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Koh Tao Suggest change

Koh Tao aka Turtle Island is part of the chain of Islands in the Gulf of Thailand close to the islands Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. The island is giant granite boulder field (over 200 boulders), its is easily world class in terms of bouldering opportunity.

Most of the crags and boulders are underdeveloped (Although Koh Tao has over 80 bolted sport routes). A very notable bouldering area is the secret garden (behind sairee beach) which has routes as hard as V11 (James and the Giant Peach). There are potential for hard problems, but they haven't be established yet. Some of the most popular sport route crags on the island are Meks Mountain, Golden View, Jansom Bay and Lang Khai.

There is also a small indoor bouldering wall on the island. It has relocated to the Evasion Koh Tao shop and is open as of Jan 2018. It is primarily used for kids.

There are many shops that offer climbing lessons, rentals, and advice!

Perfect place to be able to climb, scuba dive, free dive, relax or party, and eat amazing food from all cultures of the world, while on a budget!

There is a new rock climbing guide in app form that was released in November of 2019, it can be found here: rakkup.com/guidebooks/thail…

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There are many ways to get to the island:

From Bangkok: Use the lomprayah ferry service in Khao San Road to book a bus ride (7 hours) to the Chumphon and take the ferry (1 hour) There is a night ferry service available too.

Koh Samui which is an hour and half ferry ride away (You can fly from BKK to Samui).

You can fly from DMK (Bangkok) to URT (Surat Thani, then take the ferry.

You Can fly from DMK (Bangkok) to Chumphon, then take the ferry.

You can take the night train from Bangkok to Chumphon or Surat Thani, then take the ferry.

Check out islandtravelkohtao.com/ for more ways to get there and for booking if needed.

Guidebook

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The most up-to-date TOPO at this point (2022) is available on Rak-up by Kelsey Gray.  

The app can be downloaded here rakkup.com/guidebooks/thail…

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