Krabi Off The Beaten Path

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    Deep in the jungle!

    by elefteriafire Written Jan 4, 2006

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    Nearby is located the Khao Sok national park, one of the most wonderful places. One can stay there for the night, in a floating bamboo house. One can also stay in a treehouse. It is hard to do hiking in summertime, because of the leeches! But put some tobacco on the wound and it gets better!

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    Walk from island to island!

    by wynlim Written Oct 7, 2005

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    At low-tide, you can walk out from Nopparatthara beach to two small little islands nearby. Watch hermit crabs scramble all over the sand, and you may see the local children digging the sand for shell-fish...or even the occassional octopus!

    Nopparatthara beach at low-tide Hermit crab octopus!

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    Klong Thom - Hot Mineral Baths/Waterfalls

    by Tina-Perth Updated Jan 24, 2008

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    Wow, I loved this one! The first time I came (and every other time) I didn't want to leave, a fantastic experience. After walking along the platform walkway through the jungle/forest, you emerge at the hot springs/jacuzzi. It's totally natural, nothing of the spring is man-made or enhanced.

    Khlong Thom is a naturally formed hot mineral spring that cascades from one pool (or bath) to the next. The water is a thermal spring that ranges in temperature from 40-42 deg cel to 15-20 deg cel. The basic mineral composition is magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, fluoride and chlorine. Reputedly, these minerals have therapeutic value for such ailments as arthritis and skin conditions.

    The "baths" look as though they've been formed by the roots of the surrounding trees fossilising into rock. In one of the pools a log has fallen into it and turned to stone. I thought the rock surface would be slippery, but it's not, which is lucky as it would be highly dangerous otherwise.

    You can sit under the cascade from each previous, higher pool and have a great massage from the water flowing over your neck, shoulders and back. At the bottom, there is a wide, flowing stream which, once you're away from the rocks is pretty cold, but you can stand underneath a cascade, having hot water pummel you while you're standing in cool water, very therapeutic and enjoyable. All of this is under a canopy of trees which protect you from the sun. I felt fantastic when we left here, really revitalised and relaxed.

    Klong Thom is located about 3-3.5 hours' drive from Phuket, about 30km from Krabi. Entry is 90 baht per person (foreigner). There is a 20 baht for parking a car and 5 baht fee for parking a motorcycle. No alcohol or food allowed. There are some food/drink shops including souvenirs at the entry.

    The tiered baths The tiers of pools - look closely! My favourite pool apart from the cascade at bottom A view to the stream, can't see cascade though On the way down...
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    Waterfalls

    by kyoub Written Aug 23, 2004

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    Than Bokkharani National Park was flooded with water after all the rainy days of September.
    It has nine caves, pools, and waterfalls.
    Tall trees provide plenty of shade.
    It is quite busy on week-ends but we only saw a couple of people all the time we were there.

    After the rains
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    Monks

    by kyoub Written Aug 23, 2004

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    Wat Sai Thai is a wat in name only because there are not enough monks in residence to to make it official.
    If you ask or are good at sign language one of the monks that are there will show you around.
    There isn;t much left to see, an old bell-less tower and a former cremation hall from when it was an active monastery.

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    Sra Morakot - The Emerald Pool

    by Tina-Perth Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Not far from the hot mineral springs - Klong Thom, you will find the stunningly beautiful Emerald Pool and its visit-worthy surrounds. The main point of attraction is the Emerald Pool, but its surrounding waterfalls, forest and pools are just as beautiful. You take the track straight to the pool, (700m) then make sure you do the nature walk on the way back which is 1.4km. Please check my travelogue for pictures.

    Sra Marakot is another natural feature of warm water, around body temperature or maybe a little warmer. It is about 1.2m deep in the centre and shallower to the sides. The warmer the temperature, the more dense the blue/green colouring. This pool is fed by a small stream of water from the Magic Pool (which we didn't see) and also through the porous rock in the bottom. The water is crystal clear, you can see everything - the fish, every leaf and rock in it. You cannot drink this water, as it is high in Calcium Carbonate. Please check the website below for better pictures than I took. : )

    On the slope above the pool there is a build up of Calcium Carbonate which is algae-like and extremely slippery, so if walking that way around the pool, beware!

    Once again, nothing but water is permitted to be carried into the park. Entry is 200 baht for foreigners. There is Thai massage available at the park entrance, along with food and drink. Please check my warning/danger tip for further information.

    The beautifully coloured oasis The jungle surrounding the pool The inlet, runoff from the Magic Pool
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    Holy Princess Pool

    by AndreSTGT Updated May 27, 2005

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    A strenuous, adrenaline-pumped and very worthwhile excursion from Tham Phra Nang Beach leads to a hidden lagoon in the middle of the limestone cape.
    The lagoon is only impressive during the rainy season when it's filled with turquoise water, in the dry season it looks more like a puddle of mud. The track is very slippery in the rainy season, but that's part of the fun.

    Holy Princess Pool
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    View Point

    by AndreSTGT Written Nov 19, 2003

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    ...after 10-15 min of constant uphill climbing, the trail forks. It's a good idea to take a left and do a little side trip to a magnificent view point about 3min downhill. From there you can see Raileh East and West and other beaches from a bird's perspective.

    Viewpoint
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    Visit Phra Nang Beach If You Can

    by DarkRay Updated Nov 8, 2003

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    I have found Phra Nang Beach to be the most beautiful beach during my short stay in Krabi. It was even better than Phi Phi Ley's Maya Bay (which was swarming with people as I went during the start of the high season), which was the area's most famous beach due to it being featured on the motion picture "The Beach".

