ITINERARY: The Krabi “Jungle Tour” offers a packed day of sightseeing for those with limited time. You’ll get to visit three of Krabi’s must-see inland attractions, all of which are very accessible and require average fitness. Note: as the Hot Springs / Emerald Pool sites are located more than 70km from the beach areas, please bear in mind there will be a considerable amount of time spent travelling between destinations.
First stop is the Klong Thom Hot Springs, which offer both natural and manmade bathing pools with comfortably warm (around 40C) mineral rich water. You can soak for around half an hour, then cool off in the river below. Then it’s on to the nearby Khao Phra Bang Kram Nature Reserve where you can take a short trail to the spring-water filled Emerald and Blue Pools. You’ll have approximately 1.5 hours here on your own to swim and explore the surrounding forest.
Break for lunch at a restaurant next to the entrance to the Emerald Pool. There are usually 3 – 4 dishes served with rice and fruit. Then it’s time to head to the temple at Tiger Cave, which is home to a great (and short) rainforest nature trail and several caves in the Khiriwong valley where the monks go to meditate. For those who wish to climb the 1260 steps to the mountain top shrine, 1.5 hours is allowed – hard work but do-able – incredible panoramic views reward those who make the effort. For a reasonably fit person, the climb takes around 40 minutes, about half that on the way down. If you fancy a challenge, local runners can do it in under 15!
Note that the order of events may be changed if more than one group are booked on a single day. In this case, the itinerary will be normally be reversed with Tiger Cave Temple in the morning, then Emerald Pool and Hot Springs after lunch. It is not possible to choose the order in advance.
Expected group size: 6 – 14 pax, depending on the day and time of year.