Koh Samui photos

Samui is a great destination for taking photos, boasting lovely tropical beaches, coconut groves, seascapes and plenty of charming Thai scenes. In fact photos of Samui are memorable to most who visit this island.

Located in the Gulf of Thailand, off its East Coast, Samui is both a tourist destination and home to many retirees and those with lifestyle choices. Chaweng is both cosmopolitan and tropical, Lamai is more down to earth but has a vibrant nightlife scene and the beaches north of the island, such as Buddha Bay, Bophut and Mae Nam, are far more relaxed and quiet.

To get you excited about your visit, here’s a collection of our favourite photos of Samui. 

Click on any of the pictures of Samui below for a slide show:

Budding photographers can also get some wonderful photos of Samui at the South of the island where the rural Thai way of life still exists. Simply hop on your bike and leave the tourist areas to get some unique shots.

Notes on taking photos on Samui:
There are plenty of places on Samui to download your digital photos onto disk, or stock up on film. Several camera shops in Chaweng and Lamai can assist you but their service is limited.

Many Thais are into photography themselves and their King is a keen photographer. They aren’t too fussed about you taking photos of them on Samui but will appreciate it if you ask first anyway. Tai ruup dai mai ‘krup’ (men), ‘ka’ (women) is the standard way to ask in Thai.

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 the like, is not always permitted.

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