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A magnificent cave in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province has enchanted travellers for ages. Inside, ethereal light from the collapsed roof casts a spell of wonder and allure that has captivated the hearts of countless wanderers and dreamers.





“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
― Anita Desai


PHRAYA NAKHON CAVE


A magnificent cave in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province has enchanted travellers for ages. Inside, ethereal light from the collapsed roof casts a spell of wonder and allure that has captivated the hearts of countless wanderers and dreamers.


The Journey to the Cave The journey to Phraya Nakhon Cave is an experience. I began my trek in the little village of Bang Pu. From there, I could trek a difficult mountain path or take a boat to Laem Sala Beach. Although challenging, the hike gave me stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand and the surrounding environment. 


The beach path lets travellers relax and enjoy the seaside before climbing 430 metres to the cave entrance. Impressive Interior The entrance to Phraya Nakhon Cave is stunning and peaceful. Natural skylights from collapsed cave roofs illuminate the cave's enormous chambers, which are famous—sunshine streams through these openings, illuminating the cave's beauty. Kuha Karuhas Pavilion is the cave's showpiece. King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) built this golden-green pavilion in 1890 to commemorate the king's cave visit. 


Historical Significance Before its royal pavilion, Phraya Nakhon Cave was rich in history. Over 200 years ago, local king Phraya Nakhon found the cave named after him. Legend has it that Phraya Nakhon sought sanctuary in the cave during a storm at sea. 


Thai royalty has pilgrimaged to the cave ever since. Besides King Chulalongkorn, King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) and the present king, King Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama X), have visited the cave and left inscriptions. Natural Beauty The natural beauty of Phraya Nakhon Cave complements its historical and cultural value. The cave's chambers include millennia-old stalactites and stalagmites. Light and shade in the cave create a dynamic environment that changes throughout the day, making each visit unique. 


Thailand's first coastal national park, Khao Sam Roi Yot, has rich vegetation and animals. The park's name, "Mountain of Three Hundred Peaks," describes its steep limestone hills that rise from the coastal plain. Trails through the park lead to stunning vistas, pristine beaches, and hidden caves.




I love my time at Phraya Nakhon Cave for its natural beauty, historical interest, and cultural legacy. The remote location, gorgeous Kuha Karuhas Pavilion, and mesmerising natural formations will enlighten and inspire anyone, whether you're a history buff, nature lover, or adventurer.



Kuha Karuhas Pavilion

Phraya Nakhon Cave


“The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.” 
― Wallace Stevens

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