Full guide to the Krabi Hot springs and emerald pool in Thailand
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On your visit to Krabi in Thailand, make time to visit the awesome Krabi hot springs and emerald pool. Is the hot springs and emerald pool worth a visit? Yes! Let the temperatures rise with a dip in the Krabi hot stream. A picturesque, hot and sweaty jungle hidden mini pools. This is one of the best things to do in Krabi and it’s an experience that will leave you feeling all rejuvenated! We visited the emerald pool and hot springs while on a 2 night stay in Krabi. While staying in Krabi you can also visit the Krabi night markets which are another cool tourist spot in Krabi. How to get from Krabi to the hot springs and emerald pool? The drive is easy on a scooter, but I will explain in this post.
Another top place to visit is the unique Krabi emerald pool. This is another jungle found a hidden gem. The emerald pool in Krabi had the same qualities as a swimming pool, but with added extras. For example, the emerald pool has crystal-clear-water, but with fish swimming around. How cool is that?! You can also do the half-day tour to the hot springs and Krabi emerald pool. Krabi is an amazing place and you should check out the Phi Phi island private boat tour with food whilst you are in this part of Thailand.
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How much is the hot springs and emerald pool tour, from Ao Nang to the hot spring and what’s included?
The hot spring and emerald pool Krabi from Ao Nang – The organized day trips Ao Nang are about 400-500 Baht ($13) per person. You can use your bartering skills and try to get this price cheaper.
What does the Ao Nang tour to the Hot springs and emerald pool include? You will get picked up at your hotel and taken for the full-day tour. You should return to your hotel in Ao Nang about 3 pm. Also included is the usual of food and water. The tour should also provide fruit.
You can hire a moped for the day in Ao Nang! This is a sweet and cheap way of doing it and you will see parts of Krabi you wouldn’t normally see.
You can hire a scooter in Ao Nang for $5 a day, crazy cheap. Petrol is cheap and it’s like $2 to fill the tank.
The Krabi Hot Springs Pool and Emerald Pool entrance cost
- Its is 10 Baht parking for a scooter at Emerald Pool, 20 Baht for motorbike and around 35 Baht for car
- The entrance fee for the emerald pool is (200 Baht)
- entrance for Krabi Hot Springs is (100 Baht)
You can book a ticket here.
How to get to the Krabi hot springs and emerald pool and the opening times?
What is the emerald pool opening times? The hot springs and emerald pool are open;
- Monday 8 – 5
- Tuesday 8 – 5
- Wednesday 8 – 5
- Thursday 8 – 5
- Friday 8 – 5
- Saturday 8 – 5
- Sunday 8 – 5
Ready for a backbreaking scooter ride? Don’t worry it’s not bad, however, you will have to ride about 48 kilometres from Krabi to the hot springs and Emerald pool. You could get a tour but it will cost you a lot extra and you won’t have the freedom of going where you like.
Like I said the best way for how to get to the hot springs and emerald pool is on a scooter and to be fair it’s more or less one straight road to get the hot spring and emerald pool in Krabi. Any level of rider can make this journey.
Rental in Krabi should cost you between 200 – 300 BHT, so don’t pay any more than this! I paid 200 BHT so you can get the scooter rental for this cheap. Furthermore, all you need for the scooter rental in Krabi is just your passport.
It took us around 45 minutes from the centre of Krabi to the hot springs and this was driving at around 50 KM per hour. Also, for the full round trip from Krab to the emerald and back, the gas for the scooter will cost you 70 BHT ($2). Basically free at that price, right?!
What is the Krabi Hot Springs?
An epic outdoor natural hot jacuzzi, a super cool hot spa with temperatures of between 35 – 45 degrees. Yeah, it’s hot, but it feels so good!
The hot springs have natural indented seats and its walls are super smooth. This provides you with good seating in the water, without having to have sharp rocks up to your a**e.
There’s also a small children’s area next to the hot springs. This makes a visit to Krabi’s hot springs, perfect for all the family.
What is the emerald pool Krabi?
Fresh natural swimming that is big enough for a swim, snorkel and a bathe. But don’t expect to swim after dinner, the emerald pool can get rammed with tourists. Also, the snorkelling is more fun for the family holidays as there is not much fish to explore.
Krabi’s emerald pool is good fun for getting some great underwater photos. There’s also a natural flowing stream into the pool, use this for a head massage!
