The area around Huai Yang is very beautiful and has two national parks. One a few miles up in the mountains and one marine reserve a couple of miles to the north. The nearest area around the village is a mixture of forest, agriculture and coconut and pineapple plantations. The neighbouring village of Thap Sakae, that's given the district it's name, is also a fishing village and is known for its fine coconuts and fruit plantations.
The province capital of Prachuap Khiri Khan is about 15 miles north of Ban Huai Yang and have approx 15000 residents. The city is old but was abandoned 1767 when the kingdom of Ayutthaya fell, and was rebuilt in 1845. The centre is fairly small and there are few tourists. There are a lot of shops and restaurants including more than twenty clothing shops and a gigantic lamp shop, they also have a golf course along the fantastic lagoon outside Manao Beach. Here is also a big market and a tourist office that readily helps and there are also guided tours in and around the city. In the midst of the centre lies the beautiful Temple Mountain, also nicked Monkey Mountain since there are wild monkeys living there. In the evenings they come down to drink and bath in the fountain.
Hua Hin is the oldest tourist resort in Thailand. Here's many tourists, both foreign and rich Thais. Here you find several golf courses, bars, sport activities, guided tours, luxury hotels and all other things to expect from a modern tourist city. Because of the tourism the prices here is somewhat higher than in other places in the area. It's a bit more laid back here than in most tourist cities and the nightlife is not quite as wild.