Seeking Samui

Undiscovered by Westerners until the 1960s, the Thai island of Samui, with its jungle-clad mountains and coral-covered seas, still retains a sense of tradition and mystery

In July 1965, a small monthly Swiss art and culture magazine called Du published one of the first Western travel stories about Koh Samui. The author, Manuel Gasser, was accompanied on his trip by Zurich photographer René Burri, who had already found global fame for his iconic portraits of Pablo Picasso and Che Guevarra. They hadn't even intended to visi…

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