Our third day in Rayavadee was a breeze, just chilling out, did some shopping at the local street market on Railay Beach, mermaid-ing while exploring Phranang Princess Cave and of course, what’s a Honeymoon without a spa?We spent almost the whole day here – in the morning for shopping, for lunch in the afternoon and came back here in the evening again for dinner and a stroll around the beach under the stars at night. As much as we love Rayavadee, we had to have some of our favourite Thai food from street stalls and little tiki restaurants.
There are many stories that tell of how the cave on this beach got it’s name. Some say that Phra Nang was an Indian princess who was killed in a shipwreck. In another tale, Phra Nang was the wife of a fisherman who was lost at sea. She lived out the rest of her days in the cave, awaiting her husband’s return. I told some of the stories I’ve heard here – Mermaiding in Princess Cave. Local people, fisherman and navigators believe that the Princess of Phranang Cave will protect their lives at sea and leave offerings in this cave upon their safe return. Common gifts are flowers, incense sticks and the Lingam carved from wood. It is believed that the lingam and holy womb will create fertility and prosperity to earth and mankind.Best time to explore Phranang Cave Beach is in the late afternoon to evening when the tide is low. We climbed around (away from the shrine of course) the cave until I noticed many – and I mean MANY – crabs peaking out from the little holes of the rocks! If you’re not freaked out by that then, have a blast mermaids. But please respect the phallic statues over at the shrine, don’t pick it up, move it around and try to stick it in your mouth or up your ass for photos, in Thailand as well as in many parts of the world, the phallus is a sacred symbol representing Lord Shiva. You wouldn’t find it funny if someone were to make a joke out of your believes now would you?Watching the sun set and stealing a kiss from my merman.At the end of the day before we left for home the next morning, we went for our massage at the luxurious Rayavadee Spa which was part of our package. The pictures of the interior of the spa are not taken by us, I took it off Google Search images (lol!) because photo taking is not allowed in a spa, understandably. I wouldn’t want anyone to be taking my photo while I’m in a robe. But it’ll be a shame not to show you how the interior looks like because… omg, of all my years going to spas, I’ve never been to one like this. It looked AM-MAZ-ZING. Mad gorgeous. It had sculptures of monkeys, bamboo shower in a forest, so serene, private and I felt legit like royalty. It was the best two hours of my life. The massage felt so good, I think I passed out in sheer bliss and came back to life. If I had to rate his spa from 1 to 10, I’d rate it a 20, lol. It was only later when I found out Rayavadee is known to be one of the best spas in Thailand. Wow.
You can check ou the Rayavadee Spa Menu.
We wish we could stay longer (or live here) but we have a new life to build together back in Singapore. It was short but a truly memorable time spent in Rayavadee and a great start to our married life. Rayavadee has been part of my bucketlist for a long time and I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would ever be able to spend a night here but we spent 4days and 3 nights! All these wouldn’t be possible without my Shine. Thank you for being incredibly supportive and for always assuring me that we can achieve amazing things together. Looking forward to a beautiful married life.