|Capital: Prachuap Khiri Khan
Area: 6,367.6 km2
Density: 78 /km2
|Town and Districts|
|Prachuap, Khiri Khan ,Kui Buri,Thap Sakae ,Bang Saphan , Bang Saphan Noi ,Pran Buri ,Hua Hin ,Sam Roi Yot |
|General Information |
|Prachuap Khiri Khan is located some 281 kilometers south of Bangkok and borders Phetchaburi to the North, Chumporn to the South , Gulf of Thailand to the East and the Union of Myanmar to the West. Prachuap Khiri Khan is now divided into 7 districts and 1 sub-district: Amphoe Muang, Amphoe Bang Saphan, Amphoe Bang Saphan Noi, Amphoe Hua Hin, Amphoe Kui Buri, Amphoe Pran Buri, Amphoe Thap Sakae, and King Amphoe Sam Roi Yot.|
The old town was abandoned during the fall of Ayutthaya. There is a new settlement built in 1845 in the reign of King Rama IV. The province, today, is more famous for its natural charm of beaches and mountains than historical attractions. Hua Hin, its major attraction, is one of Thailand's most popular seaside resorts among overseas visitors as well as Thais.
The long coast to the Gulf of Thailand has many sandy beaches, the most famous one being at Hua Hin, which has been a popular resort since King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) built a summer palace there. From the coast the land quickly rises into the mountain chain which forms the border to Myanmar, the highest elevation in the province being the 1494-meter-high Khao Luang. Due to this narrow watershed the rivers in the province are all small, the only bigger one is the Pran Buri River in the north of the province.
The Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park was established in 1966 to protect Thailand's largest freshwater marshes, but also contains some mangrove woods and mudflats. Most of the marshes were converted into shrimp farms, despite being in a national park.