Phra Nang Cave
Phra Nang Cave
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TopKingofKings
United Kingdom583 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The cave is sacred for fertility reasons but I found it quite amusing. It's located on West Railey Beach (this is a peninsula - not an island that some people are led to believe - which can only by accessible by boat). West Railey Beach is awesome but very busy especially at sunset - awesome sunset on this beach
Written February 10, 2020
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David D
Devon, UK20,589 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Friday 19th January and we took a long-tailed boat from Ao Nang to Railay Beach. From there we walked to East Railay and then on to Phra Nang Beach where this Cave is located at one end of the beach and Ko Rang Nok tower at the other.

This is the second of two caves along the headland both have rather unusal shrines in them. However this is larger of the two caves, as result has more contents inside it.

There was a bit of confusion and no clear information about the names of the Cave. For the purposes of this review, this one is Phra Nang Cave and the smaller one is Princess Cave.

Having visited the smaller cave first we were neither surprised nor shocked to see the contents of this Cave and it's shrine.

A statue of Phra Nang sits on a table, with legs crossed, holding a bowl in front of her. The Shrine is surrounded by colourful floral tributes and pieces of cloth. There are two smaller statues perched behind Phra Nang, one on either side of her.

Around the cave there are vast numbers of wooden phalluses, erect penises, in all shapes and sizes and painted in different colours and embedded in the sand. There is a pile, towards the rear of the Cave of discarded phalluses.

The Cave is a sacred place and should be treated with respect by visitors. Fishermen and boatmen come here to make floral offerings and burn incense ensuring a safe return journey from sea.

There is a sign requesting that visitors do not leave the following five items for Phra Nang as "she is Indian, not a God and she believes in the phallus or Ungam as a symbol of the Hindu God Shiva".

The items are sex toys, red water, red flowers, traditional Thai costumes or strange offerings.

There are many legend and myths about who Phra Nang was, one is she was an Indian princess who was killed in a shipwreck nearby and her ghost occupies the cave.

Another story says that Phra Nang was the wife of a local fisherman, whose husband was lost at sea and she lived her life in the cave waiting for his return.

Fishermen and boatmen still make offerings in the form of incense and flowers to ensure a safe journey. They believe that Phra Nang, Princess Goddess lives in the Cave under the cliff

This Shrine is definitely one of the most unusual we have ever seen.
Written March 18, 2024
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K_Nesan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We bought tickets for a round trip long tail boat ride from AoNang to Railay Beach. Good fun riding the waves. Beautiful cave formation and somewhat secluded beach - clear emerald waters and soft powdery sands - paradise. We explored the cove and the few different beaches there. Too bad no more long tail boat restaurants. We had so many food options the last visit, now there are only fancy restaurants and more being built. Still a good escape from busy AoNang
Written March 20, 2023
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manchester1976
Manchester, UK298 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
If visiting Railay beach then this is the opposite side of the island a 5-10 minute walk. The caves are interesting, stalactites from the ceiling enroute to the beach and the caves on the beach are cool. Nice sandy beach, safe to swim and beautiful views. Well worth a visit
Written November 14, 2023
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Yvette F
Buckingham, UK246 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Visited this when we spent day at railay beach. Magnificent example of limestone karst caves with a quirky penis cave for fertility on the beach. Interesting to watch people rock climbing whilst you’re there
Written March 11, 2022
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Gianmarco Massolari
Brescia, Italy219 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Nice place, very typical thailandese as you can see in the movies.
People is always nice, but the sea is not crystalline. Due to pollution ..... human’s fault..
We now have some new friends, monkeys!!
Written March 4, 2019
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Daniko8
Plano, TX1,121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
It should be noted that there are two caves on Phra Nang Beach. The first is on the southeastern side of the beach and features a rock climbing wall and cave of phallic offerings, which makes for a few chuckles.

The cave you really don't want to miss is on the northwestern side of the beach. You'll want to follow the beach until you hit what seems to be a dead end blocked by rocks. Duck into the trees and you'll see a path leading up the the caves.

Save for a few couples doing some rock climbing, we were alone in this cave on a sunny Friday afternoon. Keep going through the cave until you climb a ladder, then you will have two options.

Turn right for a quick walk up to an alcove overlooking Phra Nang beach. This way is lit and easier for older travelers.

If you want to explore through the darkness, make sure to bring a source of light (my iPhone was adequate) and take a left after climbing the ladder. It will be a 10 minute climb through a series of ropes, but once you get to the cave opening you'll be rewarded with a spectacular view of West Railey Beach!
Written January 30, 2015
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Paul K
Seoul, South Korea245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
We rented a longtail boat with a family of 9 and chose to come here before railay beach. It was very nice and a great place for a swim a little away from the cave. Great stop over place for an hour or two and not as crowded as expected
Written June 7, 2019
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SarahJahangiry
Oslo, Norway116 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Couples
Just a cave full of wood penises, very strange. The beach here is very nice though! Recomend to get a bite from the longtailboats selling food from the water.
Written July 27, 2014
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Failbus
Pakenham, Australia160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
I had read previously about what is housed in the cave, but decided not to share with my wife and daughters. Many giggles later, we read about the caves and why it houses the many phallic images. Worth a look.
Written April 6, 2015
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