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Koh Samui > Photo Gallery

Koh Samui Photos of Beaches, Attractions, Nightlife, Bars, Hotels

Koh Samui is a highly popular and highly photographed island, providing many iconic images for the nation’s travel brochures. Set 30 miles from the south east coast of Thailand, Koh Samui is both a vibrant tourist destination and a favourite choice with expats.

The landscape is dominated by coconut groves and tropical beaches – a true picture of paradise. Chaweng is international, with visitors from around the world creating a bustling holiday community against a tropical beach backdrop. Lamai is down to earth and bohemian, with a quaint village feel, and in the north, beaches like Bophut, Big Buddha and Maenam are sophisticated and quiet.

To the south of the island you see pictures of rural Samui the way it was before tourists arrived and you can wander among coconut plantations and Muslim villages. On the west side of the island is the commercial centre of Nathon where you can capture Thais going about their daily lives.

The south of the island provides images of rural Koh Samui as it was 30 years ago, with signature coconut plantations, Muslim villages and fishing communities. On the west of the island, you’ll find Nathon, where you’ll see local town life in everyday action. Browse the site for a selection of Samui pictures, and happy snapping.

Notes on taking pictures on Samui

With the King as a keen photographer, Thais are certainly camera friendly. Many will be happy to pose for or take your photo, just ask politely before hand – “Tai ruup dai mai, crahp.” You can expect to have your photo taken by the visiting trigger happy Japanese.

Photographing Buddhist images is permitted providing you’re respectful of temples and religious icons. Dress appropriately, don’t stand on Buddhist statues or temple supports and walls, and remember that flash photography of sensitive murals and antiquities isn’t always permitted.

You may photograph Buddhist temples and statues, but keep in mind the customs of visiting such sites. Long sleeves, trousers and collars must be worn, and temples and statues are not to be climbed on or mounted in any way. Some antiques and paintings may be sensitive to flash photography.

There are plenty of photo shops around if you want to upgrade your camera for a cheap price. Developing photos is cheaper here, as well, and you can upload your digital pics at one of the many Internet cafes.