Known locally by English speakers as “Emerald Pool,” this amazing little freshwater emerald colored pool is fed by an underground spring.
[Page Updated: 16 May 2019]
It is not warm or hot water, like some of the hot springs nearby, it is cool and refreshing. One of the nicest little spots to go if you can hike the 800 meters (800 yards) on a hard packed clay road required to get there. Thais call it Sra Morakot – like “Emerald Pool.” Some also call it Crystal Pond, or Crystal Pool. It is located about 60 kilometers (36 miles) outside of Krabi Town and adds another 15 km from the beaches if you’re staying there.
It can be ridden to on a motorbike like I did this morning to get these photos, but an air-conditioned van tour would be much easier and more comfortable if you’re not used to riding scooters/motorbikes.
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Emerald Pool – Sra Morakot (Crystal Pond) Krabi, Thailand
If you rent a motorbike in Krabi and want to know what you can do for a short half-day trip Crystal Pond (Morakot) is an ideal place to see. It’s a pond created from the runoff of a natural spring water stream coming down over the limestone. It’s rather easy to find if you keep to the main roads and don’t follow any sign that says “short-cut” like we did the first time we tried to go! We were lost and didn’t get to see the pond at all!
There is a 200 Thai Baht charge for adult tourists and a nominal fee for any Thai guest you might be bringing along to the Emerald Pool – 20 baht. Don’t get upset if you don’t see them charging ANY of the Thai people except the ones that the farangs (foreigners) are with because that is just business as usual.
At Huay Toh waterfall in Krabi one time this really got to me as my girlfriend and myself were the ONLY two people to pay out of approximately 50 Thai people we saw walk by the gate without paying. ‘Mai pen rai’ is your best attitude because though it’s infuriating, it’s just the way it is here…
So, pay your fee and take a walk through the woods. You can choose a 1.4km walk on the wooden boardwalk up over the marsh and it’s a nice nature walk, not far at all. Or, if you just want to get there quickly, follow the dirt road up – it is only about 800 meters (about 1/2 mile).
The pond is gorgeous, very clear water and there will be a hundred people or more swimming if it’s the weekend (kids mostly). If you go in the morning on a weekday, you’re better off numbers-wise as you’ll have less than 10-20 people there. There were about 10 people for us until the afternoon when the school must have let out early and busloads of crazy Thai kids came! It was fun watching them have fun – but for us, the fun of swimming in a relaxing pool and putting our head under the stream was over.
Emerald Pool and Blue Pool are two really cool places and worth the drive and even the 200 baht National Park entrance fee. There are a couple of smaller pools you can enjoy there, but the main attraction is the Crystal Pond or Crystal Lagoon that you see pictured here.
EXCELLENT FOR KIDS!
Video Tour of Krabi’s Emerald Pool (Sra Morakot, Crystal Pond)
This video walking tour shows you Sra Gaew Pool, Blue Pool, and Emerald Pools at this Krabi attraction:
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Important Phone numbers for your stay in Krabi (Railay and all over Krabi province):
- Dial 1669 for an emergency. They have English speakers too.
- TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) Regional Office: 07.562.2164
- Krabi Tourist Police: 07.563.7208
- Marine Police: 07.561.2756 and 2757
- Krabi Airport 7 km east of Krabi Town: 07.563.6541 and 6549
- Immigration: 07.561.1097
- Krabi Bus Terminal in Krabi Town: 07.561.1804 and 1184
- Thai Airways International: 07.562.2439 and 2441 and 2442
- Krabi town Hospital: 07.563.1768 and 1769
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Sra Morakot (สระมรกต) also known as – Emerald Pool Krabi, Emerald Pond, Crystal Pool, and Crystal Lagoon
Updated: 6 October 2017
This Emerald Pool (Sra Morakot) in Krabi province is one of our top suggestions for things you should do in Krabi, Thailand and the number one recommendation for enjoying the underground natural springs that flourish in Krabi province. Emerald Pool or pond is not a hot spring, but it is cool water that is just heavenly to swim in. The water is replenished by natural streams running into the pool from freshwater sources on the limestone hill above.
