Krabi Rainforest Day Tour
COOL POOL IN THE JUNGLE AND HOT JACUZZI SPA
Learn and discover the amazing natural wonders of the rainforest santuary in Krabi. Along the jungle tracks to the hotspring, watch out for the tall swaying bamboo trees that grows among other plants with their built-in defense systems; observe closely their big sharp thorns that protect themselves from danger. Species of insects, spiders, birds, flowers, rattan creepers and hermit mountain crabs can be found here. This place is rich in tropical fora and fauna. Here one can observe the intricacy growth of the climbing rattan or the marching black jungle ants among the pitcher plants growing under the forest canopy shade.
The famous Krabi rainforest santuary features naturally hollowed-out “bathtubs jacuzzi” filled to the brim with running spring water at a pleasant 35-40C for you to relax in the jungle spa. The pool area was shady and a nice place to relieved stress, tension and soothing aching muscles.
A 30 minutes ride away, tug peacefully in the no-man land, lies Crystal Pool or ‘Sa Morakot’ in Thai. This is a greenish crystal reflection-hued natural pool at the centre of the Khao Nor Chuchi lowland forest, where the source of water originated. The pool is large enough to accommodate tourists going in for a dip or swimming. The water are chest deep and the temperature are cooling especially after the hotspring experience. Take extra care as the floor around the area is super slippery because there are these special layer of moss that grows around it’s surrounding. You can trek your way out of the rainforest along wooden walkway designed over flowing rapids, mossy pools with lots of tiger barbs and other fishes swimming around.
End up the evening with the visit to Krabi Tiger Cave, home to the monks who meditate there among the limestone caves. Archeologists have found remnants of ancient habitations such as stone tools, shards of pottery and beads and idols of clay have all been unearthed. All these bear -testimony to the cultural heritage of the area. A circular path in the nearby forest offers a pleasant walk and a 300-meters (1237 steps) high staircase leads to a large Buddha image and Buddha footprint perched atop the cliff enveloping the area with a great sunset view of the province below.
When you are in Krabi for a holiday, don’t miss Krabi Rainforest as it is all fun and exciting, good for a group or family-oriented trip.
” As we ventured deeper into the forest, we passed small streams, clear pools and lots of rotting leaves. Finally Chim led us to a dark spot and we started to hear noises coming from behind the trees. There was the ‘hot spring’, which was actually a small waterfall flowing down smoothly-polished boulders. The special thing was that there were alcoves formed by the boulders and tree roots which allowed us to anchor ourselves there and submerge in the mini waterfall. According to Chim, as the water that fed the waterfall came from a natural source, it contained minerals beneficial to our bodies. So I lapped them all up while Slug took an even longer time to adapt to the temperature of the water and join me in this natural jacuzzi. So I quickly scrambled into one of the alcoves, chose a private spot and let the hot cascading waters run down my back. We finally arrived at the Emerald Pool and Slug and I were awestruck. It isn’t called the Emerald Pool for nothing. We slid into this shallow pool (about 1.5m) for a delightfully cool swim. We even saw tiger barbs and other fishes swimming around. We checked the water from the river that fed into this pool, but it was nowhere near emerald. So we still wonder today what gave that pool that radiant emerald. After lunch, we were taken to the Wat Tham Seua (Tiger Cave Temple). It is a big temple at the base of a karst tower, which not only houses many Gods, but also is home to the monks who meditate there. The founder of this temple had seen a tiger decades ago at this very location, and so, built this temple to commemorate his sighting and named it thus. Chim told us that there were two flights of stairs in the temple compound. One had 1,300+ steep steps, which led to the meditation temple at the top of the karst tower, and which offered a wide view of the Krabi landscape. I was hoping to scale that flight, but Chim led us to the shorter flight of stairs (130+ steps) instead due to time constraints. Finally, we were taken to the Tiger Cave Temple where we saw figurines of more Gods and tigers, as well as a realistic wax figurine of the founder of this temple. “
MEMORABLE MOMENTS IN KRABI
KRABI RAINFOREST WALK
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