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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
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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.

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 daytime, 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

More Koh Tao Travel Blogs

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 about this amazing island in Thailand.

Check out my complete guide to Koh Tao for more travel inspiration. Or, choose from more about the nearby Thai Islands in this useful resource comparing Koh Samui vs. Koh Phangan.

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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 🤞