Prachuap Khiri Khan is located some 281 km. south of Bangkok. Acting as the gateway to the southern region of Thailand, the province connects with Chumphon in the south while its northern boundary is adjacent to Cha-am county in Phetchaburi province. Facing the Gulf of Thailand in the east, it is separated with Myanmar by the Tenasserim Mountains in the west.
Covering an area of about 6,367 sq.km., the province has a long, narrow terrain with the narrowest point of just 12 kilometres at Ban Khlong Wan. From north to south the province measures about 212 kilometres.
With the long range of mountains on the west and the sea on the east, the province has a beautiful variety of nature comprising sandy beaches, mountains, islands, caves, streams, waterfalls and fertile forests.
483,768 (end 2004) with 244,068 males and 239,700 females.
**Note** The total population includes only permanent residents.
Prachuap Khiri Khan is divided into 7 counties (amphoes) and 1 sub-county (king amphoe) : Amphoe Muang, Hua Hin, Bang Saphan, Bang Saphan Noi, Kui Buri, Pran Buri, Thap Sakae, and King Amphoe Sam Roi Yot.
The most important products are pineapples and coconuts. Thus a large variety of by-products of these fruits make popular souvenirs of the province. Other souvenirs include products from aloe veras and dried seafood.