The Stranded (เคว้ง) generated quite a buzz as the first original Netflix series from Thailand. The beautiful background also gained a lot of attention and inspired audiences to visit its filming locations in Thailand, including Krabi.
Located in the south of Thailand, almost 800 km. from Bangkok, Krabi is a popular tourist spot for a holiday getaway. With 154 islands in the Andaman Sea, Krabi is home to many marvelous diving and snorkeling spots. Phi Phi Islands, Ao Nang beach, and the likes attract visitors from around the world every year.
One of the must-visit places in Krabi is Than Bok Khorani National Park, an ecotourism landmark in the Ao Luek district. Dubbed “The Jungle in Town,” its beauty has been witnessed by people all over the world as a backdrop of The Stranded.
Walk only 300 meters from the National Park office, and you will find Than Bok Khorani Waterfall awaiting in all its glory. The waterfall is a part of an emerald pool of the same name. Originating from Khao Tham Nam Phut and Khao Tham Phet caves, the stream flows by creeks and tree roots until finding its way down the cliffs and levels into this fairytale waterfall.
Kayaking through Tham Lod Nua and Tham Lod Tai to see the stunning caves with their connecting hollow is a highlight you can’t miss. The best time to visit is between November and January. Contact Bor Tor Pier or any of the surrounding restaurants for kayak rental.
Ko Hong a.k.a. “Ko Lao Bi Le”, is a part of Lao Bi Le archipelago. With its uniquely shaped beaches connected like 2 half-circles, Ko Hong resembles a flying bird. Despite being open all year round, January to April is recommended for visiting as it is a non-monsoon season and the sky is clear, allowing a 360° panoramic view from the island’s viewpoint.
You can get to this national park by taking Phet Kasem Road (Highway No.4) from Krabi Town, and then turning left to Provincial Highway 4039 (Au Luek-Laem Sak Road) for 1.5 km. Carry on down the road, and you will find the Park’s office.
If a one-day trip is not enough for you to enjoy the atmosphere of Than Bok Khorani, accommodation and a campsite are also available. Log in to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation website (https://portal.dnp.go.th) or call 0 7568 1071 and 0 7568 2058.