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.
Emerald Pool and Blue Pool are two beautiful natural pools in the middle of the Khao Phra-Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary, about one hour from Krabi Town. This sanctuary is part of Khao Nor Chu Chi, an extremely rich birding location and home to rare birds like Gurney’s Pitta, Rufus-colored Kingfisher and Black Hornbill.
Now, we didn’t come here for birdwatching, but to beat the crowd and swim in Emerald Pool absolutely alone. To be able to do that, you need to get there before opening at 8.00 a.m. on a weekday and ask if you can go in before opening. There’s a big chance they let you in like they did to us. If they don’t, you will still be the first one in the pool.
Once you get in, there are two trails; a 1,400 meters jungle trail on boardwalks, and one shorter, 800 meters path directly to the pool. Choose the shorter trail if you just want to beat the crowd.
It was a wonderful feeling swimming in the pool all alone. The water was not warm but not cold either. After about 20 minutes a few other people showed up. Please be aware of slippery rocks around the pool.