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Full-Day Jungle Tour Including Tiger Cave Temple, Crystal Pool and Krabi Hot Springs

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See three Krabi attractions in a single day on a tour of the Krabi Hot Springs, Crystal Pool, and Tiger Cave Temple. Enjoy independent time to explore each destination on your own, with cost-effective transport, hotel pickup and drop-off, national park entrance fees, and lunch included.
  • Swim in natural hot springs and a spring fed pool
  • Have a Thai lunch at a local restaurant
  • All entrance fees included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Krabi
Start the day with pickup at your hotel in Krabi, then travel to Khlong Thom National Park in a comfortable minivan, passing through a scenic rainforest landscape. Upon arrival, your driver leads you to the entrance of the natural hot springs, where you can soak, swim, and walk through the nearby forest trails.

When you’ve had enough of the natural heat, cool off in the nearby Crystal Pool, also called the Emerald Pool, a spring-fed swimming spot with beautifully clear water.

Then, refuel for an afternoon of exploring with lunch at a nearby Thai restaurant (included).

Continue to the Tiger Cave Temple, a meditation center for Buddhist monks surrounded by a network of caves. You have the option to climb the 1,237 steps to the summit of the temple, where you find soaring views to the Andaman Sea, Buddha shrines, and altars. This tour concludes with a return transfer to your Krabi hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Namtok Ron (Hot Spring Waterfall ) - Khlong Thom
On this full-day tour you will see the 3 main attractions of the Krabi jungle: Wat Tahm Suea (the Tiger Cave Temple), Sra Morakot (the Emerald Pool), and the natural hot spring. First you will visit the Tiger Cave Temple, aptly named because of the rock outgrowth nearby resembling a tiger’s claw. Located about 3 kilometers from Krabi Town, the temple is known as a center for meditation and its spectacular setting in the Ao Luk Thanu mountain range provides the necessary quiet atmosphere for meditation. Some 250 monks and nuns live in the temple compounds at the moment. The main vihara (sanctum sanctorum) is inside a small shallow limestone cave, where the walls are lined by cells. The area is well lit and very well maintained to preserve the serenity of the environment. Here you can venture up the hills by taking 1 of the 2 passages. One passage takes you up 1,239 steps to the hilltop and the other is only 130 steps up to reach a place where monks live in their small cottages. The commanding view all around is worth taking the strain to climb the hill. The whole area is full of caves and limestone rock formations. Archeologists have found remnants of ancient habitations as old as from the Stone Age. Stone tools, shards of pottery and beads, and idols of clay have all been unearthed which bear testimony to the cultural heritage of the area. You will also trek through the jungle to the Emerald Pool/Crystal Lagoon, a fresh water pool inside the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve. The waters of this 120-square-meter pond take on a green hue thanks to an abundance of minerals from the surroundings limestone hills. The crystal clear water is unsuitable for drinking and feels thick due to its high calcium carbonate content which can cause gallstone. Here you can go for a swim to escape the heat of the day and admire the stream, one of the sources of the pool, which tumbles in at one end over rock made smooth by mineral deposits. Another natural wonder you will see on this tour is the natural hot spring in Krabi. Out in the forest about 40 kilometers south of Krabi Town is Klong Thom Waterfall. Though the falls itself is just a cascade tumbling gently but a few meters, it is unique in that the spring water that feeds it bubbles up from the earth at temperature of more than 50 degrees Celsius. It cools a bit as it flows to the cascade and you can swim in the calm stream below for a much cooler bath. Itinerary: 07:45 - 09:20: Hotel pickup in Krabi 09:20 - 10:10: Drive by minivan to Klong Thom 10:10 - 11:10: Relax & swim in the natural Hot Spring 11:15 - 11:30: Continue to Crystal Pool 11:30 - 13:30: Swim in the natural pond of Sra Morakot (Emerald Pool) 13:30 - 14:00: Lunch at a restaurant 14:00 - 14:30: Head to Tiger Cave Temple 14:30 - 16:30: Visit Wat Tahm Suea & hike to the top 16:30 - 16:50: Transfer to hotel
Duration: 420 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Emerald Pool (Sa Morakot)
Duration: 180 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)
Duration: 120 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tiger Cave Mountain Temple
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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Adrian C
, Oct 2019
The hot springs and the crystal/emerald pool were busy but so awesome to experience! We also climbed the Tiger Cave Temple which was quite tiring as the steps were quite steep so bring water and take breaks but the view from the top is worth it!
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I only give this tour a 2 because of...
Kimberly B
, Jun 2018
