Phraya Nakhon Cave, Sam Roi Yot

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#1 of 11 in Nature in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province
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. Arrange your visit to Phraya Nakhon Cave and discover more family-friendly attractions in Sam Roi Yot using our Sam Roi Yot trip itinerary site .
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  • September 28, 2017
    Definitely worth a visit. Set in a national park so a few hundred baht to get in Bit of a walk to get there so be prepared to get a bit sweaty  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    Take plenty of water and sturdy shoes and go see this lovely temple! We were too late to see the sun on the temple due to our boat breaking down, you should be in the cave by 10am apparently. We carri...  more »
  • September 21, 2017
    LOVED this place...we hired a boat to take us there from Dolphin Bay; it was difficult walking up into the cave but well worth it. Not for someone who has mobility problems.  more »
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  • April 15, 2017
    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.
  • July 19, 2017
    Great place to visit if your in the area. Quite a little hike to the cave. Get one of the guides to take you so they will pace you. Well worth the trip.
  • August 18, 2017
    Beautiful place to back to nature. Need pay 200THB to reach the cave. If they put the price 50THB would be so perfect. Have very nice warong on the right side before entrance to cave.
  • July 8, 2017
    Its a good place to excercise. Its intermediate hiking. Don't wear slipper bring a sneaker and your good to go.
  • July 14, 2017
    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

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