There are not only 2-3 viewpoints on Koh Tao but more than ten. They are either accessible by riding a motorbike or by a few hours of trekking with a local guide. Here are the 4 most beautiful viewpoints of Koh Tao, plus 6 that you shouldn’t miss if you have extra 1-2 days.
John–Suwan Viewpoint Koh Tao offers a perfect panoramic view of the whole Chalok Baan Kao and Thian Og bays 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 Koh Tao Relax – 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. From this point, which is almost at the northern tip of Koh Tao, you will witness the beauty of Koh Nang Yuan from a very close angle. Though the highlight isn’t just the destination, it is also the trail to it.
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.