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Best Lookout – John Suwan Viewpoint on Koh Tao, Thailand

Best Lookout – John Suwan Viewpoint on Koh Tao, Thailand

A useful guide to the John Suwan Viewpoint at the southern tip of Koh Tao Island. Find out how to get here and what to expect!

Koh Tao is one of those islands that seems to have it all. If you’re looking for awesome lookouts – John Suwan viewpoint is up there with the best!

John Suwan looks over both the East and West coast of Koh Tao. You’ll find it located at the very southern tip of the island, offering a unique view that should be on the list of everyone’s top things to do on Koh Tao!

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How to get to John Suwan Viewpoint on Koh Tao

Those heading from the main tourist beat of Sairee or Mae Head will need to take a moped over to Freedom Beach. It shouldn't take more than 15 minutes to reach this beach from almost anywhere on Koh Tao.

The viewpoint is best reached by parking your bike at the top of Freedom Beach parking area and then walking the trail up to John Suwan Viewpoint.

Once you reach the parking lot, walk past the resort, past the signs for freedom beach and follow the dirt road leading up to the left. Next, follow this road until you reach a small tent which is set up by the owner of the land.

Map of john suwan lookout walk

John Suwan Viewpoint Entrance Fee

Because this viewpoint is on private land, the owner will ask for a fee. It costs 100 baht per person to reach the top of the viewpoint.

Hiking up to the top of the Viewpoint

The hike up is short, only 500 meters and should only take about 10 minutes. However, as you probably already know, it can be very hot work hiking even short distance on Koh Tao.

There are also parts which require a bit of scrambling. There are some ropes set up for those that need an extra hand scrambling up the rocks. However, any able-bodied person will be able to reach the viewpoint.

Hiking in koh tao

Travel Tip: You might also run into a pack of dogs that live on the land. Don't worry, these guys are friendly but become extremely territorial if they see or hear other street dogs. With a viewpoint this epic, I'd be pretty territorial too.

The View from John Suwan Viewpoint

The view from John Suwan viewpoint is spectacular.

The seemingly endless row of palm trees in the middle crater out to reveal an almost perfectly symmetrical coastline filled with tropical trees.

Keep your eye out for turtles swimming below in Shark Bay.

View at the top of john suwan on koh tao
Koh tao viewpoint
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Looking for more Koh Tao travel guides and inspiration? Below are my most comprehensive blog posts that will serve as a great free resource for your trip.

Where Does the Name John Suwan Come From?

This viewpoint was discovered by John Suwan, a local landowner Mr. Suwan and his friend; John. Hence the name; John Suwan Viewpoint.

It has now become one of the most popular viewpoints on Koh Tao for those looking to get out of Sairee.

John suwan viewpoint at south of koh tao

Don't Miss Freedom Beach Near John Suwan

Since you are already considering checking out the viewpoint, why not check out neighboring Freedom Beach. This is my personal favorite beach on Koh Tao.

It is usually very quiet, has crystal clear water and hammocks already set up for free use.

Freedom beach, koh tao

Where to Stay on Koh Tao - Accommodation Guide

If you're wondering where to stay on Koh Tao Island and you want to be close to the main activities and beaches, pick a stay near Sairee Beach.

However, other great options include Mae Haad, or for a more secluded vibe, check out the southern beaches or even the east coast around Tanote Bay. Below are my top picks.

Jamahkiri resort & spa koh tao

1. Jamahkiri Resort & Spa Luxury

A great bang-for-buck luxury dive resort at the beachfront of Shark Bay in a quiet and secluded location away from the hustle and bustle.

Phandara luxury pool villas koh tao

2. Phandara Pool Villas Mid-Range

A luxury villa option for those who want their own kitchen & pool. Located on the hill up to Wooden Rock Viewpoint.

Summer guesthouse and hostel koh tao

3. Summer Guesthouse Budget

Located within walking distance of the dive shops and pub crawls on Sairee Beach, this is the top-budget hostel option with a great vibe.

More Koh Tao Travel Guides

I hope that this quick guide to John Suwan Viewpoint on Koh Tao has inspired you to grab a set of wheels and chase the views!

Check out the list below for more Koh Tao guides!

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