There are many aspects of Koh Samui that entice us. The best ones include its stunning beauty, peaceful atmosphere, views of lovely seas, water sports, white sandy beaches, warmth of the native people. While we didn’t mind staying all week on Koh Samui, we decided to venture out to the other islands, only to discover that they are in no way less beautiful than Koh Samui itself.
We took a speed boat to the Marine Park and were impressed by the very calm and clear water.
The speed boat raced out to the open sea and suddenly accelerated and veered to one side. Our hearts went throbbing and nearly fell out. The boatman was laughing; he was trying to show off his steering skills. Then the boatman gave us a very close up view of some of the islands. The rock formations of the island were layered which we surmized was sedimentary rock.
Then we came to this group of conical islands which were quite unlike the ones we saw. As different to the other islands which are quite bare, these islands have a lot of green cover; with lovely white sandy beaches along the indented shoreline.
Islands come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are columnar in shape, not unlike those of the Seven Apostles in Australia. Standing solitude in the blue sea, this one is like the James Bond Island we saw in the movie.
This one looks like a monkey holding a babby in her arms. Of course, what you make out of it depends on your imagination which you can always stretch your as far as possible.
On our return trip, I was sitting at the rear of the speed boat. Three rows of tail waves were set up from the three very powerful engines. This was a strange sight when mirrored with the streak of white cloud overhead.
I hope you wore floating device when you out at sea with the boatman.
Ha ha ha. That boatman sounds like the crazy Jamaican fishermen. You rent their boats, they take you out to the keys and the “drive like mad!”
So, it seems this is universal! Thank you 🙂
We wore floating gears, even so, we were worried by the suddenly acceleration and speeding at tight radius. For more than 30 minutes, our lives were in the hand of the boatman!
Great photos! I love the photo looking back at the island from the boat. The waves seem to match the clouds.
Thanks for visiting my blog! I love reading your blog too.
Thank-you very much!
No way! I have not read the text but I am transfixed by these pictures! Wow!!! 🙂
Hi Gigi, wish you have a great time in Koh Samui! Michael
Nice entry you have here. I’m looking forward to my trip next month. Hopefully the weather is as nice as what you have here.
Hi Chong, we did have very nice weather, avoiding the monsoon period. Hope you will have nice wether too! Michael
Beautiful photos, was worried if choosing Koh Samui as our destination vs Krabi was a wrong decision. But your photos make me think otherwise now. Thanks 🙂
Both Koh Samui and Krabi are beauitful. My more recent trip was to Koh Samui as there was a direct flght from where I am based.
very nice am inspired to go there now!!
The place is lovely and picturesque . . . a nice place to visit and revisit!
Stunning blue waters …. lovely
I still have some more photos on beaches / rocks / seawater of Koh Samui. The last picture on my posts The Original Photos / From Photos to Oil Paintings seem to be favoured by some readers. You may also be interested in viewing. Regards, Michael
Beautiful photos! And I love your narrative too— sounds like a fantastic trip!
Glad that you like the photos and the place!
Awesome islands! And yes I can see the comparison with the 12, now 7 Apostles in Australia is warranted. Thanks for showing me this part of the world. I love the colour of the water! Very different from the colour of the water around the Apostles!
Thank you Amana, recently there has been a surge in the number of views on Koh Samui. Maybe, I should add another post on it. Happy New Year!
It it a very interesting story of your travel and I am too impressed with the photos you’ve taken. Especially the 4th from above is really magical which I hardy believe the bottom of the rock size enable to support the weight of the rock its self. Thank you for sharing this wonderful things on Earth.
Hi, the islands got weather away at the tidal zone by waves and got slimmer. I don’t know whether one day it will fall to the sea! Happy New Year to you!
Happy New Year to you and yours too, thanks. muhammads
Very beautiful. I love the picture at the end, with the rock, the sky, and the trail waves cooperating so perfectly–and also the odd rock that looks like a Russian nevalyashka doll (Google says that’s translated as “Roly Poly Ding Doll”). It looks like it’s balancing on the waves.
It was a pure coincidence with the clouds mirroring the waves. Glad you like it. Happy New Year!
Those are the best kind of photographs. Beautiful.
Thank you for your kind comment!
What a magical place.
Thank you LBcruiseshipblogger!
the 4th one is unique and I love the last one too
I like that photo too. Thank you NYBOD!
