Activity Ao Lue, Krabi Town 81000 , Thailand Published on: 10-05-2016
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Why Kayak Ban Bor Thor - Full Day Tour is special ?
- Ban Bor Thor is an area about a 40-50 minute minibus ride north of Krabi and Ao Nang. The area is a National Park in which there is a complex system of rivers, inlets and limestone caves. This area is one of the earliest sites of human occupation in Thailand and is rich in archeological treasures, artifacts and cave drawings. Many of these caves are only accessible by Kayak.
- The tour is suitable for beginners, no experience is necessary.
- The kayaks are three seat kayaks and at the beginning of the trip the guides will work with the group to assign people to kayaks. They are very easy going, so its not forced in any way, they just try to arrange it so that it will be fun and not too hard work. Single guests will either be matched with a guide or another single.
- Total distance of kayaking is about 6 and a half km. The water is very flat and easy going. Total time on the water is about 3.5 hours.
- Please note that tide times do affect this trip, the best time to go is probably a mid tide time when all the routes through the caves and mangroves are possible.
What to explore at Kayak Ban Bor Thor - Full Day Tour?
- 08:00 : Pick up from Krabi Hotels
- 08:30 Pick up from Ao Nang Hotels
- Transfer to Ban Bor Thor - approximately 40 minutes trip in a comfortable air conditioned minibus.
- Meet your kayak guide. He will fit you with a life jacket and show you to your kayak.
- After a brief paddling demonstration, its straight off into the mangroves.
- 15:30 - 16:00 Arrive back to your hotel.
(There is no longer a half day afternoon option for this tour)
- Note: There is a surcharge of 100thb per person for hotels and resorts in Klong Muang and Tubkaek and Krabi town
- Price for Kayak Ban Bor Thor - Full Day and Elephant Trek:
- Adult: $43
- Children: $32
- Hotel transfers, Drinking water, Fruits, Tour guide, Insurance, Life jacket
- A quick lesson on paddling
- Beautiful National Park
- A treasure trove of nature
- Not to be missed when in Krabi
- Nice kayaking experience
- An interesting way to explore the caves with kayaks
Ao Lue, Krabi Town 81000 , Thailand
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Driving from Ao Nang in Krabi it took us a while to get here. Road signs are few and far between and at one point we found ourselves in Phang Nga province.Finally we got there and it was worth the trouble. We hired a small longtail boat to take us through the mangroves to two caves.Tham Lod, or Lod Cave is a dark cave with stalactites on the ceiling and the boat goes in from one end out the other.Tham Pee Hua To is different. You climb into the cave where there are interesting ancient cave paintings, some of an interesting looking sea creature of which I also saw a small plaster statue on the roadside while driving back to Ao Nang.
I went with friends on a one day kayaking tour package at Ban Bor Thor.The good: The scenery was nice, huge limestone karsts at first sight. The mangroves are quiet and serene and make for easy paddling with no waves, although certain areas near the caves can get a bit tricky. There's the option of having a local paddle the kayak for you on a three seater as you enjoy the view lazily. The stalactites and stalagmites are quite marvellous, but after a while they get monotonous. Tham Pee Hua Toh is an interesting cave with several ancient paintings and a seashell floor and you'll need to walk a bit inside it.The bad: Toilet facilities were poor, but it is to be expected of such an area. Long waiting times: We sat around for quite a while waiting for groups of caucasian and korean tourists to be loaded up onto their kayaks. Not sure if this is the norm. Lunch portions and dishes were small, although they were generous with the rice. Mozzies were aplenty throughout the mangroves, but this seems to be an issue with the whole of Krabi. The guides speak understandable English, but they don't seem to have much to say about the actual mangroves themselves and half the time we just travelled along the swamps not really knowing which cave was which. I guess you could ask them the names but we got lazy.Some parts were a little underwhelming. I hail from a tropical country with mangroves too and when the guides stopped us at a muddy area and gave us a shallow explanation of: "Those are mudskippers, amphibious fish", I was very disappointed as I expected more information, although I can see how it might be an eyeopener to folk never exposed to the tropics.They also told us they would bring us to a lagoon, and I was expecting some mysterious emerald bay exposed to the sea, but we kayaked through a winding cave they called the Serpent Cave into a small area enclosed with huge limestone features in swampy scummy water and they told us that we would wait there for ten minutes which was a little sad.My overall impression of the Ban Bor Thor caves is a peaceful serene mangrove forest beautiful in its own right, but overhyped and being beaten into the shape of a major tourist attraction by the local tourism industry.
Than Bok Khorani National Park is not far from the middle of Ao Leuk, Krabi (48km from Krabi Town). It's a beautiful national park with a variety of attractions including walking trails, waterfalls and lots of places where you can swim. It's a great place for a relaxed day out and a picnic. It's not really on the tourist map (I haven't seen any other Caucasians there when I've been), but you can get tours to there from Ao Nang and Krabi Town, or organise your own transport. It is definitely worth a look and there's plenty of other things to see around Ao Leuk including mangrove forests, caves with prehistoric paintings, islands, snorkelling and kayaking.There's a slideshow I made there on youtube here -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbLbcC_NAXw
Than Bok Khorani National Park is not far from the middle of Ao Leuk, Krabi (48km from Krabi Town). It's a beautiful national park with a variety of attractions including walking trails, waterfalls and lots of places where you can swim. It's a great place for a relaxed day out and a picnic. It's not really on the tourist map (I haven't seen any other Caucasians there when I've been), but you can get tours to there from Ao Nang and Krabi Town, or organise your own transport. It is definitely worth a look and there's plenty of other things to see around Ao Leuk including mangrove forests, caves with prehistoric paintings, islands, snorkelling and kayaking.