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National Parks and Caves in Tup Kaek


Not only are the islands in the Andaman Sea   spectacular, but so are the caves and national parks on the mainland around Klong Muang.

Below please find a summary of the ones worth a visit.



The closest National Park, without entrance fee, is in Tup Kaek. At the end of the bay, behind  Amari Vogue Resort you can start your walk up the hill and down on the other side. The track ends at a secluded beach. The walk takes about 2.5 hours one way and the path is stony and slippery, so make sure you wear good shoes. From the viewpoint, which is half way, the view over the Andaman Sea and its islands is breathtaking.
National Parks

Than Boke Khorani National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติธารโบกธรณี) (Krabi)
Rates: 10 to 50 Baht

Than Boke Khorani National Park covers an area of 37.5 rai. The Park is covered by a diverse canopy of various species of tree, such as wild gardenia, Asoka, and Apocynaceae that are scattered around Sa Boke Khorani.

At the north end of Sa Boke Korani, which flows through a winding passage in the mountain, is a wood carving of Lord Buddha's footprint and a shrine of Chao Pho To Yuan - To Chong. Other attractions in the park include several limestone mountain caves, verdant mangrove forests and beautiful islands which can be reached only by boat. Admission fee for adults and children are 200 and 100 baht per person. The Park does not provide accommodation, but camping in the park is allowed although tourists have to bring their own tents. For more information, Tel. 075-681071, 075-682058 .




2/2 Moo 2, Ao Luek- Rd., Ao Luek Tai, Ao Luek, Krabi 81110

Hot Springs
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Klong Thom Hot Springs - Attractions
Klong Thom Hot Springs (Ron Klong Thom Waterfall - Aew) (Krabi)

Ron Klong Thom Waterfall, better known as Krabi Hot Springs, is located close to the Emerald Pool. The waterfall is in a shady forest area with numerous hot springs.
The hot and cool streams converge on a slope of warm water with a temperature of 40C. Entrance fee is 50 Baht.

Ron Klong Thom Waterfall is located about 45 km. from Krabi Town.



Nature
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Emerald Pool - Attractions
Emerald Pool (Emerald Pool - Aew) (Krabi)

Emerald Pool,known as Sa Morakot,is a natural pond that originates from a warm stream in the lowland forest of Khao Nor Juji.

The pool is an amazing green and aquamarine color. The intense turquoise color varies according to the light and time of the day. The pool can be visited all year round. Entrance fee is 200 Baht for foreigners and 20 Baht for Thais.

It's about an hours drive from Krabi.



Hot Springs
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Tha Pom Klong Song Nam - Attractions
Tha Pom Klong Song Nam (Tha Pom Klong Song Nam) (Krabi)

Tha Pom Klong Song Nam (Two waters meet)is well known for its crystal clear water stream. Sea water meets fresh water during the high tide resulting in a mixture of waters in the stream.

Tha Pom Klong Song Nam is a beautiful area five kilometers in length. It is unique for its outstandingly clear emerald-green waters and its location on the tide line. The stream water is alternatively fresh or brackish depending upon the state of the tides. This has resulted in the development of three different forest systems in a very concentrated area.
A boardwalk leads you though the park. The admission fee for adults is 100 baht.Children 30 baht. In order to keep this fragile ecological system intact swimming is prohibited. However, there is a pool nearby where you can take a dip.

Tha Pom Tha Pom Klong Song Nam is about 40 km. from Krabi town.



Khao Phanom Bencha National Park (Khao Phanom Bencha National Park) (Krabi)

Khao Phanom Bencha National Park covers a total area of 31,325 rai. The summit rises 1.397 m above sea level and is the highest mountain in Krabi.

Its stunning scenery is enhanced by streams, waterfalls, caves, and wild animals. In addition several beautiful waterfalls and caves containing vast quantities of stalagmites and stalactites are located within the park. Huai To Waterfall, approximately 500 meters from the headquarters, flows over rocks into 11 huge pools.
For more information please contact Tel. 076-629013.

Khao Phanom Bencha National Park is located approximately 20 km north of Krabi Town, follow H1016 until you reach the headquarters.



Caves

Cave
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Tham Lot - Attractions
Tham Lot (ถ้ำลอด) (Krabi)

Tham Lot is situated in Ao Luk District in Krabi Province. It is accessed from the tidal mangrove river Tha Pring. This cave with its lovely stalactites is worth a visit. It is no way as interesting as other caves in the area.
The best time to go is at high tide.

