Fossil Shell Beach (Ban Laempho Gastropod Fossil Park)

Ancient molluscs and canoodling locals

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What we say: 3 stars

This is where local school kids get dragged on field trips, but you can drag yourself out here too.

Slabs of stone that contain 40 million year old fossils, mostly molluscs, emerge from the coastal waters every day at low tide; shoot for late afternoon to see the widest collection. Visitors take off their shoes and walk out on the limestone flats to view the fossils. You'd have to be a biologist or little kid to get a real thrill out of it, but it is something to do and the seaside scenery isn't too shabby. If you can't get here for low tide but are dying to see some fossils, a small showroom houses a collection of the more impressive finds.

Apart from the fossils, the main attraction seems to be the pleasant seaside park with gazebos where local couples come to get doughy eyed with each other as the sun sets. You can also take a walk up the beach from here, though swimming would be a bit treacherous due to the fossils. The attraction mainly draws Thai visitors and a range of food and souvenir stalls set up at the park to meet their needs. Expect a crowd if you arrive on a weekend. Otherwise, you'll pretty much have the place to yourself, save those canoodlers and the school kid field trippers who make fun of them.

Admission is posted as 200 baht for foreign adults and 100 baht for children, but there was no one manning the gate when we stopped by. Several reports also say that 100 baht was the charge for adults. White songthaews cost 50 baht per passenger and take about 20 minutes to get here from Krabi town. Locals call the place Su San Hoi but the signs on the songthaews refer to it as 'Shell Cemetery.'

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Hat Nopparat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park
Opening Hours: 06:00-17:00
How to get there: If coming on your own steam, take Krabi Road (Route 4034) north out of the town centre and take a left after several kilometres on to Route 4204, following signs for Ao Nang. After another several kilometres, keep to the left at the roundabout and Fossil Shell Beach is located all the way at the end of the road.
Last updated: 16th September, 2013
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Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.

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  • Fascinating

    5th April, 2011

    I ve been here 3 times. The first time I came , I was so fascinated by the concrete like fossils slabs. Those little snails, and other crustaceans compressed into become pinned ia slab pieces was really something new that I had ever seen. And there perhaps more than a dozen of those slabs, each slabs measuring to a different time zone. Amazing.

    I had to come back to show my other friends each time we passed this region.

    acid

    Fossil Shell Beach (Ban Laempho Gastropod Fossil Park) reviewed by AbgAcid (1)
    Written on 5th April, 2011, rated 5 out of 5. Visited here in November, 2010

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