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So, you are planning to go to Koh Samui but not sure what the best way to get there is? There are several options and depending on your personal preferences and holiday budget, you can travel by air or overland. Koh Samui is located down south in the pristine Gulf of Thailand, approximately 700 km from the capital city of Bangkok. Let’s take a closer look and find out what’s the best choice for you: The quickest yet most expensive option: Direct flight to Koh Samui Airport Welcome to Koh Samui! Photo credit: tory_bride_sea on Instagram Yes, if you didn’t already know – Samui has its own airport! Although certainly not the cheapest option to get to Koh Samui, it is the fastest, super comfortable and convenient. You’ll arrive in Thailand just a few hours after the sun’s risen and by the afternoon, you’ll already be sipping sunset cocktails on…

Seminyak, here we come! The most upscale and sophisticated beach resort area in all of Bali, Seminyak is well known for its you fantastic beach clubs, spectacular sunsets, trendy shopping streets, luxury spas, world-class restaurants and beautiful pool villas. It’s a place where boredom doesn’t exist! Are you ready? Here’s an overview of the best beaches in Seminyak: Double Six Beach A typical afternoon on Double Six Beach Seminyak. Photo credit: Rend on Instagram Great relaxed vibes, world-famous sunsets, good surf and charming beach bars such as La Plancha, Double Six Beach is a favourite hang-out spot for families, couples, youngsters and just about everyone! The ambiance is always good, especially when the sunset pours its golden soft orange glow illuminating everything and everyone. Relaxed music, excellent waves, yummy food and sunset drinks – this is why we love Seminyak! Seminyak Beach is also great for surfing and surf lessons.…

Are you ready for some adventure on the gorgeous island of Samui in the Gulf of Thailand? No matter how much we love to laze on the beach or swim in the pool of our private villa, at some point we all need a little bit of adventure for that holiday excitement. From jungle treks to waterfalls, treetops flights and sea kayaking at amazing places, these are 5 must-do activities in Koh Samui. Na Muang Waterfalls in Koh Samui. Photo credit: melanieh_87 on Instagram Nature lovers: jungle escape to Na Muang Waterfalls Are you ready to venture off into the jungle to discover waterfalls and natural spring pools? Of course, you are! Any nature lover would agree that The Na Muang Waterfalls are a great change of scenery from the pristine coastline. There you’ll find natural spring pools to swim in and like a tropical dream, be surrounded by lush…

If you’re thinking of visiting Bali, you’ll soon discover that it’s a destination that doesn’t require a hefty budget to explore. In fact, some of the very best, unvarnished Balinese experiences are free of charge. Awash with geological wonders, terraced rice fields, and spectacular volcanoes, Bali is often referred to as the ‘Land of the Gods’- and for good reason. This island enchants with flowery ceremonies and ancient stone temples with a backdrop of lush greenery. Best of all, you will find plenty in terms of inexpensive accommodations, without having to compromise on comfort or quality. Here are our suggestions for 16 of the best budget-friendly villas in Bali that don’t break the bank. Seminyak While Seminyak is often hailed as a popular party destination for young travelers, this region is also home to an abundance of cultural and gastronomical spots, ideal for a family-friendly holiday in Bali. Villa Hiburan…

“What’s for lunch?”, “Where should we go for dinner?” “Is it family-friendly?” Sound familiar? These questions don’t just haunt you when your stomach starts to rumble or when it’s your turn to pick a spot for a family lunch, they are relentless and creep into your holiday even when it’s clear there are about 10 restaurants on the street to choose from. If you ask us, it’s especially harder when restaurants in destinations like Bali have been extensively reviewed and photographed through everyone’s favourite FOMO app, Instagram. There’s a secret to selecting the best restaurant or spa experience in Bali that doesn’t need too much googling or jumping on trip advisor to research and read reviews- just ask a local, and that’s what we did! We asked our local friends in Bali and most importantly, we asked ourselves. The Villa Finder team live and breathe the Bali life so are…

A teardrop-shaped island rising majestically in the middle of the Laccadive Sea, Sri Lanka packs in a delightful medley of laidback and thrilling adventures. If you’re considering your first trip to this sun-kissed island and know you want to wake up to the sound of waves crashing on the beach, read on for our guide of the best hand-picked beachfront villas (for moderate to luxury budgets) and what to do around the area! Nestled off the coast of India’s south-eastern coast, Sri Lanka is known for its inviting beaches, diverse culture and rich canopies of thick foliage perfect for hiking. Whether you feel like lying on a beach with a Toddy Tapper’s Punch- the local cocktail, or traipsing through the jungle in search of a hidden waterfall or embarking on a scenic rail adventure, there’s no denying that this island has something for just about everybody. Mirissa A beach town…

Planning to escape the cold winter and soak up some sun over in exotic Thailand? Can’t blame you! Thailand is wonderful and tropical all-year-round and there are thousands of gorgeous white sandy beaches awaiting you down in the south. The only question that remains now: is it going to be Phuket in the deep-blue Andaman Sea or Koh Samui over in the Gulf of Thailand? Well, we can’t make the decision for you but we can make it a tiny bit easier by digging up what we know! This is Phuket vs Koh Samui Phuket vs Koh Samui Well, the best news is, no matter where you end up going for your (winter) getaway to Thailand, you can be sure of pristine white sand beaches (classic bounty sceneries), amazing snorkeling and diving spots and plenty of things to see and do! You’ll have an amazing time, guaranteed! To determine which…

Still looking for that perfect place to spend a relaxing beach holiday with the family? Thailand is great! Exotic, colourful, tropical and home to some of the best beaches in the world. You can stay at splendid private pool villas, do lots of fun things and see beautiful places. Next question is – where in Thailand are you going to spend this family beach holiday? Is it going to be the vibrant and exciting beach city Pattaya or Thailand’s original resort beach town Hua Hin? To see which of these 2 fabulous holiday destinations is best for you, let’s zoom in a little and do some comparisons. This is Pattaya vs Hua Hin for families. Pattaya vs Hua Hin Pattaya is a major tourist hub famous for beach fun, nightlife, shopping and more nightlife. We’ll be honest, it’s not usually the first destination you’d think of for a relaxed family…

Beach fun, surfing, sunsets, playtime, music, monkeys, food, and cultural experiences – you’ll find it all in Uluwatu. Upcoming, trendy and yet incredibly laid-back and fun-loving, Uluwatu is located in the southern tip of Bali (the little tip at the end when looking at a map of Bali Island). From the airport, it’s about 30-45 minutes away and is home to one gorgeous white sand beach after another – the very best on the island! A great place for a memorable family getaway in Bali. The ultimate beach destination in Bali Every beach in Uluwatu is like a tiny paradise of its own with perfectly white sands, turquoise bays, awesome surfing waves and cool beach bars. The beaches are hidden away at the bottom of high limestone cliffs. Some of them are easily accessible while others are a bit harder to reach, but all the more rewarding. Uluwatu is popular…

White sandy bays, the tranquillity of an island, sea turtles and sunshine, it’s easy to see why “The Gilis” are perfect for family holidays. With three islands to choose from though, we know it’s better to be armed with enough information (and photos!) to decide which one of 3 little Gili Islands is the best for an island getaway with the kids? The word “gili” translates to “island’ and there are countless islands in the Indonesian Archipelago. However, when referring to ‘The Gili Islands’, we mean 3 specific islands located just off-shore from Lombok and just a short boat ride from Bali: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. These pristine little tropical islands are tiny paradises without motorbikes, cars and any other forms of motorizes traffic. It is truly idyllic. The Best Gili Island for families Well, to be honest, all 3 are great family destinations but to determine…