Sunlit Labyrinth – Phraya Nakhon Cave, Thailand

Located inside Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Thailand, the Phraya Nakhon Cave combines nature’s mystery and wonders. The cave is known to be a national natural treasure across the North Malay Peninsula and it is said to have been discovered roughly 200 years ago. However, as to who discovered it first is debatable. Nevertheless, the cave’s interior natural beauty is incomparable. As the early morning sunlight hits at the pavilion, it is illuminated and gives life to lush greenery, that creates an almost regal sight to behold.

In 1890, in order to celebrate the visit of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), the Khuha Kharuehat Pavilion was built, within the mound of the cave floor. It was assembled in a way, that would get the full impact of sunlight, through the cave roof. Since then, it become a local icon of the Prachuap Khiri Khan province. Along the cave’s main chamber wall, are the inscribed signatures of both King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) and King Prajadhipok (Rama VII).

It’s a great place to visit to capture the true natural beauty of caves. The sunlight will illuminate the cave roughly around 10-10:30 am, depending on the season. It’s best to arrive there early to avoid the crowds. It’s located 110 miles from Bangkok and it takes 45 minutes to drive from Hua Hin. Remember to stock up on ample amounts of water, as you will need to spend a substantial amount of time hiking, to get to the cave entrance itself. Guides can be provided upon requests, however most of them are children, who are very knowledgeable on the trails. Either way, the magnificent view, that will greet you within this glorious labyrinth, is worth the effort.



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