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Eco-Tourism

Few places in the region offer the breadth and quality of activities for the eco-tourist as Krabi, Thailand. A wide range of activities are available, including world-class rock-climbing, caving, sea kayaking, camping and hiking, just to name a few. In addition, the area offers a full range of accommodations, as well as some great places to get away for a break from the action. This broad spectrum of activities and accommodations, when combined with some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, make Krabi an ideal destination for the eco-tourist.


Bird watching

Bird watching at Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
This national park, located in the interior of Krabi, is one of the most pristine places in the region. Over 50 sq km in size, and virtually unexplored, this park boasts several beautiful waterfalls, and an abundance of wildlife including clouded leapords, black panthers, Asiatic black bears, and leaf monkeys, to name a few. In addition, this park is home to several species of tropical birds, including the Gurney's pitta, and Nordmann's greenshank, two of the world's rarest birds. Khao Phanom Bencha's numerous low-impact hiking trails provide an excellent viewing point, and overnight camping is permitted for a fee of 5 baht per person
Bird Watching at Mangrove Forests
Although primarily known for the limestone karst topography of its shoreline, Krabi is nonetheless home to a broad spectrum of ecological environments, making it one of the most diverse areas in the region. One of the most unique eco-systems found in Krabi are the mangrove forests, which play a key role in maintaining the ecological balance of the entire area. In additon, these mangrove forests provide shelter to several species of birds, and are thus a terrific place for bird watching. Two of the prevalent species of birds are the sea eagle and the ruddy kingfisher, both of which can be seen year round. Bird watching trips can be arranged at the Chao Fah pier in Krabi, and usually cost about 200 baht per hour, for boat rental.


Camping

Camping at Khao Phanom Bencha National Park
This national park, located in the interior of Krabi, is one of the most pristine places in the region. Over 50 sq km in size and virtually unexplored, this park boasts several beautiful waterfalls, and an abundance of wildlife including clouded leapords, black panthers, Asiatic black bears, and leaf monkeys, to name a few. In addition, this park is home to several species of tropical birds, including the Gurney's pitta, and Nordmann's greenshank, two of the world's rarest birds. Khao Phanom Bencha's numerous low-impact hiking trails provide an excellent viewing point, and overnight camping is permitted for a fee of 5 baht per person

Caving
Caving at Pranang Peninsula

In addition to the fabulous rock climbing, this area offers some of the most famous caves in the region, which are home to a number of marvelous stalagmites and stalactites. Guides can be arranged from many of the guest houses in the area.


Tham Pranang Nok

Tham Pranang Nok is the most famous cave in the area, and set on the stunning Pranang Peninsula, certainly one of the most beautiful.
According to Thai mythology, during the time of Alexander the Great, a royal ship carrying an Indian princess named Srikulatavee sank offshore. Pranang cave is supposedly where her soul dwells since it was never properly laid to rest. Inside the cave there is a shrine to the spirit of Srikulatavee, where fisherman place offerings in request for a plentiful catch. This wonderful cave can be reached by boat from the Chao Fah jetty in Krabi, for a fee of 40 baht.

Tham Pranang Nai

This cave, only recently discovered, is larger than Tham Pranang Nok, and is is composed of three large caverns. Inside these caverns are some of the most spectacular limestone formations, including a "waterfall" of crystalline quartz. The entrance to this cave is located on East Rai Le.

Sa Pranang

Located on the Pranang Peninsula is Sa Pranang, a spectacular, aquamarine lagoon tucked into the side of a tall limestone cliff. This unique and breathtaking location can be reached by way of a steep cave path on the Pranang Peninsula. Guides are available from guesthouses and hotels, and the hike takes about 45 minutes
Caving at Than Bokkhorani National Park
Located in the Ao Luk district of Krabi, some 45 km from town, this national park offers some of the best caving in the area. Although accessible only by chartered boat, these caves contain magnificent collections of stalagmites and stalactites, as well as some pre-historic paintings and other artifacts.

