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Phra Nang Beach, Krabi Overview

The Phra Nang Beach is situated between Krabi and Ao Nang beach as a part of a small peninsula. The coral reefs, caves and cliffs lapped around by crystal clear waters and home to two small islands – Koh Rang Nok and Nai, gives one the ingredients of a perfect beach destination. Celebrated for its white duvet-soft sand, clear water, caves and the gorgeous coral reef, Phra Nang is also well recognized for its “Princess Cave” or Tham Phra Nang Nok.

Not only does the breathtaking view of the Phra Nang beach attracts tourists all year round, but it is also known to be the favorite spot for rock climbers from around the world who adore this adventurous activity by climbing the huge limestone cliffs lapped around by calm waters to push off some adrenalin in them. There are various other water sports and activities, one can indulge in while their time on the beach. Phra Nang Beach is positioned near the famous Railay beach located amidst the huge limestone cliffs, hence the only way to reach the destination is via a long tail boat ride.

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Things to Do at Phra Nang Beach

1. Scuba Diving

The patch along the Railay Beach including the Phra Nang Beach are amongst the best spots to go Scuba diving. Explore the gorgeous coral reef along with the underwater wildlife and take up-close photographs of the flora and fauna under water to pin them onto the board of your adventurous activities. The coral reef is situated 200 meters from the beach, hence making Phra Nang a top spot to explore these breathing flora down the deep blue sea.

2. Snorkeling

Walk the way to the tiny islands of Koh Rang Nok and Nai along the sand bars and the low tides, and dive deep to see the pristine world of thousands of exotic fishes, coral reefs, and sea urchins. This extravagant experience of the three dimensional world of the Andaman sea will leave one awestruck with joy and an incredible muse to take home. Depending on the guided to private snorkel tour the price of snorkeling would cost around THb 1,300 – 2,500.

3. Kayaking and Canoeing

Explore the underwater world off the Phra Nang Beach without getting too wet on a Kayak. Go solo, or with a group of people, discovering the world beneath the clear blue waters of the sea from different angles and lay back to the land with an adventurous affair of memory to take home. The activity will cost around THB 800 – 1500 conditional to the package chosen from.

4. Enjoy Food from Floating Kitchens

Whilst exploring the beautiful coastline of Phra Nang with white sands and a backdrop of emerald green palm trees, enjoy the local and international cuisines and drinks available on the floating kitchen boats to curb those hunger pangs. The beach is also renowned for the sea–front bars and restaurants.

Legend of Phra Nang

Hearsay from the folklore around the beach and the city, Princess Cave is said to be dedicated to an ancient fertility Goddess. It is to be believed that the goddess resides in the cave beneath the cliff at an end point of the beach. The name Phra Nang is given to the beach in respect to idolize the several fishermen, locals and couples who wish to bring them luck to bear children.

Best Time to Visit

Situated along the sea coastline, Phra Nang experiences a tropical climate making it warm all year round. Though November to April witnesses the high tourist season making the beach a little more crowded, it is best recommended to visit Phra Nang from February to April when the tourists are sparse and the temperature is cozy. December and January are considered to be the peak season to visit the beach, hence the prices of accommodation, food, travel etc. go high up along with the number of tourists visiting making the beach crowded.

Tips

  • Make sure to wear appropriate footwear and comfortable clothing to avoid any discomfort.
  • Bring along the mats, towels and other beach items. Wear strong sunscreen to avoid getting sunburned.
  • Beware of jellyfishes along the shore. Though they are harmless, it might get difficult to swim freely in some areas of Phra Nang Beach due to appearance of Jellyfishes.

How To Reach Phra Nang Beach

Located distantly on the Railay peninsula of Krabi city, Phra Nang beach can only be reached by a long-tail boat taxi. Krabi being well connected to the rest of the world via flights, can be approachable via trains, buses and taxis from the nearby cities and towns. On reaching the city center, take a private taxi or a public bus shuttle (songthaew) to reach Ao Nang at an affordable price. There are several boat taxis that can run between the Ao Nang Beach and Nopparthare beach, and can directly take one to the Phra Nang Beach in about 10-15 minutes ride. One can buy the authorized ticket from counters or kiosks on either ends of Ao Nang or Nopparthare Beach. The tickets can be booked online in advance as well.

One can even walk from the west of Railay Beach, hiking across the peninsula to the east end of Railay beach, around the base of the cliff and towards the Rayavadee Resort till you reach the Phra Nang Beach.

Long Tail Boat Taxi fare (one side) from Ao Nang to Phra Nang Beach: THB 100
The long tail boats are cheap to travel to Phra Nang, although one might have to wait until it fills up with minimum 8 PAX or hire the whole boat to leave immediately.

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