Gastropod Fossil - Susan Hoi - Shell Cemetary, Krabi
This place is also known as Shell cemetery or Su Saan Hoi where these large slabs of fossilised molluscs, from anywhere between 40 and 75 million years old, can be found. To tell you the truth there is really not a lot to see if you're not a specialist. Plus make sure you check the tide time table before coming as if it is high tide you won't see a thing at all, although they do let you in free. Cost is marked up as 200 bath (5€) per adult, which is miles too expensive for what there is, but they let us in for half-price ??? The site is about 10 kms from Ao Nang and a bit further from Krabi town. It does have also a small museum that explains a little about the site, and is free to enter. I actually had more fun with the interaction with the local kids and people.
The site can be coupled with the Marine breeding site a couple of kms back towards Ao Nang, which is much more interesting and is free.
Locals refer to the Gastropod Fossil site as Susaan Hoi which translates as Shell Cemetery.
Large slabs of rock on the water’s edge are embedded with tight-packed fossilized shells that are said to date 75 million years, when the area was a large freshwater swamp.
To see perfectly preserved shells you must find a broken edge in the slabs since the ones on the surface have been walked on and worn down by the elements and are hard to distinguish.
This place is most definitely worth a visit as there are only two other sites like it in the world, one in the USA and the other in Japan.
Take a break in the beautiful shady well maintained park and picnic area and then you can walk down to secluded beaches and creeks which have a good view of Chicken Island.
There is also a small museum describing the site history and giving details of the fossils and quite a few shops run by local Muslims that sell everything you could possible think of made in shells.
To walk through to the actual Fossil site will cost you 200baht per adult and 100baht for children as the site is within the Hat Nopparat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park.
The Gastropod Fossil Site is about 20 km from Krabi Town and 10 km from Ao Nang at Ban Laem Pho.
From Ao Nang, simply follow the main way out to Krabi and follow the road signs. The entrance of the site is the end of the paved road and is marked by a small Chinese shrine.
Reputedly, these shell fossils are 75 million years old. Millions upon millions of gastropod shells are deposited here, they are layered between 1 and 2 metres deep.
The scenery is dramatic and very interesting, as you can see from the pictures here.
There is a museum with lots of historical and geological information for those who are interested. The park is shady and pretty, making it a perfect spot for a stop-off on a long drive.
There's not much else, but if you are in the area, it is worth stopping to take a look.
Hmmm... Is it really ancient fossils or am I looking at cement blocks?? I am not sure about the significant of this site. It is a bit ... mmm... felt cheated for coming here.
Tips: As most tousist sites in Thailand, entrance fee is much cheaper for locals. So, if you are an asian, and have Thai friends to bring you, just pretend that you are Thai.
It was something different. There are some little shops around to buy stuff. The staff were at luch so we got in free but I think it was something like $3 I am not too sure. You walk around and go to different sites were there are different fossils and such.
Shell Fossil Cemetery ia a shell graveyard where 75-million-year-old shell fossils have formed giant slabs that jut out into the sea.
We didn't find them all that interesting put it is a nice park with a lot of large trees for shade.
There are several vendors lined up as you walk up from the beach..
The flat rock that contains the shell fossil expands into the sea along the beach. It was smaller thatn I expected, but very interesting to see. They say there are only three more places that have this kind of fossil in the world; here, Japan and Chicago.
If geology is your cup of tea, check out the 75 million old fossilized shell-fish that hardened over the years to form a beach.
This beach is made up of millions and millions of fossilised shells accumulated over hundreds of years. There are only 2-3 known fossil shell beaches and this is one of them.