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Krabi Town

Situated on the banks of the Krabi River, this erstwhile fishing port, retains much of its traditional air. Khao Khanap Nam, two hills 100-metre high paralleling the Krabi River, are the symbol of the town. Steps lead to caves with stalactites and stalagmites. A large number of human skeletons, of immigrants who died in floods, have been found here. To visit them, take long-tail boat from Chaofa Pier, just 15 minutes. Along the way is mangrove forest.

Khao Khanap Nam

These two hills, roughly 100 meters high, flank the Krabi River running between them to form a distinctive vista and the town's most prominent landmark. To visit them, take a long-tail boat from Chao Fa Pier; travel time is just 15 minutes. From there take stairs leading up to caves with stalactites and stalagmites. A large number of human skeletons have been found here. It is theorized that they and the remains of people who came and established a home at Kanab Nam, but were cut off by an inundation and quickly perished.

Susan Hoi (Fossil Shell Beach)

The shell graveyard at Ban Laem Pho was once a large freshwater swamp, home to a kind of snail. Over eons dating from the Tertiary Age, about 40 million years ago, these snails lived and died by the million, to the extent that the dead snails formed a layer upon which existed the living. Eventually, weather changes precipitated the swamp's disappearance, but by then the layer of fossilized snail shells was forty centimeters thick, resting on ten centimeters of lignite below which is the subsoil. Because of geographic upheaval, this Shelly limestone is now distributed in great broken sheets of impressive magnitude on the seashore at Laem Pho.

Than Bok Khorani National Park

covers 37.5 rai (1 rai = 160 square meters) in Tambon Ao Leuk Tai, one kilometer from the Tambon Ao Leuk Neua Market intersection on the Ao Luk Sak road. The park, consisting of limestone Mountains, verdant tropical forest, caves and beautiful islands, is well-known for its different species of trees include the wild gardenia, asoka, and Apocynaceae growing around a large natural pool after which the park is named, This park houses hundreds of birds and is an ideal place for bird watching and trekking, At the north end of the pool is a foot-print of Lord Buddha caved in wood near the shrine of Chao Pho To Yuan - To Chong. Close by is Tham Phi Hua To or Big-headed Ghost Cave named after unusually large skulls discovered there. Most interesting sights are the numerous red and black rock paintings depicting humans, animal and various limbs and organs.

Wat Tham Suea or Tiger Cave Temple

This temple, also known as "Tiger cave Temple," is 9 kilometres north of Krabi Town. The inside of this cave features tiger prints captured in stone, and is in the middle of a lush forest, with enormous, ancient trees. As well as serving as a temple, this site is also very significant archaeologically, as many artifacts have been found on the premises, including tools, pottery, and the mold for the Buddha's footprint. In addition, there are several other caves in the surrounding hills. It is one of the more interesting temple complexes in southern Thailand, as the monks live and worship within a maze of natural caves in an overgrown jungle valley. Wat Tham Sua teaches a form of Buddhism called Vipassana (insight meditation), which is based on the teachings of the earliest Buddhist texts. The main tourist attraction in the temple complex is the 1,272 step climb up a limestone tower to see the "footprint of the Buddha". Even if you are in good shape, the heat and humidity make this a difficult hike. Once you make it to the top, you are rewarded with stunning 360? views of the surrounding countryside and the Andaman Sea.

Kao Phanom Bencha National Park

lies about 20 kilometers from Krabi town on the Talat Kao-Ban Huai To Road. The park covers an area 50.12 square kilometers in parts of three district : Khao Phanom , Amphoe Muang and Ao luk. It is composed mainly of virgin forest growing amid craggy hills and valleys. There are a number of interesting places to visit KhaoPhanomBenchaNationalPark
The park covering Amphoe Ao Luk, Amphoe Khao Phanom and Amphoe Muang consists of verdant forests, streams, waterfalls and caves. It is home to all kinds of wildlife. Camping facilities are available.

Huay To Waterfall

This waterfall has eleven levels and springs from the Kao Panom Mountains in Tambon Tap Prik, Kao Panom Mountains in Tambon Tap Prik, on the Sri Trang - Pracha - utit road. Each level contains behind its falls a pool of naturally clear, clean water 4 - 5 meters in diameter. The pools are named, and the best known are : Wang Tewada (Angel's), Wang Sok (Year's) and Wang Jan (Platter).

Tham Lod Nua - Tham Lod Tai

lie 2 kilometers distant from the district offices on the Ao Luk-Laem Sak road near the watercourse of Klong Ta Prahng. There are two caves :
* Tham Lod Nua : This beautiful cave winds back on itself like an elbow.
* Tham Lod Tai : is a limestone tunnel longer and narrower than one of the same name in Phang-nga Bay. The cave mouth has stalactites and stalagmites and a boulder shaped like the quarter moon lying on its side. Visit this cave when the water is low by boarding a long tail boat at Bor Tor Pier ; the journey takes only 10 minutes.

Wat Klong Thom

It is an interesting archaeological site, featuring various kinds of artifacts. Discovered within the area were beads, stone tools, stone and earthen ornaments in animal shapes. The beads are about 5,000 years old. This contains stone tools, bronze implements, metal coins, pottery shards, ceramic and stone decorative arts, and colored beads more than five-thousand years old dug from excavations in the area. The museum is on the grounds of Klong Tom Temple in Tambon Klong Tom Tai, 1 kilometer distant from Klong Tom District office.
Namtok Ron Or Hot Spring Water
These are 12 kilometers from the Klong Tom District office in Tambon Klong Tom Nua. The area is forested and shady; the hot springs are hotter than others nearby.

Tham Phi Hua To or Tham Hua Kalok

This is a big cave with many grottos in a mountain surrounded by water and mangrove forests. Formerly a ghost with an impressively large skull resided in the cave, from which comes its name; pihua toh means big-headed ghost. Also of interest are the many prehistoric colored pictures of men, animals, and various limbs and organs that decorate the walls. Shells in great numbers, on top of the other, are another feature of this cave. To visit Pi Hua Toh, board a ferry at Bor Tor Pier.

Sa Kaeo

8 natural springs large and small, the crystal clarity of which gives this place its name, Crystal Springs. They are in Tambon Kao Tong on the Krabi-Nai Sa road, and each has a name : Nam Lod (Water Passing Through), Cherng Kao (Vallery), Jorakeh Kao (White Crocodile), Nam Tip (Heavenly Waters), Nam Krahm (Indigo Water), Morakot (Emerald), Hun Kaeo (Barking Deer) and Noy (Small).

Tham Phra

is the site of the Kao Phra Suhn Yah Tah Rham Meditation Center. It is about 2 kilometers distant from the district offices of Ao Luk. Inside the cave is a Buddhist effigy of great antiquity. This has two other statues of equal size flanking it placed at a later date, and the base is surrounded with smaller wooden figures.

Tham Phet

is 3 kilometers from the intersection at Ao Luk Nua market. The cave's front has Buddhist statues and the cave walls are of a stone that reflects light with the samTham Phi Hua To or Tham Hua Kaloke dazzling beauty as diamond, hence the name; Pet is Thai for diamond. To visit the cave, procure a guide from the Tarnbohk Korani National Park and be sure to bring a flashlight or torch.


 
 

Thepparat Lodge Krabi
151 - 155 Maharaj Road, Paknam, Muang, Krabi 81000 Thailand
Phone: (+66) 075.622.048-9
Fax: (+66) 075.611.413
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Ms.Nichapat Bhumibhamon
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