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John Suwan Viewpoint In Koh Tao – A Complete Guide

John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao is by far the best viewpoint on the island. So with tourists flocking to capture an iconic photo, here’s all you need to know.

How To Get To John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao

John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao is accessible from the same car park as Freedom Beach and Taa Toh Bay, on the southern most point of the island.

If you’re looking for transport to and from Koh Tao, it’s best to pre-book all of your Lomprayah transfers.

To reach John Suwan Viewpoint it’s a mediocre walk up to the top, and takes around 20 minutes in total.

We stayed at the Northern end of Sairee Beach, the tourist hub of Koh Tao, and rented scooters for 150 Baht per day.

The drive from Sairee Beach to John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao took roughly 15 minutes.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

John Suwan Viewpoint Entrance Fee

Entrance Fee – 50 Baht per person

What To Expect At John Suwan Viewpoint

John Suwan Viewpoint is easily the most well known Koh Tao Viewpoint available to the public and one of the best things to do in Koh Tao.

It get’s quite busy at the top as it’s becoming more and more popular amongst tourists. Although it’s well worth the visit.

It’s a small hike to the summit. It takes around 15-20 minutes in total and the trek is of fairly mediocre level. The real battle though is against the heat and humidity! 

When you arrive at the car park to John Suwan Viewpoint, which is also the car park for Freedom Beach and Taa Toh Bay, there are no real directions as to where you should go for the Koh Tao viewpoint…

So if you head towards the Freedom Beach sign there’s a fork in the road and you simply bear left.

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This way to the John Suwan Viewpoint!
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Lauren getting stuck into the rocks on the way up

There will be a couple of ladies about 200m up waiting to collect your 50 Baht and point you in the right direction.

When you eventually reach the peak of John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Over looking both Chalok Baan Kao Bay and Shark Bay, the view goes on for miles and is one of the best viewpoints in the South Thai islands.

It really is beautiful, so pull up a pew and take it all in!

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And we made it…the views from the top of John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao
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Jira snapping away at the top of the Koh Tao Viewpoint
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A moment to cherish at the peak of John Suwan Viewpoint

Where To Stay In Koh Tao

Luxury – The Place Luxury Boutique Villas

The Place Luxury Boutique Villas offers one-bedroom villas in Ko Tao, 2.6 miles from Mango Bay.

Guests have access to free WiFi in all areas. Private parking is available for those who drive and is free of charge. 

Featuring a dining area at its spacious terrace, the villa boasts a fully-equipped kitchen where guests can find a wide-range of cooking equipment.

The air-conditioned bedroom offers a direct access to the outdoor infinity pool where guests can indulge in while enjoying the mountain and beach views.

Premium shower amenities are provided for guests’ comfort. The living room includes a flat screen TV and a DVD player for entertainment. Free use of bicycles is available for guests to explore the city.

Mid-Budget – Simple Life Cliff View Resort

Located in Ko Tao, less than 0.6 miles from Mae Haad Pier, Simple Life Cliff View Resort provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a bar.

With free WiFi, this 3-star resort offers a private beach area and room service. The resort has a garden and offers a terrace. 

A continental breakfast is available daily at the resort.

Budget – Tommy Resort Koh Tao

Tommy Resort Koh Tao is located between Mae Had Bay and Sai Ree Bay, 100 yards away from a beach.

Offering clean and comfortable bungalow, the resort has a tour desk and motorbike rental services.

Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby area and on-site parking is provided. 

The property is a 5-minute walk to a local market, restaurants and a spa centre. It is 10 minutes from Nangyuan Island by a speedboat and 1.5 hr from Ko Phangan by a ferry.

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