Islands & Beaches

Pull up a chair at one of Samui's top dining spots
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One of the best parts of a romantic getaway is discovering a destination's foodie gems. Headed for Thailand's dreamy Koh Samui? Pull up a chair at one of these top spots for a sensational escape...

Koh Phayam
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Like many travellers, I first fell for Thailand on a gap year. Backpacking between Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Phi-Phi, I was bewitched by the postcard-perfect beaches (we still sent postcards back then), delicious, fiery cuisine and friendly, laid-back vibes. Nostalgic memories have inspired my wife and me to return to the ‘Land of Smiles’ for another island-hopping adventure.

Discover Bali's need-to-know spots and live like a local
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Bali’s creative energy and carefree spirit has long attracted artists, musicians, writers and designers of the world, making this magical little island home to a super-cool crowd. The tropical destination's full-time and part-time expat residents number an estimated 200,000, in addition to about 800,000 migrants from other Indonesian islands. 

Many describe themselves as digital nomads; many more work in the fields of tourism, export and real estate. Others have followed their hearts and passions, carving out enviable niches for themselves. And by introducing new creativity, talent and products to the Bali scene, or facilitating services and venues, they’ve given travellers more to experience than ever. Here, five of those creating a buzz in Bali share their insider secrets and local tips so that you can enjoy the best the Island of the Gods has to offer in 2018. 

Banana Beach, Coral Island
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With golden sands and dazzling blue waters, Phuket and its offshore islands are blessed with unbelievably beautiful beaches. Want to discover them for yourselves? We've tracked down some fabulous options...

La Laguna
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Bali offers a simmering pot of flavours and fun, all set amongst incredibly exotic surroundings. Headed to the Island of the Gods? We've rounded up the the hottest hangouts to experience the island’s famous food and social scene...

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