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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to John-Suwan Viewpoint and many more Koh Tao attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Koh Tao trip itinerary planning tool .
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  • The best view point on the whole island so far. Definitely worth the small hike. Please consider that is almost jungle like trail so good shoes and bug spray are must! There are two gates, 50B each (£...  more »
  • 10 min drive from the pier (scooter). Two “border checks”, each costing 50B per person (thus, 100B per pers to get to John Suwan). Recommend sporty shoes/sneakers as the terrain is a bit rocky. The “c...  more »
  • Very difficult access in tong, but with shoes that is more accessible, point of view, not to be missed if you're in the area.
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  • 50B/person entrance to drive down the lane and gives access to Freedom beach. Another 50B/person for a day pass to the lookout itself. The 500m hike was steeper than expected, and there were ropes to assist your climb. Views of the island and bays at the lookout were amazing and worth the hike. Wear shoes with grip. Go early!
  • The place is amazing, but I only give a star, as a protest. We should not contribute to paying for free places. I dont like to pay, even for a western is "only 100 bath". The first 50 bath "toll" is a joke. Im traveler, I'm not stupid. Anyway the second payment "toll" was a man in a hammock, at least polite. Again, I do not like that. We should stop visiting these places as a protest. Today I started, not entering in a beach that the resort asked me 100 bath to use the path. Shame. Knowing this, if you decide to go, is a moderate climbing, not so hard but dangerous in some places. Some ropes there to help, but take care on the top. Try to use sport shoes, not flip flops. Enjoy Thailand!
  • Was pretty hard to get there because it was raining very hard, but it was worth it. The view over the whole island was breathtaking. We paid a fee to get there, it wasn't expensive at all. If you visit the island you shouldn't miss this place. I think it s one of the best places on the island.
  • You have to pay 50 Baht per person (and also 50 Bath per person to enter Freedom Beach area) and the way up is pretty taff but it is totally worth it. Amazing view, good spot for fotos and the sunset.
  • You have to pay 100 bahnt each to get to the top. I would recommend shoes but its not necessary. When your on top you have a nice view on the south of the Island, which is worth the Stress and money to get there. After that check the beach!

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