Hot Shower Waterfall's
The hot shower waterfalls (Namtok Ron Khlong Thom) are not far from the Emerald pool. Just follow the directions for the Emerald Pool and you will see the signposts for the Hot Shower Waterfalls. Entry fee here is now 90baht.
It is only a 200 metre walk along a lovely boardwalk through the jungle, watch up for snakes though, we came across one sun baking on the boardwalk. The hot shower waterfall has a temperature of 40-50 degrees Celsius and the water falls down into the cool stream.
It can be a bit tricky getting in here, so I just climbed over the little pontoon into the cool stream and swam over to the hot waterfalls.
The Hot Shower waterfall is beautiful and definately worth a visit combined with the Emerald Pool.
Once again there are toilets and restaurants near the car parking area.
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Krabi's walking street is best seen at weekends in the evening, the atmosphere is pleasant and not too pushy, lots of souvenirs can be picked up with some bartering needed obviously and some mouthwatering food.
All the shops selling the same articles, whether it be sports bags, bikinis or other clothes. All the restaurants selling the same food including loads of pizza places. The only thing here is that you'll get a better rate for your dollar or euro in the small exchange boutiques on the road up from the beach at the southern end leading towards McDonalds (Yes, there is one as well). Even the beach is not that good, two small areas given over for swimming and the rest for the longtail boats heading in and out all day. PLenty of agencies though for those trips to 4-Islands, Ko Lanta and up to James Bond Island. Possibility of negociating the prices, don't be afraid to, as most of these agencies use Barracuda tours, you're only taken a nibble out of their commission.
There are some great sunsets to be had as well.
A pleasant walk found us alongside the Tone-Tai waterfall, a little disappointing as there wasn't much flow. This didn't stop the local kids from enjoying themselves though, they had a pool to jump or dive into. A s there is some pristine jungle around here, some lovely beasts and flowers appeared that we hadn't seen before.
Suwankuwa or Monkey Cave temple.
As part of the tour we visited the Monkey Cave temple where the principle attraction is the reclining buddha. I was actually blessed by a monk here and got the obligatory wrist-band. Monkeys galore here, all after one thing - foooood. But they do keep visitors amused. The cave is quite large inside and opens up into an area that, according to a plaque on the wall, various kings and queens have visited the temple for over 120 years.
Ko Ping Gan and Ko Ta Pu, James Bond Island.
This could be paradise, as seen in the James Bond film, " The man with the golden Gun". Now over 30 years on, as so many places, it is full of souvenir shops and the avid tourists that buy the rubbish that they sell. It is still possible though with a bit of climbing (and a bit of luck) to be able to take the famous rock (Ko Ta Pu) without anybody else in the frame. But don't let all this put you off, it really is a beautiful place.
Boat tour on Phang Nga Bay.
Any hotel can organise this tour for you, although we did it ourselves by negociating down to 1000 bath each at an agents in Ao Nang. Of course you won't have a private tour at this price but it includes pick-up and drop-off at hotel, the meal at Ko Panyi and all admission prices to national park and, later to the Monkey cave temple and a (rather pitiful) waterfall. The main object of doing the tour though is Ko Ping Gan, aka James Bond Island, but cruising around these limestone rocks is really beautiful, very much like a miniature Halong Bay. And if you have a nice day as we did, it is well worth doing. Some people on our tour tour opted for the kayaking as well, but came back disappointed as they weren't allowed to paddle themselves.
Koh Panyi (aka Panyee).
Whilst being very picturesque from afar, this Muslim floating island is a real tourist trap. If you take a boat tour to Ko Ping Gan (James Bond Island) a stop here for a meal and visit will certainly be included.There are a good half-dozen restaurants lined up with roughly 4/500 places each catering to the tourist trade, and the quality of the meal shows it. On top of that there is no alcohol here and none must be taken onto the stilted island. After your meal, you are told you have a half-hour to visit, and of course the whole place is full of souvenir shops. The salespeople are not at all aggressive, but what was certainly a very pretty place has been taken over almost exclusively for the tourists (although of course I am one) and their supposed needs.
Some tour companies offer a homestay here.
Wat Sai Thai.
This wat is rather strange as it doesn't have a real temple, just a few buildings, a couple of monks and a reclining buddha that is easily seen along the road. The most interesting is if you follow the signs that take you round the huge rock there is a very short trail that takes you up to a stupa and a golden buddha with some good views over the surrounding countryside. There is also evidence of mollusc shell deposits that can be seen where the monks have dug a large hole in the ground.
Wat Thum Sua - The forest walk.
Probably takes about an hour to do the walk. Once inside the valley it is quite flat and no problem. Some lovely trees and in the caves some weird stalactites and stalagmites to see, as well as the monks houses.
Marine breeding station, Krabi.
On the road from Ao Nang and heading to the Gastrpod fossile site is this marine breeding site. Full of fish tanks and a large lake where there are some enormous fish. Also saw a man tickling a large ray under the chin. No fee is charged for entry where perhaps it could be, thus helping with the upkeep of the place, as government-run it's obviously lacking in funds. A lot of the fish tanks don't look as if they've ever been cleaned, plus there are not many signs to indicate what you are actually looking at. Try to get here early as this is another favourite spot, coupled with the fossile site, for school outings. There is a small shop for drinks and biscuits and such but no toilets, be warned.
On the no. 4203 road look for "Nemo", that is the entrance not very well marked.
Day out to Hong Island.
We were asked by another couple in the hotel if we wanted to join up with them to hire a private longtail boat and go out to Hong Island and follow up with a tour around Pak Bia. The boat cost us 2200 bath (about 45€) for the four of us. We left at 8.30 am and got back around 18.00 making it virtually an all-day trip so was worth the money, although we weren't told there was a 200 bath national park fee to pay once on the island. We got there early and it was perfect, but found that after 12.00 am it was impossible to swim off the main beach for the number of boats tied up. That only left a smallish lagoon for a couple of hundred people, but as that where all the fish were located it wasn't too bad once you got away from the shore . There is also a short walk through the jungle to make a change from the sea. Being early also made sure we had the benefit of trees and shade before the mob got there as it was hot!!! Except for the numbers of people it was a great day out and well worth the money.
Bird singing contest.
This was a most interesting thing we found totling around on the scooter. I tried very hard to understand what was going on, but even now I have absolutely no clue how they get a winner. There were about 150 cages with birds in and at the sound of a whistle, their owners try to get them to sing. There are about 8 judges walking around and an overseeing referee that controls the time they are given for a warble. How they actually get a winner and a loser with the racket that 150 birds can make , I just don't know. A Thai tried to explain it to me with a smattering of English, but even so... but it was interesting to see.
We saw this one in a village called Ban Noi Rai, but they can be seen quite regularly around the Krabi area.
Enjoy,and take part in a beach wedding(not mine).
Out for a walk along the beach one day, we came across this couple and child on an elephants back strolling through the water. There was of course an official photgrapher, but somehow he managed to drop his camera on the sand. Screams and shouts all round and I was asked to take a few pics while he cleaned his camera up. So I managed to get close in, didn't get invited to the reception though....
At the end of the promenade of Ao Nang Beach, after passing the open air massage are, there is a monkey trail that connects the beach with the Centara hotel. The route has a spectacular view, and you can also see a lot of monkeys in the wild.
Be careful with these animals because although they seem friendly at first, they are wild and can bite or trying to steal something to walkers
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