I only give this tour a 2 because of the complications I had. I stayed on West Railay Beach and had to catch the longtail boat not included in the tour fare. You had to pay 100 Baht per person and either wait for total of 8 people or pay 800 Baht to be taken immediately. Due to not being able to wait and wanting to arrive at Anamo Pier as instructed by Cattery Tour, I purchased the longtail for 800 Baht although there was only 3 people. We arrived at 8:05, prior to our 8:15 time. We waited until 9:15 when we were picked someones personal vehicle. The company had the wrong name but the correct reference number. We were transported to the rest of the group, let off on the street and had to jay walk to get to the van. Due to the van being late, the driver drove extremely fast to us to the hot springs. His erratic driving caused my daughter to get sick and vomit 2 times upon arriving. Luckily, there were 2 nurses from Canada on our tour who gave her motion sickness medicine for the remaining part of the tour. The hot springs were crowded but pretty interesting. At the Tiger Cave Temple, our group struggled to make summit come back to the van on time. My 3 made it back 15 minutes late, then another lady nurse the driver said he was going to leave the other 8 people. We begged him not too because their belongings were in the van. 30 minutes later 6 others arrived, at which point our driver wanted to give the 2 peoples belongings to a taxi cab driver. We had to beg him not to do so. Luckily everyone made the trip back to their hotels and I had to pay only 300 Baht for my return trip. Suggestions: Longtail boat should be included in tour cost and Tiger Cave Temple should be first due to hike being strenuous followed by relaxing in the pool and hot springs.
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Worth the trip, definitely go in the...
Charlotte M
, Mar 2018
Worth the trip, definitely go in the morning or if hotel is close get a cab and go even earlier.Alot of time spent in the minivan and quite rushed at the pools. You’re not paying for a tour, you’re paying for a ride there and back,and you better be back at the meeting spot or they wont wait for you!
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tour leader the lady is not okay...
may
, Feb 2018
tour leader the lady is not okay,, the arrangement time is so bad,, so rush everything.even the lunch i got only 5 minutes, so stupid that lady.
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This was a well organised trip. The...
Sophie N
, Feb 2018
This was a well organised trip. The only thing I'd change is a bit longer at each location as there was more to see but we ran out of time, especially at the Tiger Cave Temple. All 3 locations are worth visiting. Climbing the Tiger Cave steps was HARD but so worth it. You'd need to be fairly fit to do this within the time you have at this stop. Be careful of the monkeys as they look cute but can bite or steal from you!
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only did the crystal pool and hot...
angela.clarke1000
, Jan 2018
only did the crystal pool and hot spring. the hot spring was good, although I was badly bitten there and you need to be careful of slippy rocks. My recommendation is some rubber soled aqua shoes if you have them. I took the scenic walk to the emerald pool the second stop and it was 100 nicer than the main route there and back. It says 1.4km on the sign but if felt less than that and met hardly any people.
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Bad Planning. No guide assigned we...
Gautam P
, Nov 2017
Bad Planning. No guide assigned we were being attended by tour guide of some other tourist group. Tour starts at 8:30 am with hotel pick and we are taken to a natural hot spring which is quite crowded. Next we move to Emerald pool which is a small natural pool whose colour is like an emerald stone. Last stop is Tiger cave temple which has some 1200 steep stairs to reach the top, the view is breathtaking but one is quite exhausted in this journey. Tiger cave has to be at the start of the trip followed by the hot spring and pool to make a sensible tour
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Right off the bat the guide said...
Corrina D
, Nov 2017
Right off the bat the guide said that they are not a tour guide. There was no one to share much about anywhere we were. There were also no snacks or free coffee/tea as stated.
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Sorry but I would not recommend this...
Michael E
, Nov 2017
Sorry but I would not recommend this tour, The Emerald Pools and the Hot Springs were ok but the Tiger Cave Temples was the one that my husband and I were really looking forward too...we arrived at Tiger Cave Temple at 14:00 pm and we left at exactly at 15:30 pm. Only 3 out of the 9 on the tour decided to go up the 1200 steps to the Temple. More of the tour wanted to but felt unable to get up and back down in that time frame. One and half hours is not enough time given the temperature and the humidity to climb these steps I felt physically ill by the time I got to the top, we had approximately 5 minutes to enjoy the view, before we had to rush back down to get to the bus in time. The tour guide was not at all friendly. We were dropped back at our pickup point at 15.50 pm. I was so unimpressed I kept a note of the times. The following day we did another tour booked by yourself and it was one of our favourite highlights of our holiday.
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Thank God we only did a "half...
Anne M
, Oct 2017
Thank God we only did a "half" day..basically lost an entire day in Krabi doing something which would have been interesting and beautiful..literally NO guide other than someone who handed out wrist bracelets and pointed us in the direction of ridiculous "springs" and some watering hole.Waste of time

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