Phra Nang Beach & Cave in Krabi
The Phra Nang Beach with the picturesque Phra Nang Cave is one of the most famous beaches in Krabi and at the same time one of the most beautiful places in Thailand. If you are planning a visit to Krabi Province, you definitely have to visit this marvelous beach: spectacular rock formations, green jungles, monkeys in the trees, fine soft sand and an almost cheesy turquoise-blue sea. Not for nothing is the Phra Nang Beach the landmark of the holiday region Krabi. Whether swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, climbing or hiking to up to the popular Railay Viewpoint – here at Phra Nang Beach there are many cool things to do. The main attraction of the beach is the Phra Nang Cave, often called Princess Cave, where you can find a very special fertility shrine.
In this travel guide we give you all the important information about the best attractions, accommodation and tours at Phra Nang Beach in Krabi. In addition, we give you useful tips for an unforgettable holiday.
The Phra Nang Beach
The entire beach is just marvelous and that’s why the famous rocky island in the sea at Phra Nang Beach graces Krabi’s postcards. Here, the panorama is really breathtakingly beautiful and also photographers love to come here to take amazing Thailand pictures. But not only the ambience is a dream, also the sand is powdery fine, and invites you to linger. During a walk along the beach you will find many shady places and if you like you can get yourself a massage directly on the beach.
Also the sea is just perfect! The water is crystal clear and invites you to swim and snorkel. Good snorkeling spots can be found at the end of the beach. Here it is also a bit quieter and more relaxed than at the upper area near the beach cave. Around lunch time, especially at high season, the Phra Nang Beach can get quite busy. At this time many tour boats will stop there. Never mind, very early in the morning and in the late afternoon you have the beach almost to yourself.
If you are hungry, the food boats offer a variety of delicious Thai food. So you can order here among other things, pancakes, burgers or pad Thai. Even fruit shakes are served here directly out of the colorful longtail boat.
Tip: If you like to be active on holiday, you can borrow a kayak and paddle off the breathtakingly beautiful coastline.
Phra Nang cave
At the top of the beach is the famous Phra Nang Cave, a special kind of rock cave. For local fishermen, this cave, which is often referred to as the Princess Cave, is sacred. For sure you will immediately notice the many penis-figures. These phallic symbols are offerings, which should fulfill a long-desired wish for getting children and fertility. The Princess Cave of Phra Nang Cave is truly iconic and therefore one of Railay’s most famous attractions.
Spectacular are also the climbers hanging in the high rock walls of Phra Nang Beach. The panoramic rocks of Krabi Province are a popular rock climbing spot and so various climbing courses are offered on-site.
Phra Nang Beach to Railay Beach
The Phra Nang Beach is connected by a small footpath leading along the rock face with the Railay East and then with the Railay West. If you stay at Tonsai Beach, you can either do a jungle hike (45 minutes) or take the long tail boat to get to Phranang Beach.
With a bit of luck you can watch monkeys on the way to Phra Nang Beach. These really sweet langurs monkeys sometimes hang on the trees on the beach and near the rocks. Also macaque monkeys can be seen more often.
Here is a map of Railay Beach and the Phra Nang Beach:
An absolute highlight at Phra Nang Beach is the view from Railay Viewpoint. Unfortunately, the way up is not manageable for everyone. You should wear closed shoes, watch out for slippery passages and be prepared for climbing. In some places along the way are ropes to hold on to. The climb takes about 25 minutes. At the top of Railay Viewpoint, there is a fantastic view over Phra Nang Beach, Railay and the spectacularly beautiful rock landscape.
Day Trips & Tours
Enjoying your vacation at Phra Nang Beach, then you can also do many unforgettable daytrips and excursions. We can recommend the following tours here:
- Visit Tonsai Beach, the climbing mecca of the region
- Or, go with the boat to Krabi Town, check out the Tiger Cave Temple, or visit the Emerald Pool.
- Visit the Krabi Elephant Sanctuary to see elephants close up.
- Not only Railay is beautiful, also the offshore island world of Krabi is a true dream. For example, you can visit Chicken Islands & Koh Poda on a 4-Island Tour.
- Also a trip to the unique Hong Islands is recommended.
Of course, you can also visit the Phra Nang as part of a day trip. Here are the best tours:
How to get there
Phra Nang Beach is located in the Krabi holiday region. Cheap flights from Bangkok to Krabi can be found on online platforms such as Skyscanner or Kiwi. If you prefer to travel by train or bus to Krabi, then check out 12go.asia other transfer options.
The easiest way to reach Phra Nang Beach from Krabi is by longtail-boat departing at Ao Nang or Krabi Town. The transfer by boat to the beach costs currently 200 baht per person (one way) and boat services are run between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. After 6:00 pm prices are going up.
Hotels and Accommodations
If you’re looking for accommodation right on Phra Nang Beach, you will find only one hotel and that is an absolute luxury resort. In case you do not really want to afford this resort, then we recommend search for bungalow or hotel at the beaches nearby. Accommodations at Railay Beach are the best options in that case. We have put together our hotel recommendations here:
- Bhu Nga Thani Resort and Spa: The Bhu Nga Thani Resort & Spa is a truly beautiful resort. It is located very romantically right at the sea and the modern pool area is an absolute eye-catcher. The international breakfast is really recommendable. A top hotel on Railay East!
- Sunrise Tropical Resort: The complex of the Sunrise Tropical Resort convinced with beautiful, large and very clean bungalows that have cool outdoor showers. The garden is very well maintained, and with a bit of luck you can even see the lizards and some monkeys.
- Railay Bay Resort & Spa: The rooms and beach at Railay Bay Resort & Spa are uniquely beautiful. The location on Railay Beach (West) is awesome. The hotel is located at the end of the beach in front of the great, huge rock, which has the advantage that it is rather quiet here.
Conclusion: The Phra Nang Beach is certainly one of the most beautiful and famous beaches of Thailand. No matter if on a day tour or on a vacation, this beach should definitely be visited.
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