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Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park
This lies in Tambon Nong Talay, Tambon Sai Thai, Tambon Ao Nang, ang Tambon Pak Nam, with many interesting places to see.
Among which are :
Nopparat Thara Beach
In times past villagers in teh area called this three kilometer long beach Hat Klong Haeng, meaning Dry Stream Beach, because when the tide ebbs the stream flowing from the northern mountains almost disappears, so that the beach has no shore and stretches all the way to Koh Kao Pak Klong Island. In the vicinity of the beach are many places to stay serving tourists. Details and further information may be obtained by writing to Nopparat Thara Beach National Park.
Reservation should be made in advance at the Forestry Department in Bangkok, Tel. (02) 5790529 or at the Hat Noppharat Thara National Park, P.O.Box 23, Amphoe Muang, Krabi 81000, Tel. (075) 6347436.
Mu Ko Phi Phi
The name is derived from Malay and the original was Pulao Pi ah Pi, where in pulao is the Malay word for island, and pi, pronounced with only a half p sound, was very close in pronunciation to the English word be; the ah was eventually dropped, so the name was said something like Bi Bi. Later the P was pronounced with a stronger aspiration and the name became the Pi Pi we know today (the h with which it is usually spelled is confusing and superfluous). The name refers to the mangrove wood found there. Six islands are in the group; Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Ley, Biddah Nok, Biddah Nai, Yung, and Pai; total area is about 35 square kilometers. They were incorporated into the national park in 1983.
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This cave, situated 7 kilometers from Krabi Town in Tambon Sai Thai, has lovely stalactites and stalagmites. The cave was visited in 1909 by King Rama VI before succeeding to the throne, and has been called by local people Tam Sadet a Thai word meaning royal journey ever since.
Susan Hoi (Fossil Shell Beach)
The shell graveyard at Ban Laem Pho was once a large freshwater swamp, home to a kind of snail. Over eons dating from the Tertiary Age, about 40 million years ago, these snails lived and died by the million, to the extent that the dead snails formed a layer upon which existed the living. Eventually, weather changes precipitated the swamp's disappearance, but by then the layer of fossilized snail shells was forty centimeters thick, resting on ten centimeters of lignite below which is the subsoil. Because of geographic upheaval, this Shelly limestone is now distributed in great broken sheets of impressive magnitude on the seashore at Laem Pho.
8 natural springs large and small, the crystal clarity of which gives this place its name, Crystal Springs. They are in Tambon Kao Tong on the Krabi-Nai Sa road, and each has a name : Nam Lod (Water Passing Through), Cherng Kao (Vallery), Jorakeh Kao (White Crocodile), Nam Tip (Heavenly Waters), Nam Krahm (Indigo Water), Morakot (Emerald), Hun Kaeo (Barking Deer) and Noy (Small).
This bay is beautiful and at the same time very strange to the eye because of its limestone mountains. Its famous beaches include Rai Ley, Tam Pra Nang (where the tam or cave, is sacred to local villagers) and Nam Mao; none of these can e reached by road. However, boats leave regularly from the accessible part of Ao Nang to take visitors to them. There are also other islands to visit as well : Kai Island. Tap Island, Mor Island, and Padah Island, where there are clean sandy beaches, clear water and schools of colorful fishes in abundance perfect for diving, snorkeling, or swimming. Boats to the islands are boarded at Ao Nang.
Huay To Waterfall
This waterfall has eleven levels and springs from the Kao Panom Mountains in Tambon Tap Prik, Kao Panom Mountains in Tambon Tap Prik, on the Sri Trang - Pracha - utit road. Each level contains behind its falls a pool of naturally clear, clean water 4 - 5 meters in diameter. The pools are named, and the best known are : Wang Tewada (Angel's), Wang Sok (Year's) and Wang Jan (Platter).
Than Bokkhorani National Park
covers 37.5 rai (1 rai = 160 square meters) in Tambon Ao Leuk Tai, one kilometer from the Tambon Ao Leuk Neua Market intersection on the Ao Luk Sak road. The park is shady and forested by many different species of trees growing around the attractive pool after which the park is named, the Sa Bokkhorani .Species include the wild gardenia, asoka, and Apocynaceae. The Sah Bohk Korani flows through a winding passage in the mountain. At the north end of the pool is a footprint of the Buddha carved in wood near the little temple sacred to Jao Pho To Yuan - To Chong.
Kao Phanom Bencha National Park
lies about 20 kilometers from Krabi town on the Talat Kao-Ban Huai To Road. The park covers an area 50.12 square kilometers in parts of three district : Khao Phanom , Amphoe Muang and Ao luk. It is composed mainly of virgin forest growing amid craggy hills and valleys.
There are a number of interesting places to visit :
Namtok Huai Sa-de
springs from a steep cliff 1.2 kilometers from the park offices.
Tham Khao Phung (Khao Phung Cave)
5 caves with stalactites and stalagmites of different shapes lying 3 kilometers distant from the National Park Office. Some resemble stupas, others mushrooms, a curtain, etc. The cave wall are sparkling white and dazzlingly beautiful.
Tourist accommodations and services are available nearby; to make reservations, contact the Kao Panom Bencha National Park Office, Amphoe Muang, Krabi 81000.
Namtok Khlong Haeng
The source of this 500 meter tall water fall in Mount Thep Bencha, th etallest mountain in Krabi. It lies about 10 kilometers from the Kao Panom District office.
Ton Han Waterfall
This falls has its source in the Kao Panom Bencha Mountains like Klong Haeng Waterfall, but it is as tall. It lies 16 kilometers from the Kao Panom district office.