Less than an hour south of beach city Hua Hin is Kao Sam Roi Yot National Park. In this park, just off Laem Sala beach, is where one of the true gems in this region is tucked away, Phraya Nakhon Cave.
There’s two ways to reach the beach where the cave’s trailhead is located, a short longtail boat ride, or a 20 minute hike through the green Tian Mountain trail. I recommend doing the hike, but if you’re not is good physical shape the boat ride is probably a better option. The boats will only run if the weather is permitting though, and if your group is big enough to fill all the seats. The cost is about 150 baht.
Once you get to Laem Sala beach, the trailhead is not difficult to find.
The trail is less than 500 meters long, but it is steep and can be a challenge for people who are not in good physical shape. The trail is beautiful though, and there is a viewpoint halfway up that looks out into the Gulf of Thailand.
Traverse up the trail, and you’ll see sunlight streaming through the cracks in the cave’s rocky top, beaming down onto the sparse vegetation that peppers the breathtaking landscape.
There are two caverns inside the cave. The first one offers an eyeful of stalactites, stalagmites, and small pools of cave water.
Walk further into the cave, past the first cavern, and you’ll get plenty of opportunities to climb around and rock hop about.
The second cavern is home to the famous Kuha Karuhas pavilion, a beautiful temple-like shrine that has been visited by several of Thailand’s monarchs, including the current one, Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Both Phraya Nakhon Cave and Laem Sala beach are gorgeous locations not to miss, destinations that are true treasures of the region.