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Visit Phraya Nakhon Cave (Prachuap Khiri Khan)

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Phraya Nakhon Cave

Thai name : ถำพระยานคร

GPS : 12.218332,99.994358 (See on the map)
Prachuap Khiri Khan
Prachuap Khiri Khan
Prachuap Khiri Khan
Prachuap Khiri Khan


Located inside the Khao Sam Roi Yod National Park, this beautiful cave with its small royal pavilion built in 1890 for King Rama V visit is a very photogenic and peaceful place. The cave is located 17 kilometers from Khao Sam Roi Yod National Park Headquarter. You can access ti by a 450 meters long foot path from Laem Sala Beach. And Laem Sala Beach isaccessible via a long staircase or by hiring a boat from Bang Pu village or the beach just at the left of the staircase (300 THB per boat, 5-10 minutes).
Phaya Nakhon Cave consists in two chambers. The main one hosts the highlight of the visit, the small mound on which stands the royal pavilion paying tribute to King Rama V. On his right, on the wall you will see the King's signature and Rama VII's signature. He came to visit the place in 1926. King Rama IX came twice without signing on the wall . Behind the little hill with the pavillon you will find a rock whose shape looks like a crocodile, while the path that leads to the main chamberand is called crocodile back path beacuse its bumps makes it look like the back of a crocodile. Phaya Nakhon Cave Royal Pavilion is the symbol of Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

Practical information about Phraya Nakhon Cave

Khao Sam Roi Yod Park entrance fee: THB 200 (if you do not have a ticket yet, you can buy one at the foot of the stairs leading to Laem Sala Beach)
You can rent family bungalows (1200-2000 THB) on Laem Sala Beach or tents for camping (reservations online via the Thai national parks website or calling 02 620 760).
Note that if Khao Sam Roi Yod National Park only has few visitors during week days, it welcomes many Thais on weekends and public holidays. Laem Sala Beach and Phaya Nakhon Cave can be very busy then.
To get to Park Sam Roi Yod , you better be conveyed . However minivans that leave from Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal to Pranburi and can bring you directly to your resort in or near the park for around 300 THB . Otherwise , go to Pranburi and then hire the services of a moto- taxi (150-200 THB ) . Note that there is a town called Sam Roi Yod next to the park with a small train station where trains stop there but rarely motorcycle taxis waiting there , it is not necessarily a good way to get to the park .
For a one day visit from Prachuap Khiri Khan, we recommend you to hire Mr. Pinit, he is a quide who knows the area and will get you there on his scooter or with a rental car depending on how many people you are and will make the visit with you for a reasonable price (600 THB entrance fee to the park or car rental not included). He speaks perfectly English and even a little French. You can contact him by calling 032 550 059 or 083 765 9275 (mobile).

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