Koh Tao Island has some pretty incredible viewpoints, but I have to say that the Sunset Viewpoint Koh Tao is pretty hard to beat!
Located high in the hills in the northern end of the island, Sunset View Point Koh Tao offers incredible west-facing views overlooking the popular Sairee Beach and it’s a popular spot for sunset.
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WHERE IS THE SUNSET VIEWPOINT KOH TAO?
Sunset Viewpoint Koh Tao is a short 15-minute drive from Sairee Beach, the main tourist hub on the island.
HOW TO GET HERE
The best way to get around Koh Tao is to rent a scooter for 150 Baht per day to explore all four corners of the island. There are dozens of scooter rental stores in and around town and most accommodations offer scooter rentals too.
Sunset Viewpoint Koh Tao has decent road access, but it’s very steep and you may end up having to walk up the hill if your scooter doesn’t make it.
Look out for the ‘High Rock View Point – Sunset Point’ sign on the left-hand side of the road as you come up the steep hill and make a left turn here.
If the track is muddy you may have to walk, otherwise, you can drive all the way up and over to the viewpoint.
The entrance to Sunset Viewpoint
The friendly owner at Sunset View Point Koh Tao
BEST TOURS IN KOH TAO
I arrived at Sunset Viewpoint around 3 pm, well before the sunset, as I assumed there would be no tourists here at this time and sure enough, I was right!
My friends and I bought a soft drink each for 40 Baht and this also counted for the entrance fee, much cheaper than the fee at Mango Viewpoint from where we had just come from.
Once we had bought a drink from the friendly local man, he kindly let us pass through his make-shift netted gate and from here it was a short one-minute walk through the trees before we emerged at the viewpoint.
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The way down to the viewpoint
Enjoying the view
WHAT TO EXPECT
There are large boulders at Sunset Viewpoint Koh Tao that make for a perfect photo opportunity with panoramic views of the western coastline of the island. There are also some hammocks tied up between the trees for a very comfortable chill session while you wait for the sunset.
The day I visited, it was very cloudy and overcast so I didn’t get to experience a good sunset, however, the incredible views at the top still made the adventure worthwhile.
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WHERE TO STAY IN KOH TAO
Koh Tao has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Sai Daeng Resort Koh Tao
I personally stayed at Sai Daeng Resort and can’t recommend this place enough! This 4-star accommodation is located right on the beachfront and features an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, and restaurant on the beach, water sports activities, a shared lounge, free wifi, and shuttle service. The rooms are modern and spacious, fitted with air conditioning, flat-screen tv, a fridge and kettle, work desk, private bathroom, and balcony with ocean views. Buffet breakfast is also included for all guests. Perfect place to stay for couples, families, and friends.
Mid Range: Wind Beach Resort
Wind Beach Resort is the best value-pick accommodation located in the main tourist hub, Sairee Beach. Featuring a beachfront bar and restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, Thai massage services, and free wifi. The rooms are fitted with beautiful wooden furniture and decor, air conditioning, flat-screen tv, minibar, ensuite bathroom, and ocean views. Great place to stay in Koh Tao for couples, friends, and families.
Budget: Koh Tao Central Hostel
Koh Tao Central Hostel is rated one of the best budget accommodations for solo travelers, friends, and couples. Centrally located in Mae Hadd and within walking distance to the beach. There are dormitory-style rooms with air conditioning, free wifi, power sockets, lockers, and privacy curtains on all beds. Also at this hostel is a shared outdoor deck with cushions and a common area for guests to enjoy during their stay.
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Another option for accommodation is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals on the island.
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