Khao Khanap Nam Cave
Khao Khanap Nam Cave
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HOOMAN
Tehran, Iran1,187 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Khao Khanap Nam is one of the most famous landmarks and a symbol of Krabi and also one of the most photographed spots of the city, Khao Khanap Nam are two scenic rock formations on the Krabi River, they are acting as a gateway for the city. These two mountains are roughly 100 meters tall, sitting on both banks of "Maenam Krabi". Khao Khanap Nam has several magnificent storied caves filled with stalactites. As a theory for the caves: there were people settling down in the area but they were cut off by a flood and finally they vanished. The Krabi River "Maenam Krabi" itself originates at Phanom mountains (north of Krabi town), for sailing across Krabi River and visiting Khao Khanap Nam caves and a Muslim village and some Island-like restaurants, you can hire a private boat from "Chao Fa" pier for about 450 Bht. After arriving to the caves, you will see remarkable caves with some stairs for going up and down. The caves ambience are interesting and really worth a visit. Visiting the caves and sailing across the Krabi River near the sunset, can make your pleasure Double!
Written February 26, 2020
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Claudia C
Farnborough, UK12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
Amazing thing to experience and a must see if you’re in Krabi. Me and my friend are only in Krabi for a couple of nights and had actually planned to go to the beach but it was a bit of rainy day so instead busted the caves and mangroves nearby which did not disappoint.
After finally figuring out how to get there we got a longtail boat from Chao Fa pier. The boat man charges us 500baht (equal to £12) altogether for two people. He took us to the caves which were free to walk around and spectacular to look at.
He then drove us through the mangroves and then took us to a floating village nearby which had a restuarant where we could have a drink or something to eat.
Written August 16, 2022
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KPC
Bangkok, Thailand333 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
We were here and take a boat to the restaurant inside the Klang island. Nice views with mangrove forest. The huge black crab mounment is sign of this place.
Written October 23, 2019
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John W R
Potchefstroom, South Africa1,110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
There seems to be two spellings for these caves one being Khanab and one being Khanap. The only way to reach these caves are by hiring a Longtail Boat at the Krabi Towns Chao Fa Pier and the trip takes about 15 minutes. You disembark at a wooden pier and there is a paved pathway which runs through mangroves up to the entrance of the Eco Park. Regarded as the symbol of Krabi, Khao Khanab Nam are two karsts that are roughly 100 meters tall, separated by the Maenam Krabi River (Shortest River in Thailand) and which are located at the entrance to Krabi Town. The caves are found at the base of the right hand karst and has the same name. The Eco park has some interesting formations with one looking exactly like a skull. The caves are located high above ground level and there is a man made staggered staircase which gives access to the caves. There are large stalactites and stalagmites to be found within the caves in addition to exhibits of Japanese soldiers and equipment (These caves were used during the war as a base) and also some of the archaeological finds and cave paintings that have been discovered here from ancient settlements. A large number of human skeletons have been found in these caves and it is thought that they are the remains of people who lived here at one time but were cut of by flooding and perished. This trip can be combined with a visit by boat to the adjacent mangrove forests where there is abundant bird life and macaque monkeys and the Ko Klang fishing village where one can see, feed and hold turtles and puffer fish. Fishing in the estuary can also be arranged. An interesting worthwhile half day visit
Written October 13, 2015
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KennyPatcharaporn
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
I visited Khao Khanap Nam weekday late morning (cloudy haha)! Walked to Chaofah Pier and bargained a songtaew (longtail boat) service. They opened price between 500-800 THB/hour based on different songtaew owners I asked. Managed to bargain one for 450 THB an hour
-then heard another tourist able to lease a different songtaew for 350 THB an hour lol!

***there is no need to explore Mangrove as its visible on your journey to the cave, songtaew just take a loop to the far back of the Landmark in slow speed which I felt its a waste of time and drop you off at cave jetty. So tell your songtaew head directly to the caves instead! (Unless you want the mangrove trip haha)***

At jetty, songtaew will port and wait for you. I went in alone (solo traveler)
-make sure you come back to your songtaew before your time ends or they will charge you an extra hour!

***I was lucky to see a family of monkeys not far from the jetty & I quickly kept everything into my backpack! So beware of your belongings!!!***

At 100 metres you'll see a grilled wooden hut (because of monkeys lol), a lady inside a fee of 30 THB for each person. Walked and wandered outside about 30 minutes taking pictures, reading article boards available. All before entering any caves! SO PLAN YOUR TIME WISELY!
- I saw a total of 3 access entrances assuming here has 3 caves in total. One with man made flight of stairs (far end), another with wooden ladder (in middle) & the first one you will see is a "Small Bat Cave" entrance (in less than 20 steps after paying your fee, you should be able to smell GUANO hahahaha)!

