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Than Bok Khorani National Park

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Visitors to Than Bok Khorani National Park can take a dip in an emerald waterfall before kayaking to view haunting 3,000-year-old cave paintings. Spanning a sharp ridge of limestone mountains and coastal mangrove forest in northern Krabi province, the park makes for a worthwhile day trip.

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Covering over 100 square kilometres in all, the park is broken up into several different patches scattered mostly around the towns of Ao Luek, Bor Thor and Laem Sak, around 50 kilometres north of Krabi town. Ko Hong and several other small islands are also overseen by Than Bok Khorani, but these are much further south and rarely visited on the same day as the mainland attractions.

Refreshingly educational. Photo taken in or around Than Bok Khorani National Park, Krabi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Refreshingly educational. Photo: David Luekens

At the Visitor Centre just south of Ao Luek, a nature trail leads straight to the park’s namesake attraction: Than Bok Khorani Waterfall. Draped in long rattan leaves and bamboo groves, the roots of dipterocarp trees reach into a wide stream coloured a cloudy emerald by calcite deposits from the nearby mountains.

Especially on weekends, locals flock here to relax and swim in pools that are believed to have therapeutic qualities. None of the waterfall’s several tiers are more than a couple of metres high, its allure coming more from the larger picture of natural beauty. Walkways encircle the various pools and access a shrine where locals set off fire crackers, temporarily interrupting the serenity, as offerings to the resident spirits. The waterfall is certainly a fine way to spend a few hours, but it’s probably not worth the trip and 300 baht per person entry fee unless you’re also hitting some of the caves.

Making our way to the boat in Bor Thor. Photo taken in or around Than Bok Khorani National Park, Krabi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Making our way to the boat in Bor Thor. Photo: David Luekens

Refreshed from the falls, we rode a few kilometres south to Baan Bor Thor, a small village set amid the inland mangroves. Before we’d even taken our helmet off, a few locals were already trying to rent us a kayak for 500 baht or longtail boat for 600. Yes, Than Bok Khorani is a little ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,100 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Than Bok Khorani National Park
Around 50km north of Krabi
Daily 08:00 to 16:30
Admission: 300 baht

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