I don’t like it when the boatmans make unexpected turns. But the trip was amazing. I will try to work your trips into some travel posts.
Hi Jacqueline, we were excited and a bit worried when the boastmen did that. Thanks for working up into some travel posts! Michael
I love your pictures Sir. I’m hoping to go there soon. Hope I get to see some of the same sights.
Glad that you like the pictures. Recently, there has been a surge in the number of views on this post, almost 400 views in December, which is a bit surprising as the previous total view is much less. Hope you will be able to take a good look at the islands too!
Thank you 24/7 in France!
Wow! thanks for visiting my blog. Now I can see all the cool places you’ve been and seen. Thanks for sharing!
Glad that you like the post. You are always welcome!
Oh wow! Just beautiful!
Thanks for liking “biography” and for sharing your great island photos.
Thank you John for visitng my earlier post on Koh Samui. The island is in fact more beautiful than what my pictures have shown. Thank you!
The Creator is the greatest Artist these pictures are a solid proof ,nature at its best.Thank you for stopping by.jalal
You are right, the Creator is the greatest artists. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
Stunning post ,the beauty of the great Creator.Superb pictures.Thank you Michael for liking my posts specially (the service men and women) Have a nice day.jalal
Have a great week!
Very nice “rock sculptures”. A little too far for me to spend on a plane so thanks for letting me see it.
Glad that you like the “rock sculptures”. Thank you!
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Hi, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (over 160 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Best wishes to you also, Michael
I pinned the 4th photo down on my “Places and Spaces” board on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/gaylealstrom/places-spaces/ I hope that’s okay with you. Beautiful photos.
That’s perfectly OK to me. Thank you for your perusal and comment!
These photos are lovely-the color of the water particularly is stunning-I especially liked the picture of the “mother monkey and baby” is terrific. I am enjoying seeing this part of the world with your words and pictures-
Glad that you like the photos littledoglaughed!
I love number 0661! It looks as though it’s floating on the surface of the water. Amazing!
The island has been eroded in the tidal zone giving it a floating appearance. Thank you for the perusal and kind comment!
Mr. Lai, I enjoy all of your pictures, you have a good feel for composition, I look forward to seeing more, greetings.
Thank you for your continued perusal and kind comment!
Love it! narration and photos are beautiful – & the Monkey idea is lovely. Thank you!
The Monkey is only my imagination. Thank you for your kind and encouraging comment!
Your imagination in this case is our lens ; )
Wow. This place and these photos are absolutely amazing!
Glad that you enjoy the post. Thanks for the kind comment!
Thanks for liking my blog. I will be following your closely.
You are welcome. Thank you for following!
Stunning pictures! I especially loved the column shaped island, it’s very surreal and masculine. Which explains why it (or one like it) made an appearance in a James Bond movie.
I think the 007 film has a different column shaped island in the movie, but in any case, they are very similar. All these columns have a narrower base in the tidal range, making tham having a floating feel. Thanks for the comment!
Thanks for liking my blog. This year I’m planning to travel a lot , so I’ll check you page more often.
Thank you for your perusal and following my blog!
I enjoyed very much this blog! The pictures are great, loved the details. Thanks for sharing all this.
Glad that you like my blog. Thank you for your kind and encouraging comment!
Wondered what you were up to, might have guessed!!
What wonderful trips you take and what wonderful pictures you capture. You must be really excited when the trip is over being able to relive it again with these images. What memories you can enjoy. Thanks for opening up the photographic world for me too. I never used to take “views”. I only took photos with people in them. Now I am always on the look out for lovely or unusual shots and that enhances my life.
We have just come back from a lovely trip to Portugal and I am sharing some of those photographs at soulsnet.
Thailand is a much sought after destination for Brits, especially young ones on a gap year, and these photographs just want to make me pack my bags.
How wonderful. I trust you enjoy the trip to Portugal very much.
I spent some time in Lisbon and Sintra many years ago; unfortunately, I have lost the photos.
I had one photo showing the yellow tram squeezing through the narrow street with houses on both sides. I also lost all the beautiful photos of Sintra and its castle.
Hope to see more of your Portugal photos in your blog.
Have a great weekend!
Thanks for the like !!! I have only been to Thailand once, but the culture, people and beauty of the country has already touched my life! Am always looking for opportunities to be back there sometime! Keep traveling and taking pictures!!
Will do and thanks for the perusal and kind comment!
You have a great eye for photography. I love reading your posts and taking in the amazing sights!
