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    Khao Chong Krajok temple in Prechuap Khiri Khan

    I got driving yesterday and headed to Prechaup Khiri Khan. Being I have never been there I thought what the hell. The ride was Ok but the road after Pran Buri gets to be quite rough and you fight the pineapple trucks for lane positions heading into the turns. Its a bit of NASACR style driving. I was up for the challenge even though the GF was white knuckled. I am a full believer you have to drive like a Thai to be on the roads here. I actually like it...But that's me.

    Anyway we got to Prechaup Khiri Khan.

    My GF immediately said "Hey, lets got to that temple on the top of the mountain".

    I said "sure whatever".

    Well when we parked and I looked up I thought who in their right mind would build a place with that many stairs, are they crazy?...where in the hell is the elevator

    So we walked across the street and got to base of stairs. There we were immediately met by a monkey(One of many on the journey up). This one was especially cheery as his dick was hanging out with monkey cheeze whiz all around it. Nice way to start the trek.

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    First leg of stairs
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    As we reached the first resting point(the only one about half way up) the view down to the new temple was pretty spectacular.

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    The second leg of the trek up


    After reaching the top as I tired of my GF asking me to carry her virtually every other step it it was worth it. The view was pretty nice. We were met with a nice ocean breeze and suprisingly on a Sunday there was no one there.

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    We rested a bit, watched the monkeys do crazy shit off the cliffs then decided to head down. The trek down for my GF was easy. I pushed her...solved the piggy back issue I was bound to be asked.....

    All kidding aside it was a pretty cool place and view.

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    Lovely place. Been going there for five years. One can stay reasonably cheap on the Air force base hotel. Private beach mostly inhabited by Thai's. Great waterfront boardwalks, peaceful and clean. High season draws some foreigners but not too many as in Hua Hin. Mostly government workers and educators there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt View Post
    Lovely place. Been going there for five years. One can stay reasonably cheap on the Air force base hotel. Private beach mostly inhabited by Thai's. Great waterfront boardwalks, peaceful and clean. High season draws some foreigners but not too many as in Hua Hin. Mostly government workers and educators there.
    ^ Yes the beaches were absolutely spotless and free of people. In fact the entire area from the main road to beach front area was very very clean. I did not see any foreigners there. I suspect that the reason why is it is not an foreigner accessible friendly. No airport, not a quick drive from Chumphon or Hua Hin and I did not see any seedy bars along the water front, mostly little restaurants and coffee shops. My GF, after regaining conscientiousness from her quick trip down, said it really is the "Capital" of the surrounding cities and is kept up well.

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    Thanks for posting. Nice little town Prachchuap. Past through there and had lunch a few months back. Definately worth a stay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ltnt View Post
    Lovely place. Been going there for five years. One can stay reasonably cheap on the Air force base hotel. Private beach mostly inhabited by Thai's. Great waterfront boardwalks, peaceful and clean. High season draws some foreigners but not too many as in Hua Hin. Mostly government workers and educators there.
    ^ Yes the beaches were absolutely spotless and free of people. In fact the entire area from the main road to beach front area was very very clean. I did not see any foreigners there. I suspect that the reason why is it is not an foreigner accessible friendly. No airport, not a quick drive from Chumphon or Hua Hin and I did not see any seedy bars along the water front, mostly little restaurants and coffee shops. My GF, after regaining conscientiousness from her quick trip down, said it really is the "Capital" of the surrounding cities and is kept up well.
    Yes your GF is quit right. It is the capitol of the Proveince of Khiri Khan. So often people reply when you tell them about it, "Oh, you mean Hua Hin?" No, its 81 Klicks south from Hua Hin on Hwy 4.

    Seedy is not to be found there, however one may find night life bars and a few off the beaten path massage parlors. Prices are dirt cheap for food and hotels and property sales.

    The slow lifestyle exhibited there is very conducive to wanting to remain for extended periods of time. There's a 9 hole golf course on the military base but is not kept up to par. 300 baht a round. Challenging when playing as the greens are ridiculously small.

    If you drive through the Air Force gate you can cruz further south along the ocean to a mini fishing village as well as a huge government holiday facility with marine museums and other historical entertainment venues.

    If you drive north along the waterfront you come to a huge Wat that has been mostly deserted much of the year but appeals to the Bangkok style Buddhists retreat several times a year.

    In the main center of town there's an open food mall that opens nightly for the locals. It has numerous specialty shops and varying varieties of sea food. Very pleasant atmosphere and friendly curious people. We have never experienced the negative looks one gets with a mixed marriage. We are very comfortable here and often take short trips to there to rejuvenate our lives and reasons for being in Thailand.

    If you remember Thailand 30 years ago, then this is the place for you. Sabai, Sabai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    I got driving yesterday and headed to Prechaup Khiri Khan. Being I have never been there I thought what the hell. The ride was Ok but the road after Pran Buri gets to be quite rough and you fight the pineapple trucks for lane positions heading into the turns. Its a bit of NASACR style driving. I was up for the challenge even though the GF was white knuckled. I am a full believer you have to drive like a Thai to be on the roads here. I actually like it...But that's me.