Ao Luek Tai, Ao Luek, Krabi 81110

Cave
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Phi Hua To Cave - Attractions
Phi Hua To Cave (Tham Hua Kalok) (Krabi)

Tham Hua Kalok is split into two main sections accessible by a single entrance. The left section is the larger cavern lit by a small opening in the top. The right section is an open hall which many believe was once the dwelling of pr-historic people.

Inside the right section there are over 70 rock paintings portraying both people and animals. Also found in the cave were several large skulls and a large pile of shells. This cave is very close so go along the same route to Tham Lot.





Ban Bo Tho, Ao Luk, Krabi

Cave
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Tham Pee Hua To - Attractions
Tham Pee Hua To (ถ้ำผีหัวโต) (Krabi)

Tham Pee Hua To is just 500 meters from Tham Lot and surrounded by mangrove swamps.
There are two different paths inside the cave. On the left lies the shortcut to the back of the cave where sunlight shines through, and on the right is a path to a natural hall believed to have been a shelter for prehistoric people. Prehistoric paintings of men and animals. Numerous seashells can be seen in the cave.

Moo 2, Ao Luek Tai, Ao Luek, Krabi 81110

Cave
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Tham Klang - Attractions
Tham Klang (ถ้ำกลาง) (Krabi)

Tham Klang is one of the most beautiful caves in Thailand. It is very easily accessible and poses no danger whatsoever.

Tham Klang features the most beautiful stalagmites and stalactites of different kinds that can be visited in less than one hour. Most remarkable are the grisly hair stalactites of one to two millimeters in diameter. Absolutely unique are the stalactite hairs dangling from the ceiling invisible to the unsuspecting eye. Other highlights in the cave are the "Viewpoint" and the "Dome", the small fishpond at the "end" after 45 minutes in the cave, and the myriads of drinking straw stalactites growing from the ceiling 2 to 3 meters in height.
For cave freaks we mention that the cave is said to be 4 hours deep, but such a trip has to be arranged long in advance, best with the guide Gaeng and the cave freak Richard from Khao Lak who are waiting for an expedition to be put together.

Turn off at KM stone 144.4 of highway H4, just 4 1/2 km south of Ao Luk junction. Drive 1 1/2 km down the asphalt road until the turnoff to the left which leads to the entrance within a few hundred meters on a gravel road. Next to the parking area is the resident guide's house. There are two caves accessible from the parking area. The right one an underground river which is said to be navigable by canoe for 2 hours. The left one is Tham Klang whose entrance is nearly hidden behind some greenery.



Even though it is not a National Park or a spectacular cave as such, make sure you visit Wat Thams Sua - The Tiger Cave Temple close to Krabi Town.

Wat Tham Sua (Tiger Cave) (Wat Tham Sua (Tiger Cave)) (Krabi)

Wat Tham Sua also known as Tiger Cave. Inside the cave there are what appears to be tiger paw prints in the stone. It's situated in the middle of a lush forest with enormous and ancient trees.

The surrounding area is covered with large trees most of them hundreds of years old, particularly in the Khiriwong Valley. Mountains are on all sides and there are many smaller caves. Walk straight through and take the steps to your left, opposite the white Buddha statue. The main tourist attraction in the temple complex is the 1,272 step climb up a limestone mountain to see the footprint of the Buddha. Even if you are in good shape the heat and humidity make this a difficult hike. Once you make it to the top, you are rewarded with stunning 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside and the Andaman Sea.

Wat Tham Sua is 9 km. north of Krabi Town.



Travel agents organize  tours to the national parks and caves, the closest ones are in Klong Muang. You can also ask the lobby of your hotel and check what tours and excursions they offer.  If you want to go individually hire a taxi for the day or rent a car or motorbike and drive yourself.
Motrobikes can be rented at the lobby of your hotel/guesthouse. Car Rentals are located in Ao Nang. You can also ask at reception or one of the travel shops and they will organize a car for you.
Car Rental
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Tel.: 075695244
Hertz (AoNang)

Hertz - international car rentals.

290/28 Moo 2 Ao-Nang,Muang Krabi Krabi 81000
Tel.: 075695244

Car Rental
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Tel.: 02-7378888
Thai Rent a Car (AoNang)

Cars can be booked via telephone or internet and will be deliverd to your accommodation by Thai Rent a car. Sunda Resort, Sala Thalay and the Small Hotel, amongst others work together with Thai Rent a Car.

Tel.: 02-7378888

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