Located roughly 300 miles from Bangkok, Koh Tao is an island of divers and island hoppers surrounded by jungle and granite. The primary industry comes from scuba diving but a small subset of rock climbers exist on this green island paradise. Climbing on Koh Tao can be traced back to the first divers who arrived and saw all the beautiful, and occasionally sharp, granite that are scattered across the jungle.
Koh Tao climbing areas are varied in difficulty and aesthetic making it tough to describe a perfect climbing circuit to the island. There’s sport climbing as well as trad and a healthy selection of boulders scattered along the beach and throughout the jungle. The majority of climbers will arrive in Koh Tao with a rope and draws, leaving the trad climbing for only the most dedicated international travelers who carry a rack.