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Continued from the entry Thailand – Laos: Day 3 – Part 1 – Good Morning Prachuap Khiri Khan. For pre-travel, please refer here.
Location: Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand
We woke up at 2.00 pm. It’s a bit too late. For those who just read the post, please refer to the previous post of the cause and why we got up late. Not intentional but because we felt very drowsy! As soon as we got up, we are ready to spend the day before the darkness begins at 6 pm. Ok, after getting ready, we left Maggie Guesthouse (MG) at 3.30 pm. Upon the front of the guesthouse, Nok was seen at the counter. She asked us, “where are you going?” I told her that we plan to go to Wing 5 and Ao Manao Beach (AMB). Then he telephoned a tuk-tuk motorcyclist (TM), to take us there. Our guide was riding full-time but at the same time, he was also a tourist guide.
In less than 10 minutes, our tour guide arrives. I told him about our plans to go to some places. As always, they are not fluent in English (except Nok), so it’s hard to tell about these two locations. Our tour guide took a while to understand, apparently it was my fault. The reason is that I thought Wing 5 and Ao Manao’s beaches are far apart, which is actually located in the same area. Here, Wing 5 is the English name for the Royal Thai Air Force Base while Ao Manao Beach is a beach located within its area.
I just noticed that we were going to hire the tour guide for the day considering that in order to go to Wing 5, we require a TM because it located in the Royal Thai Airforce base. After all, there is rarely any visible TM there. A one-way cost for TM is THB100 (3 persons). So, two-way is THB200. At PKK, the transportation system is only a TM type. I did not even see any lorry or van in the form of a tuk-tuk. There are no taxis as well.
Tip: If you want to go somewhere that is rare and hard to go, it is better to hire a return trip. There are also cases where TM rarely goes to where you want to go, will make existing TMs that already available there to charge more expensive because they feel that you are in desperate need of transport back to your hotel.
The first time I got to know about these two places is through Tripadvisor. And I see, there are not many or even no backpackers from Malaysia who have come here. So, this is a good opportunity for me to be popular in the Backpackers Buddies Malaysia group, Malaysian Backpackers Club or Thevocket.com. Hahahaha … just kidding. I am not desperate to gain popularity. After all, I have my own blog and there is no need to get popular in any other blog. Unless if this blog does not exist…
Aqif is already excited. He first chose to sit in front of TM. We are also worried and fortunately, there is a protective metal bar to avoid falling.
It is also fun to ride this type of tuk-tuk motorcycle. It looks small but can fit 3 adults and 1-2 young children excluding the riders.
For your knowledge, though Prachuap Khiri Khan (PKK) is only small, it is a state and Hua Hin and Cha-am are under its jurisdiction. In terms of entertainment and the speed of town development, Hua Hin is more prominent while Cha-am is ideal for leisure activities as well as on the beach. Shopping and entertainment? Hua Hin is perfect.
It looks like a Thai secondary school. I think that there may be no holidays in December as in Malaysia although it has been near the new year of 2017.
Video was taken around PKK City.
Upon arrival at Wing 5, there is a gate with the sign of Royal Thai Airforce. Getting into the military base is not very strict because it is located within the tourist area.
After entering the gate, TM will stop and we are directed to show passports and write down some of our details. No need to pay any entrance fees, all for free. If you bring a family, it’s only enough for a husband to show his passport. But do not worry, army officers here are good and very helpful. On the edge of the guardhouse, there was an old military airplane. It’s not a proper guardhouse but more like a big canvas tent.
This is the old airplane I mentioned earlier. Traveling to AMB beach in Wing 5 area is about 3 to 4km away from the main gate. Fortunately, the weather is very good that day. Interestingly, on the way there we crossed a runway! Very unique, we have never had such experiences before.
AMB beach location. For GPS position: 11.772626, 99.795617
On our way inside, I snap some pictures. It looks like a children’s playground. There may be government quarters here.
Remember the pictures of the hills that I snap in the early dawn? This is the hill from close range.
Haa … this is one of a unique experience in Wing 5. We need to cross the runway! Nothing similar can be found in Malaysia.
View of the runway to our right. There is no structure here. There are only open space and grassy grounds. No one wants to build a house beside the runway, right? Only crazy people do …
There is a lake here. But we didn’t stop because the scenery here was just ordinary.
I assume this is a department and training ground for a military dog or “K9 unit”. The building looks hidden from the outside, probably deep into the lane on the right.
Army quarters in Wing 5.
We’re almost near the AMB beach. While here, we forgot to visit this playground as entertainment for Aqif to play although we had already taken pictures of this area. Probably because our eyes are captivated by the beauty of the hills there.
