Emerald Pool, Krabi
The Emerald Pool (Sra Morakot), is breathtakingly beautiful and the water is a perfect color if you are there at the right time. Low season is the best time as the color of the water is so much nicer, during high season there are to many people in the pool churning up the sand etc so the colors are not as vibrant.
It’s a nice easy drive to the Emerald Pool from Krabi just take Highway 4 to Khlong Thom district then turn left to Route 4038 to Lam Hap Sub-district. There are plenty of sign posts and the drive took us about an hour from Ao Nang.
Try to get there early and if your lucky you will have the pool nearly to yourself. Avoid Thai Public Holidays as there can be hundreds and hundreds of people there.
Entry fees are 200baht per person to the National Park and a 20baht parking fee.
There are toilets and little eating places near the car park then it is about an 800 meter walk to the pool (slightly uphill).
Food and drinks are not allowed to be taken into the park - except for bottles of water.
The water in the Emerald Pool comes from the very porous rock layers and contains high amounts of Calcium Carbonate so you cannot drink it. Mineral deposits are all around the edges of the Emerald Pool making it extremely slippery, so be careful getting in and out.
We have been here many times now and normally spent a couple of hours at the Emerald pool, there are hardly any people there early in the morning, the water is luke warm, there’s plenty of shade and little seating areas, it is a very peaceful and beautiful place that we love showing to family and friends.
The Emerald pool is a warm water crystal clear pool, 1-2 meters deep. This pool is refreshing. Have to be careful when walking on the edges of the pool. It is very slippery because of high calcium carbonate deposits.
Located in the area of Khao Pra-Bang Khram, east of Klong Thom. You can visit the crystal lagoon and the Thung Teao waterfall.
Just like the blue water around the coast and the islands, there are also two mineral rich blue/green pools of water in the hills around Krabi - Khao Pra - Bang Kram Wildlife Sanctuary
It took us some 30mins to get there from the airport. 200THB (for foreigners) and 10minute walk through tropical forests gets you to the the first pool - the Emerald Pool/Sra Morakot. More green than emerald-ish in colour, the pool is like a pond which is fed continuously by a stream at its far end. The mineral rich water gives the pond its greenish hue (and folks around say that one mustn't keep the eyes open under water for too long). The water is chest deep (i am some 5'10" tall) and the rocks around the pool are very slippery. Dont pay heed to the same and jump in from wherever you feel most confident or just slide in.
A further walk uphill, this time on a wooden elevated pathway (With the planks torn away at many places and the nails peeking out adding to the excitement) takes you through lush foliage & thick forest. At one point the pathway ends and if there's no one around you wouldnt probably know where to go. Just follow the beaten path through the large trunked trees and at the end of this walk you will reachan elevated platform around a pool with the most electric blue colour you would have ever seen
Stay there for a while to soak up the pece, the silence & the absolute mesmerising blue colour at the bottom the pool
First thing first, I would recommend you to go to Emerald Pool by motorbike or private tour because you will find that you don't have enough time to enjoy the beautiful of the pool in short duration if you went there by normal tour. They gave us 1.5hours where we had to walk for 800m to get to the pool. We didn't get the chance to go to the blue pool because we were not sure whether we had enough time or not. But swimming in the Emerald Pool was amazing, how I wish I have more time to spend there. Definitely will come to the pool again.