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.)
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.
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.
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.
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 –
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.
- 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.
Web resources –
- Attraction information – http://www.tourismthailand.org/See-and-Do/Sights-and-Attractions-Detail/Pa-Phru-Tha-Pom-Khlong-Song-Nam–423