Tha Pom, the stream of two currents, is situated at Khao Khram sub district, Muang district. Tha Pom is an ecological learning centre providing knowledge about subterranean water and amphibian plants. The special feature of this two-current stream is that from the 12th day of waxing moon to the 5th day of waning moon, there is a massive influx of seawater into Tha Pom and neighbouring riverside pavilion. It is a natural phenomenon known among locals as Nam Yai. It mixes with freshwater in the stream resulting in a light blue colour of brackish water that remains muddy for not too long. After the tide of seawater drops, the clear freshwater flows in. Such clarity is due to its origin from limestone mountains full of Calcium Carbonate which potentially precipitates sediments. Once the water flows through the limestone, this chemical substance dissolves and causes a sedimentation effect. Consequently, the water becomes so clear that fish and aquatic plants can be seen very easily. Read more
Thermal waterfalls are a wonderful natural creation. They originate from hot subterranean water that springs up in the woods. Then the current flows through a Zalacca forest down to Klong Saphan Yung and transforms into the thermal waterfalls. The whole region is covered by the relaxing atmosphere of pleasant shady forest. Read more
Kao Panom Benja National Park, is a small mountainous 31,325 rai forest, situated in Amphur Kao Panom, Amphur Aow Luek and Amphur Muang, Krabi. Panom Benja peak, which is 1,397 meters above sea level, is called the roof of Krabi. Huay Toh waterfall is to the rear of the Kao Panom Benja tourist center. This shady waterfall consists of eleven stages. There are two possible routes in order to get there. The first route is via Huay Sadae waterfall through evergreen forest passing a huge Sompong tree. The second route is a two-kilometer walk up the hill and come back down to the Huay Toh waterfall. Along this route, walkers will see many trees and birds. In addition, an attractive cave is worth seeing at Kao Pueng, which is two kilometers from Kao Benja. This cave is full of beautiful stalagmites. Kao Pueng is surrounded by swamp forest and when the water is blue it contrasts visibly with the green color of the forest. Read more
Relax your body and mind with the natural hot waterfall of Klong Tom. Get rid of your aches and pains and uplift your spirits amidst the pleasant natural beauty. The heat and the steam of the pure mineral water in this waterfall are believed to have healing and restorative powers. This highlight of Krabi province attracts many visitors from all over Thailand because of the hot mineral water that seeps from an underground spring. The stream of warm and soothing mineral water will relax your muscles, alleviate your aches, and calm your mind. The natural surroundings will also bring a serenity and peacefulness that cannot be found in the city. Read more
Kao Panom Benja National Park, is a small mountainous 31,325 rai forest, situated in Amphur Kao Panom, Amphur Aow Luek and Amphur Muang, Krabi. Panom Benja peak, which is 1,397 meters above sea level, is called the roof of Krabi. Huay Toh waterfall is to the rear of the Kao Panom Benja tourist center. Read more
Susan Hoi (Fossil shell beach)
Thinking about a cemetery (equivalent to the word ‘susan’ in Thai), one would not think about it in a positive way or find it a tourist attraction. Of course, this graveyard is not a terrifying tourist attraction, but is indeed Thailand’s one and only natural site for fossils located in Krabi. Here you will find wonderful thick piles of prehistoric fossil shells. They are 30-40 million years old. The only one in the country, and one of three in USA, Japan and Thailand that has been explored and is recognized across the world. More importantly, this fossil shell site is the only one in the entire world, which is located in a coastal area.
Susan Hoi in Krabi is a natural wonder. It is caused by layer upon layer of fossils the shells of millions of snails. There are tourists visiting this place the whole day for two main reasons. Firstly, it is close to Nang bay, Krabi’s popular destination. Secondly, there is an easy access from downtown, so once you have seen Susan Hoi, you can also simply arrange a visit to the beach and other small islands around Krabi.
In Susan Hoi, there is a tourist information center to educate visitors about the history of the fossil shell site. After that, take a path provided to a scenic point of Susan Hoi. If you do not pay special attention, it is likely that you will not see an individual shell, rather like a stone or concrete plate. Due to such a long duration of sedimentation, close observation can allow you to see small shells that are fantastic to view.
Ban Lam Pho was a vast freshwater swamp where many shells, particularly two-centimeter freshwater snails, lived. During the changes of the earth’s crust, these shells started to conglomerate and became a 40-centimeter thick stone plate or fossil called Shelly Limestone. The next layer is ten centimeters of lignite and the last layer is shale. The spot where most shells can be seen is in front of the tourist information center.As Susan Hoi is situated within the tourist information center of Nopparattana Tara beach – Phi Phi islands national park, it is easy to find information. Inside, there is an exhibition about the evolution of fossil shells, as well as information concerning seas and sea resource conservation.
How to get there
Susan Hoi is in Krabi town, Ban Lam Pho sub district, Sai Tai district. It is easy to get there. Catch the Hua Thong boat from downtown to Rai Lay bay from where Susan Hoi can be found. Alternatively, from the municipal market, drive along Krabi Road and turn left to highway number 4034 all the way to Ban Sai Tai. Then turn left again to highway number 4204 for nineteen kilometers. From Nang bay, go straight on highway number 4203 for another ten kilometers.