Tham Lot

This incredible limestone cave contains some of the most spectacular stalagmites and stalactites in the area, and extends into a labyrinth of wandering passages, which are navigable during low tide. This cave can be reached by boat from the Bho To pier in Ao Luk.

Tham Hua Kalok

This cave, situated in close proximity to Tham Lot, is known for its pre-historic paintings. Tham Hua Kalok is split into two main sections, accessible by a single entrance. The left section is a larger cavern lit by a small opening in the top. The right section is an open hall, which many believe was once the dwelling of pre-historic peoples. Inside the right section there are over 70 rock paintings portraying both people and animals. Also found in the cave were several large skulls, and a large pile of shells. This cave is along the same route as Tham Lot, and can be reached by boat from Bho To pier.

Tham Phet

Tham Phet, or Diamond Cave, is another remarkable cave located in Than Bokkhorani National Park. This cave derives its name from its shimmering rock walls, which reflect light. Tham Phet can be reached via the National Park Office at Tham Bokkhorani, where guides can be arranged.
Tham Song Phi Nong
This cave is located just west of Tham Hua Kalok, and contains several ancient artifacts, including skeletal remains, pottery, earrings, and bronze tools.

Climbing

Climbing at Pranang Peninsula

In recent years the sheer limestone faces and overhangs of Krabi's spectacular cliffs has earned the area a reputation as one of the premier rock-climbing sites in the world. Every year literally thousands of climbers come to Krabi specifically to challenge themselves on the famous limestone karsts, and most will agree that it was well worth the trip. There are over 150 challenging pegged routes, concentrated primarily on the Pranang peninsula, between Hat Tham Pranang and East Hat Lei Rai. These routes are typically in the mid to high difficulty range, with numerous overhangs, and sheer limestone faces. However, there are also several beginner climbs, so that even the novice climber can experience the thrill of climbing. Equipment rentals, instruction, and guides are all available at nearly every restaurant, bar, and guesthouse in the area, and for an extremely reasonable price.

Rafting

Rafting at Ao Pranang

One of several eco-tourism activities available in Krabi is sea canoeing, and there are few better ways to thoroughly enjoy the spectacular scenery than by drifting leisurely amongst the limestone karsts. This is perhaps the best way to explore Krabi's countless inlets and deserted beaches, allowing travelers to discover the true magic of the area at their own pace. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at many of the guest houses in the Ao Pranang area, and guides are also available to lead your through the myriad of small, deserted islands.
Rentals
SeaCanoe - Sea Breeze Shopping Center, Ao Pranang, Krabi +66 75 637-170
Sea Kayak Krabi - +66 75 630-059, or in Bangkok +66 2 377-0886
Sea, Land, and Trek - Gift's Bungalows, Ao Pranang, Krabi +66 75 637-166

Trekking

Trekking at Khao Phanom Bencha National Park

This national park, located in the interior of Krabi, is one of the most pristine places in the region. Over 50 sq km in size and virtually unexplored, this park boasts several beautiful waterfalls, and an abundance of wildlife including clouded leapords, black panthers, Asiatic black bears, and leaf monkeys, to name a few. In addition, this park is home to several species of tropical birds, including the Gurney's pitta, and Nordmann's greenshank, two of the world's rarest birds. Khao Phanom Bencha's numerous low-impact hiking trails provide an excellent viewing point, and overnight camping is permitted for a fee of 5 baht per person.
Trekking at Than Bokkhorani National Park
Located in the Ao Luk district of Krabi, this national park offers varied terrain and some truly phenomenal natural attractions. Covering an area of over 120 sq km, this park offers mountains, caves, islands, and natural mangrove forests. Hiking trails lead to many of the major attractions, and those not accessible by foot can be reached via chartered boat. Than Bokkhorani, the featured attraction, is truly phenomenal, and should not be missed. Created by the junction of several small streams, merging at different levels, this cool forest pond is a terrific place to relax, and also affords some excellent views of local flora and fauna.