Krabi – A boat stop to Paradise …
Nevertheless, Krabi currently is definitely still a good spring-board location to jump-visit the islands close by. Other than the tropical heat, the islands like Ko Phi Phi, Bamboo island, Ko Lanta, Hong island to name a few, have beautiful turquoise-like water that is very clear. I am not sure if these are the benefits of the islands being located in Andaman Sea, but one thing for sure, those that like scuba diving or snorkeling would definitely appreciate the abundance of colorful fishes abound underwater.One could take the longboats featured in the earlier photos to island hop. There are various island hopping itineraries that are available to choose from most notably island tour to Ko Phi Phi (which could be alittle crowded since groups of tourists would also be coming from Phuket), Hong islands, and the 4-Island hopping (Chicken Island (Koh Gai), Tub Island (Koh Tup), Koh Mawr and Koh Poda). For us, as we had children with us, we opted for the family-friendly tour which were mostly scenic, beach, and a little opportunity to snorkel. Beyond the sun, the water, the island beaches, and the seaside …. Krabi also boosts a unique Emerald pool and hotspring. Both are naturally wonders that can be found at Krabi. Why does the Emerald Pool looks green … I heard that it is due to high copper content in the water. Scientifically, yes, soluble copper does turns water into greenish-blue, but I am not sure that it is not due to the growth of moss around the pool that made it rather slippery to walk on especially the sides to the pool. So it could also be the moss giving it the color, but of course I could be wrong too 😆
The hotspring, located a few minutes drive away from the Emerald Pool, is hidden in a nice forested path within a few minutes walk from the parking area. There is a series of pools that seem to be formed by the giant roots of the trees and water-smoothen rocks that one could jump in with clothes or swimming apparels. The top pools are kinda warm but not really hot … so its comfortable to just find a comfortable spot and chill out 😎
The warm spring water overflows down into another larger pool below. I made my splash below from the warm spring water on top. Yikes! It was cold hahaha! Not just cold, but squirmy and squashy below … seemingly made of decomposed leaves lying at the bottom of the lower pool. Nope it didn’t feel too good with the squashy walk and the cold temperature and wasn’t long before I scrambled back up into the comforts of the warmer spring water.I wouldn’t have called this trip to Thailand if I didn’t visit one of their temples, where Krabi has a famous Tiger Cave Temple, also called Wat Tham Suea Temple. Equally famous is the flight of 1237 steps to the mountain top to view the Buddhas seated atop! It was definitely an effortful climb up the numerous number of steps. I remember making it all the way up …. but I didn’t get to see any giant buddha statues. Maybe this was not the correct flight of stairs 🙄
What I saw was another forested area (after the flight of stairs up, there was another flight going down …. no wonder I never made it up to the top lol! )There were a few caves with Buddha statues within, but during then, I didn’t have a good enough camera capable of capturing good photos under poor lightings, which was a pity. But I did managed to capture a magnificent shot of a seated Buddha beside a Cave wall, with devotees praying in front.
The next time if I make my way to the Tiger Cave Temple, I will be sure to bring a better camera which I already have, and that I will find the correct flight of stairs then can bring me to the top of the mountain 😉