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10 September, 2010

Emerald Pool in Krabi Thailand


Emerald Pool in Krabi is one of the most interesting Eco-tourism places I have visited in a long time. This stunning place also known as Sa Morakot or Thung Tieo Emerald Pond is located about an hours drive from Ao Nang in Krabi. The pool showcases the amazing green aquamarine colored waters after a perfect nature trek through the beautiful Khao Pra Bang Khram Wildlife Reserve. For nature lovers or Bird Watchers, this is one place that you should not miss out when visiting Krabi in Southern Thailand.

Entrance to the Emerald Pool in Krabi

Visiting the Sa Morakot or Emerald Pool caught me totally off guard and by surprise as my expectancy was lower than what I expected. On arriving here, our tour guide had arranged for the entrance fees while we casually strolled in, armed with cameras and looking around for this pool. A wooden notice board with the full map of the area was seen while a fairly large wooden overhead arch structure followed next. There were two ways to get to the Emerald Pool - The scenic way which was was a 1800 meter trek through the stunning mangrove-rainforest while the other was a general sand road straight to the pool which was abut 1400 meters long. Our choice... obviously the harder way.

Amazing beautiful scenery at the Wildlife Reserve

Entrance to the 1800 meter trek to the pool

Once you start your 1.8km trek, it may sound pretty long but not to worry, the journey there will definitely impress you with beautiful scenery along the way. Wooden board walks are built over the mangrove at most places while other areas will be a little different. You will see why in the next picture below.


At certain parts of the walk, we encountered what looked like a tactical commando training area. Perfectly cut tree stumps were placed carefully in the ground in two rows and you would have to walk on them to avoid the muddy grounds. Again, this trek is not suitable for elderly or non-adventurous people.

Still waters of the mangrove area during the trek


Parts of the trek to the Emerald Pool were absolutely stunning with tall rainforest trees growing up to a hundred feet tall while the board walk snaked through the thick mangrove area. A good opportunity to see some natural wildlife here with sharp eyes.

Beautiful views of the mangrove

Some of the stunning scenes along the trek


After about 25 minutes of walking through the 1.8km trek, we finally had a glimpse of one of the pools with aquamarine colored waters. As it was just off the main board walk, I assumed that this was it - but my guide shook his head. This is only the beginning. Wow, there were more! Apparently the waters here come from layers of porous rocks which gives it the beautiful colours and the clarity is absolutely stunning. You can see schools of little fish swimming too. 

Another section of the pond and stream


As we continued our trek further in, our guide told us that this place is also popular with the Birdwatchers or Birders. Some of them come here to find the once thought extinct Gurney's Pitta bird. Best time to do birdwatching at Emerald Pool is in the early mornings as there is a pretty wide variety of other birds to be seen here. Sadly during our after lunch trip, we saw the sun most of the time peeking through the canopy of the rainforest.

Signboard showing the various places

Finally after about 45 minutes of trekking through the mangrove and rainforest here, we made it to the main walkway of the Emerald Pool. A nice signage was put up for those wanting to visit other places around the Wildlife Reserve, namely the Blue Pool. From a distance, I could hear the tourist voices and knew that this must have been a popular area with the locals.

One section of the emerald pond

The Emerald Pool is pretty large and measuring about 25 meters in diameter. It looks man-made but trust me, this is an all natural pool. Looking around, I see man made structures around the pool - Open air huts for people to have a picnic while there are wooden platforms at one area of the pool. The pool is not deep as it is about one to two meters deep. At the far end, a stream flows water into this pool. Many are seen frolicking or swimming here so if you plan to experience this, please bring a change of clothes.

Swimming at the Emerald Pool in Krabi

The striking feature of the Emerald Pool is the changing color of the water. Depending upon the bacteria and algae content as well as temperature of the water, the color also changes. The water obtains a greenish-blue color when the temperature is high and it is pale green at lower temperatures. I saw quite a number of people here ranging from Caucasian travelers to local Thai people as this place is heavily promoted in Krabi and Ao Nang areas. Most tour operators would have trips here so check with them.

Aquamarine green stream

Nearby, a stream flows with greenish emerald colored water. Something you never see, so it was totally awkward for me. At certain angles, it looked like a set of a fantasy movie. Water was fast flowing here and I saw a few locals sit by the stream and dip their feet.

A traveler makes his way back to the entrance

As we did not go to the Blue Pool, we made our way back via the general earth road. It was relatively an easy walk back but I would have preferred it if it was in the morning. It got a little stuffy and humid along the way back. But not to worry as there was a vendor nearby the pool selling some soft drinks and ice cream.

Trek back to the entrance

A strange bamboo shoot growing

Waterfalls at the entrance of the Wildlife Reserve

Finally wen we got back to the entrance, there was a local coffee shop just outside selling iced coffee and juices. An iced cold Thai coffee made my trek worthwhile. Actually, I lied - It was the sheer fact that I visited this amazing place to witness nature at its best, this is one of the best Eco-Tourism treks I have been on in a long while.

Admission to the Emerald Pond is 200 Baht (US$6.30) for adults and 100 Baht (US$3.15) for children. If you book a day trip, the admission fee will usually be included in the price.

