The Viewpoints on Koh Tao
If you are someone who likes to explore and discover different parts of an island that is off the beaten track, you can find some amazing views on Koh Tao. Most are easily accessible but some have challenging hiking trails that lead to spectacular views, which will not leave you disappointed.
Koh Tao’s viewpoints are scattered throughout the hilltops, once scaled you will discover some incredible ocean views overlooking the thriving lush green jungle and clear blue coastal waters.
John Suwan Viewpoint
This is the most stunning viewpoint on Koh Tao that is situated at the southern tip of the island. John Suwan viewpoint offers an amazing panoramic view of Chalok (on the left side), Shark Bay (right side) and the lush hilly jungle to the North, while being surrounded by crystal clear water below.
The viewpoint is accessible by heading towards Freedom beach then taking a 10-15 minute hike up the hillside this is one view on Koh Tao not to be missed!
West Coast Viewpoint
This is one of the least known viewpoints and is often overlooked and very quiet, making it a lovely place to travel to as a couple and watch the sunset from height.
Located in the centre of Koh Tao it gives you an awesome view of the whole West coast including Mae Haad in the South to the North of Sairee including the island of Koh Nangyuan.
To access this viewpoint you use the Tanote Bay road and take the turning off towards the reservoir, climb through a small triangular passage between two huge boulders and step out onto flat rock that is hidden behind.
Love Koh Tao Viewpoint
One of the best places to watch the sunrise over Koh Tao as it has beautiful scenery and is east facing. This viewpoint is a short walk down from West Coast Viewpoint meaning you can easily visit both on the same day.
This viewpoint has a small café to get refreshments from and a few seats to sit on. Looking out over Tanote Bay you can also see the bigger islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Samui to the South. This is a perfect spot to wind down and relax with an ice-cold fruit shake for the afternoon.
Mango Viewpoint is one of the most popular viewpoints on Koh Tao, located on the north of the island, the viewpoint gives you a fantastic south facing view of the west side of Koh Tao.
It can be a bit of hike and not the easiest place to reach so make sure to wear comfortable footwear and carry water. At the top of the hill there is a small family run bar making it a great spot to chill out, grab a cold beer and watch the sunset. There is a small entrance fee but the view and photographic opportunity is definitely worth it.
Koh Nangyuan viewpoint
Not exactly on Koh Tao itself, but located on a small neighbouring island to the North West of the main island, means you need to grab a taxi boat to Koh Nangyuan to visit the viewpoint.
Koh Nangyuan is a spectacular little island that is actually made up of three smaller islands connected by a white sandy beach that has a viewpoint where perfect postcard pictures are made.
The actual viewpoint is found on the largest island, you have a path to follow for most of the way up but it is steep in parts so can be tricky and it should take around 10-15 minute to navigate up. Once at the summit you will be hit with the breathtaking view and a perfect picture opportunity for your social media account.
Before heading out to find the viewpoints it is advised to ask in your reception for directions and maps, sometimes due to the weather it may not be advisable to visit a viewpoint. If trekking try to avoid the midday sun and also ensure you carry water, sun cream and mosquito repellent with you for the journey.