A crystal stream
Published/Last edited or updated: 16th October, 2018
Up in the northern reaches of Krabi province, Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam, or “Two Water Canal”, is a refreshing dose of natural beauty that’s far off the usual tourist trail.
The park’s ecology includes abundant mangrove and banyan trees and a wide range of crabs and lizards. Crystal-clear water pours off a nearby limestone mountain, mixing with seawater and turning emerald as you head towards the ocean, especially at high tide.
A raised wooden walkway takes you to view snaking roots of banyans beneath glass-like water at low tide. Though it’s tempting to swim in the clearest parts of the stream, this is damaging to the fragile ecology and visitors may only dip in a designated area near the entrance.
Even though it’s not an actual waterfall, Khlong Song Nam is arguably more beautiful than Than Bok Khorani Waterfall further north, and it can easily be visited on the same day. The walkways, pavilions and footbridges blend into the natural environment in a tranquil setting that’s also great for a picnic. Very few foreign travellers make it here.
Near the car park, don’t miss the vendors selling Thai-style treats like khanom bueang (mini sweet taco-looking snacks) and khanom jak (coconut and rice flour grilled in coconut husks). There’s also a large restaurant and drinks stand. Along the road out, a fairly large reclining Buddha image lies at the foot of shaggy karsts and is also worth a quick stop.
Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam also works well as a detour before or after some kayaking at Ao Tha Len.
We recommend taking Route 4034 northwest from Krabi town (or Ao Nang) and bearing right onto Route 1003, where you’ll see blue signs pointing west to Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam. The turn is also signposted off Phetkasem Rd (Route 4), which is a much busier highway. If going the scenic way, it’s about a 40-km ride from Krabi town.
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.
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