John Suwan Viewpoint is undoubtably the best viewpoint on Koh Tao! With breathtaking panoramic views stretching far and wide, this spot is a must-see for anyone exploring the southern tip of the island.
We stayed close to Sairee Beach, which is the main tourist resort and rented a motorbike to seek out this impressive viewpoint during our day of beach hopping.
The drive took around 20 minutes from Sairee Beach – simply head south on the main road towards Chalok Bay and then look out for signs to Freedom Beach, as the viewpoint can be accessed from the same car park as here.
After parking, head straight for the Freedom Beach sign and split off to the left, following the path for a further 200 meters towards the entrance. This can be a little confusing as there are no clear signs but somebody will point you in the right direction if you are unsure.
There is a small fee of 50 baht per person at the entrance, which is then followed by a 20 minute hike to the summit. We found the path to be quite challenging in places as there are rocks to climb and frail ropes to pull yourself up, so be sure to wear suitable footwear and take plenty of water.
The viewpoint is becoming increasingly popular with tourists, so it can get a little busy during the middle of the day and is probably best to visit as early as possible. Also be aware that there isn’t much space to manoeuvre around on the rocks at the top, so you may have to wait your turn for that perfect shot!
Once the hike is completed, sit for a moment and admire the magnificent panoramic views which overlook both Chalok Bay and Shark Bay. Take your time snapping those beautiful landscapes as this goes down as one of the most impressive places to visit in Koh Tao!