Koh Tao has many beautiful viewpoints to visit thanks to it’s hilly landscape. John Suwan viewpoint Koh Tao is absolutely one of the most impressive viewpoints on the island. Therefore it’s also one of the most popular and most visited viewpoints on Koh Tao. The view on the surrounding jungle and bay is impressive, and because the hike is not too strenuous, many people flock to John Suwan viewpoint. But if you want to chill with sunset and fancy a drink while enjoying the great view, there are better options on the island which you can find in the complete guide with the best Koh Tao viewpoints.
How to get to John Suwan viewpoint Koh Tao
John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao is located on the Southern tip of the island. The viewpoint is accessible from the same car park as to Freedom Beach. It’s a moderate climb to the top and takes around 20 minutes in total. At some parts you have to climb over some boulders, but there is a rope to keep you in balance. The entrance fee is 50 Baht per person.
What to expect at John Suwan viewpoint Koh Tao
When you arrive at the starting point of John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao you’ll see a sign with ‘viewpoint’ written on it and an arrow pointing the way to the trail. You’ll come to an intersection with three different roads, but make sure to take the middle road which is the correct trail to reach the John Suwan viewpoint Koh Tao.
The trail to the viewpoint is at some points decent, some points rocky and with some man made stairs. You will also come across a few spots where there are ropes anchored to help you climb the bigger boulders. The total hike is not that strenuous, but it’s advisable to wear proper hiking shoes. With flip flops you don’t have that great stability and balance and you can easily hurt yourself on sharp rocks.
The complete hike to the John Suwan viewpoint Koh Tao takes around 20 minutes for the average person. Once you’re at the top you’ll see it’s worth the climb! The 360 degree panoramic views are just amazing!
Koh Tao weather
The climate on Koh Tao is hot and humid for most of the year. The rainiest months are October, November and December, so avoid these months. The best moment to come to the Koh Tao is from January to April but the island is also enjoyable during the months of March until August. At this time of the year Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao have the best weather of all Thai islands.
Where to stay on Koh Tao
The Place Luxury Boutique Villas
The Place Luxury Boutique Villas offers amazing one-bedroom villas in Koh Tao with an incredible view on the ocean located on the west coast of the island. We stayed at The Place for 2 nights and had the best time! You have complete privacy with your own dining area at the spacious terrace. A fully-equipped kitchen with a wide-range of cooking equipment. The air-conditioned bedroom offers a direct access to the outdoor infinity pool with an amazing view on the mountain and sea wit sunset view. The bathroom is beautiful with details of plants and the living room includes a flat screen TV and a DVD player for entertainment. Breakfast is not included but you can order at local restaurants and get it delivered to your door! This villa has so much privacy, we havent experienced before!
Prices start around €245 per night
Simple Life Cliff View Resort Koh Tao
Simple Life Cliff View Resort is located at the southern tip of Koh Tao’s Sairee Beach and offers luxury studios, 1 and 2 bedroom suites. The rooms with view on the swimming pool start around €65 per night wile the more luxury rooms with breathtaking view of Sairee Beach and the ocean start around €198 per night. This 3 star resort offers a private beach area, free Wifi and room service The cascading swimming pool runs through the centre of the resort and their restaurant serves fantastic Thai and international cuisine. A continental breakfast is daily available at the resort.
Prices start around €65 for the pool view rooms up to €198 per night for the sea view rooms.
The Ozo Koh Tao
Here you will enjoy a peaceful hillside location located in the south of the island. The cozy, comfortably furnished rooms offer a living space of 32 – 40 square meters and are equipped with all the necessities for a relaxing stay. The amenities available in the rooms include air conditioning, refrigerator, TV, safe, hot shower, tea and coffee making facilities, free WiFi Internet and a private balcony or terrace from where you can enjoy views of the pool and mountains. Some of the rooms also have a kitchenette with a microwave. The outdoor pool with sun loungers makes it perfect for a lazy afternoon. We stayed for a few days at the Ozo and it was a great budget deal!
Prices start around €33.
Of course there are also even cheaper accommodations on Koh Tao, like hostels and guesthouses where you can stay for around €10 per night. Have a look at booking.com to find your perfect spot!
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