Krabi Thailand Trip Day 3 – Kayaking Through Crocodile Canyon, Emerald Pool (Sra Morakot) & Hot Springs Waterfall (Bang Kram)

On the third day it was up early again, a quick breakfast in the hotel and out for some kayaking in the Crocodile Canyon, sounds fun eh? It certainly was.

Although very hot, make sure you’ve packed a hat and some sun screen or sun block if you are liable to get burnt (as I am being a pale whitey).

The sea kayaks used are the surf-ski models, as opposed to the whitewater craft which are watertight/covered (making them more dangerous for beginners). This makes them more stable – although you are likely to get wet, so dress appropriately.

They do provide you with watertight bags to keep your valuables/camera so they won’t get wet in case you do fall in or just get splashed.

The price per canoe was around 900baht including a guide, each kayak can sit two people comfortably, there are some 3-seater models but they aren’t so common. The tour would generally last about an hour or 1.5 hours.

The weather was stunning as we set out.

Kayaking in Krabi

Matthew Ong from the Breakfast Show

Matthew Ong

The scenery was quite breathtaking there, especially inside the Canyon almost gorge like reminsicent of Gulin, China – it was splendidly hot though…


After a reasonable paddling session we reached the Canyon (known as Crocodile Canyon if I heard correctly)

Crocodile Canyon

Certainly a place worth visiting.








Weary Travelers Return


After that we took a short drive to the Sheraton where we were greeted by a young elephant!


If you stood in front of the elephant it would put it’s trunk over you then take you by the wrist and sit you down on the step.

Elephant at Sheraton

Then of course you have to feed it!

Feeding Elephant

It could do a few other things like picking up a hat off the floor and putting it on your head and of course sitting down, the way it sits is ever so cute.

Sitting Elephant

The coolest part was when it needed to take a dump, it ran outside and the lady caught all the shit in a plastic bag…it’s so well trained it won’t even poo inside the hotel concourse!

The Sheraton is a nice hotel (of course) and has it’s own private beach…but then it probably costs a fortune too.

After lunch we headed out into the jungle, it was about a 1.5 hour drive from where we were then a 1km walk to the Emerald Pool! Locally known as Sra Morakot or Sramorakot.


The name of the place was Khao nor Chu Che Lowland Evergreen Forest – the light was beautiful for photographing the greenery.

Jungle Contrast

The water at the pool is really Emerald colour, it’s caused by mineral build ups as it’s natural spring water and it’s carbonated!

It’s very invigorating to swim in the pool, especially after the long walk.

Emerald Pool

The spring water comes naturally from up the hill.


You can really see the Emerald colour here.

The Emerald Pool

After the 1km walk back it was a 10-15 minute drive the hot springs at Khao Pra-Bang Kram famous waterfall hot springs, the water is about 40-42 Celcius.

Thankfully it was a fairly short walk this time, the mineral content is very low meaning it’s not harmful or toxic in any way.

Bang Kram Hot Springs

It was a really nice place to sit and soak and enjoy nature’s jacuzzi as the water cascades off your back. I didn’t take many pics as it was almost dark, light was very low…and I was busy enjoying the hot water.

Final Day 4 Coming Soon!

Krabi Thailand Trip Day 1 – Flight, Tiger Cave (Wat Tham Sua), The Fruit Market, Fish Farm & Krabi La Playa
Krabi Thailand Trip Day 2 – Island Hopping (Thale Waek, Poda, Chicken and Tup Island), Snorkeling & A Thai Massage!
Krabi Thailand Trip Day 2 – Rock Climbing at Railay (Rai la/Ton Sai) Beach




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7 Responses to Krabi Thailand Trip Day 3 – Kayaking Through Crocodile Canyon, Emerald Pool (Sra Morakot) & Hot Springs Waterfall (Bang Kram)

  1. KY September 3, 2007 at 1:17 am #

    kinda odd to see tusk less elephant

  2. Dabido September 3, 2007 at 5:58 pm #

    If you’re going to have an elephant as a pet, it’s good to know they can be house trained!

    Just, cleaning the kitty litter tray in the morning takes some muscles. 🙂

  3. ShaolinTiger September 5, 2007 at 1:41 am #

    KY: Aye, female and young.

    Dabido: Useful info to know eh?

  4. Janine April 28, 2008 at 3:22 pm #

    Heya! This is Janine from Sheraton Krabi! Wow, times flies. And it is great to come across your site.

    Haha.. I wun say that it costs a fortune to stay with us!

    Do let me know if you intend to drop by again 🙂 I can bring u around if you wish.

  5. ShaolinTiger April 30, 2008 at 1:22 pm #

    Janine: Hi! Thanks for dropping by – nice to see you here 🙂 Would love to visit Krabi again.

  6. Etcetera June 9, 2009 at 11:31 pm #

    Dude, I’ve been going through your blog from Day 1 for the past two weeks and this is the first time I feel compelled to comment. A part of me feels sad that the elephants in your Krabi posts are doing circus tricks for the amusement of tourists. They should be out roaming free and not learning how to ‘sit and clap like a baby’. I can just imagine the training session under the whip these elephants have to go through. Not that I am blaming you for it, of course. Just an observation that nobody seems to have picked up on.

    then again, i guess it’s for the greater good and shit. source of income for the locals, increased awareness on the plight of elephants. But just look at them eyes! Poor thing.

    Anyway, nice blog and keep up the good work. Another 2 years worth of reading to go.

  7. ShaolinTiger June 10, 2009 at 4:44 pm #

    Etcetera: Thanks for reading 🙂 Hope you’re enjoying the journey through the archives. I agree with you in principle, but as you had it has ups and downs. Hope you leave more comments!

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