Lam Thap is a district of Krabi Province about an hour inland from Krabi Town. My wife was born and raised here – in a house just outside Lam Thap Town, surrounded by a forest of palm and rubber trees. You will hardly see any tourists here, but it does happen that some choose to stay a few nights at the only hotel in town to get away and save a few bucks. Since Emerald Pool and Hot Springs are pretty close, it’s not a bad idea to stay here overnight and go early the next morning to beat the crowd.
If you are interested in staying here, I recommend coming on a Monday and visit the weekly market in Din Daeng 8 km from Lam Thap Town called “Talad Siyak Suanpalm”. It’s a wonderful market inside a forest of palm trees located close the limestone mountains that separates Krabi from its neighboring province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous! You will not see any tourists here so the locals may look curiously at you. This is a unique opportunity to get in touch with the local life far from tourism. Come here between 2.00 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The market in Din Daeng is located close the mountains that separates Krabi from Nakhon Si Thammarat.
The market is huge, and the locals love coming here.
You’ll find lots of food prepared for Thais who want the real thing. We bought some grilled pork skewer for 15 baht each.
Four different kinds of noodle dishes.
A young lady with a 20 baht bill in search of something nice.
People also come here to buy daily groceries like lime and garlic.
These lovely Thai Muslims were happy to see a “farang” and offered me to try some fresh pineapple. Delicious!
A fisherman posed as he asked me to take a picture of him.
Fresh coconut juice with meat.
You can even find kitchen accessories here.
Lam Thap Town
The town of Lam Thap itself doesn’t have much to offer more than a few shops, sidewalk restaurants, 7-Eleven stores, a daily food market, a supermarket, an internet café and a hotel.
A typical Thai town with gold shops.
I’m a regular at 7-Eleven when in town.
The town also has a Tesco Lotus, which is a supermarket chain in Thailand.
Here you’ll find everything you need.
Friends of my wife’s family at the fish section.
And here’s my favorite section.
The only hotel in town – Till Thong Hotel.
It’s just 30 km from Lam Thap to Emerald Pool (compared to 70 km from Ao Nang to Emerald Pool).
Directions to the market at Din Daeng from Lam Thap Town
Drive along Route 4151 to Nakhon Si Thammarat until you see the Esso gasoline station at the intersection. Turn right at the intersection and you will see the market on your right side.
Directions to Emerald Pool from Lam Thap Town
Head west toward Route 4038. Once on Route 4038, continue south and follow the signs to Emerald Pool.