Flight Centre travel expert Natasha Vasserman shares her top tips for Koh Samui, the rainforest-covered, beach-fringed island off the east coast of Thailand, which came to broader attention with the 2000 film The Beach. No longer a backpacker-only haven, Koh Samui now has 5-star resorts and great nightlife. Natasha says: “Koh Samui is absolute bliss. Imagine adventurous days combined with relaxed evenings in a laidback paradise.”
Zico’s Brazilian Grill & Bar
It doesn’t get much better than Zico’s, a Brazilian barbecue with a Thai twist, where you can gorge on all-you-can-eat meat and seafood cooked on metal swords.
At Woobar at W Retreat Koh Samui, you can quaff fantastic cocktails while lolling on chic lounges by the bar, while taking in the stunning, 270-degree views. There are great DJs and events, as well.
Silavadee Wellness Spa
Unwind at this luxe spa and delight in treatments like massages, scrubs, facials and body wraps. And if you can’t get enough, it has accommodation, too.
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For a slice of paradise that’s (almost!) all yours, Koh Taen is a short boat ride away and offers some great snorkelling spots and private beaches.
It may sound odd, but check out the snack selection at 7-Eleven – you never what unique, tasty treats you’ll find.
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