Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Thailand

April 26, 2009

“Mountains of Three Hundred Peaks” –  I have been to Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park many times in the past years. However, apparently I have never made a destination to Phraya Nakhon Cave which is located in part of Limestone mountains of the National Park area. Well, I finally made a trip to there during the Songkarn holidays last week.

Taking a boat from the Laem Sala Beach is the easiest way to go to the cave. After 10-15 minutes riding a boat and landed on a beach, a short distant walking through the rainforest  leads you to a sign of another path to the cave. A 430m steep uphill mountain trek is the real way to take you to the cave. 

Approching a beach in front of the cave entrance

Approching a beach in front of the cave entrance

Phraya Nakhon Cave is actually two sinkholes whose roof has fallen in, letting in sunlight. If you could go through the rocky trek, there is the Subterranean sanctuary of the King Rama V’s pavilion which is well worth to your climbing effort to see. 
The Kuha Karuhas pavilion built for a visit by King Rama V in 1896.

The Kuha Karuhas pavilion built for a visit by King Rama V in 1896.

 

Royal

The beautiful Thai-style Royal pavilion

In the cave

Limestone wall in the cave