Long before it became the first Thai island to be a luxury destination, Koh Samui was a collection of rubber-tree plantations and fishing villages. Even now, the time-honored rhythms of rural Thai life still hold sway, with experiences in tune with the tides and each day's breathtaking sunrise and sunset.
Ang Thong, or "golden basin," exemplifies the vision of a tropical island paradise. The 42-island archipelago, a protected sanctuary, reveals a wealth of hidden waterfalls, secluded coves, and mangrove lagoons on idyllic islands like Mae Ko. Herons egrets, sea eagles, and turtles all make their home here. Explore the extraordinary variety of wildlife and stunning scenery with snorkeling, kayaking, and sightseeing excursions.Learn More
Located on Koh Samui’s quieter northern shores, the heart of this charming town is the picturesque Fisherman’s Village, a collection of well-preserved, 19th-century Chinese-Thai houses that are now home to gourmet restaurants and hip boutiques. The town also boasts one of the island’s best beaches – and it’s less crowded than some of the southern ones.Learn More
Touting itself as Asia’s first zip-line, this eco-friendly adventure outfitter offers a chance to see Koh Samui’s awe-inspiring natural beauty from another perspective. Soar through the treetops of the unspoilt rainforest on the northern part of the island, peeking at untouched waterfalls and getting views normally reserved for monkeys and birds.Learn More
In the middle of the island, tucked away amidst Koh Samui’s jungle-covered hills, the tallest waterfall on the island cascades across rocks and into a secluded pool. The name Na Muang refers to the rich purple-bronze color of the rock faces over which the water tumbles. The lower part of the fall, easily reached on foot, drops into a pool that’s popular for swimming, while the steeper, higher fall can be reached by a hike or an elephant ride.Learn More
Chinese New Year celebrations here are as raucous and lively as anywhere, including fireworks and colorful parades.
Celebrate the Thai New Year with this lively, three-day festival whose primary feature is a giant, island-wide water fight. Live musical performances, parades, and street fairs are also usually held.Learn More
One of Thailand’s most prestigious regattas, this weeklong boat race event attracts more than 500 competitors from across the world to its events and festivities.Learn More
Like all Buddhist and Chinese-originated festivals on the island, the Khao Phansa celebrations are marked with lively fairs at the local temples, complete with food stalls and performances.Learn More
One of Thailand’s most popular national festivals, this festival of lights is celebrated by releasing lanterns and decorative rafts with candles, flowers, and incense out onto the sea at dusk.
Koh Samui is best known for these all-night celebrations – which originated in local culture but have evolved into an international attraction – on the tiny neighboring island of Koh Phangan.
Take a dip in our crystal clear, freshwater infinity pool and admire the panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand, located just on the other side of our white sand beach.Learn More
Soothe your mind and body at Vana Spa, which unites the resort's signature serene surroundings with a celebrated menu of traditional Thai therapies.Learn More