Krabi Off The Beaten Path Tips by pfsmalo
Krabi Off The Beaten Path: 53 reviews and 94 photos
The trail starts here.
To get to the start of this walk you have to have some sort of transport as there are no buses or song-thaews that come out here. Start of the trail is about 5 kms from Klong Muang centre and right at the end of the road after the TubKaek resort. In Klong Muang or Koh Kwang you'll find taxis that'll give you the ride out but try to barter for a return trip around 5 hours later. This lovely but very strenuous walk takes between 1 1/2 to 3 hours to get right up to the peak at about 500 metres high and is supposedly 3.7 kms in length. The path leads up through the jungle with some viewpoints overlooking the Andaman sea and the Hong islands, and on the other side off to Krabi town and Koh Lanta (only on a clear day). The path does get steep in parts and there are a couple of wooden ladder/steps to climb up. It is very well marked and trodden so no risk of getting lost, only near the top of the peak you have to climb the rock (not dangerous) so need to take your bearings. If you've brought a picnic this is the place to rest before the trek back down. On the way up you'll see a sign for a waterfall, but we never went to see it, having enough trouble to drag our tired legs up to the peak. There are supposed to be gibbons up there and can certainly be heard, but we didn't see any.
Looking out to Krabi town, in centre to the right.
Back down at the bottom on your right are a couple of pools where you can swim or just paddle your feet for a refresher, and just by the Sala Thai and the parking spot most afternoons somebody opens up a little shop and has Cokes and biscuits for sale.
Although primarily a Muslim village, we were welcomed in here when we asked if we could have a walk around. Although veils are worn by the younger women, the rest of their dress is mainly traditional (see the Mickey Mouse t-shirt). The girls asked us if we wanted to wait and try their kebabs, but it meant waiting around for another hour, so we just had a look at the houses up on stilts and had a chat (or tried) with some kids.
This walk is a lot further out from Krabi, being up the Andaman sea north of Klong Muang, but as there is a river there you have to take the long way round. Entry was posted at 100 bath per person but we were only asked for 50, no idea why. This is a short walk, and to my mind if you had to pay the 100 bath, it's not worth it, as all the notices that are posted around are rotten with moss and are only in Thai anyway. Only interesting if you're doing some kayaking in Tha Len, as it is not far from there.
Huay To waterfall.
Using the only really accessible way into the park, there is not much to see or do here except for the short hike up to Huay To waterfall. The waterfall has 7 levels but after the first 3 or 4 any mountain climbing you have will come in handy as the path peters out to a steep rocky surface. If it is wet, without the proper gear it is impassable, but even there you get a good view of the falls. It may be possible to gain acces to the more out of the way places using a 4X4, thus getting closer to the wildlife supposedly here, such as black bear, panther and clouded leopard. There are also possibilities of renting cottages near the park headquareters.
There is another nature trail marked on a board, but this trail seemed to wander and disappear before we got very far. Guides can also be hired if you want to go further into the jungle or up the mountain. As this is a national park we paid 100 bath pp.
To get there - Take the same 411 out from Krabi town until Hwy 4. Take a right and you'll see a sign on the left for the park written in English small under the Thai, after a couple of kms.
The temple is on the road about 5 kms before Tha Pom. Easily spotted with a 15 metre reclining Buddha just opposite the entrance. Most of the buildings are in a pretty dilapidated state and the couple of monks we saw were involved in renovating pieces of masonry or Buddhas. There is a large lake behind that you are invited to visit, and of course buying a packet of food for the gigantic fish.
From the Hwy 4 north from Krabi, follow the signs for Tha Pom.
A pleasant little temple situated on the road to Phanom Benja N.P. Inside the main temple the paintings on the walls and ceilings reminded me of the Indian temple in Bangkok. The monks are pleased to show you inside. Around the grounds are loads of wild monkeys, but as the tourists are few and far between, they're not used to people and run off as soon as there's any movement.
About 2/3 of the way to Phanom Benja once you have left the Hwy 4.
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