Koh Samui Photo Spots
Bathing in the water of the Gulf of Thailand in the province of Surat Thani, the Thai island of Koh Samui is a unique destination, boasting everything one could wish for in a tropical paradise: beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear water, and swaying palm trees as well as superb cuisine, colourful temples, and welcoming locals. It’s no surprise that travellers have chosen Koh Samui Island as one of the best islands in Asia this year. Let us be your travel guide to this Thai gem with this blog on the top 5 places to take photos in Koh Samui. 🇹🇭
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- Enjoy the quintessential Thai experience and then relax with a massage at Chaweng Beach.
- Find more beach bliss during the day and then party the night away at Lamai Beach.
- Marvel at the uniqueness of Thai temples and soak in some spirituality at Wat Plai Laem.
- Relax on a secluded inlet and then try some outstanding Thai cuisine at Coral Cove.
- Forget about the world, and end your day admiring an unparalleled Thai sunset at Lipa Noi Beach.
1. Chaweng Beach
On the east coast of Koh Samui, Chaweng Beach stands as the island’s most renowned shoreline. Despite its popularity, the beach still offers peaceful spots for you to enjoy the scenic surroundings and take some fantastic photos. Its tranquil green-blue water is ideal for swimming and snorkelling, with nearby coral reefs teeming with marine life. 🐠 After water activities, you can relax with a Thai massage or try one of the many Thai restaurants around. What more could you ask for from a beach holiday? 🤷
While in the area, check out Bophut Beach, located not too far away on Koh Samui’s north coast, which is another lively beach area. And this one comes with a bonus: a historic district known as Fisherman’s Village that features a charming walking street lined with rustic wooden buildings from the time Bophut was a fishing village. Today, these structures house more bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops, yet they still exude an old-world charm that transports you to a bygone era. 🎣
2. Lamai Beach
Lamai Beach is also considered one of the best beaches on Koh Samui and is one of the most popular spots for photo shoots on the island. It’s less crowded than Chaweng Beach, yet it still boasts the same wonderful scenery with beautiful white sand, turquoise water, and towering palm trees. 🌴 For a breathtaking panoramic view of everything, make a short 10-minute climb through a lush forest to reach Lamai Viewpoint. Thrill-seekers can also experience a zipline ride through the rainforest.
In the evening, Lamai Beach’s main street comes alive as a nightlife hotspot. If you visit during the weekend, don’t miss the Lamai Sunday Night Market, a fantastic opportunity to try some incredible Thai snacks, meet locals, and, of course, take some more wonderful photos. 😉
While in the area, just a 9-minute drive from Lamai Beach is Crystal Bay, also known as Silver Beach. This bay is a true pocket of serenity protected by sculptural boulders and boasts vibrant blue water. The best part is that this spot is still somewhat secluded, so it will feel like your private paradise. 👌
3. Wat Plai Laem
Bangkok and Chiang Mai are known for their magnificent temples, but Koh Samui also has its fair share of touching and spiritual places. Wat Plai Laem, for instance, is a colourful and rather peculiar spot that offers an excellent opportunity to capture the grandeur of Thai temples. It’s impossible to miss the 30-metre-high statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion, towering above everything with its 18 arms—that’s definitely something you don’t see every day! 😮
For more Instagrammable temples, visit Wat Phra Yai, also known as the Big Buddha Temple. The name says it all—the temple’s centrepiece is a dazzling 12-metre-tall golden Buddha statue. The temple is another exceptional location for unforgettable pictures and for experiencing wonderful Thai spirituality. 🙏
⚠️ Quick reminder: both temples are places of worship, so a dress code is required. Avoid shorts and cover your shoulders. Beachwear is a no-no.
4. Coral Cove
What about a beach photo shoot in a slice of paradise you can call your own? With relatively less development around, Coral Cove, situated on the east coast of Koh Samui, is an unspoiled beach exuding a profound sense of tranquillity. 😌 Despite its small size, this spot doesn’t lack beauty: reddish sand, turquoise water, beautiful palm trees, and dramatic boulders will be your backdrop for whatever you decide to do—relaxation, water activities, or photos. Close to the rocky part of the beach, you’ll find amazing spots for swimming, snorkelling, and spotting some tropical fish. 🏊♀️
Feeling peckish? The only restaurant on the beach is a family-owned establishment that serves genuine Thai food. You know what that means, right? There’s no going wrong—every dish will be wonderful. 😋
Hot tip: just a short drive from Coral Cove, you can visit more unique attractions in Koh Samui. One of them is Tarnim Magic Garden, also known as Secret Buddha Garden, a lush space with several Buddha statues scattered along a beautiful garden filled with flowers and trees. You also have Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks, aka Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks. Both are popular photo attractions since some people think these natural rock formations resemble male and female genitalia. 🤭
5. Lipa Noi
This hidden gem on the west coast of Koh Samui is another quiet and unspoiled beach where you can have exuberant natural beauty mostly to yourself. It checks all the boxes: dazzling clear water, white sand, and towering palms. ✅ Still, what sets Lipa Noi apart from other beaches in Koh Samui is that this one is an outstanding sunset-viewing spot, thanks to its west-facing location. Expect a spectacular show with dusk colours casting a magical glow over the horizon, all complemented by the silhouettes of long-tail boats—a truly amazing moment to capture in stunning pics to remind you of the beauty of the Thai coastline forever. 🌅
🏆 Extra honourable mentions: much like Lipa Noi, Maenam Beach is another laid-back and peaceful stretch of shoreline that deserves a spot on your Koh Samui bucket list. For more natural marvels, you can check out Na Muang Waterfalls, located close to Nathon; these two breathtaking cascades prove that Koh Samui’s beauty goes far beyond its beaches.
Another must-visit location is Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park. This spectacular marine park is easily reached by speedboat from Koh Samui. It is comprised of over 40 islands sitting close to each other and forming a true natural wonder. 🏝️
Capturing Memories in Koh Samui
Koh Samui is, indeed, the quintessential Thai paradise everyone dreams of visiting at least once—digital nomads, backpackers, adventure and nature buffs, and couples looking for a romantic getaway. This is a place for all! 😎
More great Thai islands nearby? The neighbouring Koh Phangan and Koh Tao each boast a distinctive atmosphere. Another must-visit Thai island is Phuket, on the other side of the country, in the Andaman Sea.
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