Welcome to my new series of Koh Tao! Hiking is one of my favorite things to do in Koh Tao, and I try to reach a runway at least once a week when I’m on the island. In many ways, Koh Tao is a paradise for hikers, it is also a secret – there is no map, routes are not marked, and most of the guides and travel blogs hide everything that is not diving. I’ll share my favorite route as I find them in the hope of creating a resource to get out and explore the island on both feet of the passenger!
Let’s kick things off with a short but sweet wander – a quick hike up pagoda Burmese island. It’s one of my favorite when I was indoors all day, sunset is imminent and I’m looking to get into some quick cardio before the nightfall. The total distance can be lean, the steep slope that gives you bang for your buck to step, you can get little tourism at the same time, and a paved trail makes it almost impossible to wander off course.
departure place: the grounding of Yoga Studio. to the Earth, located next to Suksamran Villas, is easily on Google Maps or on the different maps of Koh Tao around the island. It is a good place to park a motorcycle or a very easy walk from anywhere in Sairee. In fact, this hike would be the perfect hot upwards or cool to a yoga class!
to begin with, walk up in the opposite direction from where you came. The slope becomes progressively steeper. After ten minutes, you will see Star Villa on the left. Continue and turn left at the sign of the pagoda.
after five minutes until a flock of small stone steps, will you become the lower temple. There are some weird signs here to entertain or horrify you, depending on your mood.
, but does not stop there, keep moving upwards! After less than five minutes, you’ll hit the upper temple, separated from the bottom by a paved road where you can find some parked bikes (so yes, technically, you could have driven here, but where is the fun in that?) Depending on the time of day you think of all the monks, believers, other travellers or absolutely zero.
when you are ready to head back, head down to the tarmac road that separates the upper and lower temples. While you can always return the same way you came, I like to use the paved road to return to the starting point. It should take twenty minutes to descend.
time of only 40 minutes round-trip!
do not forget it’s an active pagoda. Shoes when you enter sacred spaces, and it might be a good idea to throw a scarf in your bag, where the temple is in use or you want to just be very respectful even when no one is watching! This can also be a zone super buggy – I recommend sunscreen especially before sunset, when the mosquitoes go wild.
need a hiking buddy?
discover the hiking on Koh Tao, an open Facebook group where you can ask questions, search for hiking groups and share your hiking experiences.
other walking tours in this series
more to come!
you were hiking on Koh Tao? What is your favorite route?