Ranked 5 of 36 sightseeing in Krabi

While exploring Southern Thailand’s many attractions, one of the must-visit sites are its natural pools and jungle streams. Away from the beaches of Krabi’s coast, one of these pools, the Khao Phra Bang Nam Reserve’s Emerald Pool, or Sa Morakot, is a great reward after an excursion into luxuriant green forests.

History

Krabi’s earliest mention in written history records dates back to 1200 AD. This town was one of the twelfth Thai royal cities. Modern Krabi has its beginnings as an 18th-century elephant kraal for the Siamese Kingdom. With Thailand’s tourism boom in the 1960s, the spotlight fell on Krabi’s unique topography, as the town became a haven for the backpacker crowd and rock climbing enthusiasts, and has since grown into a hub of travel in Southern Thailand.

Reason to Visit

The scenic routes to the Emerald Pool are images from a fantasy movie. Inland Krabi’s lush forests exist on a riverine landscape that feeds and nurtures some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, and this is evident when following the trails of the Khao Nor Chu Chi forest. The area is adorned with mini-pools, streams and waterfalls and is a botanist’s haven, with hundreds of plant species.

There are three approaches to the pool - a direct trail of about 800 metres, a more scenic detour that is a little less than a kilometre and a half long, and finally, the Tina Joiffe Nature Trail meant for those who are ready to soak in the jungle scenery and love to hike. This trail is about 2.7 kilometres long. The natural Emerald Pool is a large water body that is filled with spring water originating from a forest stream. Its multihued waters are an enchanting combination of minerals and lighting. This site is the perfect place to have a soothing and relaxing experience amidst the setting of a tropical paradise.

If discovering exotic wildlife is something one may fancy, the forests around the Emerald Pool are great for viewing rare and endemic bird species, including the highly endangered Gurney’s Pitta. Situated close to the Emerald Pool are some of the most popular thermal springs in the region. These jungle jacuzzis are now part of a larger complex with bathing and changing facilities.

Entry Guidelines

The fees to enter the reserve are around 200 Baht per person and the entrance to the nearby hot springs is 80 Baht. If one is going with an organised tour, the entry fees may vary. It is better to avoid this trek on a weekend or a public holiday as the attractions get crowded. The pool is located in the Khao Phra Bang Nam Reserve in Krabi’s Klong Thom District. So Morakot is 18 kilometres away from the district office and around 70 kilometres from Krabi town.

The Emerald Pool is in a very pristine and undisturbed area with minimal human construction; visitors should bring their own towels if they plan to swim.

Where to Eat

Visitors are not allowed to eat or bring food near the Emerald Pool. There are food stalls close to the hot springs facility nearby, so one is never too far away from a bite. Early mornings and late afternoons are great to visit.




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Timing, fees and more

time

Operating hours

Sun:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
fee

Entry Fee

Adult:
THB 200
Child:
Free/not applicable

Reviews and Ratings

Akanksha jain

Akanksha jain3.9/5

42 reviews

Pool is not clean

It is a long drive destination and a walk of around 2 kms one side to reach the pool. It is emerald in color but the area is not at all clean, very slippery you might get hurt. There is no facility like, toilets and rooms.

Reshma Palep

Reshma Palep5.0/5

3 reviews

Crystal clear pool in the rainforest

The walk through the thick rainforest takes you to the Emerald green pool. One can have a dip in this pool or go ahead higher up to the source which is the Blue pool. Breathtaking views and a must visit attraction !

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Emerald Pool, Krabi

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Emerald Pool, Krabi
Emerald Pool, Krabi

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Thejasvi Bhat

Emerald Pool, Krabi
Emerald Pool, Krabi

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Thejasvi Bhat

Emerald Pool, Krabi
Emerald Pool, Krabi

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Thejasvi Bhat

Emerald Pool, Krabi