big family of wild elephants crossing our path, massive, surrounding by white egrets, moving slowly towards us and passing in front of us. It was amazing to see them, majestic. And the most awesome was that they were not performing for tourists, they were just living their lives in the jungle. And we, just mere observers.
It was a pity for those who left the park earlier, out of patience.
They missed them.
Waiting for the elephants: photo by Gus Martinié ©
This morning we are moving from Hat Yai to Trang to cross to the islands in the Andaman Sea.
From the hotel we came by tuk-tuk (60 baths) to the bus station in the southern part of the city. This is where the buses to Phuket depart from. It was early in the morning and it was not hard to find the minibuses going to Trang. In fact, we were literally conduced to them after saying just “Trang”.
We both slept very well last night so it happened that this morning we didn’t have 100 bath face but 170 bath.
That was the price the minivan drivers offer us, per person. Plus an additional 170 bath for the luggage though we knew that the price was just 100 bath.
Besides considering whether it was a fair price or not, the 70 bath difference wouldn’t be significant if you covert it to euros (around 2,50€) but here came the discovery (that we haven’t found in our travel guides):
There are also regular buses between Trang and Hat Yai, much more spacious than a minivan and with airco.
The price is only 209 bath per person (luggage included) and tu don’t need to travel tightly packed in a full minivan.
So here we are, on our way to Trang and then to the islands in the Andaman sea. And the sun is shining.
- Don’t panic if everything around you is in Thai language and you cannot understand
- Be cautious with free-lance people in the bus/train stations
- Use the tourist information desks when you are in doubt
- Check other alternatives before accepting what seems “non-negotiable” conditions