Wat Ao Noi (Tham Phra Non)
Located in Ao Noi subdistrict, Mueang district, Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Wat Ao Noi or Tham Phra Non sets right at the foot of the hill near Ao Noi. Just before entering downtown Prachuap Khiri Khan, there is a roadway lane splitting from Petchkasem Road at Km. 314. To get an access to this place, drive along for 3 kilometers.Within the compound of Wat Ao Noi stands a chapel which required tremendous cost of construction. The dazzling chapel was entirely made of golden-teak wood, decorated with elaborate Thai paintings and exquisitely craved. There is a Buddha image enshrined inside for visitors to worship and pray for good fortune. Moreover, the wall was covered with elegant hand-painted murals depicting a collection of Buddhist stories. The surrounding area of the temple is peaceful with lush green shades.One must not miss visiting Tham Phra Non (Reclining Buddha Cave) which is located on the side of the hill that faces Ao Noi bay. To overlook the sea, tourists are required to climb a flight of steps for approximately 10-15 minutes. Despite the small scale, the cave is breezy with good ventilation. Inside there are 2 grand and beautiful reclining Buddha images wearing similar yellow robes. It is also believed that in the old days sailors took shelter from rainstorms inside this cave, so it is the reason why Thai and foreign tourists come here to pay homage.