Looking forward to getting out into nature in Krabi? Charge your camera batteries, and tick off these stunning natural attractions.
Krabi is one of the most popular destinations in Thailand and home to beautiful islands, scenic national parks and cultural spots aplenty. The province is also known for its exciting adventure activities, including climbing, sea kayaking and caving. There’s plenty to enjoy outdoors, and, when it comes to marvel at Mother Nature’s handiwork, Krabi boasts some splendid natural sights.
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Thung Teao Forest Natural Park is one of the most striking natural attractions in Krabi. It’s especially popular with photography enthusiasts and nature lovers. Home to the Emerald Pool, a natural lagoon where you can swim, the ancient lowland forest also has lovely waterfalls and hot springs. Hike the nature trail to spot some of the diverse wildlife in the park, including an array of birds, lizards, small mammals and insects. If you see the Gurney’s pitta bird, you’re in for a treat – it was once thought to be extinct!
An iconic Krabi sight, the twin mountains of Khao Khanab Nam sit on either side of a river. Seeing the mountains from afar is impressive, with the peaks casting their reflections on the water when the sun is at the right angle in the sky. You can climb one of the mountains for terrific views of the surroundings and, if you dare, scramble out onto an outcrop for cool Instagram snaps. There are dark caves to explore underneath the mountains, too, and you can learn more about prehistoric skeletons discovered in the caverns.
Klong Thom Hot Springs feature stone pools of mineral-rich hot water. Bathing in the pleasantly warm waters is believed to help with a range of health complaints, including skin conditions and joint pains, and it’s also relaxing. If the temperatures (around 35–40C and 95–104F) become too much, take a dip in the cooler stream of water right next to the hot springs. Tree roots twist atmospherically across the ground, and leafy branches provide plenty of shade. Water flows through the stepped pools to create a tumbling waterfall, and the rainforest surroundings add to the enchanting scenes.
Susan Hoi is one of the most unusual natural sights in Krabi. Commonly referred to as the Shell Cemetery, Susan Hoi is a large patch of shale rock decorated with the rather eerie skeletal remains of shellfish. The geological site is believed to be at least 20 million years old, and there are only a handful of similar places around the world. It’s well worth checking out the wildlife-rich mangroves while in the area, and you can learn more about Susan Hoi and its formation at the small information centre.
Koh Hong is a small island off the coast of mainland Krabi. Popularly visited on island-hopping day tours, the island boasts pristine white beaches and a spectacular natural lagoon. Limestone rocks tower over the blue waters, and swimming here is like taking a dip in an ethereal wonderland. The waters surrounding the island have lots of fascinating marine life, and snorkelling is a great way to fully appreciate the underwater world and get a better view of the coral reef. The enchanting island is part of Than Bok Khorani National Park.
Khao Phanom Bencha National Park is one of Krabi’s lesser-visited national parks, despite only being a short way outside of Krabi Town. The peaceful forests are home to an array of flora and fauna, and there are several well-marked walking trails to facilitate explorations. Within the park, you’ll find pretty waterfalls, including Klong Hang, Ton Hahn and Huay Toh. There are also caves filled with cool rock formations, and splendidly scenic lookout points. Escape the tourist crowds, and spend a day hiking in beautiful nature.
Khao Ngon Nak, also known as Dragon Crest Mountain, is a forest-covered mountain in Krabi. While the mountain is pleasant enough to look at, it’s the views from the summit that make it so special. Hike to the top, passing waterfalls and viewing areas, to feast your eyes on the blanket of greenery below that rolls towards the sparkling blues of the sea. You’ll likely spot a variety of wildlife as you hike to the peak, too.
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