Perfect sand – Another typical Koh Samui scene. All that's missing is the obscenely large cocktail.
Seafood heaven – Despite ongoing development in Koh Samui, there's one constant -- fresh, top-notch seafood is served everywhere on the island.
Sanctuaries – The Gulf of Thailand island is a popular among tourists visiting wellness sanctuaries, such as Kamalaya (pictured).
Samahita Retreat – Brush up on your pranayama breathing technique? Contemplate philosophy? In the rural south of the island, Samahita Retreat is a place to do both.
Easy days – It's not all about the beaches in Koh Samui. But a lot of it is.
Mummified monk – The mummified body of Dang Piyasilo, or "Luong Pordaeng," has been on display at Wat Khunaram since the Buddhist monk died in 1973 at the age of 79.
Koh Phangan – Samui's neighboring isle of Koh Phangan is famous for its Full Moon parties, and rustic Sanctuary Thailand spa and resort.
Eclectic cafes – Cafes on southern Thai islands have perfected a hippiefied-beachcomber, ramshackle style, exhibited here by Think cafe in Lipa.
Island hopping from Samui – Ang Thong National Marine Park is a collection of uninhabited islands. Not counting wildlife. It's an easy day trip from Samui.