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Best Secret Sunset Viewpoint on Koh Tao, Thailand

Best Secret Sunset Viewpoint on Koh Tao, Thailand

If you’re looking for an epic, local and secret sunset spot on Koh Tao, you’ve found the right place. Being a small tropical island, there are plenty of sunset spots where you can watch the sun disappear behind the horizon.

Some of the most popular include Sairee Baech or John Suwan Lookout. The truth is though, during peak season, most of the regular spots can get pretty crowded. However, in this guide I’ll be showing you the best, secret sunset viewpoint on Koh Tao that you probably won’t have heard of.

In my opinion, this is the best secret sunset spot on Koh Tao, let me show you why.

As you can see from the image above, you can get perfect views of Koh Nang Yuan as the sun sets on the horizon just beside it. This spot is also very quiet and requires a bit of local know-how to reach it, so it’s perfect for a chill sunset viewpoint.

Sunset paddle board on Koh Tao

Where to Stay on Koh Tao – Accommodation Guide

There are several options for travelers wondering where to stay on Koh Tao island. Generally speaking, most people like to stay near Sairee Beach to be close to all the highlights and things to do. However, you can also stay near Mae Head, or a bit further up the mountain from Sairee as well.

To save you time searching the web, I’ve listed some of the best options for where to stay on Koh Tao below.

  • Best Luxury Pick: Jamahkiri Resort & Spa – a really great bang-for-buck luxury resort. Guests will find this one on the beachfront of Shark Bay in a quiet and secluded location away from the hustle and bustle.
  • Best self-catering villa: Phandara Pool Villas – a luxury option for those who want their own kitchen & pool.
  • Best Backpacker Hostel: Summer Guesthouse – located within walking distance of the dive shops on Sairee beach and of course, the nightly pub crawls– this is the top budget option with a great vibe.
Phandara Luxury Pool Villas Koh Tao

How to get to the Secret Sunset Viewpoint on Koh Tao

In order to reach the secret sunset viewpoint on Koh Tao, you’ll need to head towards Dusit Bancha Resort. This resort is located towards the North-East corner of the island, directly in front of Koh Nang Yuan. The secret sunset spot is named Nang Yuan Terrace.

It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to ride here if you’re coming from Sairee Beach. Those staying around Cha Lok can expect a 15 to 20-minute ride.

nang yuan terrace viewpoint map

Once you reach the resort, you’ll need to park your moped in the car-park at the top. Walk down into the resort until you reach a restaurant overlooking the water. Although I haven’t eaten here, it’s sure an epic spot to have dinner or a few beers. If like me, you like to stick to a crummy backpacker budget, simply walk around or through the restaurant until you reach a set of stairs that lead to the water.

Congratulations, you’ve reached the secret sunset spot on Koh Tao; Nang Yuan Terrace.

The Nang Yuan Terrace Sunset Viewpoint

Once you have reached the viewpoint, you can relax by the terrace or walk around on the rocks to the water’s edge. During the three months that I spent on Koh Tao, we would frequently visit this sunset spot after a day of scuba diving.

You will be rewarded with a panoramic view of Koh Nang Yuan and the island sun setting just beside it. You can also look over towards Sairee as you watch the nightlife spark up as the sunsets.

best secret sunset location on koh tao

Getting to Nang Yuan Island from Nang Yuan Terrace

During the day time, you can also reach Nang Yuan Island from this spot. Although the boat drivers are catering to higher-end budget travelers who may be staying at the hotel, it’s the fastest spot to reach the double headed-island.

Long-tail boats frequent this spot picking up tourists. I haven’t tried to get to Koh Nang Yan from this spot, but depending on how busy they are, you might be able to negotiate a drop off price for the same cost as on Sairee Beach.

Alternatively, I do recommend the epic Nang Yuan day trip from Sairee Beach, which also includes a trip to Samui on the same day (speedboat).

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Alternative: Sunset SUPs at Sairee Beach

If you’d like to see the best sunset spot from the water, it’s also possible to rent a SUP from anywhere on Sairee. If you’re confident, paddling out to this spot gives an even better sunrise view.

stand up paddleboard sunset spot on koh tao

Flying a Drone to Koh Nang Yuan From the Viewpoint

If you’ve brought a drone to Koh Tao, then you might be tempted to fly it over Koh Nang Yuan. In my opinion, the best place to fly it from is from this secret sunset viewpoint. This is because it is always generally quiet and you won’t be hassled for flying it.

With a distance of roughly 300 meters from the terrace, Koh Nang Yuan is within easy reach by drone. I shot the image below of Koh Nang Yuan during the day from this very spot.

Nang Yuan Island on Koh Tao


I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick guide to the best sunset spot on Koh Tao. While you’re here on my blog, make sure to check out some of the other articles I’ve published to this amazing island in Thailand.


Saturday 26th of March 2022

Roads closed now, so I could only get to Koh Tao Hilltop resort and the bay below today... Will have to try again another day, or find an alternate route, or pass over the rocks on the shore. Does look like a good spot to get too 🤞