Some 25 miles (40 km) south of Krabi town, Khlong Thom is known locally for the small museum within Wat Khlong Thom. The temple’s abbot has assembled an array of archaeological icons and weapons from the area. One of the most interesting exhibits is a collection of distinctive beads called lukbat.
A maritime port, Kuan Lukbat, was once located on the site of Khlong Thom. From the 5th century AD onward, the port was used by foreign merchants and emissaries crossing the peninsula to Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani . Few traders wanted to sail through the treacherous, pirate-infested Straits of Malacca, so they traveled overland instead.
A bumpy 7.5-mile (12-km) ride inland from Khlong Thom leads to a natural hot spring in the forest – ideal for swimming. About 5 miles (8 km) farther on is the rewarding Tung Tieo forest trail in Khao No Chuchi lowland forest. The well-marked paths lead through this protected area, skirting emerald pools along the way. The surrounding woodland is the only known area in the world where the colorful ground-dwelling Gurney’s pitta survives. Previously, this bird was thought to be extinct