You’ve finally decided to do it. You’re going to take the vacation of a lifetime. But where should you go? Australia? Paris? Timbuktu? Look no further than the little island off the eastern border of Surat Thani, Thailand. There lies a small and gorgeous island, lush with vegetation and pure, life changing luxury. It’s called Koh Samui. You may not have heard of it, and that’s okay. It usually takes a back seat to the more popular destinations of Phuket and Bangkok. Good. That’s just the way you want it.
1. Cheap Flights Within Southeast Asia
The islands in and around Southeast Asia is known for their beauty and spirit. With that said, plan everything ahead. Leave the spontaneity for when you’ve gotten a place and a basic itinerary. Once you get into the region, be it Thailand itself, or any other neighboring country, flights become much cheaper. Flights to Koh Samui from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. There are seasonal promotions from local airlines offered every month. Subscribe to their email list and buy when the price is right. But as hinted before, always give a half day or even a full day of lead time between anything flight related.
2. Get A Private Villa
If you’re going to be on an island in Southeast Asia, do it in style. Don’t just go to any cookie cutter resort with a bunch of strangers walking around. Get your own private place. One can argue that the luxury villas in Koh Samui Thailand are second to none in the region. And since you’re going to be there, might as well experience the best. Waking up in paradise and opening the balcony doors to reveal the glimmering Gulf of Thailand is an affordable reality.
3. Keep Smaller Bills
You’re on a small island. Don’t expect these small shops and restaurants to take your credit card. The villas, yes. But when you’re out and about, keep your money between 20, 50, and 100 Baht denominations. That way you’re not going around looking for change. Also, being the foreigner frustrated that a tiny island in Asia doesn’t function like Central London is a terrible look.
4. The Concierge Is Your Friend
Using the concierge service in your luxury villas is the perfect way to have everything mediated and squared away before you do it. They know where all the waterfalls and the sights are. They know the language and they know the secrets of the island. They are, after all, the curators of your experience. Open an email dialogue and detail exactly what it is you want to do. They’ll help you out.
5. Get To Know A Bit Of The Culture
Knowing a little bit of Thai will get you a long way. Thailand has never been conquered and has never had to conform to any sort of Western political system. So they never really had a need to have any European language as a second national language. Getting used to how the language sounds and having a few phrases under your belt will ensure that your stay is both fun for you and appreciated by the locals. English is spoken and taught there, so there’s not going to be much of a problem.
Koh Samui is far from the hordes of motorcycles and concrete behemoths that cities have to offer. They’re wonderful in their own right, but that’s not why you’re going to Thailand. One goes to Thailand to relax and indulge. Koh Samui is the perfect place. Here are some tips to make sure you experience the best this island has to offer. Prepare to cancel your return flight.