Ecotourism is one topic that’s getting a strong footing among many tourists and this is for a good cause. Of course, the sole purpose of ecotourism is to be an eye-opener for environmental awareness, reduce negative human impact on the environment and promote respect for the natural resources. When it comes to ecotourism, the Krabi province has plenty to offer. Indeed, the province is the destination of choice for people who wanted to experience nature while having adventure. Krabi town provides different trekking routes and climbing is permitted on its high altitude lands to experience 360° views of the surrounding countryside. Eco tours in Krabi may range from cave exploration to trips through its vast national parks and marine protected areas.
The provincial capital, Krabi town has a number of eco-tourist attractions which are easily accessible. The iconic symbol of Krabi, Khao Khanap Nam is an ideal spot to begin your eco tour in Krabi. The two peaks, which stand 100 meters above the river, have a huge cave inside with impressive stalactites and stalagmites curtaining the floor and ceiling. It can easily be reached through staircases and the walls have colorful old paintings. The site doesn’t require any entrance fees, however: most visitors combine their trip to the adjacent mangrove forests and the nearby Koh Klang fishery village. The whole trip typically costs 300 baht. Another worth-visiting cave is the Tiger Cave or Big-headed Ghost Cave, which is the most popular cave in Krabi. Caves in Krabi are commonly deemed as places of meditation or worship and Tiger Cave is one of those. Inside the cave are thousands of Buddha figures on display and a wishing well.
With the exceptional natural beauty of the province of Krabi, a good amount of Krabi’s area has been turned into national parks, starting from the land stretching towards the coastline and nearby islands. One top national park is Hat Nopparat Thara, which consists of 80 islands including the Poda Group Islands and the Krabi coastline including Railay, Ao Nang and Nopparat Thara beach. Susaan Hoi or ‘shell cemetery’ also lies within the scope of Hat Nopparat Thara.
Eco tours in Krabi are not only limited to caves, islands and white sand beaches, because the province is teeming with lush and secluded rainforests. Elephant trekking and water rafting in this untouched jungle can be an unforgettable experience you should never miss. The Khao Phanom Bencha National Park is a heavily forested safari that provides calmness, relaxation, adventure and waterfalls. Yes, the site has some of the most picturesque waterfalls such as Nam Tok Klong Hang, Nam Tok Huay Toh and Nam Tok Ton Hahn. These areas are also ideal for jungle trekking. The so-called therapeutic hot springs in Klong Thom is another popular destination among tourists who want to experience a spa close to nature. Besides Klong Thom district, you can also find beautiful hot springs and waterfalls in Thung Teao forest.
Spending a fun and educational day through different eco tours in Krabi is truly money well spent. The places listed are only a few of the many places you can visit because there are virtually countless more adventure tours to choose from including rock-climbing on the mountainous rocks in Railay, birdwatching, scuba diving and many more.