KOH TAO VIEWPOINTS
Koh Tao viewpoints offer up everything – stunning jungle and sea views, amazing wildlife and are a hikers dream. John Suwan Viewpoint is probably the most well known of all the Koh Tao viewpoints. It lies on the south of the island near Chalok Baan Kao Beach. Getting to the viewpoint, start from the beach and continue south until you reach the Liberty Beach Resort. Just opposite the Liberty Beach Resort is a small trail that climbs up into the jungle. As you’re hiking up, be in awe at the stunning views over the island. The primary views will be to your left side. At the last area, you will need to squeeze through some stones and then climb a little bit more to reach to the top.
Attractive views of both Chalok Baan Kao and Thian Og Bay can be viewed from John Suwan Viewpoint. You get to a sort of canopy at the top of the mountain where the view truly strikes you with a spectacular 360 degree panorama of the entire island.
On a clear day you can see close-by islands, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui, from John Suwan Viewpoint. Pictures you see of John Suwan Viewpoint merely do not do this spectacular view justice. This is definitely one you have to see with your very own eyes!
John Suwan Viewpoint takes its name from 2 buddies, Mr John and Mr Suwan, who discovered the viewpoint many years back.
OTHER KOH TAO VIEWPOINTS
Koh Nang Yuan Viewpoint offers beautiful vistas and has to be without a doubt among the most popular view points on the island, and most likely the most photographed too. When you have actually been yourself to Koh Nang Yuan Viewpoint its clear to see why.
It takes approximately 30 minutes of strolling to arrive of Koh Nang Yuan Viewpoint and it is plainly signposted from the start as it’s a popular route for numerous day trippers and scenic tour groups too. As soon as you reach the viewpoint, the most perfect photo opportunity awaits.
West Coast Mountain Viewpoint is also worth looking for. Found right in the centre of the island and close to ‘Two View Rock’. This viewpoint provides wonderful views of the north west coast, including a sensational view of Koh Nang Yuan. You can likewise see across to the entire of Sairee Beach, Mae Haad Beach and Jansom Bay.
Whilst Fraggle Rock Viewpoint to the north has a roadway leading all the way up it and can be seen from any boat approaching Sairee Beach. This is also the primary rock climbing location of Koh Tao.
Also worth a hike is Thian Og Bay where you can see the Sitting Buddha Rock formation from the viewpoint, on the opposite side of the beach. At Sairee there is the Rama V Rock, where the King of Thailand went to several years back. There is also a 2 hour trek you can do from the northern bays to the eastern side of the island right up to Mango Bay, taking in some lovely surroundings.
Post and images courtesy of We Love Koh Tao.
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