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From the John Suwan Viewpoint you have a great view over Chalok Baan Kao Bay and Tian Og Bay (Shark Bay). If you’re even close by in this area you shouldn’t miss it! The climb to the viewpoint is quite tough, but for most people with a normal condition it is easy to do. Keep in mind the heat that puts a scoop on top of it. The climb to the top takes about half an hour at a steady pace (why hurry?) with a few pictures here and there.
On the way the view is also worthwhile! The route requires some flexibility and agility because you have to climb over a number of boulders. There are some ropes here and there to help you a bit. In any case, your effort will be rewarded with beautiful views, which is of course even more beautiful in real life than on the picture! By the way, you won’t be the first to climb the John Suwan Viewpoint on flip-flops, but good sandals or something made of sneakers will make this trip easier, more fun and safer!
After all your effort you are probably looking forward to a dive in the sea, fortunately the beautiful beaches of Freedom Beach & Taa Toh Yai are very close by. A perfect combination!
How to get to the John Suwan Viewpoint
The road to the John Suwan Viewpoint starts just past the Freedom Beach Resort at Freedom Beach. The viewpoint is well signposted. You’re sure you’ll be fine if you’re stopped to pay the 50 baht.
Entrance: 50 baht
Scooter: Most of the road consists of concrete, only the last part of the road is in poor condition. You don’t have to drive this part if you don’t want to. There is a scooter parking lot near the Freedom Beach Resort. From here it is only a short walk. No reason to take unnecessary risks in any case.
Taxi indication: From Sairee Beach to Freedom Beach 400 baht for 1 or 2 persons one way, then 100 baht per person extra.
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Koh Tao also has another highlight in the north of the island, namely the beautiful Mango Viewpoint!