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Emerald Pool Krabi: Guide to the Emerald & Blue Lagoon

Emerald Pool Krabi: Guide to the Emerald & Blue Lagoon

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

A guide to visiting the famous Emerald Pool & Blue Lagoon in Krabi, Thailand.

Located in the heart of Thailand’s southern province of Krabi, the Emerald Pool and Blue Pool (Blue Lagoon), are two crystal-clear freshwater lakes located just an 800 m walk from the car park hidden in the jungle.

Whether you’re looking for a cool place to swim, or you’re planning your Krabi travels and want to include the best mainland day trip– you’re in luck!

Due to the distance, most travelers visit these pools on the popular Pools & Hot Spring Day Trip departing daily from Krabi.

In this travel guide, I’ll break down everything you need to know about visiting the Krabi Emerald Pool and Blue Pool in the Khlong Thom area.

Emerald & Blue Pool in Krabi

The Emerald Pool called Sa Morakot in Thai and the Blue Pool (also called Blue Lagoon) are within the Thung Teao Forest National Park, approximately 55 kilometers east of Krabi town, or 70 kilometers from Ao Nang.

These pools are fed by a mineral hot spring, giving the water its striking color and amazing clarity. However, the pools are not very hot. Another thing to note is you can only swim in the Emerald Pool.

The Blue Pool is closed for swimming as it is not filtered by a flowing stream.

Swimming at emerald pool
Emerald Pool
Krabi emerald pool, thailand

How to Visit the Emerald Pool & Blue Lagoon from Krabi

The most convenient way to reach the Emerald Pool & Blue Pool for travelers staying in the Krabi Province tourist areas of Ao Nang or Railay Beach is to book the popular full-day thermal springs & pool tour.

This full-day tour offers the perfect day trip for inland excursions and includes:

  • Hotel pickup in an air-conditioned van
  • Visit the Krabi hot springs
  • Swim at Emerald Pool & Visit Blue Pool
  • Climb to Tiger Cave Temple

This is the exact tour that I went on and offers the most affordable and convenient way to visit these must-see attractions in the Krabi Area– which I highly recommend!

Tip: Travelers staying in Krabi Town or Klong Muang can also find some great group tours below.

Blue pool in krabi, thailand
Blue Pool

Alternative: Book a Taxi or Drive to the Pools

If you want to visit the Sra Morakot pools and natural springs independently, then it's also possible to rent a car at Krabi Airport or Krabi Town.

Alternatively, you can take a taxi to drop you at the main entrance to the Thung Teao Forest National Park. Although the return taxi fare will likely be more expensive than simply booking the above tour.

This journey will take just over an hour from Ao Nang, or about 50 minutes from Krabi Town.

Tip: I suggest visiting on a weekday as many locals visit on the weekends and the pools can become crowded.

Thung teao forest national park

What to Expect at the Emerald Pool Krabi

The main entrance to the Thung Teao Forest National Park features a large parking lot where tour vans, taxis, and private vehicles park.

This is also the ticketing gate, where you'll need to pay the applicable entrance fees that go towards the Khao Pra-Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary.

Ticket Price:

  • 400 Thai Baht for foreigners (200 for children).
  • 30 Thai Baht for Thai Nationals (20 for children).

The official opening time is 8:30 am for Emerald Pool and 10:00 am for Blue Pool and closing at 4:30 pm. However, it's possible to visit earlier than this, there just won't be any guards on duty.

On the tour, this natural pool was the first stop of the day trip, which was great as I arrived right at opening time before the crowds.

Tip: The Blue Pool is closed between May-October to give the birds living in this area an undisturbed breeding season.

Thung teao forest national park springs

Walking to the Emerald Pool

After paying the fee, you can take one of two short nature trail walks to the pools.

Option 1: The fast way is following a wide, gravel road for approximately 800 meters (15 minutes) through the forest.

Option 2: This follows a more scenic concrete nature trail path for approximately 1 kilometer (20 minutes). Both trails begin by passing some beautiful natural streams in the forest.

Below I've included a map showing the pathways and nature trails between the main entrance, the Emerald Pool, and the Blue Pool.

Map showing the attractions at thung teao forest national park, krabi
Walking trail to emerald pool
Girl on the krabi monkey trail

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Swimming at the Krabi Emerald Pool

The Emerald Pool is a beautiful natural pond surrounded by smooth stone and filtered by ever-flowing natural streams. These streams contain calcium carbonate, creating healthy mineral waters for swimming.

Emerald Pool is quite wide at around 20 meters in circumference. The depth ranges from around 1.2 meters to the deepest around 1.8 meters. This makes it the perfect place to swim, relax, and enjoy the natural scenery.

There's also a local restaurant selling snacks, tea, and coffee just a short distance from the pool.

As this was the first stop on the Emerald Pool tour, I arrived quite early and we were able to take some photos before the tour buses arrived. However, I decided to take a short walk to the Blue Pool before taking a swim.

Emerald pool, thailand
Swimming at krabi's emerald pool, thailand

The Blue Pool (Blue Lagoon)

The walk to the Blue Pool from the Emerald Pool follows another concrete path for approximately 600 meters (10-15 minutes), passing some beautiful crystal-clear streams among the Khao Nor Chu Chi lowland forest

Walking to blue pool through the forest
Walking to blue pool through the forest

Once you arrive at the Blue Pool, you'll see a wide viewing area where you can take some photos of this beautiful natural hot spring.

