The Krabi Emerald Pool Will Melt Away Your Hangover
Thung Teao Forest Natural Park is home of the Emerald Pool, with some of the clearest waters in Thailand. The national park has become a hotspot for backpackers and group tours alike. And with good reason: thermal hot springs are a true wonder of nature that anyone visiting Thailand should check out. The downside to such a beautiful place gaining popularity of course is the crowds, which can be a boon for some travelers. Fortunately, you can at least roll with a fun squad of people to the Emerald Pool! It’s the first stop on our Jungle Awesomeness Tour after all.
If by chance you’re crazy enough to make the trek on your own instead of with the Slumber Party crew, here’s how to get there. It’s quite far from Krabi Town itself, but it’s easy to reach going down Highway Number 4. Renting a bike in Thailand can be tricky if you’ve never done it before but it makes for a far different adventure going solo. If you love the chilled out vibe of Ao Nang Beach, the Emerald Pool is the perfect way to start your day.
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Prepping for the Emerald Pool
The entry price for the park is 200 baht per person and if you’re arriving by motorbike, you’ll have to pay an extra 20 baht for parking. Definitely worth it. The waters are warm and extremely clear, so pack your swimwear! The only other thing you truly need for this visit is some bug spray. Mosquitoes aren’t always a problem but it’s better to play it safe.
Wildlife of Thung Teao Forest Natural Park
To many, the art of bird watching sounds super lame. However, if you’ve got an eye for wildlife and a mind for adventure, it can make an epic afternoon. Give it a shot because you might just love it. Venturing off from the Emerald Pool, you can find all sorts of rare animals and plants. Most notably is the extremely rare Pitta Gurney bird, which was once considered extinct.
Thailand has done an incredible job preserving its nature under command of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The Thai Conservation of Forest Foundation (TCOF) is a great example of this. They set a steep goal of achieving sustainability in Thailand’s forests. Their efforts have not been in vain, of course! One step inside the national park and you’ll understand the vision of TCOF.
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