Photo: John Suwan Viewpoint.

Viewpoints on Ko Tao

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For an island that keeps so many people focussed on what is underwater, Ko Tao isn’t any too shabby when it comes to viewpoints over and above, with some terrific spots to take in the views in the south, centre and north of the island.





All of the following can be reached either on foot or by scooter then on foot. As is often the case unfortunately on Ko Tao, you can expect to be charged (in one case, twice!) for access or required to purchase a drink (or both) before you can get to the viewpoint. Aside from money to pay these local price gouges, you’ll need a hat, some sunscreen and water. If you’re planning on motorbiking to the northern ones, or Love @ Ko Tao, bear in mind the road is very steep in places and watch out for loose gravel and sand on the road.

Show me the money! Photo taken in or around Viewpoints on Ko Tao, Ko Tao, Thailand by Stuart McDonald.

Show me the money! Photo: Stuart McDonald

Arguably the most famous, and certainly the easiest to reach, of Ko Tao’s viewpoints, the John Suwan viewpoint sits in the far south of Ko Tao, astride the southern-most peninsula which juts south between Chalok Ban Kao to the west and Ao Thian Ok to the east. The peninsula has Freedom Beach on its western side and Taa Chaa on the east, so if you’re here for the viewpoint, be sure to spare some extra time for some swimming afterwards.

The route is simple. Follow the signs from Chalok Ban Kao and you’ll reach a ticket office and parking area where you are charged 50 baht for "road repair". Once parked, take the trail straight ahead and you’ll reach a second ticket booth, where you’ll be charged another 50 baht to access the trail and from here the dirt trail continues up to the viewpoint. It is rough and in poor condition in places, with frayed ropes to assist in spots. The view is from atop a couple of boulders and is indeed spectacular, taking in the bays both to the left and right. Try to visit at high tide, as Chalok Ban Kao is more ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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