Emerald Pool Krabi: Visiting the Emerald & Blue Pool

The Emerald Pool or also called Sa Morakot is a natural turquoise blue pond with fresh water supplied from natural streams coming down from the hills. Located in the province of Krabi in Thailand, it is one of the best excursions in the region. In the middle of a mystical jungle, you can discover two crystal-clear lakes, the picturesque Emerald Pool and the Blue Pool. During a short hike through the forest, you have the opportunity to explore an intact ecosystem. Sure you will be impressed by the unique ambience of the rainforest. If you fancy a bath, you can take your bathing suit with you! It is possible to take a refreshing bath in this beautiful setting. A visit to the Emerald Pool is one of the most special things to do in Krabi and a real experience to remember forever!

In this travel guide, you will get all the important information about the Emerald Pool in Krabi, and we will show you why a visit is absolutely worth it!

The best starting points to visit the Emerald Pool in Krabi are the resorts of Klong Muang Beach, Ao Nang Beach and Krabi Town.

You can either get there by taxi or book a guided tour. Unforgettable excursions can be found on GetYourGuide, which often include a visit to the Tiger Cave Temple.

Yes, a trip to the Emerald Pool is worth it! Especially a visit in the early morning is recommended because then you have the magical ambience almost all to yourself.

If you’re not sure which accommodation or hotel to choose for exploring the region, check out the informative guide about the best places for where to stay in Krabi.


Emerald Pool in Krabi

The Emerald Pool in Krabi is a true natural wonder and therefore one of the best excursions from Krabi. Already the walk to the Emerald Pool is really enchanting and a true nature experience. A very well signed footpath leads about 1.4 kilometers into the jungle. You will walk past crystal-clear streams, small yellow ponds and a gigantic variety of tropical plants and trees. The jungle path eventually leads to the Sa Kaew, the Crystal Pool, and finally ends up right at the main attraction of the park, the Emerald Pool. From afar, the turquoise water shimmers through the trees and conjures up a picture-perfect backdrop!

Arrived at the pool, you have the opportunity to refresh yourself. The Emerald Pool is around 1–2 meters deep, so if you feel like bathing you should definitely go for it. The ambience of the pool is stunning and also photographers will love it there. Since the limestone rocks are very slippery, you should be careful when entering the waters. Wearing bathing shoes is recommended. By the way, the incredibly beautiful turquoise blue colors are caused by the high limestone and mineral content of the lake.

Blue Pool

Another highlight of the National Park is the Blue Pool, a small deep blue pond surrounded by deep jungle. This Blue Lagoon is easily accessible via a 400-meter-long footpath, and also here the trail is well signed. Among others, you pass a small temple, huge tropical trees and small clear rivers. Here is the bathing, unlike the Emerald Pool, forbidden. The Blue Pool is supplied by a hot underground spring. If you look closely, you can even discover the small air bubbles.

How to get to the Emerald Pool

Transport to the Emerald Pools can also be organized on your own. A taxi from Krabi Town to the National Park and returns costs around 2,500 Baht and can be shared with multiple passengers. The 60 kilometers long drive to the national park takes about 1 hour. To escape the tourist crowds, set up your timings early. To make sure that you will have this beautiful scenery almost for yourself, you should start your trip in the morning, best around 7:00 am.

Tip: If you still haven’t had enough of sightseeing, you should visit the Tiger Cave Temple on your way back to Krabi.

Tours to Emerald Pool

Excursion to Emerald Pool is offered by many travel agencies in Krabi Town, Ao Nang Beach and Klong Muang Beach. If you value good reviews and recommendations, you can also book the Emerald Pool excursion online. Tours usually include hotel pickup, lunch, and a visit to the hot springs and Tiger Cave Temple. The disadvantage of these guided tours is that you have to share this fabulous place with other visitors.

Tip: A special advantage is that GetYourGuide tours can be cancelled free of charge up to 24 hours in advance.


Opening Hours & Prices

The Emerald Pool opens its doors for visitors from 8:30 am and closes at 4:30 pm. The Blue Pool opens a bit later, so the park will give open the access from 10:00 clock. The entrance fee is 400 baht per adult and 200 baht per child. A visit to the Emerald Pool is possible all year, but be aware that the Blue Pool is closed from May to October.


Where to Stay near Emerald Pool

Many are now wondering where to stay for a trip to the Emerald Pool best. Here are the most beautiful places for where to stay in Krabi, which we can gladly recommend to you and which are ideally suited as a starting point:

  • Krabi Town: The city of Krabi Town is with 60 kilometers the closest to the Emerald Pool and therefore the best starting point for excursions to this natural wonder. Here we can recommend the Family Tree Hotel, a boutique hotel in the middle of the old town. As a budget alternative for backpackers, the Sleep Well Hostel is one of the best backpacker choices in Krabi Town.
  • Ao Nang: A popular vacation spot and a good starting point for exploring the Krabi area. Ao Nang is located approximately 70 kilometers from the Emerald Pool and here you will find a gigantic variety of accommodation. Especially nice is the Holiday Inn Resort Krabi. This lovely hotel is located right on the white sandy beach of Ao Nang. Backpackers love to stay at the TAN Hostel x Cafe, cozy ambience, comfortable beds and delicious breakfast, what more could you ask for?

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