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Emerald Pool in Krabi Thailand

Krabi Emerald Pool
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 Emerald Pool in Krabi
Entrance to the Emerald Pool in Krabi

Emerald Pool in Krabi Thailand

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.

The other was a general sand road straight to the pool which was abut 1400 meters long. Our choice? Obviously the harder way as it builds character. 

Waterfall at Emerald Pool in Krabi
Amazing beautiful scenery at the Krabi wildlife reserve

Hiking the Emerald Pool in Krabi
Entrance to the 1800 meter trek to the pool

Once you start your 1.8 km 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.

Emerald Pool Trekking
Trekking to the Emerald Pool
Trekking to the Emerald Pool in Krabi

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.

Photo of Emerald Pool in Krabi
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 1.8 km 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

Bird Watching in Krabi Emerald Pool

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 bird watching 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.

Krabi Emerald Lake
One section of the emerald pond

Krabi's 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 built 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.

Emerald Pool Krabi
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.

Krabi Emerald Pool Information

  • Admission to the Emerald Pond is 200 Baht (US$5.00) for adults and 100 Baht (US$2.50) 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 Krabi Emerald Pool?

Basically, there are to ways to get here. One via a Krabi tour package where you are picked up and sent there with a guide who will explain everything to you. The other way is to self drive or ride yourself here. For those driving or riding a bike, the information is below;
  • 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
Map for Trekking in Krabi
Trail map and the surrounding areas

This trip here was made possible with the assistance 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 favorite.

The Emerald Pool in Krabi is definitely a place to visit, if you love nature and the outdoors. It is also one of the most popular places to visit in Krabi too. On weekends, this place gets really popular with not only foreigners, but locals, hence this place is best visited on a weekday. 


Simon said...

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!

Malaysia Asia said...

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


Wilson Ng said...

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

Malaysia Asia said...

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...

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

Malaysia Asia said...

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


Laura said...

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

J2Kfm said...

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.


Malaysia Asia said...

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.


Traveling Ted said...

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...

you just gave me a good reason to go krabi

james said...

wow,that's one beautiful place!

Malaysia Asia said...

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


Malaysia Asia said...

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.


Norbert said...

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...

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

Screamer said...

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

Malaysia Asia said...

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.


CathJ said...

wow.... amazing!!!!

Malaysia Asia said...

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


Maria Mcclain said...

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...

it's SOOOO pretty

Malaysia Asia said...

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.


Vera Marie Badertscher said...

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.

Malaysia Asia said...

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.


Ayngelina said...

Wow what a gem!

Sorry in a pun-y mood today :)

Malaysia Asia said...

Heya Ayngelina, it is! Totally awesome here!


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Anonymous said...

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