Photo: Can get busy.

Emerald Pool and Khlong Thom hot springs

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Sra Morakot, or “Emerald Pool”, is the main draw in a distinctively beautiful forest protected as part of a wildlife sanctuary in Khlong Thom district, 60 kilometres southeast of Krabi town. Most visitors hit this natural travertine pool in conjunction with Nam Tok Ron, a hot-spring waterfall that flows nearby.

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The experience begins at a set of shops and eateries slinging grilled chicken and noodle soup near the entrance to Emerald Pool. After buying tickets (200 baht for foreign adults) you can stroll down an 800-metre gravel lane straight to the pool, or take a concrete walkway that winds for 1.4 kilometres through a forest of crystal-clear ponds and stone striking shades of beige and turquoise. We suggest opting for the long way.

Just follow the people. Photo taken in or around Emerald Pool and Khlong Thom hot springs, Krabi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Just follow the people. Photo: David Luekens

Rimmed by banyan tree roots and a slope of rock on one side, the actual Emerald Pool looks and feels like a busy public swimming pool even though you’ll find no concrete or other artificial additions. Most of it is shallow enough for adults to stand with head above water, deepening to around two metres at some points. On one side flows a clear stream that was shallow and calm enough for small children to frolic during our June ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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