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“Phra Nang Beach - A must visit in Krabi”

PhraNang Cave Beach
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Ranked #2 of 57 things to do in Ao Nang
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed November 3, 2012

This beach must be one of the world's best. Warm crystal clear water, soft white sand with spectacular cliffs and nearby islands. You also have food and cold drinks from vendors who do not inflate their prices. Just about perfect.

1  Thank TonyW1958
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

it's not in ao nang as tripadvisoir seems to think, it's on railay - best in evening as then most of the people have gone home, it gets v busy, the food from the longtail boats is good

Thank lovebeaches80
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Loved this beach, white sand, clear blue water and the caves and limestone cliffs around it are breathtaking. Definitely worth a visit!

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Reviewed October 31, 2012

It is little wonder that Phra Nang beach ranks 1st of 9 key attraction for Ao Nang. Do not ignore the accolades that this beach receives, they are genuine. We are totally glad we decided to spend a day there travelling from Ao Nang via Railey West beach. It was for us perhaps the highlight of the 7 days we spent at Ao Nang. Look at the photos from other reviewers for confirmation of the magnificent scenery, the sheer cliffs, the walk through cave, the 'karst' topography, the secluded beach itself and the interesting shrine.

Some reviews do seem to confuse features at Ao Nang, Ao Railey (West) and Phra Nang - they are three separate beaches, each exclusive to itself.

You can most readily travel to Phra Nang beach from the longboat moorings at Ao Nang or Nopparat Thara beaches. This is what most people do. Departing from Ao Nang is the most frequent and popular. Access is only by boat to Railey (which is a cheaper option and you can then walk around to Phra Nang) or you can take a less frequent longboat direct to Phra Nang. You do not need to take a tour (which usually incorporates a number of beaches at tour prices and stays at Phra Nang for only a short time).

In the low season Phra Nang beach is not crowded so it should be on your "to do" planning when you holiday at Ao Nang (or the even further away Krabi town). There is a fixed cost of 100THB per person one way on all of the many longboats. There is a ticketing DOWNSIDE to be aware of. Take great care with your ticket purchase. At Ao Nang mooring they will strongly pressure you to buy a return ticket from them as the main company. It is easy to assume this is just commercial pressure. We were advised to do otherwise, to only purchase a one way ticket, because there can be delays on the return trip until there are 8 passengers. We accordingly purchased a one way ticket with the intent of purchasing a one way ticket at Railey West beach for our return journey. Following this advice created a major time problem.

The main company operating from Ao Nang has an almost 'longboat service' monopoly, they travel frequently, there are always 8 passengers within a short period, and they WILL NOT SELL YOU a one way ticket for your return trip (to Ao Nang) at Railey itself. Probem. An UNBELIEVABLE monopoly practice and a captured market ploy. We were then obliged to wait a considerable time at Railey until one of the very few smaller competitors finally got his 8 passengers. Only when they have 8 passengers will they travel. So be aware of this predicament.

When you arrive at Railey West (after the longboat has dropped any passengers at Tonsai Bay) walk through the large Railey resort (along "walking street") to reach Railey East (5 minutes), turn right and follow the sign posted footpath to the base of the limestone caves, follow the footpath through to arrive at Phra Nang beach with its great views of the sea, cliffs, mangroves, the occasional monkey, beautiful people, the peaceful beach and the attraction of the shrine (15 minutes)! Suggest you take some food and definitely water (and beer) with you. The walk is completely flat with no hill climbing as several reviews imply. Emerging at the shrine end of the beach, turn right and marvel at what must be one of the world's most scenic beaches.

Visiting in the low season (September) there was plenty of pristine beach space that was interupted only periodically when larger boat trips arrive with up to 30 people on their 30 minute stopover. But the beach for most of the tide cycle is large and if there for the day you are not intruded upon to any extent. This is a must do experience even if you believe you have seen the best of world beaches. Phra Nang beach is an experience package with crystal clear water, scenery that is breathtaking and you will be moved to take incredible numbers of photographs. Enjoy Phra Nang, the best beach in the wider Krabi area, perhaps in Thailand, although I stiil rate Chaweng on Koh Samui very highly.

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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Love this beach so much that i came 2 days straight to just swim and chill out. Definately a must go when in krabi. The trip cost only 200 baht (include return trip) per person from aonang beach to phra nang.

1  Thank MarniArina
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