Royal gem

This tiny shrine inside Phraya Nakhon Cave on the Gulf of Thailand is the pride and joy of Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park – and gives visitors a glittering reception.

Shrine inside Phraya Nakhon Cave in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
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Accessing this shrine is no walk in the park, but it is definitely well worth the effort. The trek to Phraya Nakhon Cave from Laem Sala Beach leads uphill through dense jungle. Once you arrive, the view is magnificent, but you need to be a good walker and wear suitable shoes to get there. Make the climb first thing in the morning and you’ll be additionally rewarded by the magical sight of Kuha Karuhas Pavilion – built in honor of King Chulalongkorn in 1890 – gleaming golden in the early morning sunshine thanks to a hole in the cave roof.