Laem Thian Pinnacle
Koh Tao, Thailand
Laem Thian Pinnacle Koh Tao Reviews
Laem Thian, bush walk, bouldering and cliff jumping into pristine clear blue waters. Oct 28, 2012
I met an old school backpacker in Singapore who traveled all through south east Asia in the late 90's. He told me "You COULD go to Koh Tao, its a small island and there is not much going on there, a bit of diving and hardly any tourists". Believable advice considering the islands relative remoteness and small size. But fast forward to 2012, the island is packed to the brim with dive shops, dive resorts, massage centres, 7/11's, many restaurants offering; pizzas, burgers, Aussie steaks and of course an abundance of western travelers. Koh Tao is quite developed and offers all the luxuries any westerner would expect at home, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but is not always every travelers cup of tea. If you are looking to escape the tourists and seek some quite time in a beautiful under developed part of Koh Tao, take a walk to Laem Thian.
Turn right at 7/11 when travelling from Mae Haad towards North Sairee on Sairee Main Road. Drive along until you reach the end of the cement road and leave your vehicle out the front of the 'Sign Shop'. You can attempt to tackle the dirt track by vehicle but it will be no easy endeavor.
You will walk along a washed out dirt track for approximately 3km through dense tropical forest and under the shade of many tall coconut trees.
At the end of the track you will come to a deserted resort, there are dozens of abandoned bungalows around the site which can provide you with ample shade to cool off and keep your belongings hidden.
Take the paths down between the bungalows towards the ocean and you will come across giant granite boulders that lead down to the water. These boulders are quite close together and relatively easy to hop from one to the other, there is some existing wooden boards which help fill the more difficult gaps, but these should be negotiated with caution.
Where the boulders meet the ocean, they create a fairly safe and fun cliff jump into the crystal clear and deep enough blue waters below. After trekking through a less than easy jungle path and jumping over numerous boulders, diving into the ocean is an incredible refreshing feeling.
You could easily take a snorkeling equipment along with you and venture out in search of the black tipped reef sharks which can be spotted in this region. Or, pack a picnic and spend the day exploring the abandoned resort and soaking up the sunshine and beautiful views.
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