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Tha Pom Nature Trail in Krabi Thailand

Krabi Tha Pom Nature Trail 
Tha Pom Nature Trail in Krabi is probably one of the most beautiful trails I have ever been on in my hiking and trekking life. Located in the south of Thailand, this place is not to be missed by any nature lover.

Called Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam, it also has another nickname which is 'Two Water Canal' or Tha Pom Canal. This is because of its special feature where crystal clear freshwater meets with seawater from the mangrove forest giving you one of natures natural wonders here in Thailand.

Never before have I seen such clear waters in a myriad of aquamarine and green in one place. This was indeed a treat to me, and will be a huge treat to nature lovers who are visiting Krabi. 

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Mesmerizing scenery

Tha Pom Nature Trail Krabi 

On my arrival at Tha Pom Klong Song Nature Trail, I was fascinated with the natural beauty of the surrounding and this was even before we started our walk. I was also glad that I had brought my DSLR camera with me.

Initially I just wanted to bring a small compact as I assumed there would be some swimming activities but I found out that the authorities have disallowed visitors to swim here except for one area. This place is also known as the Krabi Crystal Stream.

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Elevated wooden walkway

After paying the entrance fees of 50 Baht, the trail started with a wooden boardwalk over the mangrove rainforest which is about two meters high, even sparing trees that were in the way as they built the walk right through it.

The entire walk is not very long as it is a circular walk where you start and finish at the same point. which takes about 45 minutes. The good thing about this nature walk is that every step taken, you are bound to see something interesting along the way. I found this very educational and yet breathtaking.

Krabi Tha Pom Khlong
Pure beautiful nature

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Wooden elevated boardwalk

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Incredible views at Tha Pom Nature Trail
As we walked about ten minutes in, we had arrived at one of my most amazing natural scenes I have come across. It looked so surreal, I was in awe when I saw the colours of the water here. A blue toned aquamarine which was crystal clear had me stunned for a few moments.

According to my local guide, this place was regarded as a sacred place so the natural ecology was not affected by modernization of any form. Again, Wow... words in this article do not do justice to actually seeing this place with your own eyes. If a fantasy movie were to be filmed, this would be one of the places.

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Enchanting views at the nature walk stream

The waters here were so crystal clear, you could literally see right to the bottom of the stream and I even saw little fishes swimming happily in schools without a care.

The best times are when the sunlight hits the water and then you see an explosion of blues and greens from various angles. I would recommend you visit this place late mornings till afternoons.

Incredible water colours

At one section, a jetty-like area is created out of wood for visitors to admire the natural beauty offered here. You are also allowed to swim in this area so expect more people when you visit this part of the nature walk.

I wanted to swim but got seriously carried away in taking photographs while here. A friend of mine took off his shoes and had a soak in the stream. His response - really cold water.

Soft Shell Crab seen in the stream

If you looked closely at the roots of the trees at the clear pool here, you may see soft shelled crabs moving around at the base of the roots.

These crabs are about five to six inches in size and are edible. But you are advised not to try to catch them at all. Also when dipping your feet or taking a swim, please be careful .

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Beautiful Emerald clear colored waters
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Emerald Green water at the nature walk

Moving ahead along the trail, I started to notice the change in water colour as it became a little jade in colour but cloudy. Here, plant life thrived with a good mixture of greens throughout. You are not allowed to swim in this area but if you see locals doing it, please do not follow.  

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The boarded walkway at the nature trail
Walking further on along the elevated wooden boardwalk over the mangrove, we see some local children swimming and playing in the waters.

A local Thai canoes alongside us pulling an empty canoe back to the start point. You hear sounds of birds and other insects along the way back to the start. Expect to spend at least one hour for this nature trail walk.

Children swimming at the nature walk

Crab from Mangrove
Mangrove Crab

Just as we were to finish our nature trail, I noticed something moving on one of the plants in the mangrove. Looking closely, it was a crab. I thought it was a baby soft shell  crab and asked my nature guide if it was. Apparently this was another species of crab called Mangrove Crab which lives off the plants here. 