I first went to the far end cave up the flight of stairs, look around you as you go up, plenty of good shots you can take. Once reached, the cave is rather huge inside. Lots of History Boards (in blue) telling you what was on displayed beside or behind each respective boards. From skeletons (Primate & animal bones), relics, stone artifacts, cave wall painting to Japanese Occupation history! At the far end of this cave, there was an opening with ROPE tied securely. I climbed up and its the back of Khao Khanap Nam landmark. I took a short clip up there and remember to LOOK UP the outer & higher limestone wall. There are 2 visible white-ish things sticking out of the limestone but I'm unsure what were they. I took some pictures too.

***Climbing up is pretty easy for me, medium build body Asian man who regulars gym weekly (no rock climbing experience though) BUT going down haha.... REMEMBER TO FIND YOUR FOOTING YA!***

Just this cave, I spent almost an hour! haha... The middle cave with wooden ladder, it has some lining of fence-thingy but accessible still. I didn't go up as my respect for the fence-meaning there at the bottom. Then on my way back to the jetty, I was standing at the Small Bat Cave and couldn't take the smell + I have sensitive skin (allergic to pigeon fur & droppings). So I skipped that too.

Below are some pictures I took. Hope this could be use as a guide to those interested; what to expect, the time you need if you are like me (so much into history & thrill/excitement haha).

Happy exploring peeps!
Written November 14, 2018
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366dorcam
Bangkok, Thailand2,547 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
Walk to the end of the free mangrove walkway (coordinates for the start of the walk 8.074542,98.9167768 ). It's a nice walk but better done when the tide is high, more birds and monkeys and generally prettier when you're not just looking at mud. From the end of the walk you can see the buildings on the other side of the river - this is the cave complex. It's a 2-3 minute swim. Obviously you'll need a waterproof bag if you want to take any electronics and a torch (torch recommended), and obviously only swim if you are a capable swimmer.

Cave is great, much better than expected, but the skeletons are either completely fake or reinforced with plaster/plastic. If you push the earth between the ribs it bends beneath your finger, as plastic would, and the skull is clearly covered in some sort of papier mache or plaster material. This makes you question whether the cave paintings are fake too (I suspect that they are, they look far too bold). The separate bat cave is covered in cockroaches. If you shine your light onto the bats they all wake up and make a huge din. I feel sorry for them being woken up every 10 minutes.

Completely free trip if you do it this way..
Written October 25, 2017
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jenthehennifer
Palm Beach Gardens, FL366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
We showed up to the pier wanting to see the cave mainly. We were charged 500 baht and a man took us to the cave where we had to pay 30 baht each entrance fee. You walk around inside, there are nice formations and the coolest part--- bats!! They are up in the left corner in the furthest part of the cave, yes you can walk up there. There's also a bat cave sign on the right as u walk to the cave entrance, check that out too. Then if you walk past the cave entrance there's another cave that leads to the river. Fun visit!

It's unguided. I recommend the trip.

Side note, other reviewers mention going to see mangroves- we didn't. And going to fish farms and holding fish- we just drove by them. Sooo, we missed out probably bc the driver could get away with it and had limited English. So just make sure you get what u paid for out of it.
Written January 22, 2017
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tomski2001
London, UK920 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Went on a mangrove tour and the first stop was this cave. 30 baht entrance fee unusually same fee for Thais as foreigners. Short walk from the pier and then a climb up some decent steps to the cave. The skeletons and paintings are not original and are copies from elsewhere in Krabi. Bats in the roof of the cave but not smelly. Information was in thai and English. Very glad we went
Written August 19, 2018
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Adie_24
Kulai, Malaysia437 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
Our first day at Krabi and we visit the landmark of Krabi province. The tour takes about 4 hours. I take a guided tour from Mr Ann (FB page: Krabi Mr.Ann Trip & Tours Thailand. A very humble & friendly person. He gave us a reasonable price for a 4 hours tours.
1) 1stly we visit the monkey place that situated at near the mangrove jungle to feed them. After an hour of feeding & photography we go to the cave that called Khao Khanap Nam.
2) At there we spent about 1hours & half to explore. Many artifact can be found inside the cave. There is also a discovery of giant skeleton. The cave also a hiding places for Japanese army during the WW2. It was a great tour from Mr Ann. He explained everything's that happen there.
3) After that Mr Ann give us tour around the mangroves. Many birds species can be spotted there, luckily I spotted a white bellied sea eagle roaming above us.
4) Lastly, we were brought to the fish farm that owned by local Muslim there. We ate lunch there & after that we were brought back to our hotel at Ao Nang beach for check in.
We all satisfied with our tour & recommended all to give a try. It's worth a visit.
Written October 4, 2019
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Gp Capt R K D
Kolkata (Calcutta), India1,771 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
Pre historic caves. A very popular place to visit in Krabi is Khao Khanap Nam, a couple of raged hills, the natural gateway to Krabi, stretching 100m out of the water. lnside Khao Khanap Nam are several magnificent caves with impressive clusters of stalactites and stalagmites. The only way to get there is by boat from the Chao Fah Bridge in Krabi.
Written December 18, 2018
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