The Emerald Pool
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
The Emerald Pool
The Emerald Pool is not too far from the town of Krabi and it will take only a little time for you to fall in love with it. As such, you don’t have to worry about accommodation. Food shops and convenient stalls are promptly available, and if you happen to want to stay the night, there’s an option of camping amidst the beautiful nature near the pond.
The Emerald Pool is in Toong Tiaw forest, the last lowland forest of Thailand. Some species of plants and animals like the exquisite, rare Gurney\'s pitta live here, yet, true to the form of a rainforest, the diversity is outstanding. The trekking is only mildly challenging since jungle trails have been made and nature lovers can admire the beauty in a not too unforgiving manner. Usually the trekking lasts half or one day with Tina Jolliefe nature trail as the most interesting route for bird lovers.
The crown jewel of Toong Tiaw forest is, of course, the Emerald Pool. Though the place looks manmade, it’s actually a natural square-shaped pool 25 meters wide, 20 meters long, and 1.5-2 meters deep. The color of the water is as captivatingly beautiful as the Andaman Sea and the clarity is incomparable. The pool hard water and therefore no plant or any kind of animal can live in it. Small cabins and bridges stand around the pool. You can freshen up by swimming in the glistening clear water in a soothing atmosphere under shades of trees. Relaxing on the banks, or taking a walk and learning more about nature is also highly encouraged.
How to get there
The Emerald Pool is situated in Khao Pra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary, 18 kms along the public road No. 4038 from the district office of Klong Thom. The gravel entrance road is 800-meters from the main entrance to the pool. It is wide enough for a car but visitors are not allowed to drive to the pool by any vehicles. An official at the entrance informs visitors that noise may disturb wild animals especially birds. However, the path is the shortest access way that most visitors use. Shady and evergreen forest on both sides along the forest pathway are full of trees and vines including palms and rattans. This spectacular environment will make the walk well worth it.