The Emerald Pool or Sa Morakot is about 40 minutes drive from Krabi. It is a popular tourist destination and since it was a Sunday, the place was packed with foreigners and locals. If you're a Malaysian, think 'hutan lipur'. Families and friends go there for a dip in the pool and to have picnics.
Most tours leave in the morning. We arrived mid morning and decided to go on the same day. So we hired a tuk-tuk to get us there. It costed 2000 THB. Sane people hire comfortable vans with aircond. But I love the wind in my hair :)
Entrance fee : 200 THB/adult
Tours would cost you about 900 THB per person BUT you get to go to other places like the Tiger Cave Temple, the hot spring and go on elephant ride. We only wanted to see the Emerald Pool and the driver let us stay for as long as we wished so it was a good deal.
From the entrance, you'll have to WALK (or crawl/roll if you wish) for what felt like an at least 1km trail to reach the pool. You can also choose to use the walkway on the right-side of the entrance. So wear comfortable footwear and bring some water, if not a whole picnic basket.
There are toilets and showers near the visitor centre. A shop selling towels and the likes is also available for your shopping need.
It was sunny but there was many people in the pool and we decided to continue our journey to the Blue Pool. The road after the Emerald Pool go through an area with not much trees, unlike the trail to Emerald Pool. Rub some sunblock and wear a hat!
You'll find the Hermit Court (Sarn Ruesi) along the way. It is a sacred place where people pay homage and make wishes.
After about 600 metres walk on the mini desert and cooling jungle, you'll reach the Blue Pool or Sa Nam Phut. It is the popular spring with gorgeous blue water in which you CANNOT take a dip in :)
Stay for a while and take lots of pictures to make the hike worth it.
We stopped at Emerald Pool for a swim on the way back. Still lots of people but we went ahead anyway.
Warning: The edge of the pool is SUPER SLIPPERY!
I was literally crawling my way into the pool after my gf slipped and fell (luckily no serious injury).
Got tired of swimming and the pool felt too icky so I got out and went to sit a bit away from the pool at the river brook with some kids. Much nicer and under the tree shades too.
We stayed for less than 2 hours and took the concrete walkway path back to the entrance.
If you're too lazy or unable to hike, there are spots near the entrance where you can enjoy a dip. The picture above is only a few metres from the entrance. But you won't see the gorgeous Blue Pool ;)
Restaurants, halal eateries and souvenir shops are available outside the main entrance. Like I said, think hutan lipur.