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Hat Tham Phra Nang

image1This is perhaps the most beautiful beach in the area. At one end is a tall limestone cliff that contains Tham Phra Nang Nok (Outer Princess Cave)a cave that is said to be the home of a mythical sea princess. Local legend says that during the 3rd century BC a passing royal barque carrying a charismatic Indian princess named Sri Guladevi foundered in a storm. The princess' spirit came to inhabit a large cave near the wreck, using power gained through many past lives to grant favours to all who came to pay respect. Local fisherfolk place carved wooden phalli in the cave as offerings to the Phra Nang (Holy Princess)so that she will provide plenty of fish for them. Inside the cliff is a hidden 'lagoon' called Sa Phra Nang (Holy Princess Pool) that can be reached by following a sometimes slippery cave trail into the side of the mountain. A rope guides hikers along the way and it takes about 45 minutes to reach the pool - guides are available from local guesthouses. If you turn left off the trail after 50m from the start, you can reach a ' window ' in the cliff that affords a view of Rai Leh West and East beaches.It's also possible to climb to the top of the mountain from here (some rock-climbing is involved) and get an aerial view of the entire cape and the islands of Ko Poda and Ko Hua Khwan (also know as Chicken Island) in the distance.

Rock Climbing
Practically endless rock climbing opportunities are provided by lime stone cliffs on the huge headland between Hat Tham Phra Nang and Hat Rai Leh East,and on nearby islands. Most surfaces provide high-quality limestone wite steep, pocketed walls, overhangs and the occasional hanging stalactite. Over 460 routes have been identified and bolted by zealous climbers, most in themid to high difficulty level (grades 16 to 25).They bear names like Lord of the Thais,The King and I, Andaman Wall, One-Two-Three, Sleeping Indian Cliffs and Thaiwan Wall. Novices often begin with Muay Thai, a 50 m wall with around 20 climbs in the 17 to 21 grade range at the south end of East RaiLeh. during high season as many as 300 visitors a day will areas are off limits beacause they're part of Hat Noppharat Thara / Ko Phi-Phi National Marine Park, including the cliff next to theDusit Premier Resort and cliffs outside Tham Phra Nang Nai (Inner Princess Cave. Called 'Diamond Cave' by the tourist industry)

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