To see this lovely pool attraction…
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Don’t miss the 15-minute video we’ve made about Sra Morakot – just scroll down to the bottom of the page to see it.
Sra Gaew Pool
Above is another pool of water, not for swimming, just looking and photos – but it can be quite beautiful at the right time of day.
Bring with You to Emerald Pool in Krabi:
- Swimsuit – bikini or briefs OK
- Mosquito lotion (deet 28+ works best in Thailand)
- Cold bottled water for the hike – no cans.
- Camera and Video Camera
- Sandals (sport sandals are best) so you can explore
- Note – no food or cans are allowed. Still, we always bring water. There are refreshments available at the end of the trail near the pond. Fresh juice, ice-cream, coconut juice in the coconut. There is also a full compliment of restaurants serving Thai and seafood.
Cost of Admission:
A tour is about 1,100 THB from Krabi Town, and includes a stop at the Hot Spring too! One cool thing is that if you buy a National Park admission for the Emerald Pool, you will also get admission to the Hot Springs for just 100 THB (a good discount). The tour stops at both places.
National Park Fee: 200 THB for tourists at Crystal Pool and 100 THB for tourists at Hot Spring. Our daughter is 3.5 years old and she gets in for free.
Emerald Pool Travel Tips
- Go in the morning before the kids get out of school – it gets really crowded then. It’s actually crowded from 10 am. onward. Get there earlier if possible.
- Though it’s crowded – make the best of it!
- Wear sports sandals or running shoes to get out there, it’s about 1 km on the dirt road.
- Don’t bring food with you – they won’t allow it
Best Time to Go to this Krabi Attraction?
Best to go at 9 am. Go before 2-3 p.m. because children get out of school and sometimes there are 100+ kids here – they love it too!
Best way to get to Emerald Pool?
If you’re good on a motorcycle, just rent a motorbike and go yourself. It’s about a 55 km drive, but the roads are good and the last 15 km is through rural Krabi’s Klong Thom district with very little traffic. Quite a nice little drive. Plan on it taking you 1.25 hours to get there, or if you drive slowly and safely – around 1.6 hours.
Emerald Pool Krabi Cautions?
Best to wear some comfortable walking shoes because the Emerald Pool is 800 meters from the parking area. The walk is nice – under trees for the most part, and the path is a large, dirt path that’s quite safe. You could even get a stroller up to the pond if you wanted to. There is another option, there is a concrete raised walkway that goes through the forest. It is safe and quite beautiful as much of it goes along the freshwater stream. Highly recommended.
The areas around the pool are EXTREMELY SLIPPERY. Be very careful – we have seen many people FALL while trying to get in or out of the pool. There is no ladder!
How to Have the Best Experience?
Explore the entire area. There is a 1.4 km walk that goes over wooden boardwalk and dirt paths through the woods that leads to amazing pools of freshwater spring that most tourists won’t see because they’ll take the short 800 m walk. On this walk is the amazing “Sra Gaew Pool”. Also, once you arrive at the Emerald Pond you’ll want to continue up the hill from it and find the boardwalk on your left side. Keep walking another 400 m and you’ll find “Blue Pool!” Quite nice colors!
Directions to Get There
This is 55 km from Krabi Town and 75 km from Ao Nang. You really should book a tour with “Son” below. If you are going to drive yourself here are the directions. Starting from Highway 4 you will go through the Talod Gaew intersection traveling toward Trang. You will go about 30km on Highway 4, passing Nua Klong and then once you are in Klong Thom you will make a left-hand turn at the sign for the Crystal Pool – it may say “Sra Morakot Krabi” or “Emerald Pool Krabi” or “Emerald Pond Krabi”. This attraction is called all of these things! You continue for 9 km at which point you will make a right-hand turn at the sign for the pool. You will continue about another 7 km when you will see another sign for Sra Morakot and flags indicating the Thai National Park.
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There are some very basic rooms available on-site where you can stay overnight. Unless you’re planning on walking the park at night with a guide to see animals, I wouldn’t think you’d stay overnight. This place is out in the wilderness and there is literally nothing to do except visit the pond.
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Video – Walking Tour of Emerald Pool (pond), Sra Gaew Pool, and Blue Pool: