There is so much more to explore on Koh Tao than our snorkel and scuba diving sites. Hiking on Koh Tao is becoming increasingly popular, and we’re regularly asked which are the best routes to take for unbeatable views, unique locations, and a glimpse of jungle nature. Some travel agents and local tour operators organize guided trips if you’re not up for hiking independently.
All you need to hit the hiking trails on Koh Tao is a pair of trusty trainers or walking shoes and plenty of water, sunscreen, and mosquito repellant. Don’t forget to grab a map from your accommodation or one of the tourist information points before you set off. Alternatively, download a GPS app to your smartphone. Either way, it’s always a good idea to check in with a couple of island locals too. There’s a whole community of regular hikers who are usually more than happy to help with extra information on directions, turning points, and particular points of interest.
If you’re looking for a short straight-up and straight-down again viewpoint hike, or a scenic stroll around the coastline, then these are the best options for you:
John Suwan is one of the most popular viewpoints on Koh Tao.
For those who want to explore further inland and experience the peace and tranquility of the jungle, these are a few good options for higher viewpoints and remote beaches:
Grape View offers a spectacular outlook over Koh NangYuan.
If you want to really get out into nature and explore some of the rarely trodden tracks on Koh Tao, then you’ll need to set aside about half a day.
Hiking on Koh Tao is safe as long as you take your time and don’t overdo it in the sun. Here are a few tips to help ensure you have an enjoyable time: