Saturday, October 17, 2009

Crystal clear

Falls or rapids? Definitely rapids. This small but deep stream flows through a forest not far from sea. The water is cool, cold just coming from a cave. We went here after a full day kayaking to the north (Bor Thor) back in mid 2005.

For tourists the site is called Crystal Stream, for locals Tha Pom. Due to the alternating salt and fresh water a distinct ecosystem has appeared.
'This has resulted in the development of three different forest systems in a very concentrated area. For many years the area was regarded as sacred so the natural ecology was not affected by agriculture or settlement'.

Facilities include a huge market and a walkway through the forest above the stream. Entrance is just 50 THB. Even during the week there are many visitors though never crowded. Better in early morning. There are also a number of platforms and steps to get in the stream. Caution as the sides of the stream are packed with sharp stones.

From Krabi town, take Highway 4 in the direction of Ao Luek (north). At Km 126, take a left turn and go for another 5 kilometers.

Krabi is simply a beautiful place to visit, what with Railay beach, beautiful islands off shore, hot springs, mountains and mangroves. Never a dull moment. Tha Pom is well worth a visit.

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