ITINERARY: Take a 30 min relaxed trek on the back of an elephant, through an oil palm tree plantation, shady forest, and along a small river. Back at the camp, you can buy them a treat of bananas and hand feed them (they are very gentle).
Continue on to the Emerald Pool (also known as Crystal Pool) in the Khao Phra Bang Kram Nature Reserve, where you can follow the trail through the forest (there are two routes, 800m and 1.2km respectively) to the amazingly-hued spring water pools. You can explore these trails independently, as well as stop and swim in the main Emerald Pool. The Blue Pool, which is the source of the spring, and not swimmable, is a further 600m trek from there. Approximately 1.5 hours is given here.
There will also be a 45 minute stop at the nearby Klong Thom Hot Springs site where you can soak in the mineral rich water, in manmade pools, or in the smooth stone Jacuzzi tubs hewn naturally out of the rock by the flow of the water.
– The order of events may be reversed in the event of more than one group being booked on a single day, i.e. Hot Springs / Emerald Pool first, then elephant trekking.
– Lunch is not included, but time will be allowed to buy snacks or more substantial food from the many vendors at both sites – please bring cash for this purpose (or bring your own snacks with you).
– As the Hot Springs / Emerald Pool sites are located more than 70km from the beach areas, there will be a considerable amount of time spent travelling between destinations.
Expected group size: 6 – 14 pax, depending on the day and time of year.