    Update: Phra Nang Beach was once considered by some authority to be the second most beautiful beach in the world and is still ranked as one of the top few.

    You can take a long tail boat from Ao Nang Beach to this beach directly, but probably for a higher price than the 50 baht it cost from Ao Nang Beach to Railay West Beach. You can also rent a kayak from Railay West Beach and kayak to Phra Nang Beach (about 10 minutes) or you can take a 20 minutes walk from Railay East Beach to Phra Nang Beach.

    Surreal Sunset at Phra Nang Beach
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    Go back to the intersection...

    by AndreSTGT Updated Apr 19, 2004

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    ... and turn right this time. This is the trail to the lagoon. Soon you will come to a steep and slippery descent, it looks quite hair-raising, but this is only the beginning, just hang on to the rope, but move quickly, there are some nasty red ants. Once the descend is over, you'll find yourself in the middle of a dark jungle-like spot, and this is where the fun really begins...

    Jungle tree
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    Shave Ice

    by GracesTrips Updated Aug 22, 2014

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    From Railay West to Railay East takes about 5 minutes to walk. On Railay East there is a tiny vendor selling shaved ice. It's not as soft as shave ice in Hawaii but definitely refreshing on hot, hot day! The Thai shave ice includes a choice of native fruits or beans. I had it with melon syrup and holy basil. Not exactly sure what holy basil is but it sorta look like frog eggs. It has no taste or flavor but a jelly like texture.

    Shaved ice with melon syrup and holy basil
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    Tiger Cave Temple

    by Elginah Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Take a taxi, or drive out to the Tiger Cave Temple. Make sure you pack water, your asthma pump and one of those hand held fans. Then you begin your climb up the 1300 odd stairs to see Buddha's footprint. And remember, the road to enlightenment is not an easy one - as the steep steps to the top indicate.

    View from top of Tiger Cave Temple
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    Lang Rongrian

    by Aidy_p Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I can only say a few Thai words and I was in a foreign land. So when a driver who was sending me back to my hotel asked, "Want to see cave?" you can say that I was more than a little apprehensive.

    I would not mind exploring if I was alone. But I'd my wife and my little girl with me. But the more adventurous side of me prevail. I got a consensus from my wife and the reply that came out was "Yes! sure!"

    I soon found out the true reason why the driver had suggested that location. His house was nearby the cave and he had hoped to stop by for lunch. The time was 4pm and he was too polite (Like most Thai people) to say that he has not eaten.

    When we reached the cave, the driver quickly scuttled back home to bring along his candles to the cave - Lang Rongrian.

    The excitement was just beginning. If you're a Archeology buff, keep your ears peeled.

    Looking at the signboard which was planted at the entrance of the cave, I'd managed to pick up a couple of interesting facts about this cave. This archeological site dates back some 37,000 years.

    This cave shelter is the oldest archeological site in the whole of South Thailand. When I stepped in, the cave gave me a very homely feel. This was home to so many families along the years. Men going out to hunt, the children playing at the mouth of the cave. Can just imagine the buzz of activities.

    It felt like the cave had started to close in on me as I went deeper into it. It reached a point where if I had wanted to go deeper, I'd have to go on my hands and knees. Everything in front of me was pitch dark. My driver then threw a beam of light towards the cavity and my eyes followed the light. It could only illuminate that much.

    My driver told me that you can go on for kilometres and still not see the end of the cave. I will take that as the truth. I bet you will too.

    Extracting a sentence from a report I found online:-

    "Lang Rongrian overlaps the period when homonids may have been evolving to Homo Sapiens, which was also a time of lower sea levels."

    Learn more about Lang Rongrian At the entrance of the cave Getting deeper into the cave
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    Tab Kak - Hang Nak nature walk.

    by pfsmalo Written Mar 23, 2012

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    To get to the start of this walk you have to have some sort of transport as there are no buses or song-thaews that come out here. Start of the trail is about 5 kms from Klong Muang centre and right at the end of the road after the TubKaek resort. In Klong Muang or Koh Kwang you'll find taxis that'll give you the ride out but try to barter for a return trip around 5 hours later. This lovely but very strenuous walk takes between 1 1/2 to 3 hours to get right up to the peak at about 500 metres high and is supposedly 3.7 kms in length. The path leads up through the jungle with some viewpoints overlooking the Andaman sea and the Hong islands, and on the other side off to Krabi town and Koh Lanta (only on a clear day). The path does get steep in parts and there are a couple of wooden ladder/steps to climb up. It is very well marked and trodden so no risk of getting lost, only near the top of the peak you have to climb the rock (not dangerous) so need to take your bearings. If you've brought a picnic this is the place to rest before the trek back down. On the way up you'll see a sign for a waterfall, but we never went to see it, having enough trouble to drag our tired legs up to the peak. There are supposed to be gibbons up there and can certainly be heard, but we didn't see any.

    The trail starts here. Cathy on one of the wooden ladder contraptions. The mangrove forest at Tha Lane. The lush countryside to the east. Koh Hong and Pak Bia islands in Phang Nga bay.

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    LORD OF THE FLIES

    by travelagent4thailand Written Dec 9, 2003

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    If many of you may recall the well read book and movie 'LORD OF THE FLIES'....the story depicts humanity situated in its own natural state - the state to survive and rule its own territory....as also depcited in CAST AWAY film.

    This is TRUELY off the beaten track.

    You can experience that 'being' here around KRABI islands -- pack you bags and live in the wilderness in solitude.

    There are many islands.....go ponder.

    * this note is made for information only and does not in anyway intend to induce. Any of such act are strictly of your own responsibility and may or may not abide to the tourism regulations of the kingdom. the author holds no responsibility of the provided information.

    you over there?
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