The Phraya Nakhon cave
The Phraya Nakhon cave is one of the most mysterious and mystical landmarks of Thailand that resembles somewhat of a film set located in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan province approximately 90 minutes away from the resort. The cave is famous due to the Kuha Kharuehat pavilion hidden within it built at the end of the 19th century for the visit of King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V). Since its construction the pavilion has been embraced by both Thai royalty and the public.
First step to reach the cave is to drive to the small village of Bang Pu located by the beach, and from there decide if you'd rather rent a boat to take you around the cape to Laem Sala beach, or walk a 30 minutes trek above the hill leading to the same Laem Sala beach. A 430m ascending trail results in one of the most spectacular temples in Thailand.
There are two caves connected by a wooden bridge and both benefit from holes within the ceiling illuminating inside with a radiant glow allowing trees and vegetation to flourish on a hilltop with the pavilion at the heart of such a surreal environment.