Best time to visit: Morning 6am till 9am and Afternoon 3pm till 5pm
Open: All year round
What to bring: Water, trekking or sports shoes, towel, change of clothes if you are planning to swim here. 

How to get to Emerald Pool;
  • From Krabi town, use Highway No.4 to Khlong Thom District
  • Turn left to Highway No.4038
  • Then turn right to Highway No.4021
  • Head towards Sa Morakot
Trail map and the surrounding areas

This trip was made possible with the help of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Krabi Tourism Association. I would have never known of this amazing place as it is somewhat a new attraction being promoted though it has been around for many years and a local favourite. The Emerald Pool of Krabi is definately a place to visit.
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30 comments:

Simon said... 10 September 2010 02:43

Great post and amazing place, David! I've featured it on Avventurosa Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-love-to-travel/77206255108#!/pages/Avventurosa/138070282897679

Happy to share it with others!
Hugs,
Simon

David Jr said... 10 September 2010 03:16

Hello Simon, thank you so much and appreciate it! You have a lovely day over there :)

Regards,
David

Wilson Ng said... 10 September 2010 13:04

Very beautiful. Missed this place 5-6 years ago. Magical color!

David Jr said... 10 September 2010 14:32

Thank you Wilson. I think back then they were not into Eco-Tourism so in the last few years, this was the talk of tour operators in Krabi.

Nancie said... 10 September 2010 22:21

Great post David. I will add this to my must do list for next time I'm in Krabi.

David Jr said... 10 September 2010 22:24

Thank you Nancie, I'll be posting a few more articles on Krabi so keep a look out.

Regards,
David

Laura said... 10 September 2010 22:41

What a wonderful place! Looks like the perfect escape from the city life.

J2Kfm said... 11 September 2010 00:26

Beautiful. I actually gave this a miss. Bad move I guess ... we opted for the James Bond island trip instead. Kinda torn between the packages. This emerald pool one includes the elephant ride, if I'm not mistaken.

http://www.j2kfm.com/krabi-phuket-finale-james-bond-island/

David Jr said... 11 September 2010 00:48

Laura and Jason, thanks for the comments. Actually Jason, I did not see any elephant rides around here, maybe at the Waterfalls nearby. Anyway, this gives you good reason to visit Krabi again.

Regards,
David

Traveling Ted said... 12 September 2010 04:10

Looks beautiful. Would love to check out the bird life. I am sure a dip in the beautiful pool is quite a relief after a hot walk through the rain forest.

Lily Riani said... 12 September 2010 12:10

you just gave me a good reason to go krabi

james said... 13 September 2010 00:43

wow,that's one beautiful place!

David Jr said... 14 September 2010 01:21

Ted, I totally missed out on the Bird Watching here and also taking a dip in that amazing Emerald Pool. Maybe if I get another chance to visit this place again, I will be much more prepared. Thanks for the feedback

David

David Jr said... 14 September 2010 01:22

Lily, aside from the islands and beaches of Krabi, the Nature here is totally awesome!

James - It is, if you ave the chance, make a visit to Krabi.

David

Norbert said... 14 September 2010 23:22

Wow! I didn't know about this when I went to Krabi. Now I'll definitely visit it when I go back! :)

Phuket Hotels said... 18 September 2010 12:16

Wowww.Nice place and i hope to see there too.A beautiful color of water.

Bangkok Girl said... 18 September 2010 19:43

You have travel in Thailand more Thai people like me. ha...

David Jr said... 19 September 2010 14:14

Norbert, apparently it's been around, just that it was not heavily promoted. Gives you good reason to go back again.

Thank you Phuket Hotels.

Bangkok Girl, there's more beautiful places to be featured here on Malaysia Asia.

Regards,
David

CathJ said... 23 September 2010 23:35

wow.... amazing!!!!

David Jr said... 24 September 2010 00:02

Thanks Cath. Well, you now know where to head to with your family for the next vacation :)

David

Maria Mcclain said... 24 September 2010 02:34

Hello David you have a very good blog that the main thing a lot of interesting and beautiful. I really like it & shared with my friends! hope u go for this website to increase visitor.

May said... 24 September 2010 03:45

it's SOOOO pretty

David Jr said... 24 September 2010 14:58

Thank you Maria, will take a look.

May, it is even more prettier when you are there. If you plan to go, make it around Nov-March.

David

Vera Marie Badertscher said... 5 October 2010 11:18

Simply stunning. I congratulate you for keeping your mind focused enough to take pictures, I'm afraid I would have been off in la-la land. Coming from the desert, I'm in awe of all that GREEN.

David Jr said... 6 October 2010 03:04

Vera, thanks you. Wow, you're in the dessert? Where abouts is that? Also, Thailand offers much of this amazing greenery throughout if you plan to visit someday.

David

Ayngelina said... 19 October 2010 02:32

Wow what a gem!

Sorry in a pun-y mood today :)

David Jr said... 21 October 2010 23:23

Heya Ayngelina, it is! Totally awesome here!

David

yuliang11 said... 24 August 2011 18:42
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Anonymous said... 21 January 2014 14:09

Wetlands and not mangroves. Any scientific explanation for the colour?

Item Reviewed: Emerald Pool in Krabi Thailand Description: Rating: 5 Reviewed By: David Jr
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