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.
Chinese New Year celebrations here are as raucous and lively as anywhere, including fireworks and colorful parades.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alfresco dining takes on a whole new meaning when a gastronomic tour of the flavors of traditional Italian cuisine are paired with the breathtaking views of the sparkling Andaman Sea.
Uniting Eastern and Western dining traditions, this spacious, all-day restaurant serves up a wide range of gourmet dishes alongside a wall of windows overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.
Soak up panoramic ocean views from a plush perch high above the beach, shaded by a traditional Thai vaulted roof, with a rare whisky or tropical cocktail in hand.
Experience a distinctly Vana Belle tradition when you have a white-tableclothed high tea right on the beach, shaded by palm trees as you sip gourmet brews and nibble on Thai tea snacks.
Take a 4×4 up to the top of the island’s tallest mountain for 360-degree views of the island’s coconut plantations, jungles, and beaches.
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.
Soothe your mind and body at Vana Spa, which unites the resort’s signature serene surroundings with a celebrated menu of traditional Thai therapies.