Overlooking Lamai Beach, Overlap Stone is a natural wonder that left me amazed.
TEXT BY JACKSON GROVES // IMAGES BY JACKSON GROVES
There are a number of key tourist attractions on Koh Samui, but I was looking for natural wonders and places off the beaten path. My couchsurfing host suggested I try and find the Overlap Stone. She had tried finding it but lost her way and returned home in her earlier attempt this year.
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Overlap Stone Location
I took the moped and drove towards Lamai. Expecting a difficult search for Overlap Stone I was surprised to spot it from the main road, up in the mountains before taking the turn off. I still wasn’t convinced it would be easy to find, once I was in the dense trees.
I was guiding myself by Google Maps on my phone and I will share the map at the bottom of this blog post. It was sufficient enough for me to find the stone. One piece of advice I will give is once you turn off the main road and head up the mountain, if you follow google maps it will actually take you past the entrance to Overlap Stone. Instead of driving past it like me, look out for a red plastic arrow with no writing on it, which is nailed onto a tree. Park there and walk for 2 minutes past some abandoned cars. It may feel like you are in a backyard and maybe you are but no-one was there when I went. At the actual stone there is an old cafe that also appears abandoned.
The Overlap Stone
I was at the stone for over an hour taking photos and relaxing on the edge and no-one else visited the stone so I am not sure if that was because I visited during low season or it is not popular at all.
A small bridge leads out to the stone and there is a tip jar, which had some notes in it. I assume this was an entrance fee of sorts.
Overlap Stone itself is incredible. It is a 20-30ft rounded stone resting on a natural platform. It’s an unbelievable natural occurrence that I am glad I made the effort to visit. I sat next to the Stone for half an hour taking in the view of Lamai Beach and the surrounding areas.
On the way down, don’t bother turning on the ignition to your moped as you can roll down the mountain but have a steady grip on your brakes as this is not a descent you want to mess with.