Koh Samui, Thailand
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Off the eastern coast of the mainland of Thailand, you’ll find the stunning island of Koh Samui. Surrounded by the shimmering turquoise waters of the Gulf of Thailand, this island is awash in soft sandy beaches and dense green jungles. The natural beauty is abundant and the nightlife is boisterous, making this Time & Place luxury travel destination perfect for romantic getaways, as well as fun family adventures.

Koh Samui is a feast for the eyes. From the rainbow-hued sunrises and sunsets that glow above calm azure water to the emerald jungles, everywhere you turn you’ll see a postcard-worthy view. The opportunities that these beautiful landscapes afford include lazy days lounging on the beach with pristine sand seeping through your toes as the gentle waves lap the shore. The snorkeling and scuba diving are unbeatable with frequent sea turtle sightings and a plethora of brilliant colored fish. The water is crystal-clear and calm, perfect for viewing coral beds and gentle whale sharks if the season is right. If you’re feeling adventurous, lace up your shoes and hike into the jungle. Guides are available, but many trails are easy to navigate and lead to beautiful waterfalls. For something truly unique, an elephant trek into the jungle is an experience you won’t be able to replicate again and one that you’ll treasure forever.

The dining and nightlife scene is thriving in Koh Samui and you’ll have your pick of excellent restaurants to choose from. Try the amazing southern Thai cuisine that centers on spicy curry and fresh seafood; there are many establishments that serve traditional, authentic fare. The rise in Koh Samui’s popularity is evident in the arrival of haute cuisine restaurants that have menus reflecting a more conceptual twist. As for the nightlife, the Chaweng beach area is home to everything from small bars serving up cold beers and friendly chatter to cosmopolitan clubs with world-renowned DJs spinning tunes until dawn. Traditional muay Thai boxing is another outing that will give you both a thrill and a peek at a long held tradition in Thai culture.

The many temples and shrines found throughout the island give a glimpse of the spirituality of the people and reflect a sense of harmony. With ornate pagoda-style shrines like Wat Plai Laem and statues depicting Buddha everywhere, including the “Big Buddha” that is nearly 50 feet tall and has an amazing view from the top, you won’t have difficulty finding one of these gilded temples or rustic sculptures.

Koh Samui is an irresistible combination of sultry nightlife, gorgeous beaches, lush jungles, and a flourishing local population that’s eager to share the beauty of their magical island. A destination that has embraced its allure, Koh Samui offers luxury dining, spas, and experiences without sacrificing authenticity. Because it is less crowded and just as appealing as other tropical escapes, this island has us asking just one question… What are you waiting for?

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Villa Hin

Koh Samui, Thailand

Built around a unique rock formation makes this villa a one-of-a-kind experience with dazzling views


$975 - $1,100/night


Koh Samui, Thailand Luxury Vacation Experiences:

Time & Place Concierges delight in creating unique luxury travel experiences for our guests. Here’s what we could do for you:

  • Explore the rich religious history of the island with a guided tour of the stunning Buddhist temples
  • Take a traditional long-tail boat into Angthong National Marine Park for a gorgeous day snorkeling in a protected area with views of the 42-island archipelago
  • A private cooking class will give you insight to the delicious southern Thai cuisine, known for its unique flavors
  • Enjoy a Thai massage on the beach or from the comfort of home; this special technique will have you feeling even more relaxed
Luxury Vacations in Koh Samui, Thailand: Attractions, Activities, and Food

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