What Is a Jungle Tour?
Hiking or trekking, riding a bike in, or even riding an elephant through a ‘jungle’ – or rainforest, here in Krabi can be considered a ‘jungle tour.’ There are a couple tours we’d consider. One we really wouldn’t consider to be a true Jungle Tour is the Crystal Pool tour, also called the Morakot Pool tour. You walk either on a boardwalk or a wide dirt road through a jungle, sure, but you’re not really going to see anything but maybe a monitor lizard or some birds. You’re not even walking on a path through a jungle unless you go to the blue pool at the top, and that’s a very short path.
Night Wildlife Tour
This is a truly a jungle tour. You walk around for 2.5 hours around and in the middle of primary rainforest jungles at the base of Khao Phanom mountain near Phanom in Krabi province. This is just outside town. You are physically walking through the jungle at some points.
Khao Phanom Mountain Overnight Tour
Another true jungle tour. You walk up the 1,400 meter high mountain you can see from Krabi town. This is the highest mountain in the province, and it is a national park that is primary rainforest the entire trek up and down. You are walking on paths, and sometimes no path at all. There are lots of animals in the jungle here, and you can camp at the top. If interested, here’s our page on Overnight Tours >.
Ngorn Nak Jungle Trek Tour
This one is way over in Tub Kaek. It’s a walk up through primary forest to the peak at 3.7 km, and then back down the same trail. There is a stream along the side of the path sometimes, and there is a very small waterfall area near the top of the peak. We have a lot of information about this tour here:
Elephant Jungle Tours
Due to the recent enlightenment we’ve all had about how elephants are treated as they are ‘broken” as babies to be useful to companies making money off elephant trekking tours, we do NOT recommend going on any elephant tours in Thailand or anywhere else. Elephants routinely kill their handlers and people riding them on elephant jungle tours. The elephants lose their minds because they cannot take the horrible treatment any longer. I’ve seen an elephant beat mercilessly with a bamboo stick just for not standing exactly 1 foot from where the tout wanted it to stand for the shower. I mean, he beat it like he was going to kill it. The sooner tourists stop taking elephant rides, the better.