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Krabi Hot Springs: Hot Stream Waterfall Guide

Krabi Hot Springs: Hot Stream Waterfall Guide

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.

Travel guide to the famous Krabi Hot Springs, also known as the Hot Stream Waterfall in Southern Thailand. Includes how to get there, what to expect, and tips for your visit.

Nestled in the lush jungles of Krabi, Thailand, the Krabi Hot Springs are a must-visit natural jacuzzi and waterfall. I found this to be the perfect inland day trip for those looking for things to do on the mainland between island hopping excursions to Phi Phi Island and beyond.

In this guide, I’ll break down everything you need to know about one of my favorite natural hot springs in Thailand, the Krabi Hot Stream, which offers a great place to swim in natural thermal waters in the middle of the jungle.

Krabi hot stream waterfall

About the Krabi Hot Springs

The Krabi hot springs are located in the Khlong Thom District of Krabi in Southern Thailand. There are quite a few thermal springs in this geothermal region, but the best one to visit is the Krabi Hot Stream located near the famous Emerald Pool and Blue Pool of the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve.

This site boasts a delightful hot spring waterfall that provides a natural jacuzzi-like mineral-rich bath before it flows into a refreshing and cool river.

Hot stream waterfall in thailand

How to Get to the Natural Hot Stream from Krabi

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

This is the ideal day trip for inland excursions as it features all the main attractions including:

  • Emerald Pool, Blue Pool, & Crystal Pool
  • Krabi Hot Springs
  • Climb to Tiger Cave Temple

This is the same full-day tour that I went on and offers the most affordable and convenient way to visit these inland higlights of the Krabi Area.

Tip: If you're staying in Krabi Town or Klong Muang, you can also find some great group tours below.

Alternative: Drive or Taxi to the Hot Springs

The group tours above offer the best value for money as you'll be sharing an air-conditioned van with other travelers, saving you the cost and trouble of paying for return transfers independently.

However, if you're set on getting to the thermal pools by yourself, then you can always rent a car at Krabi Airport or Krabi Town.

The other option is to pay for a taxi for the return drive for about 2,500 THB. You'll want to head to the Google Maps Pin "Hot Stream Krabi", taking roughly 50 minutes from Krabi town, or just over an hour from Ao Nang.

Infographic krabi hot springs from ao nang and krabi town
Hot stream waterfall krabi

What to Expect at the Krabi Hot Spring

As you arrive at the hot springs site, you'll notice a large entrance gate next to the parking lot where you'll need to pay the entrance fee.

  • Foreigners 200 Thai Baht (adults) and 100 Thai Baht (children).
  • Thai nationals pay a discounted rate of 40 Baht (adults) and 20 Baht (children).

After paying the fee, you can follow the short walk along the nature trail on the right, passing some clear, hot streams along the way. This jungle trail is scenic and features a raised boardwalk. After roughly 10 minutes you'll arrive at the main hot springs area.

Krabi walking trail

If you want to go to the natural hot springs waterfall, you'll want to go right immediately after you arrive. Follow the signed path along the river for a few hundred meters and you'll get to the hot stream.

Krabi hot stream

Swimming at the Hot Stream Waterfall

By far, the highlight of the trip for me was swimming at this awesome little hot spring waterfall. This was refreshing after visiting other hot springs in Thailand that were simply too hot to swim in!

This is one of the most unique waterfalls that I've visited in Thailand, featuring a few small pools that act as a natural hot tub jacuzzi at the top. This was refreshing after the hike up to Dragon Crest Mountain the day before.

Hot spring pools in krabi

This water contains mineral salts and calcium carbonate, which people pay a lot of money for at expensive spas!

The ground is made up of smooth stone that isn't slippery at all. It reminded me of the Sticky Waterfall in Chiang Mai as it is very grippy. The water temperature ranges between 35 to 42 degrees Celsius, which is quite nice but feels hot on a warm, humid day in Southern Thailand.

Swimming at the hot spring waterfall in khlong thom, thailand

The best part is, if you get too warm, you can slide down into the cool, refreshing waters of the river. The hot spring waterfall flows directly into it, meaning you can swim in warmer water closer to the falls, or cooler water further away.

Tip: If you must use sunscreen make sure it is biodegradable as this waterfall runs into the river and could impact the environment.

