The Krabi Urban Forest Walkway was named the “Mangrove Walkway” in Krabi Town for years before they renovated and changed the name. This is a city-managed park that is ideal for nature lovers – especially bird watchers! There are dozens of species of birds to be found here, especially in the morning.
If you find yourself with an extra half hour you and you have an interest in mangroves you might want to stop by Krabi’s “Mangrove Forest Walkway” in Krabi town across from the Grand Mansion hotel and Sprucy Coffee/internet shop on Uttaradit Road which is the main road in Krabi town that runs alongside the river.
There are numerous kinds of mangrove trees and as I walked through there it reminded me of snook fishing in the Tampa-Clearwater, Florida areas that I’d get lost with my kayak for whole days at a time. There are very few fish in this river and the biggest fish I’ve seen someone pull out of Thai waters was a catfish 20 inches long. Thailand is NOT the place for shore fishing.
This is a relaxing walk and the walkway could be useful for walking meditation or something. There are rarely too many people here and if you wait a half-hour, even they’ll be gone. Sometimes Thai tourist busses/vans stop here as something to show them.
There is no admission fee. You really should bring some good mosquito lotion as they are ravenous in the shadow areas – especially near the gazebo with benches at the end of the walk. I estimate the walk to be 400 meters out and 400 back. It’s hot, and not much breeze through there. As you can see by the photo – there are signs placed along the walkway to help you recognize the different species of mangrove trees. There are numerous crabs of different types that are also interesting. When I went there a couple of months back I saw some colorful tree frogs.
If you look closely at the roots in or above the water, you may see some mangrove pit vipers (T. purpureomaculatus), monocled cobras (N. kaouthia), or water snakes (E. enhydris). There are also bugs, fish, water monitors (big lizards). On the trees around you, look for gliding lizards of the genus “Draco.” There are so many different birds, including kingfishers – some small and some very large. There are sea eagles flying above.
In the mud, you might see something that looks like fish. These are mudskippers. Snakes eat them, birds eat them. They fight with each other often – kind of funny to see them out of the water.
Krabi Urban Forest Walkway (Mangrove Walkway) Video
When you reach the end of the walkway, there is a platform where sometimes a longtail boat is waiting to take people across the water to the small cave on the island you can see across the river. This is cheap and a fun excursion. You can also take any boat from the edge of the water in Krabi Town to this set of caves. The caves are called, “Khao Khanab Nam Caves.”
Some caution is advised because there are also monkeys here that are not friendly at all. We have been growled at and nearly pounced on. If you are walking down the walkway and see the monkeys, just turn around and come back another time. It isn’t worth the risk of an attack. Not sure why the city doesn’t move this troop of dangerous monkeys, but it has been there for the decade+ we’ve been in Krabi Town.