If relaxation, massages, nature, culture, and beauty come to mind when you think of your perfect vacation learn how to say Koh Samui, Thailand! This island kind of takes your breath away when you first arrive. You’re surrounded by the most beautiful water, the simplest boats used for fishing, and warm and kind people you want to be your neighbor.

My futuristic mindset quickly began processing how to move here. No, that’s not completely true. Moving to Koh Samui wouldn’t be that challenging (we’ve moved 7 times in the past 15 years!). Convincing my husband, now that would be the challenge. I do have amazing pictures of incredible fish catches from the boats so that may lure him in some day.

Ok, you are ready to explore and I’m going to help you find out what you want to do and what to avoid.

Spas, massages, and relaxation- oh yes!

There are a multitude of places you can go. If you prefer sticking with an American-like vacation the 4 Seasons has exactly what you need. I’m more of an adventurous, be with the people, experience the culture, and soak up the best the country has to offer type of gal. You guessed it, I didn’t go to the 4 Seasons.

Tamarind Springs– After being greeted with the best virgin mojito I’ve ever had in my life we were whisked away to change for our full day spa experience. Natural salt caves, spas, an organically delicious lunch, and an incredibly thorough massage. The massage was given in a tree-top wooden platform where the birds were truly next to you singing. I can’t make this stuff up.

After an enlightening look at how Thailand does relaxation (10x better than America!) I was convinced I needed to stay longer. Since that wasn’t possible I asked for another virgin mojito for the road. I got the mojito but didn’t get the recipe. I would truly appreciate it if you go there. Seriously.

Oh yeah, they dressed us like Bam Bam from The Flintstones following the massages. They could have dressed us like cavewomen after that perfect day I didn’t care.

Tamarind Spring-after the massage
Koh Samui, Thailand fishing pier
Treetop massage in Thailand

What to bring

Camera- the beauty is everywhere and can’t be replicated

Sunscreen- sunscreen in Koh Samui isn’t as strong but the sun is stronger that what you’re used to

Modest clothing- Do some quick reading about their culture to be sure you pack appropriate clothing to wear

What to avoid

Please read about the elephants before you decide to visit an “elephant sanctuary”. I was so glad I stumbled across some articles explaining¬† how the animals are treated. If you don’t consider yourself a reader, just YouTube “Elephant Sanctuaries in Thailand” so you are informed before making a decision.

Soak up the sun, smile at the locals, and appreciate seeing a beautiful, quaint place of the world that few get the opportunity to visit. Enjoy (and bring back the mojito recipe!).