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 viewpoints – John Suwan viewpoint is up there with the best.

With similar panoramic views to Koh Nang Yuan Viewpoint, John Suwan looks over both the East and West coast of Koh Tao. Located at the very southern tip of the island, this viewpoint offers a unique view that should be on the list of everyone’s top things to do on Koh Tao.

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 Carpark and then walking the trail up to John Suwan Viewpoint.

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

John Suwan Viewpoint Fee

Because this viewpoint is on private land, the owner will ask for a fee. It costs 15 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.

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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.

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Freedom Beach

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 beaches on koh tao

FULL BLOG BOST: Check out the list of the 8 Best Beaches on Koh Tao.

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

John Suwan Viewpoint Drone shot on koh tao island

Related: Find out How to Get to the Abandoned Resort on Koh Tao

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.

Where to Stay on Koh Tao – Accommodation Guide

There are several options for travelers looking to stay on Koh Tao island. To save you time, I’ve listed some of the best options below.

The Black Wood Hostel is one of the highest-rated hostels on Koh Tao and is located just a 5-minute walk to from Mae Head Pier. This is the perfect place to stay if you’re coming in on a later boat or looking for a central hostel close to the pier.

BP Hostel has shared accommodation options which all include Air Con for the hotter Koh Tao nights. It’s also located in the heart of Sairee and close to the beach, smile mart and the Koh Tao pub-crawl.

This guest house has the best ratings on Koh Tao. It’s also very close to Mae Head pier and several quality dive schools. It’s also another budget-friendly option for couples or solo backpackers.

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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, or start with either this guide to the Best Things to do on Koh Tao, or this list of the Best Beaches on Koh Tao.

Secret Freediving Location on Koh Tao

Where to Swim With Black Tip Reef Sharks in Koh Tao

How to get to the Abandoned Resort on Koh Tao

BEST Secret Sunset Spot on Koh Tao

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