Phraya Nakhon Cave
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrJust about a 45-minute drive away from South of Hua Hin lays one of Thailand’s most beautiful spots – the Phraya Nakhon Cave. It is located in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, where this landmark proves to be the most photographed landscape in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park .
HistoryAlthough people are mesmerized with its photographs, the Phraya Nakhon Cave looks more spectacular in reality. King Chulalongkorn built the Kuha Karuhas pavilion inside the cave in 1890, when he fell in love with the beauty of the place during his visit.
King Mongkut stayed in Khao Sam Roi Yot with his European guests on August 18, 1868, to witness the total solar eclipse during the time. Since then, it was favored by the other monarchs such as King Vajiravudh and King Bhumibol Adulyadej, as they are frequent visitors of the pavilion.
What to ExpectThe path leading to Phraya Nakhon cave is rough and steep; hence, you should expect the uphill path to be giving you a hard time. However, there are stops where you can rest on your way to the cave. In fact, you may enjoy the ocean view and feel the nature as you rest on the top. Upon reaching the cave, you will be amazed by the sun beams filling the pavilion from the cave’s ceiling, allowing the light to showcase the view majestically.
You also can’t miss the Langours clan playing and jumping around the cave with their long tails and expressive features. Of course, the environment offers serenity and tranquility, especially when there are not so many tourists around. Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park’s entrance fee costs ฿200 ($6.20) per person. The cave, however, is free of charge. However, the long boat trip from Bang Pu to Laem Sala beach costs ฿150 ($4.65) for a round-trip ride. The cost also determines the number of people in the trip and if it is peak season.
How to Get ThereThe road to the Bang Pu village is about 45 minutes from Hua Hin by car. Cicada insects live around the beautiful forest on the way to the park, creating a loud but calming noise. It also takes 30 minutes to reach to the cave itself, and the weather can be humid so be sure to bring enough drinking water. Since insects are everywhere, a repellent can be handy.
Similar and Nearby LandmarksYour tour to Thailand is never complete without paying Bangkok a visit. It is where you can immerse with the culture and visit beautiful places and landmarks that speak their heritage.
For instance, you can visit the Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat, a tourist spot near the cave. It was built by King Rama V to celebrate the anniversary of Chakri Dynasty in the country. While it was designed by a British architect, its roof is made with the pure touch of Thai. The construction went on from 1876 to 1882. It lasted for six years.
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Author: Convergence. Last updated: Feb 09, 2015