The province of Krabi boasts hundreds of square kilometers of mangrove forests which are one of the most important ecosystems on our planet. I’ve seen quite a bit of mangrove in Krabi, and Tha Pom 30 km north of Ao Nang is definitely the most beautiful.
A wooden boardwalk takes you inside the forest (after you paid the 50 baht admission fee) and lets you explore this natural beauty with amazing tree roots wriggling above and below the crystal-clear emerald water. Many species thrive here, and studies have shown that mangrove forests store up to five times more carbon than most other tropical forests.
Along the first part of the stream, the water is less clear with swimming areas; you will see many Thai families here during weekends, but few tourists. Walk further into the forest, and the water becomes clearer with signs telling you not to swim to keep the ecosystem alive.
A scenic walkway along the stream.
Amazing mangrove roots and crystal-clear emerald water.
The stream is actually fresh water springs mixed with the salty Andaman Sea water which is why Tha Pom is called Khlong Song Nam meaning “two water canal”.
The thick roots are well suited to handle an unpredictable mixture of fresh and salt water.
The late afternoon sun penetrating the trees — come here between 15:00 and 16:00 when the water is at its best.
Two happy visitors ready to drive back to Ao Nang via some of the most scenic roads in Krabi.