The Blue Pool is one of the deepest ponds in the park at around 4-5 meters. The water is quite hot in this pool, ranging from 40 to 50 degrees Celsius, heated up by the Earth's natural geothermal energy.

Blue pool, thailand

While you can't swim at the Blue Pool, I highly recommend checking it out as this is one of the most beautiful natural ponds I've ever seen!

Blue pool, thailand

More Attractions at the Emerald Pool Site

In addition to observing the diverse array of fauna such as various species of birds, butterflies, reptiles, and mammals like macaques, there are a few other attractions worth exploring.

Crystal Pool

Did you know that there are three natural ponds at this site? The third is called Crystal Pool, the largest pond at the site at around 35 meters wide, 45 meters long, and 1-3 meters deep. The water of the crystal pool is fed from the water of the Emerald Pool.

Similarly to the Blue Pool, it's not permitted to swim here.

Crystal pool at thung teao forest national park
The Crystal Pool

Shrine of the Hermit

Along the way between the Emerald Pool and the Blue Pool, you'll pass the Shrine of the Hermit. This is a small shrine dedicated to a hermit who once lived in this area a long time ago.

You'll see that there is a small cave-like structure adorned with statues and sometimes showcasing offerings left by visitors paying respect, making a wish, or asking for blessings.

Shrine of the hermit, thung teao forest national park

Things to do After the Emerald Pools

If you booked the tour that I went on (linked above), you'll also be visiting the nearby Krabi hot springs, also called the Hot Spring Waterfall or Krabi Hot Stream.

Afterward, I climbed up to the epic Tiger Cave Temple, which is of the best things to do in Krabi in terms of great views!

Hiking in the forest of thailand

Tips & Things to Know About Visiting the Emerald Pool

Before you go, here is a list of quick tips and important things to know about visiting this natural site in Krabi.

  1. Only swim at the Emerald Pool - the only pool you can swim at is the Emerald Pool. Don't try to swim at the Blue Pool or Crystal Pool. If the Emerald Pool is too busy, you can swim in the clear flowing streams nearby the Blue Pool.
  2. Visit early: The park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Krabi. I recommend visiting early before the big tourist vans arrive. Alternatively, visit in the late afternoon before closing time.
  3. Best time to visit: the water at the pools can be muddier and less clear during the rainy season (May to October). So, I recommend visiting during the dry season (November to April).

FAQ About Emerald Pool & Blue Lagoon in Krabi

Is it worth going to Emerald Pool Krabi?

Visiting the Emerald Pool in Krabi is a must-do for its serene, crystal-clear waters set in a lush jungle, offering a perfect spot for swimming and relaxation. This natural attraction stands out for its uniqueness and tranquil surroundings, making it a worthwhile addition to your travel itinerary. It is easily accessible through organized tours from Krabi or by driving yourself.

How much is entry to Emerald Pool in Krabi?

The entrance fee for the Emerald Pool in Krabi is 400 Thai Baht for foreigners (200 for children) and 30 Thai Baht for Thai Nationals (20 for children), with official opening times at 8:30 am for the Emerald Pool and 10:30 am for the Blue Pool.

Can you swim in Emerald Pool Krabi?

Yes, you can swim in the Emerald Pool in Krabi. The pool offers healthy mineral waters for swimming, with depths ranging from about 1.2 meters to 1.8 meters, making it an ideal place to enjoy the natural scenery and take a refreshing dip.

Where to Stay in Krabi

To explore the best of Krabi and experience the beautiful islands, hikes, and white-sand beaches, you'll want to stay at Ao Nang Beach, Krabi Town, Ton Sai, or Railay Beach. There are a range of different accommodation choices for all budgets when staying in Krabi.

Below are the three top accommodation picks for all budgets.

Rayavadee outdoor views of the bungalow accommodation and swimming pool, krabi

1. Rayavadee Luxury

Amazing 5-star luxury accommodation adjacent to the Krabi Marine National Park in Railay. Boasts immaculately designed rooms, 6 restaurants, an outdoor pool, & incredible balcony views.

Bedroom suite with large bed and lounge areas at the anana ecological resort krabi

2. Anana Ecological Resort Mid-Range

An eco-friendly resort offering a large outdoor swimming pool, beautifully designed rooms & amazing garden with onsite cooking classes. The best part is the excellent price.

Chill-out area and downstairs workspace and cafe at the tan hostel, krabi

3. TAN Hostel Budget

The best backpacker hostel in Krabi just 700 m from Ao Nang Beach & near many restaurants, shops, & bars. Has a great vibe with a neat and tidy co-work area & an excellent onsite cafe.

Emerald pool in krabi
Blue pool, krabi
Krabi emerald pool, thailand

More Krabi Travel & Adventure Guides

I hope that this quick guide to visiting the Emerald Pool in Krabi has been useful for planning your Thailand travel itinerary!

Check out the list below for more related posts and inspiration for your trip.

Hidden beach, railay beach

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