Pranburi is the gateway to exploring nature's bounty. Nearby mangrove forests are convenient green escapes; 40km away is the bird-watching paradise Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, and 66km away is the serene Kuiburi National Park, where seeing elephants is almost guaranteed.

Sustainable travel company Exo Travel ( has a good database of tour operators in Khao Sam Roi Yot and Kuiburi National Parks.