Welcome to the tropical island of Koh Samui, where the azure waters of the Gulf of Thailand meet palm tree groves boasting more species of coconuts than any other place on the planet.
Wake on the north shore’s Maenam Beach, home to W Retreat Koh Samui, and explore stunning beaches or join villagers at a vibrant local festival, dancing and singing as they celebrate with lanterns, balloons, fireworks, parades, beauty contests and more. While in the village, shop for handcrafts created using locally cultivated pearls.
Visit extraordinary Buddhist landmarks, like the 36-foot-tall Big Buddha statue, the relic of Buddha’s footprint or temples housing mummified monks. Encounter endless surprise in Koh Phangan’s uninhibited corners and take a detour to Hin Ta and Hin Yai, a pair of rocks legendary for their erotic shapes.
Stop in for a round at Santiburi Golf Course, famous for its cliff views, lush forests and impeccable greens, or experience the extreme with mountain or quad biking, jungle coaster cable rides and waterfall hikes.
Meet up on a catamaran for a deep-sea fishing adventure, or take a snorkel or scuba dive and discover the glowing world below, breaking the surface just in time to catch the island’s famous sunset.
And as the final rays fade, join in the electric nightlife on the Chaweng strip, where Thai kickboxing, buffalo fighting and cabaret mix with clubs, bars and top restaurants to paint a colorful scene. Or end the night at Fisherman’s Village in-the-know restaurants and beachfront bars.