Phra Nang Beach - Exciting, diverse dream beach
Phra Nang Beach is in the Krabi region on the Railay peninsula. The beach can only be reached by long-tail boat from, amongst other places, the popular holiday resort of Ao Nang. For a small amount of money these water-taxis bring tourists several times an hour to Phra Nang Beach.
Phra Nang Beach is a popular trip destination and with good reason. The light-coloured sand is fine and soft, the water is clean and clear and the view of the rock cliffs in the background, as well as of the rock island near the beach, is impressive. You can easily swim to this island and there are also large, designated safe swimming areas where you are well away from the numerous boats coming to the beach. You can also book climbing courses at the cliffs here. In addition you will find plenty of space in the shade because of the lush greenery at the beach and also on offer here are massages on the sand.
The main attraction of Phra Nang Beach is however, the fertility shrines in the cliff faces. As a tradition, couples who want to have children place carved, wooden, phallic symbols into the rocks to bring them luck. These are not really appropriate for children, but they are certainly worth seeing otherwise.
However, there is still more to see at Phra Nang Beach. Behind the fertility shrines a large cave opens up inviting you to walk, as if in a maze, to a small area of beach which is surrounded by pyramid-like rocks. A climbing path leads you to a viewing point from where you have a fantastic view of the three other beaches of the Railay peninsula and another path forks off to lead to a lagoon. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear for both routes and not flip-flops, and note that the way to the lagoon is much more demanding than the path to the viewing point.There is a hotel complex at Phra Nang Beach which is only for the use of the guests of the hotel and there are no other restaurants or bars here. However, there are numerous boats anchoring near the beach where the many day trippers here can buy small dishes, drinks and snacks. Phra Nang Beach is a really exciting beach which no holidaymaker in the Krabi region should miss out on.