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Samui Location for photo shoot: Thong Krut Beach

Date of publication: 05 Aug 2017 | Updated: 10 Jul 2023

The Tong Krut Beach, located on the southwest coast of Koh Samui, offers unique opportunities for photoshoots. This deserted beach stands out with its exceptionally low water level, stretching far from the shore, creating stunning possibilities for capturing unique shots on vast expanses that seem endless.

Beach Features

Water Level and Beach Accessibility

Samui Location for photo shoot: Thong Krut Beach. photographer Dimas Frolov photo 1964
Photo by Samui Photographer - Dimas Frolov
One of the key factors to consider when planning a photoshoot at Tong Krut Beach is the fluctuating water level throughout the year. It should be noted that the water recedes from March to April and returns in October to November. Therefore, from November to March, the beach will have only a narrow strip of water. However, to ensure the current condition of the beach, I recommend consulting with me as a local photographer or checking the up-to-date information on-site.

The low water level at Tong Krut Beach offers unique opportunities for "walking on water" shots. When the water recedes, interesting shots can be captured where people appear to be "floating" in the air against the backdrop of the secluded beach. This adds an element of playfulness and imagination to your photographs.

The water recedes in March-April and rises again in October-November. Meaning, the beach is definitely not accessible from December to March.

Deserted Beach with Few People

One of the main advantages of Tong Krut Beach is its solitude. Thanks to its desert-like nature, there are hardly any people on the beach, allowing you to create an atmosphere of seclusion and intimacy in your photos. This is particularly important for couples or family photoshoots, where the focus should be on the main subjects of the frame.

Expanses and Views

Samui Location for photo shoot: Thong Krut Beach. photographer Dimas Frolov photo 1944
Photo by Samui Photographer - Dimas Frolov
The panoramic shots at Tong Krut Beach are simply breathtaking. The vast, unobstructed space provides ideal conditions for capturing the full scale of the beach and its surrounding nature. The photographs taken on this beach will impress with their beauty and uniqueness. Additionally, the constant breeze at Tong Krut Beach keeps it refreshingly cool and comfortable for photoshoots. This is especially pleasant on hot days when the wind brings a slight relief and helps create dynamic and vibrant shots.

The surrounding islands near the beach add even more appeal to the location. Beautiful islands located close to Tong Krut Beach become a wonderful complement to your shots. Their presence on the horizon creates a magical atmosphere and makes the photographs even more captivating and unique.



  • Deserted. Virtually no people
  • Excellent panoramic shots
  • Blown by the wind – always fresh
  • Low water level allows for "walking on water" shots
  • Nearby islands beautifully complement the horizon
  • The beach is on the south side, but there is also a sunset


  • At high tide, there is too much water and the beach becomes narrow
  • The beach is wild – lots of shells and corals in the sand
See the full list of photo session locations in Samui

Overall, Tong Krut Beach is a splendid location for photoshoots. Its deserted nature, unique shooting opportunities on vast expanses, excellent panoramic views, and proximity to beautiful islands make it an attractive choice for photography on Koh Samui. However, when choosing a date for a photoshoot, it is important to take tides and the condition of the beach into account to ensure the best results.

photo: Dimas Frolov
About the Author

Portrait photographer based on Samui, Thailand.
Originally from Ukraine, he has over 15 years of photography experience taking pictures around Europe and Asia. Multi-Award winner and author of many articles about photography.
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