Full-Day Jungle Tour Including Tiger Cave Temple, Crystal Pool and Krabi Hot Springs
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Stop At: Namtok Ron (Hot Spring Waterfall ) - Khlong Thom, Ban Bang Khram, Khlong Thom Thailand
On this full-day tour you will see the 3 main attractions of the Krabi jungle: Wat Tahm Suea (the Tiger Cave Temple), Sra Morakot (the Emerald Pool), and the natural hot spring. First you will visit the Tiger Cave Temple, aptly named because of the rock outgrowth nearby resembling a tiger’s claw. Located about 3 kilometers from Krabi Town, the temple is known as a center for meditation and its spectacular setting in the Ao Luk Thanu mountain range provides the necessary quiet atmosphere for meditation.
Some 250 monks and nuns live in the temple compounds at the moment. The main vihara (sanctum sanctorum) is inside a small shallow limestone cave, where the walls are lined by cells. The area is well lit and very well maintained to preserve the serenity of the environment.
Here you can venture up the hills by taking 1 of the 2 passages. One passage takes you up 1,239 steps to the hilltop and the other is only 130 steps up to reach a place where monks live in their small cottages. The commanding view all around is worth taking the strain to climb the hill. The whole area is full of caves and limestone rock formations. Archeologists have found remnants of ancient habitations as old as from the Stone Age. Stone tools, shards of pottery and beads, and idols of clay have all been unearthed which bear testimony to the cultural heritage of the area.
You will also trek through the jungle to the Emerald Pool/Crystal Lagoon, a fresh water pool inside the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve. The waters of this 120-square-meter pond take on a green hue thanks to an abundance of minerals from the surroundings limestone hills. The crystal clear water is unsuitable for drinking and feels thick due to its high calcium carbonate content which can cause gallstone. Here you can go for a swim to escape the heat of the day and admire the stream, one of the sources of the pool, which tumbles in at one end over rock made smooth by mineral deposits.
Another natural wonder you will see on this tour is the natural hot spring in Krabi. Out in the forest about 40 kilometers south of Krabi Town is Klong Thom Waterfall. Though the falls itself is just a cascade tumbling gently but a few meters, it is unique in that the spring water that feeds it bubbles up from the earth at temperature of more than 50 degrees Celsius. It cools a bit as it flows to the cascade and you can swim in the calm stream below for a much cooler bath.
07:45 - 09:20: Hotel pickup in Krabi
09:20 - 10:10: Drive by minivan to Klong Thom
10:10 - 11:10: Relax & swim in the natural Hot Spring
11:15 - 11:30: Continue to Crystal Pool
11:30 - 13:30: Swim in the natural pond of Sra Morakot (Emerald Pool)
13:30 - 14:00: Lunch at a restaurant
14:00 - 14:30: Head to Tiger Cave Temple
14:30 - 16:30: Visit Wat Tahm Suea & hike to the top
16:30 - 16:50: Transfer to hotel
Duration: 7 hours
Stop At: Emerald Pool (Sa Morakot), Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve Khlong Thom Nuea, about 23 kms from city center, Khlong Thom 81120 Thailand
Duration: 3 hours
Stop At: Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), Krabi Town 81000 Thailand
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Tiger Cave Mountain Temple, Krabi Noi, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand
Duration: 1 hour
Pass By: Trip Store Krabi, Krabi Town Thailand
This tour is provided by Trip Store Krabi.
- Hotel round trip transfer
- Drinking water & fruits
- Thai Lunch
- Basic accident insurance
- National Park entrance fee
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Personal expenses
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Infants must sit on laps
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
I only give this tour a 2 because of the complications I had. I stayed on West Railay Beach and had to catch the longtail boat not included in the tour fare. You had to pay 100 Baht per person and either wait for total of 8 people or pay 800 Baht to be taken immediately. Due to not being able to wait and wanting to arrive at Anamo Pier as instructed by Cattery Tour, I purchased the longtail for 800 Baht although there was only 3 people. We arrived at 8:05, prior to our 8:15 time. We waited until 9:15 when we were picked someones personal vehicle. The company had the wrong name but the correct reference number. We were transported to the rest of the group, let off on the street and had to jay walk to get to the van. Due to the van being late, the driver drove extremely fast to us to the hot springs. His erratic driving caused my daughter to get sick and vomit 2 times upon arriving. Luckily, there were 2 nurses from Canada on our tour who gave her motion sickness medicine for the remaining part of the tour. The hot springs were crowded but pretty interesting. At the Tiger Cave Temple, our group struggled to make summit come back to the van on time. My 3 made it back 15 minutes late, then another lady nurse the driver said he was going to leave the other 8 people. We begged him not too because their belongings were in the van. 30 minutes later 6 others arrived, at which point our driver wanted to give the 2 peoples belongings to a taxi cab driver. We had to beg him not to do so. Luckily everyone made the trip back to their hotels and I had to pay only 300 Baht for my return trip. Suggestions: Longtail boat should be included in tour cost and Tiger Cave Temple should be first due to hike being strenuous followed by relaxing in the pool and hot springs.
only did the crystal pool and hot spring. the hot spring was good, although I was badly bitten there and you need to be careful of slippy rocks. My recommendation is some rubber soled aqua shoes if you have them. I took the scenic walk to the emerald pool the second stop and it was 100 nicer than the main route there and back. It says 1.4km on the sign but if felt less than that and met hardly any people.
Right off the bat the guide said that they are not a tour guide. There was no one to share much about anywhere we were. There were also no snacks or free coffee/tea as stated.
Bad Planning. No guide assigned we were being attended by tour guide of some other tourist group. Tour starts at 8:30 am with hotel pick and we are taken to a natural hot spring which is quite crowded. Next we move to Emerald pool which is a small natural pool whose colour is like an emerald stone. Last stop is Tiger cave temple which has some 1200 steep stairs to reach the top, the view is breathtaking but one is quite exhausted in this journey. Tiger cave has to be at the start of the trip followed by the hot spring and pool to make a sensible tour