Phra Nang Beach, Krabi
This beautiful beach, surrounded by limestone cliffs is at the southern end of the Railey peninsula and was our last stop before heading back to Ao Nang and it really is lovely. Nice soft sand and turquoise waters, surprising really seeing the number of boats that come here during the day. Down at the southern tip of the beach is a large cave with a shrine dedicated to an ancient fertility goddess filled with phallic symbols and other objects supposedly to help with fertility problems. There is also Happy Island, a large limestone rock that you can walk out to at low tide. Need some food or drink ? No problem, from just before midday you have the choice from around 15 boats equipped with everything you fancy.
The beach can be reached also on foot from Railey East.
Hat Tham Phra Nang (Holy Princess Beach) is a gorgeous beach with remarkably soft white sand and impressive limestone cliffs. This is also home to Tham Phra Nang Nok (Holy Princess Cave), where local fishermen come and place "interesting" wood sculptures as offerings (see pic). In addition, there's a playful troupe of Macaque monkeys that likes to roam the area.
Quick tip: To the very south of the beach you’ll find rocky but passable path. Follow the sound of crashing waves to a great view of the sea.
Bottom-line: Incredible natural beauty, a MUST SEE for any visit to Railay.
Most people associate Krabi with beautiful beaches. I have to say that the Ao Nang beach itself is not a great beach and we only tried to swim there once. When we got into the water the seabed felt kinda muddy and it felt like we were bitten by something. Quite spooky actually.
But one day we took the boat out to Phra Nang beach which is located about 10-15 minutes away. This is quite a nice beach and the only “problem” was the people that were walking back and forth trying to sell us stuff. We also stopped by West Railey beach on the way to Phra Nang and that also looked very nice. And from Ao Nang/Phra Nang you can also look over to the white beach located on Koh Poda so I don’t think that you will have trouble finding a nice beach if you go to Krabi.
the cave contains a strange combination of large phallic symbols, garlands and offerings by Local fishermen. This is one of the nice beaches you can relax here.