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Updated by Erin Hunter on Dec 27, 2015
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Best Photographic Spots in Koh Samui – Don’t forget your cameras!

Besides setting the stage for a great beach holiday, and exciting water-sports, Koh Samui is also a photographer's haven. Here are some of the most popular photographic spots on the island.


Ang Thong National Park

If you are out to take postcard-perfect photographs, Ang Thong National Park is sure to be a walk in the park. In fact, you don't even have to be a pro to snap a great picture here. This flawless archipelago of 42 islands is located in the Gulf of Thailand. Tall limestone mountains, lush green forests and white sandy beaches along with an array of caves and waterfalls set the stage for some amazing photographs. Due to its popularity as a tourist destination, travellers will find no shortage of good accommodation. Of the holiday club resorts on the island, Anantara Vacation Club reviews, have been very positive due to its service and that it places you within close proximity to many of the hot, photography spots in Koh Samui.


Laem Yai Beach

This long stretch of white sand beach is located on the north-western coast of Koh Samui. This piece of tropical paradise, due to its location, is possibly the best spot on the island to capture photos of the sunset.


Na Muang waterfalls 1 and 2

"Purple waterfalls" as they are otherwise known are located in the southern region of Koh Samui and are proof that the photogenic beauty of the island is not limited to its beaches. Take the half day trek through the jungle and head over before lunch for some of the best photography opportunities. Na Muang 1 flows down to a beautiful natural pool and just about 30 minutes uphill is the second waterfall.


Koh Nangyuan

The author of the popular book/movie "The Beach" envisioned this island to be the location of his story, although the movie was later shot in Koh Phi Phi. You can reach this island via speedboat from Koh Samui. The most photographed spots here are the viewpoint that overlooks the shallow bay of the island and the wooden bride on the rocky coast.


Big Buddha

This 12m tall Buddha statue os the largest religious monument on Koh Samui island. The statue, in its 'Mara' posture, is a sight to behold in the morning when it is lit up by the temple monks.


On the ferry from Donsak Pier

When travelling from the Thai mainland to Koh Samui, you will spot the SeaTran ferry port at Donsak. When you take this ferry to Koh Samui, pick the slow 90-minute ride as it offers fascinating photographic opportunities and the ride is stable too. The 4pm ride gives you picturesque vies of the sunset that will make for gorgeous photographs.

Some of the other scenic spots great for photography enthusiasts are Hin Ta and Hin Yai (grandpa and grandma rocks), Bophut Fishermen's Village, Chaweng Beach and the Jungle Club.