For those into Canoeing, canoes can be rented for 100 baht an hour or for 700 baht a day and the pick-up point is near the entrance. The canal takes you all the way to the Andaman Sea via the Palee canal (Klong Palee) so only those with experienced are encouraged to do this. If not, stick to the hourly rate and explore the main areas here.
Map of Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam
Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam Map
If you are a nature enthusiast and visiting Southern Thailand, I would recommend that you make a visit to Krabi as they have some stunning nature trails and places to explore.

Apart from the perception that Krabi is known for the beautiful islands and beaches, there is abundance of Eco Tourism and Nature here waiting to be explored.

I am going to make another trip back here to visit some of the other interesting and recently opened nature sights in Krabi next year.

A very big thank you to Tourism Authority of Thailand and Krabi Tourism for arranging this Krabi trip and for taking me to some of the new tourism places here. 

Information on Tha Pom Klong Song Nam Natural Trail in Krabi;

Krabi Tourism Coordination Center Tel: 0 7562 2163 or the Tourist Call Center on 1147.
Khao Khram Sub-district Administration Organization  Tel: 0 7569 4165 or 0 7569 4198

Pa Phru Toh Daeng Forest Research Centre (for information on canoeing, bird watching, nature study and peat swamp forest research), Tel. 0 1230 7159 

How to get to Tha Pom Klong Song Nam;
  • Tha Pom Klong Song Nam, is located in Moo 2, Baan Nongjit, Khao Khram Sub-district, Muang District, Krabi Province. To get there from Krabi town take the Krabi-Ao Luk road (Highway 4) and turn right at the Pom Khao Khram intersection after five kilometres.There are signages along the way here.
  • Alternatively you can rent a motor bike and ride here with a map.
  • The easiest way for groups or families would be to book a tour here from one of the local tour agents in Krabi or Ao Nang.
Ticket Prices for Klong Song Nam;
  • Car parking is available at 20 baht per car.
  • There is a local restaurant and souvenir shop adjacent to the parking area.
  • The admission fee for adults is 50 baht and Children 30 baht 
Pictures here were taken by me using a Nikon D60 with a 18-200mm lens in 2010.

If you are visiting Krabi, please do take a look at my other Krabi places of interest. One other place you should visit is the Emerald Pool of Krabi.

Again, for those seeking something different apart from the beach, this place is absolutely a must visit while in Krabi and I can assure you that you will be in awe when you visit and see the Tha Pom Nature Trail.


A Tramp Abroad said...

Stunning photos David! We're heading to Thailand in April/March and have put this on our list of places to visit. Thanks!

Malaysia Asia said...

Thank you A Tramp Abroad. I hope you make it to Krabi and Southern Thailand on your trip too.


Screamer said...

wonderful David!
I got to share your site on my FB. ;D

Malaysia Asia said...

Thank you May and Bangkok Girl :) Appreciate it very much.


Ayngelina said...

You are so tempting me to go back to Thailand, feels like there is so much more to see.

Malaysia Asia said...

Ayngelina, I believe there is so much here. Just the Southern region along can easily take you up to a few weeks exploring the area. IF you do go again, let me know.


Laura said...

Every time I pass by your blog you do nothing else but to convince me I have to visit this part of the world too. I'm convinced every time. All I need is a budget to match.

Malaysia Asia said...

Hey there Laura, I hope you make it there eventually for a much deserved vacation and trip. Let me know when you do.

Thank you Rais, I will be having more articles and pictures on Krabi soon.


Unknown said...

Wow, we spent a week in Krabi and never even knew this place existed. Now I want to go back! Reminds me of the Blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng, Laos. It even looks accessible for our children's little legs since its has a boardwalk!

Malaysia Asia said...

Thanks Tracy, I'm surprised that this place was not promoted while you were there but I guess starting these few months, it should be. Now, I need to check out the Blue Lagoon in VV as well.