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John-Suwan Viewpoint, Koh Tao

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Gain an extensive, sweeping vista at John-Suwan Viewpoint, one of the island's most photographed scenes. Named after two friends—John and Suwan—who discovered this viewpoint, the spot offers sights of Chalok Baan Kao Bay and Thian Og Bay, their two beaches curling into one another. It's a short hike (about 15 minutes) from Chalok Baan Kao Beach to the viewpoint on the mountain ridge. Arrange your visit to John-Suwan Viewpoint and discover more family-friendly attractions in Koh Tao using our Koh Tao vacation builder.
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  • The hike to John Suwan is a bit challenging, at times you need ropes to pull yourself through the rocks as well as for the descend but it is so worth it! The view at the top is breathtaking as you see...  more »
  • A must see if you are staying in Koh Tao. The trek up is slightly difficult for those with little hiking experience but there are ropes to help guide you up and down the trail. It is a 15-25 min hike ...  more »
  • Fast but relatively steep climb for breathtaking views! Then, a highlight was a cooling to the freedom Beach and the day. The 100 dollars well worth!
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  • Bring your hiking shoes as this is not a casual up a dirt path walk. It is a 10 minute hike up as all of the guidebooks. Well worth the trek up for the great view of our favorite island in Thailand.
  • A beautiful view, but now spoiled by the new owners. This was always one of my favorite places on Koh Tao, and still is, but now the owners charge 50 baht a person to go up there, and have used that money to widen the trail, cut down some trees, and add hand ropes. All of which I think spoils the area, destroys the ambiance, and makes what was a nice trip in nature more of a tourist trap. Also, now that they are charging, people think it is ok to leave trash around. If you pack it in, pack it out. There is no excuse for tourists wreaking the environment of the viewpoint.
  • It will take a while to do the small trek up to the point but it's certainly worth it. You get a view of almost the entire island.
  • View was pretty good, nice point to do some timelapse from the sunset. But the staff of the bar were unfriendly.
  • View is amazing but be careful of the way back. We actually got lost because thus place has no proper signs or identifications where to go. You are in the middle of the jungle. On the way there this way could make sense, but still it's a complete mess. View is amazing, but you can have more civilized way up ( stairs) and signs and same amazing view in Koh phi phi island, for example. We regret going to this viewpoint.

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