JOHN-SUWAN ROCK CLIMB
John-Suwan Rock in Koh Tao was a great little find whilst out on my walk. I would definitely recommend this if you are visiting the picturesque island.
I wasn’t planning on doing a viewpoint but I happened to stumble across John-Suwan Rock after leaving Mae Head and reaching the furthest point south on the island…. and I was so pleased I found it.
Following the main road out of town for about an hour until I then reached a sign for Freedom beach. I came down the hill that was sign posted for the beach and then I saw a sign for John-Suwan viewpoint.
Why not? I thought… so I headed off in search of the entrance. There were no other signs showing the way to the path but I figured it would be up hill. I passed what seemed to be a run down hotel resort and some really badly placed cables. I was not sure what they were but I passed them with complete caution.
There was a Thai lady in a hammock collecting entry for the John-Suwan Rock which cost 50 baht.
I was not expecting this type of climb. It was very rocky and the small stones were like thin gravel which made the path slippery at it made me feel a bit nervous in parts, especially as I was not wearing the right kind of shoes.
There were big boulders to climb and ropes in areas to help you get up.
When you reach what you think is the top you can’t see anything and then you realise that you have to squeeze through a very small gap in the cliff and then climb the very last part which is rope assisted.
The top is open and there is no viewing platform, you have to work your way round the various rocks to take pictures. To be honest, it was a little nerve racking for me as I’m not a fan of heights and there was no safety rails. However, the view was perfect.
WAS THE CLIMB WORTH IT?
You can see the bays of Chalok Baan Kao and Thian Og with the beautiful turquoise waters below. The hilly north in the distance with the lush greenery is spectacular.
Definitely well worth the climb. I would recommend that you do not wear flip flops like I did and put on a sturdier type of shoe.
Duration: 15-20 minute climb up
Terrain: Steep, rocky path rope assisted im parts.
Difficulty: 3 out 5
Notes: Do not wear flip flops