By: François-Pierre Blain 2016
Emerald Pool (Crystal Pool) is an amazing place in middle of the nature near Krabi town witch is the capital of the Province of Krabi. Krabi is on Andaman Sea near the famous region of Phuket (You have to pronounce "Poo-ket" without "F" but soft "P") and the paradisiac island of Phi-Phi (Also say "Pi-Pi" without "F" but soft "P").
It is a nice way to escape the arch sun from the beautiful dream beach of Krabi or Ao Nang. Just need to take half a day to get there and enjoy this region. We have rent a motor bike for a small fee (About 250 to 300 Thai Baht) that allow us to go there at our pace and have the chance to look what there is to see around city of Krabi and on the way to Emerald Pool.
The drive is not the easiest but it is rewarding to learn to drive in Thailand and have the chance to see it that way. For example, you can see plantation of Palm and Rubber trees on the way. In Thailand, we drive on the right side so opposite than America and Europe, except for our friends from England.
After an hour and half driving, getting close to our destination, we have stopped at a PTT gas station. And there, we were lucky to discover this little shop that is serving the most amazing coconut ice-cream «I-Tim Kati-Sod» served in coconut shell bowl. Arrived at Emerald Pool (Sra Morakot in Thai), there is 2 way to go there, a long path following the natural spring water river or the straight way that get to the Emerald Pool directly.
We took the path along the river and were glad we did. It was a drizzly early afternoon and the humid forest surrounding us was so peaceful to be in. That was the perfect setup for many pictures we have done to show you how amazing Thai Styling pants are.
Emerald Pool is really beautiful, over there, there was already many people, mostly family with children and some loving couple that were enjoying the nice emerald color mineral water. The surround is rocky and slippery, we need to be careful but once in the water, we forgotten all this fast.
The pool is not more than a meter deep (3 feets). The water is high in mineral and feels thick on the skin but the temperature is very comfortable and relaxing.
After some memorable relaxing time, we head back to our motorbike to return to our hotel situated in Ao-Nang just after town of Krabi. On the way, we were lucky to find what is called Hot Stream Waterfall (Namtok Ron in Thaï). In reality, it is Hot springs that are flowing into the forest and formed some amazing natural limestone pool in the ground due to it mineral content.
Again, like for the Emerald Pool, we walk there by a quiet and beautiful path in the middle of the forest. We get there relatively fast after a short walk to these colorful waterfall coming from the woodland. What an amazing thing to dip in these pools of hot water. It is recommend to not stay in the thermal water for more than 15 or 20 minutes so after having time to get relax in hot water, you can swim in the river down the hill to cool down.
The tropical natural path covered by all kind of trees is so beautiful; we took some time to make nice pictures with bamboo trees on the way. Next time, we will share with you some other beautiful area we have visited.
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Hot Spring Waterfall