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The cost of the emerald pool Krabi and the half-day tour
- You will have to pay adult – 200 BHT ($8) and children – 150 BHT ($6) for entrance to the emerald pool. This includes entrance to the pool, a 1-mile walk through the jungle and toilets on site. You going to have to walk around 1 mile to get to the emerald pool, but it’s a decent walk through the scenery.
- Krabi hot springs and emerald pool tour – You can also do a half-day tour to the Krabi hot springs and emerald pool. This is a popular option for those who don’t like driving scooters or have no transportation.
- You can book the half-day tour to emerald pool Krabi hot springs here
- Parking at the emerald pool cost me 20 BHT for a scooter, I hate being charged for parking! But I guess it comes with most of the best things to see in Asia.
- You will only need to spend an hour or so here just to have a Swim and play in this top thing to see in Krabi. Don’t forget the sun cream.
Where are Krabi Hot Springs and Emerald Pool located:
- The Emerald Pool address W7G9+27 Khlong Thom Nuea, Khlong Thom District, Krabi
- The waterfall Namtok Ron Khlong Thom Krabi hot spring
Other things to do in Krabi
The Krabi night market / cost – Free / times – 5pm till late
The best market in Krabi, with plenty of stalls selling tasty food, cool gadgets and just about everything you would expect from a great market.
I ate my weight in food, I had to with the mega cheap prices! For example, you can grab a chicken skewer for 10 BHT, mad cheap. Furthermore, food on the Krabi market is suited for everyone as there is meat, seafood, sweets, vegan style and just about every other type of food. Another great market is the Koh Samui Sunday night market here you will find many great gifts and bargains.
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How long does it take to get to Krabi Hot Springs Pool and Emerald Pool from Krabi Old Town?
- We travelled to the hot springs and emerald on a scooter which took about 1 hour. The drive is easy and is more or less one straight road from Krabi to the hot springs and emerald pool.
- It takes only 15 minutes from Emerald Pool to Krabi Hot Springs
Where to stay in Krabi to visit the emerald pool Krabi
There are plenty of places to stay in Krabi. Krabi offers cheap accommodation and top hotels. A backpacker can always find a cheap hostel in Krabi.
We stayed in a homestay in Krabi for around $10 a night and this included breakfast, tea and coffee. The staff was also lovely.
If you want a luxury hotel in Krabi, you can also find this.
Let’s have a look at some of the best places to stay in Krabi.
budget accommodation in Krabi
Mid-range places to stay in Krabi
Luxury accommodation in Krabi
Mantel Krabi Hotel
One of the most luxurious and romantic places to stay in Thailand is the Phi Phi Island village beach resort in Phi Phi.
6 Things you should know about the Krabi hot springs and emerald pool
- entrance to the Krabi hot springs and emerald pool are separate costs for the tickets. The Krabi hot springs cost 150 BHT and the emerald pool cost is 200 BHT.
- The Krabi hot springs and emerald pool both get busy after noon. The emerald pool is the best place to visit in Krabi, therefore it attracts a lot of tourists! I would visit the emerald pool first to avoid the crowds.
- Take a waterproof camera to the emerald pool Krabi, you will be able to grab some sweet photos.
- There is plenty of food stalls and a few restaurants to grab a bite after swimming in Krabi’s emerald pool.
- Take suncream and water. When the sun is shining it gets hot, especially at the hot springs!
- At Krabi’s hot springs, they offer buggy rides from the entrance to the hot spring for 20 BHT per person. You don’t need this, it’s only a 500-metre walk.
Where to after Krabi?
You should get the ferry from Krabi to Phi Phi and my list of the best things to do on Phi Phi on your visit.
Is the hot springs and emerald pool worth a visit? Definitely. If you are staying in Krabi then I would highly recommend visiting the hot springs and emerald pool. This is probably the best things to do in Krabi on your visit to this cool place in Thailand. Make sure you get here early morning to avoid the crowds.
Another tip – I wouldn’t plan on staying too long in Krabi as there aren’t lots of things to do. A 1, 2 or 4-night stay in Krabi is enough to see the best of it.
Other places to visit in Thailand
- best beaches on Koh Samui
- best things to do in Phi Phi
- best beaches on Koh Samui
- the best beaches on Koh Tao.
- the James Bond island movie tour
- Krabi night market
- Ao Nang to Koh Lanta
- 22 best things to do in Koh Tao
Check out my ultimate Thailand Travel Ebook for your trip here! Or book the half-day tour to emerald pool Krabi hot springs here