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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.

Best Koh Tao tours

If you want to explore Koh Tao then it is highly recommended to book your tour in advance. Choose your favorite tours here and secure your booking! All of these tours include air conditioned transport with hotel pick up and drop off, certified guides and sometimes also lunch and the entrance fees. You can reserve now and pay later, with cancellation up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.

  • Thai Cooking Class Koh Tao. Rainy afternoon or just interested to learn Thai cooking? Then this activity is for you! In a small group you will learn how to cook Thai from a local expert. After cooking the dishes you will enjoy them and leftovers can be taken home.
  • Half Day fishing experience Koh Tao. Enjoy this private half day fishing tour around the waters of Koh Tao. Learn how to catch fish and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
  • PADI 4 day diving course Koh Tao. Get PADI certified during this 4 day scuba diving course. All lesson material, dives, equipment and the official certificate are included.
  • Half day snorkeling trip to hidden bays of Koh Tao. Start your morning at 8AM with snorkeling in some of the hidden bays of Koh Tao. You will visit Freedom Bay, Shark Bay, Aow Leuk Bay and Tao Thong Bay during this half day snorkel tour.
  • Private Photo Session with Local Photographer in Koh Tao. The perfect way to capture your solo trip, honeymoon, family vacation or couples photoshoot with 100% money back satisfaction guarantee on Koh Tao.
  • One day diving experience Koh Tao. If you don’t have your PADI certificate but you want to go diving in Koh Tao, then this is the tour for you. During this one time scuba diving experience you will explore the underwater world of Koh Tao at 12 meters depth.
  • Koh Nang Yuan snorkel day trip by speedboat. Explore the best snorkel spots around Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan during this half day snorkel trip. You can see many tropical fishes, turtles and maybe even black tip sharks!

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 pretty easy 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

From the moment you enter the entrance of John Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao you will see a clear sign with the word ‘viewpoint’ on it. Follow the given direction to start the trail.

Make sure to wear proper shoes when you start climbing up to the viewpoint. With flip flops you don’t have that great stability and balance and you can easily hurt yourself on sharp rocks. Luckily, at some point the trail have some ropes to support you passing the more challenging parts.  

The complete hike to John Suwan viewpoint Koh Tao took us around 20 minutes. We did make some photos along the way so perhaps it can be done quicker. 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


Mid Budget

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!

More Koh Tao travel inspiration

We hope you enjoyed our complete guide about the beautiful John Suwan viewpoint Koh Tao.

For more inspiration about Koh Tao Thailand, read these blog posts:

Best things to do in Koh Tao – The Ultimate Guide

The best Koh Tao Beaches  – The Ultimate Guide

Best snorkeling spots Koh Tao – The Ultimate Guide

Koh Tao viewpoints – The Ultimate Guide

A day trip to Koh Nang Yuan – The Complete Guide

For the best tips about Koh Phangan, head over to these blog posts:

Best things to do in Koh Phangan

The best beaches of Koh Phangan

Thong Sala Night Market – The Complete Guide

Planning to travel to Koh Samui? Then read these blog posts:

Best things to do in Koh Samui

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One Comment

  1. Marjoleine says:

    Hello Ilse, wow, that John Suwan Viewpoint at Koh Tao looks great !

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