Koh Tao is the unexpected paradise for hiking addicts in Southeast Asia. Recently, I launched Hike Your Heart Out series to highlight some of my paths of favorite of the island, whose most remains unknown due to the absence of maps of trails, marked routes and the references to guides and travel blogs. I am excited about the creation of a resource to help travellers and the inhabitants of the neighbourhood to lace up their trainers and walk to the island that we affectionately call “the rock”.
this edition is dedicated to a popular route to Mango Bay point of view. Technically, this beautiful vista is accessible by bike, and I often see tourists to try – but please consider going walk instead, especially if you are not an experienced driver, because the road is incredibly steep and poorly paved and accidents are frequent. Even if you escape unscathed, your bike is likely, and you might not like what agencies of rental on the island charge you the even the smallest scratch. Ready to get those glutes going?
jump out of your seat and let’s go!
departure place: juice of life. Juice of life, located next to the bar of Banyan and Koh Tao Crossfit, sits easily on various Koh Tao cards around the island. It is the ideal place to take a few Bowl smoothie pre hike or a juice refreshing after hiking supply!
once you’re ready to go, allow live juice and turn right, walk upstream from the direction of Sairee beach. Enjoy Island Muay Thai, Koh Tao Gym and discount form and optionally Tarna align Resort, everything you will pass on your right. Finally, you crest of the Hill and find signs for perspective, below, on your left. This is where you’ll tun from the main road.
here, the jungle Gets a little more lush and appear less less signs of civilization. Finally, you will see the next hut, which means that you are almost is rising. You can retrieve a water or coconut here, or keep forge upwards, upwards.
shortly after, you will reach a fork in the road – and another place where you can grab a cool drink or a hot snack. It is also where you will need to take a decision. On the right, the path descends to Mango Bay. I have yet to try this way, because it is a much longer time commitment. On the left, the path leads to two options to enjoy the sight of mango.
you want the point of view, not the beach!
moments later, you will reach a second fork . I took the two paths. Both charge a registration fee, as well sell refreshments, and both have en-suite bathrooms. The difference? In my opinion, the view to the left is preferable, because it is less obstructed, while staff atmosphere and the bar on the right is much nicer and cooler.
Thus, wanting to get the perfect photo? Go to the left. You want to spend time, have a fresh coconut and chat with the locals? Go to the right.
the photos above are from the point of view to the left of the fork. The photos below are from the point of view on the right. One, it is about forty-five minutes to fruit juices.
time and hour and forty five minutes to two hours round-trip, not to mention all the time you spend enjoying the view from the top!
fix to 3.5 out of 5. While the hike is long and steep, the road is a relatively easy to follow and the chances of losing the trail are extremely low.
currently, there is a 100B admission ($3) to reach a point of view, which each sit on private land. Although personally, I wish they would do a bit more reasonable costs, it is the price of dinner at a decent restaurant on Koh Tao! -It is their land to see with what they want. They regularly increase prices, then it can be much higher, at the time that as you read this.
, you can also make extra money for a fresh coconut or a cocktail at the Summit.
need a hiking buddy?
check your hostel, ask your team to dive or discover the hiking on Koh Tao, an open Facebook group where you can ask questions, search for hiking groups and share your experiences at hiking. As you would in a new or unfamiliar setting, avoid hiking alone and tell someone where you are going and when you plan to be back.
other walking tours in this series
the Burmese pagoda
more to come!
you were hiking on Koh Tao? What is your favorite route?