In this part of Krabi Town, it is easy to get lost in the dense layers of mangrove forest. I later learned that these lush bushes are grown by humans, and they essentially and effectively protected Krabi from the 2004 tsunami that devastated much of southern Thailand this side of the Andaman Sea.
These are the two famous mountains of Krabi Town that lie on the banks of the Krabi River. Khao Kanab Nam consists of two 100-meter-high peaks with many caves, stalagmites, and stalactites that offer a fantastic sight. Many skeletons of human heads are also said to have been found here. The caves are accessible via a ladder. There is a fantastic mangrove forest and a fishing village nearby, also where travelers often go.
Small trip to Karabi:
We went on a day trip to a small community called Ko Klang in Krabi province, the coastal tourist haven of southern Thailand. It turns out that Krabi is littered with archaeological treasures. Among them is the already famous shell cemetery in the middle of the city center. But here we are, on a South Seas-style wooden fishing boat called the Ruer Hua Thong, unique for its high-beam keel, a local way of dealing with the area’s windy and sometimes treacherous seas. Thick clouds of gray smoke are overhead.
It has rained off and on since we arrived here in the last days of July. As we exited the Rayavadee speedboat, we were bid farewell and wished good luck by the staff who joined our journey to Nong Nuch Pier. “May the sun be with you both,” they said over the din of the ride. “May the sun be strong enough for you to explore the city safely and dry.”
Things to do in KHAO KHANAB NAM
The ship Hua Thong (เรือหัวโทง) was responsible for a local in Ko Klang. But instead of going straight east to the island, we turned north. Krabi Town is blessed with a rich river delta. We found ourselves on the central canal, Pak Nam Krabi, past the town’s mud crab (Pu Dam) statues, and directly overhead is Khao Kanab Nam, the two limestone hills, one on each side of the Riverfront, another excellent city landmark, an ancient sign that you’ve arrived in this community.
But we’re going below Khao Kanab Nam on the right bank (coming north from the sea), where it was found in the early 1970s thanks to a series of excavation finds, including, I think about whether a giant human skeleton and a snake buried in the position of their fight before death or not. Reflects the innate natural richness of this area, which extends into the southern province of Satun, where further finds of ancient life from at least 500 million years ago were the reason Satun was inscribed for preservation as a Geopark by UNESCO.
Today one can visit Khao Kanab Nam, climb the stairs and enjoy the delivery of replicas. Some natural objects are displayed at the Krabi Power Station Fossil Museum, as other prehistoric finds from Krabi.