DISCOVER THE BEST KOH TAO VIEWPOINTS!
I have put together this Ultimate Guide of the 5 Best Koh Tao Viewpoints to add to your list of things to do on Koh Tao Island including where to find them and what to expect!
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5 BEST KOH TAO VIEWPOINTS
#1 JOHN SUWAN VIEWPOINT
John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao is my favorite Koh Tao 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.
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.
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.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT JOHN SUWAN VIEWPOINT
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 this Koh Tap viewpoint 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.
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John Suwan Viewpoint – Koh Tao Viewpoints
#2 KOH NANG YUAN VIEWPOINT
Koh Nang Yuan is a unique tropical island in southern Thailand and one of the best day trips to be had from the nearby Koh Tao Island.
Experience the ultimate serenity and tranquillity on Nang Yuan Island, where you’ll find beautiful beaches, panoramic Koh Tao viewpoints and some of Thailand’s best scuba diving sites.
HOW TO GET TO KOH NANG YUAN
Koh Nang Yuan Island is only accessible by taxi boat and the most popular route to get to Nang Yuan Island is by organising a day trip from the nearby island, Koh Tao. The boat trip to Koh Nang Yuan from Koh Tao takes approximately 15-minutes across the channel.
Here are a couple of options to book a day trip to Koh Nang Yuan listed below:
Option #1: Ask a local
I found the easiest and cheapest way to get over to Koh Nang Yuan is to head down to the northern end of Sairee Beach where all the boats are lined up and find a local who has a boat that is willing to take you over to Nang Yuan Island.
My friends and I did exactly this and we were able to barter a price of 1000 Baht between the five of us (200 Baht per person) for a return trip.
Option #2: Tourist Office
You can book a day trip to Koh Nang Yuan from any of the tourist information offices dotted around the Mae Haad Pier and Sairee Beach areas.
Expect to pay between 250-350 Baht per person if you book with this option as the tour companies charge more so they can make a commission.
KOH NANG YUAN VIEWPOINT
The best adventure to be had on Koh Nang Yuan Island is hiking to the famous viewpoint that overlooks the entire island.
It is an easy 15-minute hike to the Koh Nang Yuan viewpoint via a concrete path that leads the way through a small forest, up some stairs and then a quick scramble along a couple of large boulders, finally emerging at one of the best Koh Tao viewpoints.
Incredible panoramic views await at the top of the Koh Nang Yuan viewpoint, with an aerial perspective overlooking Nang Yuan Island and a glimpse of the beautiful western coastline of Koh Tao.
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Koh Nang Yuan Viewpoint – Best Koh Tao Viewpoints
#3 LOVE KOH TAO VIEWPOINT
The Love Koh Tao Viewpoint is one of the most popular Koh Tao viewpoints. With panoramic views overlooking Tanote Bay and the eastern coastline of the island, the Love Koh Tao Viewpoint is not to be missed!
HOW TO GET TO LOVE KOH TAO VIEWPOINT
Love Koh Tao Viewpoint is located in the center of the island. It’s a short 15-minute drive from Sairee Beach, the main tourist hub on the island. Love Koh Tao Viewpoint has good road access and a carpark at the top of the hill.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE LOVE KOH TAO VIEWPOINT
There is an entry fee of 20 Baht to take photos at the Love Koh Tao viewpoint or alternatively if you buy something to eat or drink then the entry fee is waived.
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Love Koh Tao viewpoint is a fantastic spot to watch the sunrise as it faces east over the Gulf Of Thailand. If you’re not a morning person, no worries, Love Koh Tao is also a great spot for lunch and a freshly squeezed fruit juice.
There a number of great photo opportunities at the Love Koh Tao viewpoint, including the @lovekohtao sign, the netted beds and the big colorful welcome sign.
Love Koh Tao is one of my favorite Koh Tao viewpoints for a short visit in between some beach hopping.
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Love Koh Tao – Koh Tao Viewpoints
#4 SUNSET VIEWPOINT KOH TAO
Koh Tao island has some pretty incredible viewpoints but I have to say that the Sunset Viewpoint Koh Tao makes it into the top 5 Koh Tao viewpoints!
Located high in the hills in the northern end of the island, Sunset Viewpoint Koh Tao offers incredible west-facing views overlooking the popular Sairee Beach and it’s a great spot for sunset.
HOW TO GET TO SUNSET VIEWPOINT KOH TAO
Sunset View Point Koh Tao is a short 15-minute drive from Sairee Beach.
Sunset View Point Koh Tao has decent road access, but it is very steep and you may end up having to walk up the hill if your scooter doesn’t make it.
Look out for the ‘High Rock View Point – Sunset Point’ sign on the left-hand side of the road as you come up the steep hill and make a left turn here. If the track is muddy you may have to walk, otherwise, you can drive all the way up and over to the viewpoint.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SUNSET VIEWPOINT KOH TAO
I arrived at Sunset Viewpoint Koh Tao around 3pm, well before the sunset, as I assumed there would be no tourists here at this time and sure enough, I was right!
My friends and I bought a soft drink each for 40 Baht and this also counted for the entrance fee, much cheaper than the fee at Mango Viewpoint from where we had just come from.
Once we had bought a drink from the friendly local man, he kindly let us pass through his make-shift netted gate and from here it was a short one-minute walk through the trees before we emerged at one of the best Koh Tao viewpoints.
There are large boulders at Sunset Viewpoint Koh Tao that make for a perfect photo opportunity with panoramic views of the western coastline of the island.
There are also some hammocks tied up between the trees for a very comfortable chill session while you wait for the sunset.
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Sunset Viewpoint – Best Koh Tao Viewpoints
#5 MANGO VIEWPOINT
Mango Viewpoint Koh Tao is rated as one of the best Koh Tao viewpoints on the island, especially at sunset!
Located high in the hills on Koh Tao island, Mango Viewpoint is a great spot to spend a couple of hours chilling in a hammock, reading a book, playing board games or sipping on a freshly squeezed juice.
HOW TO GET TO MANGO VIEWPOINT KOH TAO
It’s a short 15-minute drive from Sairee Beach to reach Mango Viewpoint Koh Tao. It has decent road access, but it is very steep and you may end up having to walk up the hill if your scooter doesn’t make it.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT MANGO VIEWPOINT KOH TAO
When you arrive at Mango Viewpoint Koh Tao, there is an entrance fee of 100 Baht, which is a higher cost than other Koh Tao viewpoints but the view is definitely worth the money in my opinion!
Incredible panoramic views welcome you upon arrival to Mango Viewpoint Koh Tao and a small restaurant and juice bar resides on the hillside.
My friends and I made our selves comfortable on the large cushions while we took in the awe-inspiring views of Koh Tao’s western coastline and the beautiful Sairee Beach.
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Koh Tao Viewpoints – Source: Alex in Wanderland
Mango Viewpoint – Best Koh Tao Viewpoints
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 near Koh Tao Viewpoints 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.
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KOH TAO VIEWPOINTS – GETTING AROUND
The best way to get around to all of the Koh Tao Viewpoints 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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AIRBNB KOH TAO
Another option for accommodation near all the Koh Tao viewpoints is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals on Koh Tao Island.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR KOH TAO VIEWPOINTS
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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