Hi Cande, thank you for reading my posts and also for your kind comment!
Thanks for the kind comment!
Some of these islands remind me of ones I saw in Halong Bay in Vietnam. Love it!
Hi Jessica, I am thinking of going there too. Thank you!
Thanks you linking us back to these lovely photos – great eyes for the great compositions among cloud, rock and sea!
It was the increasing readership on Koh Samui that lead me back to this “forgotten” photo. Thank you for the perusal and comment!
Last one is like a promise of adventure..Looks like a boat just sailing towards new life, new worlds…
I love it the most!
I have that feeling too when the boat was speeding away from the island, leaving streaks of waves. Thank you!
I have done the same trip – it really is beautiful there. This has reminded me that I should go again!
You would certainly agree with me that the islands are beautiful. Thank you!
Very beautiful. Perhaps I shall someday be blessed by a visit there.
Yes, will have to see them in person! Thank you 🙂
I’ve titled that last one, “Happy Departure”. The one island is waving good-bye, and the other is bidding you, “go in peace.”
The last one was the last picture taking on the speed boat on the way back, so it was indeed Happy Departure. Thank you 🙂
Hi Michael, your photo collections are greatly stunning, beautiful.:)
Hi Yen-Yen, thank you for your kind comment 🙂
What a beautiful place! Koh Samui is on my list for sure…
Haven’t heard from you for a long time. Hope all’s well with you. Best wishes for 2013!
thank you for your wishes. It seems you are enjoying your travels!
Hi, very much so. Hope you find your golas in life and achieving them! Thank you for the kind comment:-)
Thank you for visiting my blog, and for these beautiful photos!
Thanks very much for the encouraging and kind comment 🙂
I was your 200th like! But I was compelled to like it nonetheless – I went to Thailand almost six years ago and had the time of my life! Never went to Koh Samui though. We heard it had already been tainted by the tourist footprint. These pics make me think that perhaps we had been a little too quick to judge though! Lovely post, and thanks for visiting my blog as well 🙂
Great that you are the 200th! I think the outlying islands around Koh Samui are still untainted. Thank you for the perusal and kind comment 🙂
Wow Michael, What a beautiful place, and images. I love that huge rock standing out on its own.
It looks surreal, isn’t it? Thank you for the kind comment:-)
great pictures beautiful scenery
Thank you for the kind comment:-)
Absolutely beautiful photos and I would love to visit there someday! 🙂
Glad that you like the pictures; great beaches and islands not to be missed. Thank you 🙂
Thank you for liking my blog.. I even really liked your Island blog…
Many thanks Mitha 🙂
These photos are fabulous! Makes me want to visit 🙂
The views of some of these islands are almost surreal. Glad that you like the pictures. Thank you 🙂
No words to describe these. Speechless. Like I am there.
Glad that you like the islands. I’m glad to share. Thank you 🙂
I’ve run out of adjectives to describe the beauty of this place. They’ve all been used. Maybe, magnificent hasn’t. Thank you for sharing your retirement diary with us. I can’t wait to take our next trip.
Hi Mary, glad that you like the pictures of the islands. You are welcome to share my travels. Many thanks for your encouraging comment. Have a great weekend 🙂
Hi Michael – Thank you for another like on my blog Island hopping in Greece. As you may have noticed I have just started an account of a new trip to the Dodecanese islands. This time I’ll try to include more photos. I love your photography. it is so strange to read about Koh Samui. I was there in 1983. At that time there was no hotels, no airstrip, only an old ferry would take us there. We stayed in small hut on the beach near a primitive restaurant that ‘served fresh magic muchrooms everyday’. They even had a sign outside saying so! They did, however, also serve other meals without 🙂 So long ago…
Wow! I like the more primitive Koh Samui as you described. I like the Greek islands too, will follow your post. Thank you for your perusal and kind comment:-)
I went to Koh Samui last year – never saw this! What side of the island was it on? My time was not nearly as nice – it was winter and it was gray and cloudy the whole time I was there.
Hi, apologize that I still couldn’t check out which side of the island was that; we went for a speed boat ride. Thank you for the perusal and the like 🙂
Superbly creative stuff.
Many thanks bnomadic 🙂
Wow, the rock really looks like a mother monkey! Fantastic rock shapes. How were they formed? Have you seen the rock formations at Meteora in Greece?
