Phraya Nakhon Cave, Sam Roi Yot

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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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  • We are quite experienced hikers, yet after reading many dramatic reviews here on TA I was in doubts whether visiting this place is a good idea - especially as we were traveling with our 2 yo (in a bab...  more »
  • Quite the hike up to the top, but worth it! We took a boat from the ticket office and that is highly recommended.  more »
  • Located approximately 35 kilometres south of Hua Hin. The name of the cave is given in honor of one of the Governors, which it discovered and used as a refuge for a few days during tropical storms. This is a really exciting cave, in the Centre of which stands a beautiful Pavilion. The Pavilion was built on the orders of King Rama V, who visited the cave in 1890. In the daytime, the Royal Pavilion is illuminated by sunlight, falling from the top of the hole on the roof of the cave. The cave is of course beautiful, but if I knew that it must be so much, not went. Rode the tuk-tuk ride 2 hours, then on the boat minutes 5-7, then walk uphill on highly slippery after rain stones and earthen Gyger 1 km. (25-30 minutes). Tired but satisfied with wet dripping Crimson shirts and others we still did it!
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  • We took a taxi here for 600 baht. We arrived early in the morning and had breakfast in one of the cute food places next to the beach. It was soo good. The entrance fee is 200baht and it is worth it. We hiked the way to the next beach. Its a small hike that goes up a bit and then down. It isnt that difficult. We started the hike to the cave immediately and were surprised by how easy it was since all the other comments told us otherwise. It is better to wear shoes but you can also walk it on flipflops. We met little childeren on flipflops and old people with canes along the way. The cave is beautiful! If you go early there aren't many people there. Later groups of tourists will start to arrive. After your 'very hard' hike you can chill and swim om the beach. The water is very nice.
  • Visitors to Phraya Nakhon Cave are following in the footsteps of one of Thailand’s most loved monarchs, King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) , who visited here in 1890. To commemorate the royal visit, a sala (pavilion) was constructed. The work was carried out by craftsmen in Bangkok and the pavilion, known in Thai as ‘Khuha Karuehat’, was then transported and assembled inside the cave in 1896. Apparently, King Rama V never got to see the pavilion in its current home, but two other Thai monarchs have. They are King Rama VII and the current monarch, King Rama IX. The signatures of King Chulalongkorn and his son, Rama VII, can be seen on the cave wall to the right of the pavilion.
  • That is the best place to go in Hua Hin . I spent 1.5 hour riding a motorbike to reach the place in the burning summer . However , the view totally worth it . The admission fee is 200 BAHT, and I recommend you spend another 200 BAHT for a boat ride to save time and energy for the slippery trail . The view of the big cave and the temple gives you a astonishing feeling about the nature and that will be the only reason for me to come back to Hua Hin . Awesome experience .
  • Must go by rental car or motor bike from Hua Hin, no prublic transportation to go there. Really nice there. Amazing Thailand!
  • Wonderful landscape! To the cave you can walk about 1 hour or 2.5 km. Hard way up and down on slippery rocks. Or you take the boat and then just walk the last 500 m uphill and down the cave. However it is worth it!