Monday, August 13, 2012

Phra Nang Beach and Tham Phra Nang

In my opinion, the Phra Nang Beach is the most scenic of the Rai Leh peninsula beaches. Not only is it surrounded by high cliffs on three sides, but it also offers great views to several impressive rock formations on the fourth, ocean side. If you're into rock-climbing, you might be interested to know that it's possible to climb the cliffs surrounding Phra Nang. And even if you aren't, you must admit that rock-climbing with the sound and view of the ocean sounds pretty awesome.

Phra Nang Beach is surrounded by cliffs
The views from the beach ain't bad either

Moreover, the Phra Nang Beach is also great for sunbathing and swimming, as it's covered by soft white sand and its waters are relatively peaceful.

If that's not enough, at the northern tip of the beach there is interesting Tham Phra Nang cave, dedicated to the spirit of a princess who drowned in the nearby waters. What makes this cave-shrine particularly interesting is the presence of hundreds of phalli dedicated to the drowned princess by the local fishermen seeking her favor. It might seem weird at first, but it makes sense if you think about it: the phallus as a symbol of fertility makes a perfect gift from a fisherman hoping for a fruitful fishing expedition.

Tham Phra Nang
Tham Phra Nang is full of phalli

Some of them are quite large