From Krabi Province

One of most attractive destinations in Southern Thailand is located 814 kms. from Bangkok. Krabi occupies an area of 4,708 square kilometres. To the west, it borders on the Andaman Sea where countless natural attractions abound, including white sandy beaches, fascinating coral reefs, numerous large and small islands, verdant forests with caves and waterfalls.

Krabi is administratively divided into 8 districts: Amphoe Muang, Ao Luk, Khao Phanom, Khlong Thom, Ko Lanta, Plai Phraya, Lam Thap, and Nua Khlong.

Ao Nang

6 kms. from the Nopparat Thara Beach, is a large bay with scenic beaches and 83 small islands. A number of hotels and bungalows as well as diving shops are available.

Than Bok Khorani National Park

It is situated in Amphoe Ao Luk, some 45 kms. from Krabi town. The park covers an area of 1211 square kilometres consisting of mangrove forests, limestone mountains, and islands. A pond of emerald water among a shady forested area, is located near the park office. In the area, there is a replica of the Lord Buddha’s footprint carved from wood and a shrine of Chao Pho To Yuan-To Chong.

Tham Lot

Tham Lot and Tham Phi Hua To, two caves in Tambon Ao Luk Tai, can be reached by boat along Tha Prang Canal in 20 minutes. A boat is available at the Bo Tho Pier which can be reached by taking the Ao Luk-Laem Sak route for 2 kms. before turning right and continuing on for another 1.5 kms. There are prehistoric paintings in Phi Hua To Cave and a lot of stalactite and stalagmite formations in Tham Lot where a boat can pass through.

Ko Thalu

45-metre hill with a 1 meter wide hole in the middle, houses large number of swallows’ nests.

Ko Garose

Ko Garose and Tham Chao Le which contain prehistoric paintings of men and animals, can be visited by boat from Laem Sak in Amphoe Ao Luk.

Wat Khlong Thom

This is an interesting archaeological site, located in Amphoe Khlong Thom, between Km. 69-70 of Highway No. 4. In the temple compound, there is a museum which features various kinds of artifacts discovered during excavations within an area called “Khuan Luk pat” or a bead mound behind the temple. The discoveries include stone and earthen ornaments in the shapes of animals and particularly beads dating from some 3,000 years.

Pa Thung Tieo

located 18 kms. from Amphoe Khlong Thom in the non-hunting zone of Khao Pra-Bang Khram, is a virgin forest with natural ponds, rare flora and birds. A 2-Km. long trail offers opportunity to study the environment.

Pa Phru Tha Pom

Pa Phru Tha Pom (Khlong Song Nam) is located at Ban Nong Chik, Mu 2, Tambon Khao Khram, a distance of 34 kilometres from the provincial town of Krabi. To get there, proceed along Highway No. 4 (Krabi – Ao Luek route) onto Km. 126 and take a left turn for another 5 kilometres. Pa Phru or peat swamp forest of the canal of Tha Pom features a number of water sources, which originate from the Chong Phra Kaeo pool.

Tha Pom is called Khlong Song Nam by the locals, which in Thai literally means “two water canal”, because of its special feature location where crystal clear freshwater, which the pool’s floor and the roots of Lumphi palm (Eleiodoxa conferta) are virtually visible, meets seawater from the mangrove forest. Tha Pom features a natural trail made of lath. Wooden chairs are located at certain points for nature lovers to conveniently admire the view of the place.

Admission fees for adults and children are 50 and 30 Baht, respectively. For more details, contact the Khao Khram Sub-district Administration Organization, Tel. 0 7569 4165, 0 7569 4198.

Tham Suea

This cave is located at Ban Tham Suea, Tambon Krabi Noi, 9 kilometres from the provincial town of Krabi via Phetchakasem Road (Highway No. 4) and turning left onto Ratsadon Phatthana Road (Highway No. 4037). Tham Suea means tiger cave because the cave in front of Ao Luk Thanu Range or Khao Kaeo features natural rock impressions of tiger paws and real tigers once roamed this area.

The surrounding area is covered with lush forest and enormous trees hundreds of years old, particularly in the Khiri Wong Valley. Mountains are on all sides and there are smaller caves in great numbers such as Tham Khonthan, Tham Lot, Tham Chang Kaeo, Tham Luk Thanu, and Tham Phra. Aside from being the site of a meditation centre, it is also a place of archaeological interest, dating from the prehistoric into proto-historic times. Stone tools, potsherds, and unbaked clay votive tablets have been found. In addition to this, there are trekking routes, and a trail of 1,272 steps leading to the lookout point for a bird’s eye view of the place.