Walk under million year old stalactites at Diamond Cave
With all the stunning geological features in this area, it’s no surprise that Krabi is home to a few caves, and Diamond Cave Railay Beach is no exception. Completely closed in by towering cliffs that cut it off from the mainland, the Railay peninsula is host to a number of caves in varying sizes. When it comes to pure natural wonder, the Phra Nang Nai cave is the most impressive. Located a short walk inland from Railay West, you’ll find Phra Nang Nai. Otherwise known as the Diamond Cave, on the way to Highland Rock Climbing and the Railay Phutawan Resort.
The entrance is staffed by national park officials who will collect the entrance fee – 100 THB for children and 200 THB for adults – before admitting you to this spectacle of nature. A walkway made out of concrete beams will lead you into the dimly-lit cave. The footing is not fool-proof, so watch your step and keep your children close. Under the walkway you’ll see (and smell) the pools of bat guano that announce a perfect natural habitat for the insect-eating bats that call this cave home. For this reason, you’re asked not to point any lights towards the ceiling of the cave or use flash photography. The narrow entrance of the cave opens up to reveal a stunning, high ceilinged interior filled with gorgeous stalactites and stalagmites. A large flowstone conjures images of what this cave looked like when the water still ran through here. You can still see a shimmering sheen to many of the rocks which inspired the name Diamond Cave. You’ll get the chance to squeeze through a narrow passage between the formations before entering a large chamber with smaller, inaccessible caves visible in the darkness. It’s a truly beautiful place, and though it’s not the biggest or most impressive cave in Thailand, it’s still worth a visit during your stay on Railay Beach.