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There’s no delicate way to put this, but one of the biggest travel surprises we’ve had was stumbling across cocks in a cave in Thailand.
The area around East and West Railay Beach and Phra Nang Beach at Krabi is chock a block with curious caves that could house Thailand’s version of Batman and mystical secret lagoons that demand quite a bit of effort to discover. But topping them all in the ‘well, I didn’t expect that’ stakes is a cave filled with penises of all shapes and sizes.
It’s just not what you expect to find at the end of a lazy stroll along a perfect Thai beach lapped by an Andaman Sea whose only flaw is that it isn’t cool enough.
Phra Nang Cave is a bit of an enigma – it seems to be generally accepted that the cave is the abode a a female phantom. But whether said ghost used to be an Indian princess (the cave is referred to as the Princess’ Cave) or the wife of a fisherman who drowned at sea seems to be the matter of some debate.
What is certain is that local fishermen like to keep the spirit in, well high spirits so that she’ll look after them when they’re at sea. Why leaving a lot of penises in the cave ensures safe fishing I’m not sure but by the amount of wooden phallic sculptures in Phra Nang Cave, they clearly take keeping the ghost of Phra Nang Cave happy seriously.
Who am I to question local wisdom and tradition? Taking no chances I also left a phallic symbol in the cave for the ghostly occupant.
Actually, as I didn’t have a knife and a piece of wood to whittle, I left a match and hoped she didn’t think I was trying to trick her.
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