The emerald lake (it is also called Sa Morakot), the Crystal Lake (also called Crystal Pond) and the Blue Lake are the three pearls that are included in the best sights of Krabi province. There are lakes in one place, not innational park, however, the landmark has its own territory with limited (in the sense of - paid) entrance and enjoys wild popularity among both foreign tourists and the local population.
In my opinion, this landmarkinteresting if only because the local natural beauty is very unusual for our man. Since childhood, we have somehow become accustomed to the plain fields and the calm Russian nature. But the local park array for the residents of the middle lane is a parallel world. No joke - the forest that grows in the water.
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50 meters from the main entrance you will fallpointer to the right, on the Natural Trail. The main dirt road with the bulk of the tourists runs forward, bending around an invisible stream of water that murmurs on the right behind the trees. A Natural Trail is a system of pedestrian bridges that run directly along the river and forest lakes. The main road ends in the town of administrative buildings after 800 meters, and the length of the walkways is about 1400 meters. Most people choose the shorter way, but I strongly recommend walking along the bridges at least in one direction.
The only way you can really seeunusual landscapes of rain forest, flooded with water, or even can be said that this is the river in which the forest grows. Sometimes the forest moves apart and the backwaters appear, sometimes the channel narrows to a width of less than a meter, and the water becomes turbulent and noisy. By the way, just moving along the trail you will see the Crystal Lake, which is a large glade in the mangrove forest (if it is a mangrove, of course), filled with crystal clear water. You can not swim in it - too small, and the fence bridges does not provide such an option.
On the way, the ornithological tower will be caught, whilemore or less normal condition. You can climb up and shoot. But be careful, the spiral staircase is not far from the first freshness and is reeling swiftly.
Emerald Lake (Emerald Pool)
The path of the bridges ends literally ina few meters to the administrative buildings, so that you from the jungle again get to the main road, and then you have two options: go to the locker room, change clothes for swimming in Emerald Lake, or continue on the signs if you are ready to swim. Believe me, you can not swim. Is it only in the case when you like to sleep and come to the reserve after 10 o'clock in the morning. Then you are waiting for the crowd of tourists, noise, and instead of the Emerald Lake - a bank with sprats.
By the way, people very often confuse salty withiron, sometimes assigning all three toponyms to one lake - in which they bathed. But this is a delusion, and it is explained by the fact that many pass by the Crystal Lake and do not reach the Blue. And they are located in different places of the reserve, with Blue Lake - at a decent distance.
Emerald Lake is generally artificial.a reservoir with smooth edges and a bottom that was hollowed out in the rock on the way to the natural flow. The newly appeared pool was filled with amazingly clear water and the minerals contained in it give the lake a stunning shade, which I personally would call beryl, but certainly not emerald. And yes, you can swim only in the Emerald Lake, the rest can not.
From the Emerald Lake, past the Hermit Sanctumpasses a concrete bridge, designed to preserve the ecosystem of the reserve from the shoes of tourists. It is laid in the open, it will be quite hot to walk, so stock up on water and sun umbrellas. There will be another abandoned ornithological tower along the way; But behind it you can hide and go to the toilet (well, what if). Climb to the tower can be, but scary - all rusted and staggering somehow threateningly. Better not take chances.
Blue Lake I would call the Blue Pond becausethat it does not reach the lake from the word "in general". The diameter of the pond is about 30 meters, the depth is about three meters, however, due to the transparency of the water, the depth seems to be much less. I know this because, with me, desperate countrymen with masks for snorke bathed in Blue Lake, although it is forbidden to swim here. Unique ecosystem? No, not heard. Dangerous mineral content? When did it stop us? According to personal impressions, Blue Lake in Krabi is the quintessence of all the reservoirs I have seen in the province. Stunningly deep sapphire color, from which you fall into an aesthetic stupor for about five minutes while your hands take a series of identical shots.
Information to visit
Entrance fee is 200 baht per adult and 100 baht per child. Toilet at the entrance for a fee - 5 baht. Car parking - 50 baht, bikes of 20 baht per vehicle unit.
The park is open from 8 to 17 hours. Blue Lake is open to the public from 10 am to 3 pm. The best option for a relaxing trip is to come here on weekdays and early in the morning. From May to October, the park is closed.
It is forbidden to pass into the reserve withwith your food and drinks - everything is taken away at the entrance, so hide the counterfeit better and at the very bottom of the bag. Near the entrance there are several parking lots, one of which is located directly at the box office, and two more large ones - right next to the main road. By and large, there is no difference exactly where to park - everything is close by and everything is paid.
From the main road to the entrance to the park there passes a street with Thai cafes and coffee makers. There is also a good coffee house where you can have breakfast and lunch.
Time to visit all three lakes with swimmingIt takes about two or three hours, well, or more, if you like to swim. Walk to the lake for about 20 minutes, and from him another 15 minutes to the Blue Pool. Only on foot crossings you will take about an hour, considering the crowd on the trail.
I highly recommend coming to the reserve withEmerald Lake no later than 8-9 o'clock in the morning. I arrived at 10 and was already stunned by the number of people around the cash registers, I managed to shoot Emerald Poole in his natural beauty, and when I returned after half an hour from Blue Lake, there was just a pool full of people. What is bad - they raise their feet from the bottom of the silt and the water is not emerald. Yes, and swim in the same pond with such a crowd a little pleasant.
Especially carefully choose the time forvisits during high season and on weekends. The place is popular with both tourists and Thais themselves, who, unlike farang, pay ten times less for entry. You understand that in this situation, when they have a whole set of natural attractions here with reservoirs near by, and lakes, and hot springs, and even almost for free - it’s understandable that in their free time they come here with their whole families, and the families of Thais big ones.
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Map of the park around the Emerald Lake in Krabi (Emerald Pool)
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