Hot spring waterfall in krabi

The Thermal Pools

While I prefer the natural waterfall, there are some other man-made pools that you can swim in. In total, there are three different mini pools, offering a variation in temperature. These warm pools are fed by the same natural springs heated by deep volcanic chambers and filtered by fresh running spring water.

I found that the hottest one was way too hot to spend any time in.

Hot thermal pools in krabi
Hot thermal pools in krabi
Girl on the krabi monkey trail

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More Attractions & Site Features at Krabi Hot Springs

As well as the main Hot Stream Waterfall and the hot water pools, other facilities at the site include:

  • Freshwater showers
  • A Thai Massage parlor by the river
  • Small food and drink stand
  • Picnic areas with jungle and river views
  • A network of trails for hiking
Thai massage at the hot thermal pools in krabi

Where to Stay in Krabi

To explore the best of Krabi to 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.

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.

Tips & Things to Know About Visiting Krabi's Hot Springs

Before you go, here are some useful tips and things to know about visiting the Krabi Hot Springs.

  • The best time to visit is early: The natural hot spring opening hours are 8:30 to 6:00 pm. I recommend visiting in the early morning as this is a popular place to visit for tourists all over Southern Thailand.
  • The best time of year to visit: The best time to visit is between November- April.
  • Some pools are very hot: The waters at the hot stream waterfall are quite pleasant. However, some jungle streams on the hiking trails, as well as the hot mini pool can be very hot. So be careful of burns.
  • Washrooms/changerooms: There are changerooms where you can change your clothes and shower near the main natural hot water swimming pool.
  • Hydrate: It's surprising how much you can sweat in these hot pools. I recommend bringing some water to make sure you stay hydrated.
River in thailand

Tip: The famous Tiger Cave Temple is a worthwhile attraction you can stop at on the way back to Krabi from the hot springs.

FAQ About Krabi Hot Springs & Waterfall

How much is the entrance fee to the Krabi Hot Springs?

The entrance fee is 200 Thai Baht for foreign adults and 100 Thai Baht for children. Thai nationals enjoy a discounted rate of 40 baht for adults and 20 Baht for children.

Is it safe to swim in the Krabi Hot Springs?

Yes, swimming in the Krabi Hot Springs is safe. The waters are naturally warm and rich in mineral salts, offering a therapeutic experience. However, some pools can be very hot, so it's important to test the water before fully immersing yourself and be sure to drink lots of water.

Can I get to the Krabi Hot Springs without joining a tour?

Yes, you can drive or take a taxi to the Krabi Hot Springs. It's located about 50 minutes from Krabi town and just over an hour from Ao Nang. Renting a car is also an option for more flexibility.

What should I bring to the Krabi Hot Springs?

Bring swimwear, a towel, water, and a camera for photos. Wearing water shoes is also recommended for comfort while walking on the smooth stones however they are quite grippy.

Is the Krabi Hot Springs visit worth it?

Absolutely. The Krabi Hot Springs offers a unique natural jacuzzi experience hidden in a lush jungle. It's a perfect relaxation spot after adventurous activities like island hopping or hiking. Be sure to get here early to avoid crowds. It's open from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm daily.

More Must-Do Experiences in Krabi

Speedboat tour krabi phi phi islands

1. Phi Phi Speedboat Tour

Spend less time in transit & more time snorkeling among coral gardens and lazing on white sand beaches at the incredible Phi Phi Islands. Visits Maya Bay, Lohsamah, and Monkey Bay.

Hong island krabi beach

2. Hong Island Day Trip

An epic 7-hour tour to the turquoise sea and white sand beaches of Koh Hong. Relax in the warm Thai sunshine, swim and snorkel in clear blue water & go kayaking.

Emerald pool krabi

3. Emerald Pool, Blue Lagoon & Tiger Cave Temple

Visit the top mainland attractions from hot springs to amazing turquoise lagoons in the jungle.

Read More Krabi & Thailand Travel Guides

I hope you've found this quick guide to the Krabi Hot Springs and Hot Stream Waterfall useful for your Thailand travel itinerary planning.

Before you go, check out some of my other guides below for more inspiration and ideas for your trip!

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Plan Your Krabi Accommodation

Still in the planning stages of your trip? Perhaps you're booking on the fly. The below accommodation guides will help you plan where to stay in Thailand.

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