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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  • October 3, 2017
    It is a goby found in the snorkel, swimming, didn't play much, long, clean beaches.
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  • September 27, 2017
    So this is definitely one to combine with some beach time at Freedom beach - you'll have to pay 50B first to access the beach area, and then another 50B to climb to the viewpoint. It's a steep enough ...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    You don't know what you want spend a nice afternoon ? You must go on the top John Suwan viewpoint ! A landscape is AMAZING ! Sit down and breath fresh air :) You should take a comfortable sneakers, no...  more »
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  • August 22, 2017
    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. If you decide to go is a climbing not so hard but dangerous in some places. Some ropes to help, but take care on the top. Try to use sport shoes, not flip flops.
  • August 19, 2017
    Incredible breathtaking view, tough climb, get ready to get sweaty for 20 minutes but worth the hike cost 100 baht per person. Worth it.
  • July 23, 2017
    Stunning view. But wear proper shoes. Defenetly worth it!
  • June 1, 2017
    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.
  • July 28, 2017
    Must visit, no matter what schedule you have. You will thank me later. But Climbing can be a bit tough.

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The west coast offers the greatest number of accommodations on Ko Tao, with upscale resorts and affordable guesthouses sitting side by side with eco-friendly lodges and beach chalets. Down south, you'll find luxury resorts with private beaches and extensive views of the coast, while farther inland simple guesthouses and rental apartments provide the least expensive lodgings on the island.
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