Ao Nang, Thailand

Rai Leh (Railay) Peninsula



Phra Nang Cave
Also known as Diamond Cave, Phra Nang Cave is located on the east side of the peninsula (north of Rai Leh East). The cave is an interesting place to explore and one of the few strictly sight-seeing destinations in Rai Leh. A nominal entrance fee pays for a short walk along the lit boardwalk through formations that glitter as if they were full of diamonds. Though not breathtakingly large (easily viewed in about fifteen minutes), the cave is quite beautiful and a common stop for many day-trippers from Phuket and Ao Nang.

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Phra Nang Cave by kallerna

Phra Nang Shrine
Phra Nang Shrine, is located in a small cave on the north end of Phra Nang Beach. There is nothing special about the cave other than that the shrine is devoted to the spirit of the drowned princess (Phra Nang), who gave the beach her name. This small shrine is frequented by local fishermen bringing offerings to Phra Nang, seeking protection from danger and success in their fishing. The shrines is notable primarily for the large collection of (large and small)
red-tipped wooden phalluses, offered by the fishermen to Phra Nang.

Phalluses at Phra Nang Shrine by Deror Avi

Sa Phra Nang Lagoon & Viewing Point
Walking on the path from Rai Leh East to Phra Nang Beach, there is a sign pointing towards an upward path to a viewing point of Rai Leh and Ton Sai. The climb to the top takes about 20-25 minutes and to the viewing point another 10 minutes. From the top of the trail, there is another path leading downwards to a jungle for about 20-25 minutes to Sa Phra Nang Lagoon.

The path to the lagoon is steep, rocky and dangerous. There are hand ropes along the steeper paths and note if you are not in decent shape, wearing only sandals or carrying a heavy pack, the trip is inadvisable. You may encountered monkeys in the forest. They must be approached cautiously but feeding or petting them is not a good idea. Watch your belongings, as they can quickly snatch glasses, wallets or food from you.

 The Lagoon by a AHappyRock

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