Thailand has everything you need in order to have the time of your life with your friends!
What makes Thailand the perfect destination for group holidays is not only is it rich in culture, activities and the tropical weather, but their luxury is of high-standard and very affordable, which means that you can feel like royalty without breaking the bank! #winwin
Gone are the days when you and your friends book out half of the hotel; as a group your best bet is to rent out a Thailand Mansion. They are spacious, luxurious and some cost less than a one night stay at the Conrad. Luxury Retreats give you an incredible array of villas to choose from, from very high-end to mid-range where you can still sleep up to 6-8 people comfortably.
Busting with some of the perks that you get in hotels such as a cooked breakfast, daily maid service and extra services including yoga sessions, masseuse and having your villa stocked with some of your favourite foods – so all bases are covered, leaving you and your friends to simply have the best time of your life.
Let me set the tone for you.
Caledon Villa, for example – perched up 100m in the hills of Ban Por, surrounded by the deep and lush secluded tropical forest just to the north bank of Koh Samui. A villa you wouldn’t mind hosting a dinner party in, or calling it your holiday home!
As soon as you walk in, you can soak up the 270 degree view where you can see the neighbouring islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. The perfect backdrop as you take in the sunset which is creating a spectacular pastel show, while you enjoy a dinner that has been specially prepared for you and your guests by a private executive chef! Not too shabby ay?
Koh Samui is not short of things to do, see and explore. Depends on what floats your boat; you can do the touristy stuff, hit the clubs and bars, or do something more adventurous and adrenaline fuelled.
If you are into adventure and adrenaline, then you should check out these activities:
Go on a Jet Ski Safari – action fuelled for hours in the open ocean where you are free to do the maximum speed of your jetski, while discovering the nearby islands – now that’s my idea of fun! There is a small office in Lamai Beach that offers this activity and I would recommend getting your own jet ski and wearing plenty of sun lotion!
Channel your inner Tarzan with Canopy Adventures – Zipline through the evergreen thick forests of Koh Samui at fifty miles an hour, soaking up the most gorgeous views of the island from up above. If heights give you the sweats, then rest assured that you get to stop off at a secret waterfall between all the stations to cool off.
If hiking is your thing, and you are an adventurous bunch, then I would also recommend that you check out Waterfall 2. There is a deeper, more intense hike up to the peak if you get a local to take you, that hang around the first #average Waterfall. The views and serenity at the top are much more rewarding.
Rent a 4×4 to explore the Island. What is more #squadgoals than cruising around in the heat with the roof down on a 4×4 with your gang?! There are rentals all over Koh Samui and I would recommend going for something with a working air-con (learn from my mistakes)! The prices vary, but it is always worth haggling and taking the vehicle for a test-drive, before you go exploring the island with a gearstick that doesn’t work!
Something a little bit less thrilling than driving around in a 4×4, is a tourist attraction called the “Grandad & Granma Rocks” which resemble female and male genitalia. That calls for some creative, fun Instagram photos to be taken! Also be sure to check out the little local market that leads up to it – I recommend that you taste the triangular shaped coconut caramel sweets!
Fishermans village on a Friday – An authentic evening with lots of locals flogging all sorts of handmade arts and crafts, as well as lots of street food being cooked from fresh produce which makes for a great atmosphere to hangout. If you don’t want to try the street food, you can choose one of many restaurants they have alongside the market. We loved the sushi bar which was ran by Aussies; they offered fantastic service and food.
Chewang beach is the hub of nightlife on Koh Samui. Head down there for Ladyboys, backpackers and lots of clubs and bars playing commercial and debatable music, complimented by equally debatable characters!
If you would like some epic dining experiences, check out my blog where I eat my way round the island in the most romantic places, which are really worth a visit.
In the end, wherever you are travelling to, it is always who you are with – but it does help when you are staying at a gorgeous villa, and have some fun activities planned!