Hot Spring, Emerald Pool, Elephant Trekking, Tiger Cave
From Krabi Town, Ao Nang, Klong Muang
Hot Springs & Emerald Pool – In the South of Krabi in the province
of Klong Thom District are nature’s own hot-tub jazuzzis known as น้ำตกร้อน (naam tok rawn) in
Thai. The water here comes from thermal springs
originating deep underground in volcanic chambers. Located in the jungle, this site features
naturally hollowed-out ‘bathtubs’ in the smooth stone, filled to the brim with fresh running
spring water at a pleasant 35 – 40 degrees Celsius. After a soak, take a refreshing dip in the
cool river below.
Water from the hot springs flows through the rocks into larger man- bathing pools on the same
site and basic changing facilities are now available for visitors.
The mineral salts contained in the hot spring water are said to ease a number of ailments,
including rheumatism, sciatica and skin complaints.
A visit to the Hot Springs would not be complete without a trip to the nearby Emerald Pool (สระมรกต or Sa Morakot in Thai), this is an astonishingly
hued and large natural pool that is filled with pure spring water.
The pool is reached via a network of trails through the Khao Nor Chu Chi forest (the longest of
which is 1.2km
– no climbing required), which offer a glimpse into a unique aquatic ecosystem, fed by the
area’s abundant spring water. You’ll pass by a series of clear mini-pools, waterfalls and
streams, plus hundreds of species of tropical trees and plants.
The other “must-see” site in the reserve is the brightly coloured ‘Blue Pool’, located some 600m
further upstream from the Emerald Pool.
This area is also popular with birders as the forest is home to many rare species, including the
endangered Gurney’s Pitta. A full day could easily be spent here as there are many other trails
around the site.
Tiger Cave Temple – The Tiger Cave Temple (Thai: วัดถ้ำเสือ : Wat
Tham Suea) is a Buddhist temple northeast of Krabi, Thailand. One of the most sacred Buddhist
sites in the province, it is well known for
the tiger paw prints in the cave and a tall Buddha statues which sits at the summit with
spectacular views across Krabi Town,
mountains and the tropical rain forests. The Tham Sua temple is a Thai Buddhist meditation
centre and also has places of archaeological and historical significance. The foundation of the
temple dates back to 1975 when a Vipassana monk named Jumnean Seelasettho (Ajahn Jumnean) went
to meditate in the cave. During his meditation, he witnessed tigers roaming around the cave.
This discovery led to naming the temple Wat Tham Suea. Another legend says that an actual huge
tiger used to live and roam the cave. At the top of the mountain there is a large golden Buddha
statue. This statue, other temple buildings, and much of Krabi town can be seen from
shrine at the top of the stairs.