John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao is my favorite viewpoint on the island and an adventure not to be missed! It’s an easy 20-minutes hike to reach the top of John Suwan Viewpoint for sunrise and you’ll be rewarded with a stunning panoramic view at the top.
I have created this guide for John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao with all the information you need to know before you go!
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HOW TO GET TO JOHN SUWAN VIEWPOINT KOH TAO
John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao is a 15-minute drive from Sairee Beach, the main tourist hub of Koh Tao.
John Suwan Viewpoint has decent road access and when I visited this spot for sunrise there were no parking or entrance fees.
However, some people told me they hiked to the John Suwan Viewpoint during the day and had to pay a 50 Baht entrance fee, so just keep that in mind.
The best way to get around Koh Tao is to rent a scooter for 150 Baht per day to explore all four corners of the island. There are dozens of scooter rental stores in and around town and most accommodations offer scooter rentals too.
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JOHN SUWAN VIEWPOINT KOH TAO LOCATION
ARRIVING AT JOHN SUWAN VIEWPOINT KOH TAO
When you arrive in the car park at the starting point to John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao you’ll see a sign with ‘viewpoint’ written on it and an arrow pointing the way.
Along the trailhead, you’ll come to an intersection with 3 different roads branching off. Be sure to take the middle road which is the correct trail to take to reach the John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao.
The John Suwan Viewpoint trail is rocky with some make-shift stairs and you’ll also come across a few spots where there are ropes anchored in place to help you scale some bigger boulders, which was my favorite part of the adventure!
The hike to John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao is not that strenuous and it takes approximately 20-minutes from bottom to top for the average person.
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Top of John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao
Scrambling up the boulders at John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao
John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao
JOHN SUWAN VIEWPOINT KOH TAO
Unfortunately, in the morning that I hiked to the John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao the weather was very overcast and there was not much of a sunrise that I was hoping for.
However, the stunning panoramic views at the top compensated for the shitty weather.
There are a few other viewpoints that can be found at John Suwan Koh Tao, so don’t rush back down to the bottom, spend some time exploring the area and you’ll be sure to come across more epic views of the island and its coastlines.
John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao
Exploring John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao
Taking in the views at John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao
OTHER SPOTS NEAR JOHN SUWAN VIEWPOINT
To get to Freedom Beach, walk down the stairs near the carpark which will lead you right down to the beach. After visiting Freedom Beach, follow the beach boardwalk for 2-minutes around the boulders to the magnificent Taa Toh Bay.
WHERE TO STAY IN KOH TAO
Koh Tao has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few the best places to stay in Koh Tao to suit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Sai Daeng Resort Koh Tao
I personally stayed at Sai Daeng Resort and can’t recommend this place enough! This 4-star accommodation is located right on the beachfront and features an outdoor swimming pool, a bar and restaurant on the beach, water sports activities, a shared lounge, free wifi and shuttle service. The rooms are modern and spacious, fitted with air conditioning, flat-screen tv, a fridge and kettle, work desk, private bathroom and balcony with ocean views. Buffet breakfast is also included for all guests. Perfect place to stay for couples, families and friends.
Mid Range: Wind Beach Resort
Wind Beach Resort is the best value-pick accommodation located in the main tourist hub, Sairee Beach. Featuring a beachfront bar and restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, Thai massage services and free wifi. The rooms are fitted with beautiful wooden furniture and decor, air conditioning, flat-screen tv, minibar, ensuite bathroom and ocean views. Great place to stay in Koh Tao for couples, friends and families!
Budget: Koh Tao Central Hostel
Koh Tao Central Hostel is rated one of the best budget accommodations for solo travelers, friends and couples. Centrally located in Mae Hadd and walking distance to the beach. There are dormitory-style rooms with air conditioning, free wifi, power sockets, lockers and privacy curtains on all beds. Also at this hostel is a shared outdoor deck with cushions and a common area for guests to enjoy during their stay.
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY IN KOH TAO, SEARCH ON AGODA OR SEARCH ON BOOKING.COM
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Another option for accommodation in Thailand is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Thailand.
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