Khao Khanap Nam in Krabi

Khao Khanap Nam in Krabi, Thailand

Khao Khanap Nam in Krabi, Thailand, two 100-meters tall limestone mountains jutting out of the Krabi River, represents the symbol of Krabi Town and Krabi Province. You can see them as soon as you approach the city, and they are visible from just about any place in Krabi Town.

The two cliffs stand on land made up of mangrove forests and straddle both sides of the Krabi River (which, by the way, is the shortest river in Thailand, only 5 kilometers long). Home to many different bird species and other wildlife, Khao Khanap Nam makes for a memorable experience.

What to do at Khao Khanap Nam in Krabi, Thailand

The only way to get to Khao Khanap is by boat. You can charter a long-tail boat from Chao Fa Pier in Krabi, for about 400-500 baht per hour. The boat trip takes about 15 minutes to get there. Once you arrive, there is plenty to keep you busy.

  • Both mountains have extremely interesting caves to explore. With beautiful stalagmites and stalactites, they are also home to brightly colored prehistoric paintings. There are stairwells you can climb in order to reach the interior of the caves. Human skeletal remains have been found here and it’s believed that they were settlers who were trapped during ancient flooding of the caves. You’ll find exhibits of prehistoric dwellers as they were thought to have lived in the past. There is also a small exhibit showing that the Japanese Army used the cave during W.W. II.


  • If you like photography, there are plenty of photo ops: the two mountains, the mangrove forests, the cave drawings, stalagmites, stalactites, and the beautiful view. For photographing the cave, it is best to bring additional flash units and a tripod as the lighting is very dim.


  • If you’re into rock climbing, the two limestone mountains present a good challenging adventure.


  • The surrounding calm blue waters are perfect for canoeing or renting a boat for lovely day on the river.


  • Because it only takes about 1-1/2 hours to tour Khao Khanap Nam, many tourists rent a boat and visit the mangrove forests and nearby Ko Klang, a picturesque fishing village.


It’s best to wear shorts, as it can get a bit warm, and rubber boots, as the entrance is usually very muddy. The caves are open every day of the week from 8:30 to 16:30 and there is no admission fee.

Where to Stay in Krabi, Thailand

A wonderful place to stay when you visit Krabi, Thailand is in a private villa, a true home away from home. Krabi Rivera Villas has many different sized villas, each with their own private saltwater pool. These private vacation homes have fully equipped kitchens, large bedrooms, bathrooms, and a living area, and all are surrounded by beautiful gardens.

For more information on these fascinating and beautiful private villas, contact Krabi Riviera Villas.