    Anyway we got to Prechaup Khiri Khan.
    Fantastic you should happen to make this posting. I'm the guy who was going to get back to you when I saw this other posting you had made on another subject thread. (just got delayed a few days with local trips around KK)
    As for living in Prechuap Khiri Khan, I think it is stellar. I actually live in Cha am which is in the Phetchaburi province but from Cha Am down it has an awesome blend of mountains with a good ocean breeze. There are so many empty quiet beaches. I enjoy riding my bike to the beach and walking/jogging along the waterline. I personally do not recommend Hua Hin as I do not care to run into tourists all the time and pay a "Farang" fee(as my GF jokes about) for everything. It is congested most of the time and during holiday seasons it is jammed. Cha am, Pran Buri, Kui Buri, Thap Sakae are very very nice. COL is very affordable in all those places. If you love fresh seafood then you definitely want to live down this way. .

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2
    where in the hell is the elevator
    I have a set of photos almost identical to yours! Bloody hard work, all those steps. Mrs benbaaa was the sensible one. She stayed with the monkeys down the bottom and "looked after the bags".

    Here's one of mine:


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    You can just see the Navy airstrip in the distance.

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    I'm in the boat business part time (at least what remains of it at present), and I need to make a trip down to Conburi and Pattaya here in the next several weeks to visit a couple of boat yards.

    I then wanted to escape that area and come over to visit this area you describe. I had in mind renting a vehicle in Conburi and driving over to that location on the west shore of the Gulf. First problem is my Thai wife who is a very good driver is just opposed to driving in areas foreign to her. I've told her thats fine I'm an excellent driver. But she still balks at the idea and says lets get a vehicle with driver for hire or take the train or bus.

    Okay, whatever to get over to the area. Then how would you suggest we travel along the coast going south to Prechaup to really explore all of the local subilites?? I like to take my time and explore by in my own vehicle (without a hired driver), but your experience along this route makes it sound a little scary for my wife. I want her to enjoy the trip as well. What would you suggest as to how I can explore this area for 3-4 days or a week??

    I would also be interested in looking into possible locations to put a liveaboard vessel, or Thai style houseboat I have in mind building. This idea originated a couple of years ago when I began to think of a 'shore side cottage' that we might spend some time in away from the northestern KK town for portions of the year. Any safe harbors/rivers/marinas along this stretch of coast?
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    Another one of mine:


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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    The second leg of the trek up


    After reaching the top as I tired of my GF asking me to carry her virtually every other step it it was worth it. The view was pretty nice. We were met with a nice ocean breeze and suprisingly on a Sunday there was no one there.
    I've got some great 'step photos' as well, but I need to figure out how to add an image to these forums. I looked thru the instructions a few days ago, but it sure sounded complicated compared to a number of boating forums I belong to.

    Is it easier to create the images of the gallery section of the forum, or have them in an outside location?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianxx
    Is it easier to create the images of the gallery section of the forum, or have them in an outside location?
    The Gallery is how I do it.

    Open the Gallery in a new tab
    Hover mouse over the little Home icon
    Click Upload file
    Click Choose file
    Navigate to the image you want to upload and select it
    Scroll down and click Continue
    Click Continue again
    Select an Album and click Continue again
    Click Continue again
    Scroll down to Last Additions
    Click the thumbnail
    Click the picture to see the full size
    Right click in the picture and copy the image URL
    Come back to this tab
    In the quick reply box click on the yellow postcard icon
    Copy the image URL into the dialogue box
    Click Post Quick Reply

    Seventeen steps. What could be simpler?
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    Quote Originally Posted by benbaaa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by brianxx
    Is it easier to create the images of the gallery section of the forum, or have them in an outside location?
    The Gallery is how I do it.

    Open the Gallery in a new tab
    Hover mouse over the little Home icon
    Click Upload file
    Click Choose file
    Navigate to the image you want to upload and select it
    Scroll down and click Continue
    Click Continue again
    Select an Album and click Continue again
    Click Continue again
    Scroll down to Last Additions
    Click the thumbnail
    Click the picture to see the full size
    Right click in the picture and copy the image URL
    Come back to this tab
    In the quick reply box click on the yellow postcard icon
    Copy the image URL into the dialogue box
    Click Post Quick Reply

    Seventeen steps. What could be simpler?
    I actually use PhotoBucket.

    Upload file to PB
    Copy image from PB
    In the quick reply box click on the yellow postcard icon
    Paste image link in dialogue box

    4 steps

    I have had little success using TD's gallery

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    Loved my few days in Prachuap and also visited the temple.

    Have to say found the monkeys quite aggressive. A French couple in front of us got to the top of the steps and where the gates are into the temple around 2 big monkeys and 3 smaller ones were blocking the way.

    As they tried to get through the monkeys jumped at them and started grabbing them (they did have a bag with them) and the French quickly made a hasty retreat (no change there then!!).

