Crystal clear water in Krabi

by FieryTree on March 20, 2015 · 14 comments

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My friend recently commented, “You two seem to be visiting the beauty spots of Thailand” and my visit to Ta Pom Klong Song Nam definitely fits. Located in Krabi Province, in the south of Thailand, it features crystal clear water and the cooling shade of a gorgeous canopy of trees. While the attraction is small, it is a great escape from the sandy, hot, and humid beaches (unless you like that type of thing.)

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Our visit was still on a hot and humid day but as we entered the canopy, the temperature cooled off. We walked along a boardwalk flanked with plants and trees, abandoned except for our small group. It allowed us to walk slowly and as quietly as we desired through all the green. I peered at unusual palms and we spotted a large spider with a body the size of my palm, although it was Will who was willing to use his hand for measurement.

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The forest opened and the walkway split, allowing us to follow the clear blue/green stream to its source. “Khlong Song Nam” translates to “two water canal”and refers to the unique mix of water in this canal, where fresh water and salt water mix. When the tide is in, the water is less clear and the park attendant had said the water visibility was 40%. At this spot though, the fresh water was still dominant and it was shallow enough that visibility was not obscured. I watched tiny fish dart between the gnarly tendrils of the tall mangroves and tiny shrimp crawl along. I loved those root systems. Where the beautiful water reminded me of the springs in Ocala National Forest in Florida, those wonderful root structures added a different kind of beauty.

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Being Thailand, a small bamboo bridge allowed you to walk across the small stream and my adventurous friend Manee was the first one over. She was rewarded with the sight of a monitor lizard which quickly disappeared up a tree. I’ve developed a mildly irrational fear of Thai bamboo bridges (after one collapsed with James & I on it) so it took me a moment before going across…and ensuring mine was the only weight on the bridge.

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We returned to the cement pathway and followed it around to check out the rest of the park. The fresh water was more mixed with salt water further on the path and the clarity was affected. With no trees for shade, it was also hotter so our pace was a big quicker. The path looped us back to the entrance and a swimming area with a few boys enjoying the water. Where it is against regulation to swim in the clearer section, here you could jump in (provided you weren’t bathing with soap…per the sign.)

While the walkway ended, we decided to head back to the shaded area and those crystal waters to enjoy the beautiful scenery and for me to take about 50 more photos…of trees. Definitely a nice place to spend an afternoon.

More photos from our visit

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One of my favorite Thai treats, they taste like tiny crispy pancakes filled with heaven. Not allowed in the park though.

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“5. Other” other what I wonder.

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The friendly spider I did not bother.

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So inviting.

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More of the wonderful root system.

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Early pass with the tide still in.

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Second pass as the tide was rolling out.

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The Krabi limestone cliffs that I love. 

Visitor tips

  • Swimming is only allowed in a small section (this attraction should not be confused with the Krabi Emerald Pool).
  • Small food stands surround the park entrance but food is not permitted inside.

Visiting

  • Best if you have your own transportation.
  • An hour is more than enough time but this is a wonderful place to relax and watch the tides change.

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1 melanie carlin March 20, 2015 at 2:10 am

Really loved that brackish water that reminded you of Ocala National Forest. Sometimes I am so envious of your journey that it disturbs my ego (thought I was beyond all that desire lol). when you mentioned ONF, I got a righteous attitude adjustment. On April 11th, there are two blueberry festivals and Delandapalooza all happening at once just a stone’s throw from ONF! I am going to see if I can book a cabin by some divine intervention and do all those events, then relax afterwards in a lovely cabin. I still am growing vicariously through your wanderings and the wonderful musings you document visually and in such heart-felt thoughts. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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2 FieryTree March 28, 2015 at 6:41 pm

I find that everywhere reminds me of home. There are so many places in the US that I would love to return to or visit for the first time. I miss my adventures in the States!
Those festivals sound wonderful! I hope you get to them and the cabin! That sounds like a great adventure that I would be jealous of! 😀
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me! I appreciate hearing from you, it means a lot to me!

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3 Candy March 20, 2015 at 2:40 am

Beautiful pictures…Water reminds me of Crystal River and Wekiwa Springs in Florida.

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4 FieryTree March 28, 2015 at 6:42 pm

Hi Candy! Absolutely! No mermaids to be found here though! I am going to have to swing by there when I get back to Florida!

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5 Helen March 20, 2015 at 7:03 am

This looks awesome! Thanks for the info… I may check it out while I’m down there. 🙂

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6 FieryTree March 28, 2015 at 6:42 pm

It is very pretty, small but definitely a nice place to escape to if you get tired of the beach and all the tourists!

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7 jeanne March 20, 2015 at 8:41 am

Wow beautiful , reminds me rainbow springs

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8 FieryTree March 28, 2015 at 6:43 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever been to Rainbow Springs. I’ll have to add that to my list of places to see!

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9 jeanne March 20, 2015 at 8:43 am

Sitting on the dock of the bay watching the tides roll away……this looks breathtakingly beautiful

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10 FieryTree March 28, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Very serene! 🙂

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11 Will S March 20, 2015 at 11:14 am

Manee and I took her friend Koy there last Sunday. The water was clear throughout – some of the areas that were cloudy the day you were there are quite beautiful – and there were lots of people, mostly Thai… the swimming area was very crowded… a wedding party, in traditional Thai dress, were going from place to place creating memories… the poor groom looked pretty hot and uncomfortable in a suit that seems even more restrictive than a modern tux… a nice man who I assume is a regular, gave Manee lots of interesting information about the water systems and the various plant life (most of which I’ve already forgotten!)

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12 FieryTree March 28, 2015 at 6:45 pm

That is cool to know it gets even clearer! It was pretty great for our visit!
I’m jealous you got to see a Thai wedding bridal party too! That sounds like it would be very interesting!

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13 Calle Söderberg March 9, 2016 at 7:19 pm

We went here in early February this year and enjoyed it as well.

I just wanted to tell that the large spider you met is a giant golden orb-weaver, Nephila pilipes (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephila_pilipes).

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