Conveniently located behind the visitor centre at Ao Phante, Pha To Bu (also spelt Toe Boo) is a 114-metre-high block of limestone fashioned with steps leading to a view of the sea, Laem Chorakae and Tarutao’s inland mountains.
The vertical cliff looks out of place among the otherwise flat land backing Ao Phante’s beach. Signs lead you straight to a trail that begins alongside a gnarly wall of rock with lots of dark crevices and knobby “fingers” in white, olive-green and light beige joining the greys. Stairs and wooden footbridges cut uphill past crevasses and patches of greenery.
At the top you reach a breezy pavilion affording a vista of the beach, mountains and the canal that cuts inland just north of Ao Phante. The slip of land rimming the canal’s northern bank is known as Laem Chorakae (Crocodile Cape) due to its shape resembling a swimming croc.
It took us only 15 minutes to reach the top and the hike is akin to climbing around 10 flights of stairs. To get here, simply look for the tower of rock looming just northeast of the visitor centre near the pier.
By David Luekens.
Last updated on 24th April, 2017.
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