I don’t think I know sufficient about it. They seem to be of sedimentary rock formation which has been raised out from the sea and subjected to million of years of erosion and weathering. Thank you for the perusal and kind comment 🙂
Beautiful! Simply gorgeous.
Thank you 🙂
Love love love Thailand. Brings back memories of when we used to live there. Great photos.
Yes, there are so many things that we as tourists like in Thailand. Glad that it brings back fond memories. Thank you for the perusal and comment 🙂
Beautiful post and beautiful photographs. I hope that one day my travels take me somewhere even half as beautiful as this. I’m looking forward to seeing more 🙂
I hope you will one day make it to somewhere equally beautiful, if not more so, Thank you for the perusal and comment 🙂
Any time 🙂
Thank you 🙂
I held a sales meeting for my Asia Pacific regional managers here in 1995. Loved every minute of it. Beautiful place.
You were so fortunate to have meetings in that area. I think I could even live there for some time. Thank you for the perusal and comment 🙂
Thanks for stopping by my blog to read Taj Mahal. Your photos are amazing!
Thank you for the kind comment 🙂
very creative and beautiful captures
Thank you for the comment and have a great weekend 🙂
WOW! What fantastic pictures, they are amazing.
Many thanks for liking the post and the comment 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and liking my blog. What a unique bracelet of islands you have visited, from your photos I feel like going there one day!
With so many islands, with different shapes and seem soaring from the sea; they really look interesting. Thanks for the perusal and kind comment 🙂
Great photos as always, Michael! Thank you for visiting my new website – I have returned from self hosting at a different address. Never going back… Be well sir!
Glad to know that you and your wife are retired too and enjoying it! Regards, Michael
Thanks sir! And for the follow too. 🙂
Thank you 🙂
Very nice captures, love the last. They all make me miss so much living in the islands in the part of the world, after an awefully cold winter here. Maybe I can do this trip when I retire. Thank you for sharing and for visiting my blog too.
They are almost like paradise. Thank you for the kind comment 🙂
Very cool! I wish I had chartered a speedboat or longboat while I was in Thailand.
I really enjoyed the boat trip. Hope you will be able to do it again. Thank you for the kind comment 🙂
Thank you 🙂
So beautiful! Love the turquoise color of the water.
Hi, I love your pictue of Entrance with the Croatian island. Thank you for the perusal and the kind comment:-)
Koh Samui~~~~! I have been here!
It was such a pretty place. Love our pic. The very first one took my breath away with that beautiful green of the ocean!!!
Yes, the calm waters on the first image really looked attractive. Thank you for the perusal and kind words 🙂
surprised by some of your very tiny islands!
Glad that you like them! Have a great weekend 🙂
Island hopping was surely the highlight of my trip to Thailand a couple of years back. Thanks for bringing back the memories! 🙂
Glad that you like the islands! Thank you 🙂
oh man you are really inspirational i love everything you compose and share THANKS AND LET KEEP IN TOUCH!!
Hi archabyssniya, thanks very much for the encouraging words! Yes, will keep in touch 🙂
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Many thanks for reblogging this on. Regards, Michael
Thank you for your visit and liking my post ( Gold and Diamond….) It is always a delight to visit your blog.jalal
Hi Jala, Thank you for the encouraging words 🙂
thank you for visiting our blog and You did a nice post. Such a long thread 🙂
Thank you, Luksana!
Thanks for dropping by Honey again. BTW. Did you climb??
Hi, we did a bit of climbing, in fact, the first photo was taken on top of an island. Thank you for your comment. Have a great weekend 🙂
Your trip look stunningly beautiful! We are going to Koh Samui for the first time this summer, we have been to koh phagnan before, but never Samui. Where would you recommend? What is the ‘must do but not in the guide book’? Thanks, Suzie
It is interesting almost everywhere, especially the beaches and the sea. Thank you and have a good weekend Suzie 🙂
OMG! What amazing photos! I can by to thank you for visiting my blog and instead I got completely wrapped up in your post!
Hi Dianne, Thank you for the perusal and have a good weekend:-)
The one in the fourth picture will surely fall over soon.
Yes, looks like it, sooner or later! Thank you and have a good weekend:-)
Great Photos Mr Lai. Thanks for visiting my Blog, Your visit gave me opportunity to visit your GREAT Blog, Thanks again
You are welcome. Thank you for stopping by my blog too 🙂
I remember those days… don’t forget Koh Tao, Pi pi can Koh…. 😉
Hi Mr. Lai! Thanks for visiting my blog! I love your pictures! What camera are you using? I’m wondering which camera to take whale watching…? Any thoughts? I love to travel & can’t wait to comb through your site to add places to my list.
