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The Beauty of Khao Tao

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The Beauty of Khao Tao

Ban Khao Tao

You will find this idyllic location some 20 km south of Hua Hin, not too far off the main highway to Pranburi. It is a charming village best known for a wonderful secluded beach, which is separately named Hat Sai Noi. There are a number of beach restaurants that serve up delicious local food, seafood and drinks and they all have sun loungers and umbrellas.

Khao Tao fishing village

Khao Tao is becoming more widely known as a nice relaxing vacation spot south of the busier Hua Hin, which has retained it’s natural surroundings and an old way of living that has barely been affected by modern developments. It got it’s name from its turtle shaped rock outcrop (in Thai, khao = mountain, tao = turtle).

A quiet lake dedicated to HM the late King Bhumibol of Thailand.

Sai Noi Beach

Sai Noi Beach is relatively peaceful, so it’s a great choice for a day when you want to relax and enjoy the beach. It is a great place for drinking, sunbathing, and swimming, all without large throngs of tourists.

This is quite a small beach but it has a lot of amenities: sun beds, Thai massages, and Chang beers are all available here.

Sai Noi Beach

When you’re done sunbathing or getting your massage, you can wander to any one of the beach restaurants to get some local Thai cuisine, before taking a dip in the ocean. This is a gorgeous, secluded beach to spend time on and is a great way to take some time away from sightseeing – don’t miss it!

Khao Tao Temple

Even if you aren’t particularly interested in temples, the hillside location of the temple complex at Wat Tham Khao Tao provides some beautiful views over the Gulf of Thailand with Hua Hin stretching away in the distance to the north. The temple and various shrines here are a mix of Chinese and Thai influences with small caves and hollows holding Buddha images and carvings of other important figures such as Pra Mae Thoranee (Mother Earth)

Khao Tao Temple

f you don’t feel like tackling the steps that lead to the top of the hill, just have a rest and enjoy the sea breezes at the sala adjacent to the turtle shrine. But if you’ve made it here it would be a shame not to witness the views from the top of the hill where the giant seated Buddha image looks out to sea.

Khao Tao Temple

There is also a standing Buddha on a lower level and although it takes a little bit of effort to climb the steps all the way to the top, the views are ample reward.

Hua Hin Korea Golf Course.  

Designed in 1992 by Robert McFarland, the course has a feel of a “links” due to its seaside location and is surrounded on three sides by forested hills. The natural lie of the land makes for a large angle of elevation on most of the holes, which adds to the interest and challenge of the course.

 Hua Hin Korea Golf Course.  

Key features of the area are:

  • the long sandy Sai Yai and Suan Son beaches ideal for walking and kite-surfing, very popular with Thai tourists and sometimes busy over the holiday periods,
  • the cove of Sai Noi beach with several beach front seafood restaurants,
  • the large Chinese temple complex with interesting caves, statues, view points, and food outlets,
  • The Royal Summer Palace,
  • Khao tao lake, a nice place to relax or going fishing,
  • The 18 hole Hua Hin Korea Golf Course.

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