JOHN SUWAN VIEWPOINT KOH TAO – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

JOHN SUWAN VIEWPOINT KOH TAO – THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao is my favourite viewpoint on the island and an adventure not to be missed! I hiked for 20-minutes to the top of John Suwan Viewpoint one early morning for sunrise and was rewarded with a stunning panoramic view at the top. I have created this guide for John Suwan Viewpoint with all the information you need to know before you go!

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.

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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ARRIVING AT JOHN SUWAN VIEWPOINT KOH TAO

I arrived in the car park at the starting point to John Suwan Viewpoint at around 5:45am and found a sign with ‘viewpoint’ written on it and an arrow pointing the way. So naturally, I followed this arrow and then came to an intersection with 3 different roads branching off… Firstly, I tried taking the road down to the left which quickly came to a dead end. I then returned to the intersection and walked up the middle road which ended up being the correct trail to take.

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 favourite 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.

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JOHN SUWAN VIEWPOINT KOH TAO

Unfortunately, on 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. At the summit, you can see two beaches on either side of the palm tree covered ridge, one is Chalok Baan Kao Bay and the other is Shark Bay Koh Tao.

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.

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OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST NEAR JOHN SUWAN VIEWPOINT

After hiking to the John Suwan Viewpoint be sure to check out the nearby Freedom Beach and Taa Toh Bay, which are two of my favourite Koh Tao beaches.

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 of my personal favourite places to stay in Koh Tao to suit budget backpackers and luxury travellers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: Sai Daeng Resort Koh Tao

Mid Range: Wind Beach Resort

Budget: Koh Tao Central Hostel

For all other accommodations in Koh Tao, you can click HERE to search on booking.com

If you have any questions about the John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao, please drop me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

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