Emerald pool or 'SraMorakot' in Thai is a truly wonderful natural pool in the middle of the forest filled with glistening clear spring water. The Emerald Pool is situated in KhaoPra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary, locally called KhaoNorChuchi Lowland Forest at Ban Bang Tieo, 18 kms along the public road No. 4038 from the district office of Klong Thom.
Upon arrival, most visitors can’t wait to leap into the clear emerald green fresh water of the pool and enjoy a refreshing swim.
SraMorakot is almost a round pool about 1-2 meters deep and 20-25 meters in diameter. The color of water changes into pale green or emerald upon the reflections of the sunlight.
The water of SraMorakot comes from the spring-fed pool known as “the Blue Pool”, 600 meters away on the hill. Sulfurous, alkaline water from the Blue Pool wells up and flows through cracks in the rocks to cascade down to Emerald Pool. Consequently, the water is always clear because of the high calcium carbonate that makes all the suspended particles settle to the bottom. In addition, algae cannot grow in the water.
A Balinese-style thatched cottage was built and was exclusively reserved for the Royal Family visits years ago.
Poda Island is the next destination. The ocean and sand beach here is clear and clean. Also, the beach is spacious, thus attracting many foreigners who want to sunbathe. Merchants are not allowed to sell goods on the island, so some of the clever locals have transformed their long-tail boats into 7-boats (parody of 7-11 convenience store) or restaurant boats. This allows them to float on the ocean and still sell food and beverages prepared on the spot.
Heading away from Thalay Wak to the West, you will understand why Koh Kai is called Chicken Island. From a distance, the limestone on the island forms a huge chicken head-shaped totem. You’ve got to go there to see it.
Thalay Wak is a natural attraction in Krabi that has the title “Unseen Thailand”, famous across the world. A natural phenomenon occurs that causes the seas to part. When the tide is low, a Y-shaped sandbank connecting 3 islands appears; Tup Island, Mor Island, and Chicken Island. When the tide rises, the sandbank disappears into the ocean.
Belonging to the National Marine Park, the four superb islands of the Koh Hong group can be reached within twenty minutes from Ao Nang by speedboat, or 45 mins by longtail. Set against the spectacular backdrop of PhangNga Bay, with its countless rocky outcrops, the islands are rightly considered to be among the most beautiful in Krabi province.
The tigers have long since vanished, leaving paw prints in the cave that now houses a shrine with a statue of a tiger and numerous Buddha images. Other interesting features include an oddly placed whale skull and human skeletons used to aid in contemplating the impermanence of life. Signaling the area’s Chinese influence, a towering Chinese‐style pagoda houses a giant statue of Kuan Yin, the Mahayana “goddess” of compassion.
The temple’s main draw is a Buddha image and golden chedi perched atop the cliff with a large lookout platform. The views from here are breathtaking — KhaoPhanomBencha looms to the north, the steep karst cliffs that cut Railay off from the rest of the mainland rise to the west and the mouth of the Krabi River empties into the sea to the south. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Ko Phi Phi.