I fancy myself quite lucky to be on the island of Koh Samui and actually live here. Daily, I’m confronted with reminders of the perks of island life; tropical vegetation, majestic waterfalls, long stretches of beach lining turquoise ocean and cheap, tasty street food. Here’s a look into the heart of the island, its people and why we love living here.
I’m sitting on the edge of Na Muang Waterfall two and taking in it’s depth and beauty.
Soft hues of the last light on Bang Por beach.
A Thai vendor covers herself to gear up for long days spent selling her wares on Lamai beach.
A local carves intricate flowers from soap at the night market.
The tip of a temple through the palm trees in Bangrak neighbourhood.
A life most elephants in Thailand are doomed to lead.
Spirit houses can be found in the corner of many restaurants and properties to house spirits and with the hopes that they might bring favour upon their business.
Fishermen moor the boats at the end of a day at a pier in Bangrak.
Monkeys carved from coconuts giving traditional Thai greetings.
A window into the forests of Samui’s tropical interior.
Big Buddha from across the warm ocean.
Many coconut trees result in about two million coconuts leaving the island for Bangkok alone.
Sunset at low tide in Nathon.
Island style on Bang Por beach.
All Thai men bring their caged birds together on a Sunday for who knows what.
The window to the sea in Fishermen’s village.
Relaxing on a coconut tree.
Many locals run their businesses from their vehicles and even side-cars of scooters.
Pork is sold in various forms at the walking street markets.
Fresh fruit sold on nearly every corner on the island.
Cold, rushing water streaming down the mountain.
The statue of Buddha atop the mountain in Samui’s interior.
A young boy playing at a construction site as his Dad works.
Wat Plai Laem temple in the middle of lake filled with hundreds of fish and a Buddha with 18 arms.