In Short

With soft sand and clear shallow water that’s just perfect for swimming, Phra Nang beach is just the type of beach you would want to relax in when you want to get away from the crowd. A stone’s throw away from the islands of Koh Rang Nok and Khai Nai, Phra Nang beach is set against a backdrop of picturesque limestone cliffs and offers a stunning view of Krabi.

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Best For: Picturesque locale, adventure sports
Why Avoid: Too crowded
Things You Can Do Here: Swimming, snorkelling, and rock climbing 

What’s So Awesome About It

The Phra Nang beach is flanked by emerald seas on all sides. The 450-metre stretch of the beach will let you soak up the sun, as you relax on its soft white sandy beach overlooking its calm, shallow waters.

Phra Nang Beach has a multitude of thrilling activities that you can enjoy — like rock climbing, snorkelling, and exploring caves that are visited by locals and travellers alike.

One of the reasons that locals visit the Phra Nang beach is the Princess Cave (Tham Phra Nang Nok) —dedicated to the Goddess of fertility. The cave has countless phalluses statues that locals give offerings of incense and flowers.

You can also have a different food experience at Phra Nang beach with many long tail boats docked here serving a wide variety of foods and snacks. Some hiking treks here take the off-beat route to find amazing viewpoints where you can peer down at the entire beach.

What’s The Catch

There are hoards of monkeys swinging through the trees that sometimes attempt to grab the bags of food and drinks from visitors’ hands. A lot of times the bay is filled with small jellyfish, which means you can’t go into the water to swim or even wade. There are no toilets on this beach making it difficult to spend an entire day here.

Should You Stay There

There is just one hotel — the Rayavadee Resort — that is available at the beach, so you can choose to stay there or at the options available at Railay beach. All hotels here have a great tropical feel yet they have an atmosphere of a local village.

How To Get There

You can rent a long-tail boat from Ao Nang beach to get to Phra Nang beach which will cost you 100 baht and will take you 20 minutes. You can also reach here on foot from Railay beach, which is about a 10-minute walk.

Pro Tip

Make a plan to visit Phra Nang beach in the morning, as travelling to the beach during mid-day will be hot and tiresome. The beach itself doesn’t have much shade apart from the limestone cliffs, so when the sun is overhead, make sure you load up on your sunscreen.