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Explore the naturally illuminated caverns of Phraya Nakhon Cave. Rays of sun flowing in from openings at the roof light up the two caverns, making it a something of a surreal spot for pictures. Notice the natural stone bridges above the openings, which the wildlife use to scurry across overhead. The second cavern is famous for the Kuha Karuhas pavilion, originally built during King Rama V's reign in the 19th century. At certain times of day, the sunlight directly showers the altar, creating a mystical ambience. To visit Phraya Nakhon Cave and other attractions in Sam Roi Yot, use our Sam Roi Yot trip generator.
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Finally made it to the cave after wanting to come here for several months. It far exceeded expectations. We took the 400 baht boat (per boat) and did not regret that choice one bit once we saw the cli... more »
1hr ride from Hua Hin. I did the 430m hike up, really physical though and but it's worth it. PROPER FOOTWEAR is recommended as the path is steep with sharp rocks, another option is to pay for a boat r... more »
The hike to Phraya Nakhon Cave was one of the highlights of our recent holiday. The trek over the headland was pleasant, but if you are not up for a hike there is a little boat to take people to the s... more »
As already stated in the other reviews its a hard climb to the cave but certainly worth it. In addition to taking loads of water would recommend. 1) Go early for this gives the best lighting for photo's and avoids the crowds as it's popular. 2) Take the water taxi back but take the trail over the hill from the car park as there are some great view points. The trail up to the cave does not offer this due to tree cover. 3) Bring a change of clothes. You are going to get very sweaty. There are shower rooms at Bang Po Beach costing THB 10.
Its a good place to excercise. Its intermediate hiking. Don't wear slipper bring a sneaker and your good to go.
This is probably the main attraction of the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park and most of the tour companies will promote this site in their outings there. If you are doing the trip independently there is plenty of sign posting along the way providing direction to the car park and beach area, the starting point for the hike to the cave. One thing to keep in mind about cave tours is that when you see the word cave, you can immediately put the word hike before it; and the hike to Praya Nakhon is no exception. There are actually two hikes to get to the cave. The first one is from the start point at Bang Po Beach then up over the headland to the next beach south, Laem Sala. There is then a 500 meter flat walk through the forested beach area to the starting point for the final hike up the cliff face to the cave entrance. The sign at the bottom says 430 meters but half way up one may wonder if that is the actual track distance or elevation above sea level; particularly if you’ve done the hike over the headland as well. If you don’t have a good level of general fitness I would highly recommend foregoing the hike over the headland and taking the boat transfer (200 THB round trip) from the start point to the southern beach area to conserve energy levels. Once at the cave entrance though, the perspiration of getting there is well worth the effort as one enters the truly large and impressive Praya Nakhon Cave. The cave has large roof openings creating plenty of natural lighting within; so there’s no real need for a flashlight. The main feature of the cave is the small temple situated on a sand hillock in the inner chamber. The information plaque says the temple was erected approx. 200 years previously. For more info on Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, go to my travel blog: megaworldasia dot com
2 knolls to climb. Can skip the 1st knoll by taking a boat. Not for the weak hearted. The 2nd knoll hike to the cave is tiring. Entrance fee to the cave is 200baht. Boat ride to and fro is 200 baht
Wen Hann Chow
Close to nature. Quiet. And the caves were majestic! Enjoyable boat ride too!
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