There are also many local tourists here. Foreign tourists are a bit here and maybe because they don’t know this place or this place is too underrated.
This is not a market but a food court. For Muslims, there is no halal food here and we have checked all over the place.
Here is an example of the type of TM we used to ride. See the yellow sign on the left? TM riders drop us off there. Then he asked how long we would be at the AMB beach and would we go for a swim on the beach? We said that we wouldn’t swim and just enjoy the scenery and that an hour would be enough. So, at 5.00 pm, he would come back to the yellow sign waiting for us.
If you want to swim here, spending 2 hours here is enough. The sea is not so turbulent compared to the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia because it is located in a gulf link surrounded by hills and small islands in the middle of the sea.
Upon arriving at Ao Manao Beach, we are treated to a beautiful view of the landscape. WOW, the beauty of the panoramas is amazing. See, there are many tourists, especially locals.
There, the view of the hills from behind. Soon I will show you the same picture but this time it is almost evening and the sunlight is reflected on the surface of the hill.
My position is to the right of the AMB beach. There are also many hills with a unique shape.
While we were taking pictures, Aqif playing with the sand beaches here.
Taking a break for a while.
After the panoramic view, we headed to the food court.
I forgot how much it cost is the entrance fee for the toilet. But don’t worry, it’s cheap.
An animal-shaped landscape in front of a public toilet.
I purposedly stand in the middle of the street to take a picture of the atmosphere here. In front of me is the direction to return to PKK Town. I think we’re at the end of the AMB beach here.
Our first food court is here. This place is more open-air and more lively. Unfortunately, no stall selling halal food.
Since we hadn’t eaten lunch yet, our stomachs were starting to ring. So, anything that we found here and suitable to eat, we’ll then proceed. So, we ordered kiwi fruit and blueberries and ice cream.
This woman is preparing our juice. I guess all the food/drinks here are halal based on the content and ingredients sold.
For those of you who want to know the location of this booth, use the above picture of the booth for guidance. The booth is referring to the three men standing there.
Aqif’s face when eating ice cream!
‘Lunch’. Fortunately, I brought the dates I bought yesterday at Hat Yai. While I was hanging around I saw some westerners here too. Some of them rent large motorcycles like Harley Davidson. They just came, drank and eating fruit and enjoyed the scenery here without a word and then gradually returned to their hotel.
Forget to tell you that the price of juice drinks here is not expensive. Only THB25.
After that, we headed to another booth in hopes of some halal food to eat. Suddenly I found an instant porridge. Porridge is usually halal, after all, it is just rice porridge and vegetables. Once I saw a small icon shaped like a pig … so this is a pork flavor porridge and canceled my intention to buy it.
I assume that all the stalls selling food in AMB here are not 100% halal. So here’s a tip for Muslims. Before you arrive, have lunch somewhere or bring a snack. Or, do as what we did by ordering only fruit juice and ice cream.
Since there was still time, we headed back to the beach. It’s great here because the area is still not crowded with tourists. If you want to sit at the seashore tables it is possible but you need to order a drink. Not sure what type of drink served there. But I saw a lot of soda drinks like Coke. Since I have a gastric ulcer, so we always avoid drinking sodas. But I think the drinks here might be a little expensive because at the same time we have to ‘rent’ the chairs and tables here.
This is a picture of a table and chair by the beach.
Suddenly I got excited for the second time. That’s it! The scene is the same but it is more spectacular than before. My suggestion is, if you want to come here, the best time is between 4 pm-5 pm as the sun is starting to set. So, the reflection of the light will hit the hills in the middle of the sea and the scenery is even more spectacular. Well, I’ll show you some more pictures …
It is not certain whether this is a type of mangrove tree or a common tree that shows off its roots because of the erosion of the ocean waves. Regardless, the root form is very interesting. At 5.00 pm, we headed back to the yellow sign we arrived earlier. When we get there, the TM riders have already arrived! One of the things I love about Thai culture is that they value time and keep their promises.
Videos around Ao Manao beach taken by Tatie.
TM riders suggested that we go to Wat Ao Noi, which is a very interesting Wat and located near a beach. I asked for the price and the fare is the same as the Wing 5 which is THB100 one way, so the round trip amount is THB200. It is 8km from AMB beach. Since it was still an hour before dark, I agreed to go there by adding THB200.
Why do I like PKK Town? Because here is the only bay on the east coast of southern Thailand.
Note: After returning from travel, I just noticed that Wing 5 has its own location and beaches. I thought that the beach in Wing 5 referring to Ao Manao beach. So if you decide to visit here, try to ask for more information from the TM riders.
We continue the story in another post, Thailand Travel – Laos: Day 3 – Part 3 – Wat Ao Noi.