Phra Nang Beach - Krabi
Railay Peninsula Beaches0
Phra Nang Beach (not to be confused with nearby Ao Nang) is the southern strip of sand in Railay Bay. With 450 metres in length, and reachable in a mere 20-minute long-tail boat trip directly from Ao Nang, or by foot from Railay East (about 10-minute walk) if you are already on the peninsula, it is more popular and busier than Railay West during high season (Nov- April).
With duvet-soft sand, clear shallow water for safe swimming, two small islands (Koh Rang Nok and Nai), coral reef, and caves, Ao Phra Nang has all the ingredients of a perfect beach. All this, set against a backdrop of picturesque limestone cliffs that provide natural shade from the hot afternoon sun, and offer rock climbers one of the most stunning sites for this thrilling activity in Krabi Province.Read More
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At the bottom of the limestone cliffs lies the Princess Cave or Tham Phra Nang Nok. Dedicated to an ancient fertility goddess, the cave contains a strange combination of large phallic symbols (lingams), garlands and offerings in the hope of increased potency and prosperity. A bizarre sight for some foreign visitors, local fishermen still leave offerings even though it became a local tourist attraction. A second cave - right next to the original - is also used for offerings and prayers; it contains the same kind of items as the original cave.
Adventurous explorers can also find a cave at the western end of the beach: accessible with the help of ropes, it is not a too challenging hike, and the reward is a fantastic view to the Andaman Sea and the islands lying off the coast.
Phra Nang is a great beach to simply hang out. Just offshore, are the two tiny islands mentioned above, which you can walk to at low tide along a sand bar and go snorkelling. There's only one accommodation option on Phra Nang Beach, the deluxe Rayavadee Resort which unobtrusively occupies part of the beach. At lunch time, long-tail boats customized as floating kitchens beach along the shore to serve a great choice of local and international dishes as well as fresh drinks to hungry beachgoers.
Phra Nang Beach
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- How to get there: From Ao Nang, get a long-tail boat ticket (100 baht) at the booth located along the beach road (toward its southern end). You also could join a half or full island-hopping day trip by speedboat.