Fossil Shell Beach

Attraction Ban Laem Pho Rd., Sai Thai, Muang Krabi, Krabi 81000 Thailand Published on: 03-07-2016

1 hour
04:00 PM
06:00 PM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Beach
Nature
Outdoor
Must see
Kids
5.70 USD

Fossil Shell Beach is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids No
Good for senior Senior No
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
Fossils Shell Beach features a limestone slab formed from various types of embedded mollusks dated to approximately 40 million years ago.

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Why Fossil Shell Beach is special ?

Fossils Shell Beach is home to a particular variety of snail. During the Tertiary Age, that is about 40 million years ago, these snails lived and died by the million. The dead snails formed a layer upon which existed the living. Eventually, weather changes led to the disappearance of the swamp, but left behind was a layer of fossilised snail shells, about 40 centimetres thick, resting on 10 centimetres of lignite, below which was subsoil. Due to geographic upheaval, this shelly limestone is now distributed in great broken sheets of impressive magnitude on the seashore at Laem Pho. Again, due to major terrestrial change, the layers were broken in great amount of oversized shatters across the shore and known as ‘shells graveyards’ as it is today.


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What to explore at Fossil Shell Beach?

It’s a popular destination for tourists and beginning surfers, but it’s also an excellent spot for those interested in collecting Pliocene aged marine fossils that range from common mollusks to seal bones and even whale bones.

A rise in the sea level killed off the snails and other aquatic life; the subsequent fall revealed these remarkable shelly limestone layers in which scientists can now read the history of the region.

There is a small visitor centre at the site, giving further information, as well as a row of identical shops selling kitschy shell nick-nacks and pearl jewelry. Most of these items actually come from Phuket: keen shoppers should note that the pearls in particular are a fantastically good buy here (indeed they alone are worth the trip here if you are a fan of pearl jewellry): similar necklaces cost up to ten times this price in the tourist shops around Krabi. The pearls are all genuine: though the clasps are often bad quality, they are so cheap that they can easily be restrung at home.

How to get to Fossil Shell Beach?

Located around 5km from Ao Nang Beach. You can reach here by land transport, normally Tuktuk, Motorcycle or Songthaew. Recommended to wait for the public transport at the bus stop along the Ao Nang Beach road where one-way cost you 30 Baht from Ao Nang or 60 THB from Krabi compare to 400- 500 Baht private tuk-tuk.

Selling points

  • Amazing fossil formation
  • Great Beach View While Pearl Shopping
  • The only place where I had seen so manny Fossil
  • Nice for picnics on weekend
  • Slightly different from beach activities
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Duration
6.0 days
Estimated
565.25 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
20 places

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Ban Laem Pho Rd., Sai Thai, Muang Krabi, Krabi 81000 Thailand

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Tips for you

  • It is better go there in afternoon where the tide had receded. If you go during high tide, there is nothing to visit at all.
    Timming
  • There were a few Souvenir shops selling pearls and cheap souvenirs made of shells.
    Soveunir
  • Not far away is that large areas of grassland with water buffalo, and if you are lucky is is here you can have a shot of water buffalo with a white heron on the back.
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We visited this place when we were staying in Ao Nang. We went by tuk-tuk, having agreed on a return price. The entrance fee was 200 bath according to the signs, but we were asked to pay 100 without bargaining. We don't mind to pay to see attractions, it costs money to maintain the sights and having someone to guard it etc. We were the only tourist there, it was very quiet. The fossils looks like concrete blocks, it looks like it does in the pictures, but we found it very interesting to watch. Don't expect anything grand and overwhelming, but think about what you are looking at - 75 million years old fossils. The place is very beautiful and quiet, and has a relaxing vibe to it. There is a small temple - the monks consider this a holy place. I would recommed to go on a private tour and not with a group as this place is best when it is quiet. On the way back our driver took us to the aquarium/fish research center which was great. We were the only tourists, but when we left, a thai school group arrived in a bus. The tuk-tuk ride was an adventure too, we saw a snake crossing the road and had to stop because of cattle on the road. The shell cemetary It is not really a great, remarkable experience as such, but I would recommend that you go for a ride in the countryside around Ao Nang - there is so much to see and it is very "Thai" and authentic - a nice contrast to the busy, touristy Ao Nang.

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This place is terrible, nothing there. Just a small fossil base which leads to water, literally. And, they even charge you an entrance fee. Avoid and save yourself a drive to no where!

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seriously don't bother...this is the second most disappointing "attraction" I have visited in SE Asia.. Pipped only by a dirty rubbish filled hot spring in Sarawak. We have a motorbike rental so for us we didn't have to pay anyone to take us (thank heavens). You arrive into a large car park, nearly completely surrounded with shops, pay your 100 baht and head off down the steps, when you reach the bottom there is 4 car tyre size chunks of fossils on stands, behind which is the roped off area of the fossil bed itself, which from the distance you have to view it from looks remarkably like a cement footpath which has broken up and is falling into the sea. While I realize that this is a geological phenomenon, it is not worth your time or your money to visit, save your 100 baht and buy a happy hour cocktail!!!

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We visited this place when we were staying in Ao Nang. We went by tuk-tuk, having agreed on a return price. The entrance fee was 200 bath according to the signs, but we were asked to pay 100 without bargaining. We don't mind to pay to see attractions, it costs money to maintain the sights and having someone to guard it etc. We were the only tourist there, it was very quiet. The fossils looks like concrete blocks, it looks like it does in the pictures, but we found it very interesting to watch. Don't expect anything grand and overwhelming, but think about what you are looking at - 75 million years old fossils. The place is very beautiful and quiet, and has a relaxing vibe to it. There is a small temple - the monks consider this a holy place. I would recommed to go on a private tour and not with a group as this place is best when it is quiet. On the way back our driver took us to the aquarium/fish research center which was great. We were the only tourists, but when we left, a thai school group arrived in a bus. The tuk-tuk ride was an adventure too, we saw a snake crossing the road and had to stop because of cattle on the road. The shell cemetary It is not really a great, remarkable experience as such, but I would recommend that you go for a ride in the countryside around Ao Nang - there is so much to see and it is very "Thai" and authentic - a nice contrast to the busy, touristy Ao Nang.

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