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1.5 miles from ao Nang, Krabi

THAM PHRA NANG. 8° 00.214N, 98° 50.252E

Just around the corner from the tall stack which forms Koh Nang is the most strikingly attractive palm-fringed bay in the region. Anchorage with reasonable swinging room is possible for three or four vessels in 5-6 metres on a sandy bottom in the northeast monsoon season.

Between Koh Nang and the beach is a colourful coral reef, excellent for snorkelling. This passage is definitely impassable for keel-boats, and even for dinghies it’s advisable only at high water, whatever the activities of the local longtail boats might seem to suggest.

There is a famous cave at the south end of the beach with a colourful phallic shrine inside. lots of rocky overhangs and outcrops make for great exploring. Behind the beach lies the Rayavadee Resort in a spectacular coconut-grove setting. Hotel facilities are for guests only. there is no access by road.

Sport rock climbing has been thriving here on the steep-sided limestone pillars — although it is unclear exactly which areas are affected by recent a local government ban on sport climbing. During the life of this edition, we expect the officials to see sense and reinstate this eco-friendly form of adventure tourism.

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