Tham Phra Nang


At the eastern end of Hat Tham Phra Nang is this important shrine for local fisherfolk (Muslim and Buddhist), who make offerings of carved wooden phalluses in the hope that the inhabiting spirit of a drowned Indian princess will provide a good catch. According to legend, a royal barge carrying the princess foundered here in a storm during the 3rd century BC. Her spirit took over the cave, granting favours to all who paid their respects.

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1. Hat Tham Phra Nang

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A genuine candidate for Thailand's most beautiful beach, Hat Tham Phra Nang is on the southwest side of the headland and has a crescent of pale, golden…

2. Sa Phra Nang

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3. Viewpoint


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4. Hat Railay West

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5. Hat Railay East

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6. Tham Phra Nang Nai

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8. Shell Cemetery


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