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PhraNang Cave Beach
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Half Day Rock Climbing Tours at Railay Beach in Krabi
Ranked #2 of 52 things to do in Ao Nang
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

Beautiful beach, soft white sand, crystal clear water, and an amazing view of the rocks at Railay.

Note: This is not located at Ao Nang, it is at Railay peninsula.

Visited November 2013
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“Crowded but pretty”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013 via mobile

Pretty stretch of Beach but very crowded during the day. Plenty of entertainment to be had watching the rock climbers and swimming in the calm waters.

Visited November 2013
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“Gorgeous Beach...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2013

I visited several times, while we stayed at Railay Beach- a short ten minute walk away. The first time I went was early in the morning and the only people at the far north end of the beach were a couple being photographed (presumably for some wedding album/video). At the south end of the beach, there were preparations going on for an "extreme wedding" with a heart covering one of the cliff caves 90 feet above the beach. The government was promoting extreme weddings and sponsored a couple of weddings, followed by a traditional religious ceremony at the cave, which is a very sacred local site. They were just in the process of preparing, setting up chairs, etc... My husband filmed the ceremonies later that morning when couples were hauled up to perform the ceremony 90 feet up the cliff face...

There is a paved path alongside the mountain on the cave side of the beach, which includes access to the caves, ropes which help people climb up to the viewpoint. The path also leads to a couple of toilets (which you have to pay a meager amount of 5 or 10 baht to actually use, but that pays for their maintenance).

Phra Nang is an excellent swimming beach and part of it was cordoned off for swimmers- so you don't have to worry about getting hit by boats. The expensive/exclusive resort next to it does have a restaurant open to the public between noon and 8 pm. It is a bit expensive, though.

One day I was shocked to find a few tents pitched near the caves on the beach. The clueless campers had no clue about who to get a permit or permission from and were not chased off the beach.

If you visit early in the morning or late in the day, you can have the whole place to yourself, but it is popular during the daytime, when lots of tourists descend upon it.

The Macaques come to see the people and beg food from them. They will touch them, jump onto shoulders and steal potato chips, nuts... That is not good for them. Please do not feed the animals! They can survive on leaves- that is how they have survived for a very long time. It is sad to see all the litter generated by the junkfood containers that people have had stolen or given to the macaques.

This is a beautiful and sacred place. If you visit, please be respectful of nature. If you need to use a toilet- please use one of the toilets that is maintained for visitors. Please do not feed the animals for their health and well being, as well as the health and well being of others. (While they are fun to see, they do frighten people when they climb on them to beg for food.)

There is a National Park Cave (Diamond Cave) only fifteen minutes away which does include a display board with the longer story about the mythology of the cave at Phra Nang Beach.

Visited November 2013
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“Wonderfull beach, worth to visit”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2013

A really nice beach to start your journey to phi-phi or other island. Water and beach are not so clear as this work as port to journey to island near Ao-Nang. It has lots of shops besides with souvenirs and jeweleries in reasonable price. Has lot of street food shops containing different types of grilled food which I loved most during my travel.

Visited November 2013
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“Beautiful Beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

After reading the reviews we came here straight after checking in hotel at Ao Nang. We didn't bother to drop by Railey. Worth a visit, beautiful scenery, nice clean water and soft sandy beach.

Foods and drinks are sold at the boats by the beach.

Nearby, there is the Phranang Cave. Lots of different stories about the cave. Free incense stick for prayers. Spent some time walking around some quite interesting caves. People do mountain climbing nearby.

Worth a visit because of the beautiful scenery, water and sand. We didn't spend time sitting on the beach and swimming so, 2 hours was more than enough for us. Took a return longtail boat back to Ao Nang which took approximately 30 mins.

Visited November 2013
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