Cycling Ko Sukorn

Don't miss the viewpoint

What we say: 3.5 stars

Covering a not-too-big-but-not-too-small area of 16 square kilometres, Ko Sukorn is connected by a solid network of narrow paved roads, making it an ideal place for exploring by bicycle.

Setting out from the west coast where a handful of resorts are located, we pedaled north past the island’s biggest stretch of dark sand beach. After winding along a narrow concrete path through rubber trees planted in rows on rolling hills, the road turned sharply up hill. It got so steep that we had to stop and walk the bike. After huffing it under the hot sun for a while we were rewarded with a magnificent Andaman Sea vista where the road curves at Sukorn’s northern tip.

"Free as a bird now..."

A viewpoint is perched here next to the road, over steep cliffs that tumble down to the sea, but another cliff that was visible inland/uphill enticed us to seek out an even better view. Right next to the road, a climbable ramp of sorts took us up another good 30 metres over the road, and at least 70 metres over the ocean. After completing the climb and gazing out to the northern islands, the mainland and open sea, we had one of those almost religious travel moments that send goosebumps up and down the spine. The view was stunning.

A romantic ride through the mangroves?

A romantic ride through the mangroves?

Back on the bike, we took off down hill along the east coast and pedaled alongside the expansive mangroves found here. Near the pier in the main east-coast village, a sign reads, “Ko Sukorn: A Beautiful Community”, and this is very true indeed. The modest homes stand draped in well-kept flower bushes and tropical plants, with porches where locals lounge and smile at the odd foreign visitor. The village is also a good place to grab a quick chaa yen (Thai iced tea) and sweet khao niew khanom (sticky rice dessert) from the local vendors.

Life in Sukorn's village - quiet, simple, peaceful

Life in Sukorn's village: quiet, simple, peaceful.

We continued south into Sukorn’s pastoral rice fields and grazing land. Animals of all kinds – from wild monkeys and rare birds to domesticated goats and countless water buffalo – are found throughout the island.

Don't fall baby goat!!!

Don't fall baby goat!!!

After reaching the desolate southern pier, we turned back north along the west coast, passing locals collecting coconuts and hoeing their gardens. A dark sand beach runs almost the entire length of Sukorn’s west coast, and with hardly any effort we found a totally secluded beach where it was just us, some hermit crabs and the sound of the waves.

Not a bad place to kick back after a day of pedalling

Not a bad place to kick back after a day of pedalling.

Ready to get some exercise? Decent mountain bikes can be rented at Sukorn Beach Bungalow.

Last updated: 27th February, 2015

About the author:
Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.
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