Tucked away on the other side of the globe, away from the hustle and deadlines of everyday life, is a paradise island in the heart of Southeast Asia. Off the coast of mainland Surat Thani is Koh Samui, the most beautiful place you’ve never heard of. Thailand is known for their beaches, temples, and invigorating flavors.
But the level of pure luxury one can attain on the island of Koh Samui is second to none. It’s far from the zipping motorcycles of Bangkok and the rows of cookie cutter resorts in Phuket. Those are the base level adventures kids post on their social media. Koh Samui is different. It’s exclusive, it’s unique, and best of all, it’s more affordable than you think
The island itself doesn’t have a huge, multi-national, imposing airport. You’re not going to see giant 747 jets popping in and out of your view. Instead, there’s a smaller airport that receives flights from within Thailand and around the region. When you fly into Koh Samui, book a flight to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, or Singapore. From there you’ll land at Samui International Airport (USM) about 2km from Chaweng, the island’s main trade center and village. If you’re coming in from the West, the most expensive part is getting to the region. From there, there’s a whole network of affordable flights with promos that can bring the cost down to two figures each way. It’s amazing how inexpensive it is. Flight delays are very common in the region, so give a half day to full day allowance for anything regarding a plane.
Curating Your Experience
You’re in Thailand to relax and to escape the daily grind of life. After the flight you can either make your way around and rough it out, or you can get to point B in style. All-in-one packages here are not your average deals. They’re specifically tailored to make your experience as seamless as humanly possible. It’s highly recommended to choose one of the luxury private villas Koh Samui has to offer. Most of these options have a concierge service that can set up anything you want. The best local food? They’re the experts. Waterfalls and hikes? They’ve done it. They have contacts in every nook of the island and know exactly what you’re looking for. They are, in essence, the curators of your experience.
Settle Into The Local Vibe
Thailand has its own unique way of life. When taking in the sights and scenery, know that the islands have a different pace when it comes to pretty much everything. Prepare everything you need in terms of cash and basic supplies, beforehand. You can’t expect a small island shop to accept credit cards. You also can’t expect a small restaurant to break 1000 Baht. Be smart and carry as many 50 and 100 bills you can. This ensures that you can go in and out of places and pay with ease. If you do have a lot of large bills, your luxury private villa concierge can help you break it.
All in all, once you’re on the island and you’re set up in a private villa, all you need to do is relax. Beaches and waterfalls and the beauty of Southeast Asia are right outside the French doors. It’s time to get reacquainted with peace and tranquility. You deserve it.