    We all stood around for a bit down the stairs deciding what to do and my missus was saying she didn't fancy it and the French clearly didn't!!

    I thought bollocks to this I couldn't bring myself to flap it from a bunch of monkeys so made my way up, a smaller monkey jumped out at me and hissed so I jumped at it and hissed louder (sounds ridiculous now) and it ran off ha ha!

    Walked through the bigger ones who looked up at me, almost gave me a nod of recognition and then went back to doing whatever they were doing. I walked into the right hand side and there was some Danish hippy doing a hand stand at the top. Odd.

    I had a little look around and took some pictures and then started hearing loads of smashing. Went out to by the front temple and it was the monkeys on the roof ripping the tiles off and launching them below all around me.

    I decided at this time I'd seen enough of the temple and left. Not in a French retreating way though you understand?

    Surreal afternoon to say the least.

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    ^ Amazing Thailand. Nice tale, cheers.

    Check out when I was chased by an elephant down there.

    http://teakdoor.com/thailands-travel...ased-wild.html (Phra Khiri Khan, and being chased by a wild elephant.)

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    Ha ha that's a great read! Money can't buy experiences like that!

    Wouldn't have fancied being caught by the fucker though.

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    The Macaque monkeys are fairly aggressive and a couple of the locals make a living from selling food to tourists for the 'poor monkeys' and this is contributing to their bad behaviour. They crap all over the stairs and the smell is foul.

    Still on the simian theme, when you do get to the top you can play 'spot the farang' as the Wat overlooks the PKK Monkey House.

    In the OPs fourth or fifth picture is a chain of small islands in the bay. The highest peak is Khao Lom Muak and is actually attached to the mainland. This hill is within the Wing 5 airbase and is climbable but some sections are steep and you need to haul yourself up with the aid of a rope.

    Apart from the view from the top which is very good, the hill provides a sanctuary for the Spectacled Langour monkeys which are extremely cute and usually provide excellent photo and 'ooh' 'aah' opportunities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by benbaaa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by brianxx
    Is it easier to create the images of the gallery section of the forum, or have them in an outside location?
    The Gallery is how I do it.

    Open the Gallery in a new tab
    Hover mouse over the little Home icon
    Click Upload file
    Click Choose file
    Navigate to the image you want to upload and select it
    Scroll down and click Continue
    Click Continue again
    Select an Album and click Continue again
    Click Continue again
    Scroll down to Last Additions
    Click the thumbnail
    Click the picture to see the full size
    Right click in the picture and copy the image URL
    Come back to this tab
    In the quick reply box click on the yellow postcard icon
    Copy the image URL into the dialogue box
    Click Post Quick Reply

    Seventeen steps. What could be simpler?
    I actually use PhotoBucket.

    Upload file to PB
    Copy image from PB
    In the quick reply box click on the yellow postcard icon
    Paste image link in dialogue box

    4 steps

    I have had little success using TD's gallery
    Probably because your uploading directly from your host.
    You'll find decent results if loaded into your TD gallery first and than post.

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    ....seventeen steps....what could be easier?
    Loved that one. It's certainly a lot easier on a number of boating forums I contribute to based USA. I guess its all in the software used for the site?

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    ....and I was planning on visiting that area to look for seaside retreat

    British man, wife murdered in Thai resort

    BANGKOK, March 14, 2012 (AFP) - An elderly British man and his Thai wife were robbed and beaten to death by three men, including a chef and a security guard, at a beach resort in Thailand, police said Wednesday.


    A worker at the resort in Thap Sakae district of Prachuap Khiri Khan province, 280 kilometres (180 miles) south of Bangkok, found the badly beaten bodies of Michael Raymond, 68 and Suchada Baokhamdee, 52, Tuesday afternoon in their beach front bungalow.

    "They were beaten with a chair and other hard objects," case officer Captain Winai Raila-aied told AFP by telephone.

    Police have arrested three Thai men, including two resort staff and a villager, who all confessed to robbery and murder.

    "At first two suspects -- a chef and a security guard -- admitted they had robbed the couple of 2,000 baht ($67), a mobile phone and a Bangkok Bank ATM card," Winai said.

    "Now all three have confessed to their wrongdoing," he said.

    The couple had checked in at the resort on the Gulf of Thailand a day earlier.

    Winai said Raymond had lived in the northeastern Thai province of Khon Kean for two years since he got married.

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    The pics are absolutely lovely. Need to keep it in me=ind the next time im passing through.

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    There is a nice hotel round the left hand side of the temple called 'Golden Beach Hotel'. From the outside it looks naff, but inside it is rather nice and priced at 700bht. We used to stay at the military base but the rooms here are better.

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    The photo in my Nik is the view from the Military hotel.

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    Great posts. My wife and I plan on spending a day or two there on our way back from Koh Samui in January.


    Too bad about the murders. Knowing Thai mindsets, I would guess that the Brit and/or his wife did something to piss one of the staff off. Sometimes that's all it takes to get marked as a "target" (although sometime it is just bad luck, being in the wrong place at the wrong time).

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