Krabi Province

Krabi could well be described as the 'new Phuket' for the amount of development, much of which has taken place in just the last few years. Krabi's popularity is mainly due to its combination of fantastic limestone cliffs which march right down to sparkling white sandy beaches. Of course, there's also the clear waters filled with spectacular corals as well.

Most of the new development is in three areas: The Nang Bay and Railay coast of the mainland west of Krabi town; Lanta Yai island ; and Phi Phi Don . Although the Phi Phi islands have been an alternative to Phuket for years - long before Leonardo Di Caprio discovered 'The Beach' - the mainland and Lanta have been developed only since the late 1990s.

View of Krabi from the top of the hill at Tiger Cave Temple

Tiger Cave Temple ( Wat Tham Suea )

The cave temple is aptly named because of the rock outgrowth nearby resembling a tiger's claw. The temple is located about 3km from the town towards North East.
Wat Tahm Seua is known as a center for meditation. Its spectacular setting in the Ao Luk Thanu mountain ranges provides the necessary quiet atmosphere for meditation. The main vihara or the sanctum sanctorum is inside a small shallow limestone cave. Both sides are lined by cells like caves which are called monastic cells or kutis. The area is well lit and very well maintained preserving the serenity of the environment. Some 250 Monks and Nuns live in the temple compounds at the moment.

Here you can venture it up the hills. There are two passages, one taking you up by 1200 steps to the hill top. The commanding view all around shall be worthy of taking the strain to climb the hill. The second passage is only 130 steps up and you reach the place where monks live in their small cottages.

The whole area is full of caves and limestone rock formations. Archeologists have found remnants of ancient habitations as old as from stone age. Stone tools, shards of pottery and beads, idols of clay have all been unearthed which bear testimony to the cultural heritage of the area.

Hot Waterfall ( Nam Tok Rawn )

The hills inland from the Krabi coast are dotted with hot springs, some of which form an interesting landscape good for a day trip. One of these is the Hot Waterfall in Klong Thom district.

At the Hot Waterfall, hot water rises from several springs and flows through a forest until it tumbles down a bluff into a stream. Over the course of hundreds of years, the minerals dissolved in the water have been deposited on the rocks in such a way as to form large deep pools of water. The sides of the pools are so steep that they don't seem natural, but they are.

One of the major minerals found in the water is copper, which gives the stony deposits a dark green color. The forest, deep warm water, it's all very relaxing. While soaking in the water is considered good for you, be sure you don't drink it. In addition to copper and fluoride, the water also contains traces of lead.


Emerald Pond

Like the Hot Waterfall , the Emerald Pond is the result of hot springs. Water flows through a fissure, over a large rock shelf and into a large pool. Depending on the temperature and other factors, the pond can be anything from crystal clear to deep green.

The water is not as hot as the waterfall, but it's warm enough to be quite comfortable. The water has a lot of calcium carbonate, which deposits on the rocks and creates a rich place for bacteria, making the surfaces in and around the pool very slippery.

Getting to the pond from the entrance area requires a short hike through a forest. The trail follows a stream which flows out of the pond. The trail affords some beautiful views, but is a bit longer than a more direct roadway that also ends up near the pond. You can take the trail to the pond and the roadway back

Ao Luk District

Along the Ao Luk-Laem Sak Road, approximately 2km from the district offices are 2 caves, Tham Lod Neua and Tham Lod Tai . The latter is a long narrow limestone tunnel with stalactites and stalagmites and a boulder shaped like the quarter moon lying on its side. The cave can be visited when the water is low by longtail boat.

Nearby is Tham Prah cave, the site of the Khao Prah Suhn Yah Tah Rahm Meditation Centre, and Tham Petch cave, named because the cave's walls are of a stone that reflects light like a diamond, which in Thai is called pet.

Tham Phi Hue To/Hualok is a large cave with many grottos and prehistoric drawings of animals and people. Accessible by boat from the town pier, the cave rests on a hill surrounded by water and mangroves.

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