I used a Nikon D40 which was an entry level SLR camera. Think you need a camera which can zoom and with a relatively quick response. Thank you for the perusal and comment 🙂
These pictures are wonderful! Absolutely inspiring.
Thank you Lizzy 🙂
The most incredible sites 🙂
Thank you Paula for the continued perusal and kind words 🙂
Thank you Paula 🙂
I am studying Japanese now 😉
Hi, why don’t you study Chinese which is spoken by more than 1 billion people? Have a great week!
I just don’t feel like it.. I have never based my decisions and career paths on practicality.
Understood. Have a great weekend 🙂
anata mo 🙂
You have a way of bringing nature to us! Beautiful photos…:)
Hi, cause I am a nature lover and I would like to share my picture for people from afar who may not have the chance to see these natural woners 🙂
Absolutely beautiful location captured very well in photographs. Thank you for posting your adventure for us to enjoy.
It is my pleasure to share this with you and other readers. Have a great week 🙂
All your work is exquisite, thank you for sharing!!!!
Many thanks for the kind words 🙂
I’ve been there one time many years ago. I went also Koh Nangyuan near Koh Samui it was so beautiful place. And have you been also Koh Nangyuan ?
Haven’t been there; would love to. Thank you 🙂
Love the pictures! I hope to visit Koh Samui one of these days..
Hope you will make it there someday 🙂
Wow our planet is very beautiful, thanks for reminding me!
We appreciate this even more from above. Glad you like the image, thank you 🙂
Thanks Michael for liking my recent posts. This is the first weekly challenge I have done, and I have been inspired to do them because of admiring yours.
Glad that you are taking up the challenge! Thank you for the kind words 🙂
I have nominated you for 3 WordPress awards because you are AWESOME! It’s just for fun so you don’t have to accept but if you do – follow the link to my awards page and join in the fun. http://lauracrean.wordpress.com/awards/
Hi Laura, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand are important awards. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (over 160 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated 🙂 Michael
Beautiful photos, Michael. It’s many years since I went to Koh Samui—you’ve inspired me to go back!
Glad that they bring back good memories and new desire. Thank you 🙂
fascinating shots, mike!
Thank you so much 🙂
The one you say looks like a monkey holding a baby, also could be viewed as an old sailing ship with the two sails on the front mast and a large single sail on the back mast.
That could also be it. I think it depends a lot what’s on your mind! Thanks 🙂
Amazing pics and thanks for your continued support/readership on my blog!!
Thank you 🙂
Beautiful as usual Michael. I love the “james bond” islands, so weird how they are jutting out of the ocean! It took me a minute, but I finally saw the monkey!
I love how green the first bay is, so pretty.
Many thanks Darla for back reading this post. The islands are just amazing! I really love seeing them too, hope will be back there soon. Regards, Michael
I look forward to more beautiful images then! 🙂
Beautiful pictures 🙂
thank you and wish you a great week ahead 🙂
Thank you 🙂
Thank you for visiting my blog Michael. I do want to congratulate you on your absolutely brilliant photography; it looks stunning on the black background. I’m envious of the popularity of your web-site – well deserved. Keep it up.
Hi Kenneth, many thanks for the encouragement. I have always liked photos to have a black border, I think the Theme I have chosen has this good feature. Thank you for your kind words 🙂
lovely photo of wake of water in the back …..
I like the wake at the back too, they seem to be a reflection of the sky!
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Many thanks for the reblogging!
Going by how awesome your blog is, I think you are going to have to say that many more times! 😉 🙂
yes, this is one of my favorite posts!
The first and the 4th ones TOTALLY take the cake!
Thank you for sharing! 🙂 🙂
I love my days in Koh Samui, I am missing it!
I’m not surprised!
Thank you 🙂
I’m reading more of your blog. Wow this is so beautiful. I haven’t seen enough of the world! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photography. It is inspiring.
Thank you for the kind words!
You’re quite welcome. Your blog has really inspired me. I am now begging my husband to make a trip to Japan and Thailand where those beautiful island pictures were.
Hope your husband will agree!
I was there many years ago but didn’t go island hopping like this. I think now I should return …
Yeah, that”s a great idea!
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