Koh Samui – Islands Hopping

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.


259 thoughts on “Koh Samui – Islands Hopping

  1. 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!

  2. 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 🙂

    • 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

    • 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!

  6. The Creator is the greatest Artist these pictures are a solid proof ,nature at its best.Thank you for stopping by.jalal

  7. 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

    • 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

  8. 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-

    • 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!

  9. Hi Michael.

    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.

    Warm regards

    • Hi Corinne,
      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!

  10. 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!!

  11. 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 🙂

  12. 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 🙂

  13. 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:-)

  14. 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 🙂

  15. 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 🙂

    • 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 🙂

  16. 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 🙂

    • With so many islands, with different shapes and seem soaring from the sea; they really look interesting. Thanks for the perusal and kind comment 🙂

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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!!!

  20. Thank you for your visit and liking my post ( Gold and Diamond….) It is always a delight to visit your blog.jalal

  21. 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

  22. OMG! What amazing photos! I can by to thank you for visiting my blog and instead I got completely wrapped up in your post!

  23. 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 🙂

    • 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 🙂

  24. 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.

    • 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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 🙂

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