Visiting viewpoints on Koh Tao is becoming a more and more popular activity amongst travellers, and one of the best things to do on this small island. Scattered throughout the hilltops, you will discover some incredible ocean views overlooking the islands thriving green jungle and clear coastal waters.
If you are someone like us, who loves to explore and discover challenging hiking trails leading to amazing views, then Koh Tao will not leave you disappointed.
In this post, we want to share with you 7 must visit viewpoints on Koh Tao. Each one unique in its own.
John - Suwan Viewpoint
Situated at the southern tip of the island, you will discover one of the most picturesque viewpoints on Koh Tao, John - Suwan Viewpoint. Here you will find stunning panoramic views of Chalok Bay to your left, and Thian Og Bay and its neighbouring island, Shark Island to the right.
Through the centre, glance your eyes over Koh Tao's dense jungle running all the way to the hilly north. Surrounded by crystal clear water below, this is one view on Koh Tao not to be missed.
Hiking to John- Suwan viewpoint should take you about 10-15 minutes from the carpark at Freedom Beach. The hike is relatively easy, with a steep climb near the end. You will know you are at the end when you reach a massive boulder. Climb over a few rocks onto the boulder to take in this beautiful view. Access to the viewpoint will set you back 50 Baht (1.50$), with an additional 50 Baht at the entrance to Freedom Beach.
Cost: 100 Baht (3$)
West Coast Viewpoint
This is one of our favourite viewpoints on Koh Tao, due to it being the least crowded. Also, it was our first viewpoint to climb to watch the sunset as a couple.
Located in the centre of the island, this viewpoint offers an incredible view of the whole of Sairee. To access this viewpoint, climb through a small triangular passage between two huge boulders.
Stepping out onto a large flat rock over the jungle below, you will have a fantastic view overlooking the north-west coast. To the left, you can see as far as Mae Haad, and to the right, is a clear view of the famous Nang Yuan Island.
Hiking to the West Coast Viewpoint makes for a great adventure to explore the island. Along the trail, you will find yourself alone, giving you the sense of feeling lost in the jungles of Koh Tao. If you want to find out how to get to this less explored trail, you can read all about it here.
Love @ Koh Tao
A short walk down from West Coast Viewpoint, you will find a small cafe bar called, Love @ Koh Tao. This romantic terrace cafe overlooks Tanote Bay on the east coast of the island. A perfect spot to wind down and relax with an ice cold fruit shake.
With its beautiful scenery and being east facing, this is one of the best viewpoints on Koh Tao to watch a sunrise.
If you decide not to arrive by foot, you can drive the road towards Tanote Bay, following the signs.
Fraggle Rock is a huge boulder found high up in hills to the north of Koh Tao. Once at the top, you will be greeted by an amazing panoramic view over the north-west coast. Although this view is pretty similar to the West Coast Viewpoint, it does have an additional viewpoint.
Along the way up to Fraggle Rock, you will come across another large boulder. From here, you will not only have a view of Sairee Beach but also of Hin Wong Bay to the east. Climb up the wooden staircase, or, if you're feeling more adventures, take the small rope ladder to the top.
Fraggle Rock is not marked on a map and is one of the difficult viewpoints on Koh Tao to locate. You can check out how to get there (here) in a previous post we wrote about hiking on Koh Tao.
Mango Viewpoint is one of the most popular viewpoints on Koh Tao, if not the most popular. Located to the north, this south-facing viewpoint overlooks the west coast stretching through to the south.
At the top, there is a small family run bar, making it a great spot to hang out, grab a beer and watch the sunset. Being so popular, do expect to pay an entrance fee.
Cost: 100 Baht (3$)
Koh Nang Yuan Viewpoint
Not exactly on Koh Tao itself, but located on the famous neighbouring island of Koh Nang Yuan. This spectacular little island is actually made up of three smaller islands and has a viewpoint where postcard pictures are made.
At the top of the biggest island, capture the breathtaking view where the crystal clear water meets the lush green islands connected by a natural sandbar. It's easy to see why this is probably one of the most photographed viewpoints on Koh Tao.
For that perfect postcard picture, we recommend getting up here early or near the end of the day.
Cost: 100 Baht (3$) entry fee onto the island
Head down south to take in the view overlooking the south-west coast of Koh Tao. Here you will come across Chalok Viewpoint, with a wonderful view of Chalok Bay, Freedom Beach and the Buddha Rock at Cape Taa Toh. On a clear day, you can see as far as Koh Tao's larger relatives, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.
Have you been to any of these viewpoints on Koh Tao? Share with us in the comments below which ones were your favourite?