There are not only two or three viewpoints on Koh Tao but over ten scenic spots to explore. You can reach these viewpoints either by riding a motorbike or by hiking for a few hours with a local guide. In this list, you’ll discover the top 5 most stunning viewpoints of Koh Tao, along with 5 less-visited spots that you absolutely shouldn’t skip, especially if you have an extra day or two to spare.
The Best Viewpoints of Koh Tao
John–Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao offers a perfect panoramic view of the whole Chalok Baan Kao Bay and Shark Bay simultaneously. From this viewpoint on the southern tip of Koh Tao, you can see through to the hilly north of the island. This is a fantastic photo opportunity to capture the spectacular scenery on land and the shallow coral reef through the crystal clear water below. This Koh Tao viewpoint was discovered by Mr. Suwan, a land owner, and his friend, Mr. John. Access to the point is opposite Freedom Beach Resort. An entrance fee is charged.
Koh Tao’s most remote and challenging mountain viewpoint, “Grape Viewpoint”, was named and first publicised by Ekapon Krobtong, an editor of Koh Tao Complete Guide, in 2017. Situated near the northern tip of Koh Tao, this lookout offers an up-close view of the captivating Koh Nang Yuan. However, the journey to this spot is just as impressive as the destination itself. Read more about the hiking trail.
Located right in the centre of Koh Tao, close to Two View Rock, West Coast Viewpoint affords fabulous views of the west coast, including a stunning view of Koh Nang Yuan and also across to the whole of Sairee Beach and over to Mae Haad Bay and Jansom Bay. An entrance fee is charged.
Access is from Sairee Soi 1 road or Tanote Bay through the reservoir area. The spot is on a large flat rock hidden behind two leaning boulders beside the dirt road.
Take a short visit to this stunning and easy-to-reach Koh Tao viewpoint on your way to Mango Bay. Turn left off the main Mango Bay road when you see Jim’s Bar, and go a further 200 metres to get a view of the whole of Sairee Beach and Mae Haad Bay through to the south. An entrance fee is charged. There are now three more additional viewpoints in the area. Two give similar views of the west coast (and the sunset), and the other, located further north, offers a view of the northeast coast and the lighthouse.
This unique view of Chalok Baan Kao Bay and its village, plus Koh Samui and Koh Phangan in the background, is accessible through Blue Moon Experience, located along Sai Nuan Beach’s main road. From there, follow a sign to Deisha View Hostel, then walk south 50m through the jungle to the flat boulder, which serves as a comfy watching platform.