Some island paradises are so perfect, it seems as though they are someone's secret wish list brought into being by a magical puff of fairy dust. With its emerald rainforest, its tranquil fishing villages, cascading waterfalls and lovely beaches, Koh Samui quite simply has everything you could want and more for the ideal getaway with sun, sand and sea. No wonder everyone loves it so from flush movie stars to budgeting university students.

Phuket's closest rival, sits in the Bay of Thailand as part of the Chumphon archipelago.  It is also part of the extensive Ang Thong National Marine Park and is Thailand's second largest island - after Phuket.  This fairy tale destination sits south of Koh Pha Ngan, north of the tinier Koh Mat Sun and Tean Island while Ko Phaluai lies to its west.

Although trumped in the size stakes by its arch rival, Koh Samui is one of the very best islands for diving and exploring colorful coral reefs, admiring unflappable sea turtles and placid whale sharks, and sampling some of the tastiest dishes ever. During your vacation at this magical getaway, you will be able to enjoy diving tours by day and participate in its exciting party scene by night. With all this and so much more, there is no doubt that booking a vacation in Koh Samui means you are in for a very memorable holiday.

Planning a trip to Koh Samui is pretty doable thanks to the number of options available. This holiday destination is served by Koh Samui, Surat Thani and Chumphon Airports. The famed tourist magnet, Phuket is just an hour's flight away while the capital Bangkok which is approximately 300 miles away, is slightly further with flights lasting an hour and 15 minutes on average.

Public buses referred to as songhthaews are really popular on Koh Samui while taxis also happen to be a rather handy alternative for traversing the island. If you enjoy cycling, you will be quite pleased to find that bicycles are readily available for hire at bargain prices. There is no better means of forgetting all about the city and all that ever present concrete than immersing yourself in nature's perfection. And few places get much closer to a dreamlike beauty than Ang Thong Marine Park. A tour of this island cluster will bring you face to face with cascading waterfalls, lovely tropical forests, soaring limestone cliffs and the gleaming Emerald Lake. You will also be able to view the fauna which call the islands home including otters, lemurs and egrets.

If you love snorkeling and dining on fresh sea food, a visit to the amazing Koh Tao island also comes highly recommended. Especially to its exquisite Haad Tien beach which is simply pristine where you will be able to enjoy a splash with black tip reef sharks and turtles. Sairee Beach is renowned for its eating spots and exciting nightlife and is a great place to visit to replenish your energy levels and dance the night away.