Vacations may seem like a big indulgence for some people but actually, it is a must. Holidays are meant to slow you down, which means you have the time to breathe, see new places, try new things, and generally de-stress. All work and no play can really make you dull and can take a toll on your disposition. If you seriously need a break, Koh Samui is an ideal place to visit. Don’t just come for a few days. When you visit take your time and have an extended stay. It’s the better way to go about it and here are plenty of reasons why.

You can get better deals on accommodation.

Most local accommodations, particularly the private rentals give great deals for an extended stay. Compared to staying at a hotel for only a few days, you have better chances of getting good rates on private properties if you stay for weeks. The bonus is that these private holiday residences feel more like home and offer optimum comfort, privacy, and space. A hotel or resort room feels like well, a commercial accommodation and if you will be in Koh Samui for quite a long time, you need a haven you’d like to be in everyday.

It’s the best way to learn the Thai language.

The fastest way to get a grip on a new language is immersion—meaning surrounding yourself with people who speak this medium. If you want to learn Thai, interact with the locals as much as you can. This method sounds scary but often effective. Plus, it is a lot of fun. So on your vacation, turn on the charm and speak to the taxi driver, the street vendor, your villa caretaker, or a native friend or colleague. With enough practice and exposure, you will eventually be able to speak the local tongue.

You will get to enjoy everything the island has to offer.

If you tried visiting a foreign place you know that  staying for only a number of days isn’t enough. More often than not you feel stressed instead of refreshed which misses the whole point of a vacation. Extending your visit in Koh Samui will allow you to savor everything the island has to offer. You can stop by as many shops as you like, lay back in the sand til you get a bronzed complexion, get back to nature without rush, and be able to fully appreciate the culture day after day.

There is a lot to see.

An understatement. Koh Samui definitely has a lot to offer a traveller—no matter what interests he has. Nature lover? You will love it here. There are lush jungles, plenty of greenery, hidden waterfalls and of course amazing water views. A foodie? Here you can satisfy all your cravings be it for spicy, savory, crunchy, sweet, or even sour. Bargain hunter? Thailand is home to lots of amazing cheap stuff and this also is true for Koh Samui. There are beautiful temples, party venues, bars, resorts, spas, street markets and beaches that you need a great deal of time to explore all of them.

The sunny weather will recharge your batteries and give you amazing skin color.

Sunshine is a known mood enhancer and has amazing health benefits when used in moderation. It strengthens the bones, readjusts your body clock, and protect you from microbes. There is also something about sunny weather that encourages us to be more adventurous and appreciate outdoors. The bonus: you’ll get that sunkissed glow you usually spend money on in tanning salons.

The local food is cheap and delicious.

An important criterion in picking a holiday destination is the food. It has to be affordable and pleasing to the palate. Most of all, variety should be there too. All these can be said about Thai food. There is a wide selection of meat and vegetables used. There is plenty of fish and seafood too. There are so many yummy soups, salads, desserts, grilled meats and refreshing drinks too. In addition, there are great vegetarian options as well as mouth watering fruits like pineapple,watermelon, durian, and papaya.

The general cost of living is manageable.

The beaches of Koh Samui can go head to head with Caribbean beaches but without the hefty price of the cost of living. In Maldives for example, even a bottle of drinking water is expensive. Not in Samui. The prices of commodities here are comparable to prices of goods in most Southeast Asian countries and it is safe to say that it is on the cheap side of the scale. Sure there are upscale attractions like luxury resorts and spas as well as fine dining restaurants. But mid priced and budget options are present too.

The island can help you lose weight.

Obesity is a global issue. People just keep on getting heavier and unhealthier and if you are among the many who want to shed a few pounds and start a healthier lifestyle, you couldn’t pick a better vacation place than Koh Samui. First of all, this island is a hub for many physical activities. There’s Muay Thai, yoga, pilates, hiking, surfing, and football golf. Because you will be moving a lot if you engage in a physical activity, you burn more calories and lose weight.

The tropical setting can inspire you and help you unwind.

If you are usually sluggish or you lack your  drive,you need a break. Sometimes a long period without holidays can dull our creativity and make us feel bored with everything going on in our life. So take a break. Find a nice secluded villa high up on the hills or right at the beach. Wake up early for the sunrise and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Doing this on a regular basis can give you inspiration and refuel your passion so when you get back home, you feel renewed.

You’ll have enough time to be a Thai food expert.

Loving to eat Thai food is one thing but knowing how to cook it is another. The complexity of cooking Thai cuisine highly varies. Some are really simple to make and are very straight forward. Others take more effort and are comprised of many steps. If you love the local food so much that you are sure to miss it when you leave Thailand,then try to join a local cooking class on your vacation in Koh Samui. There are many notable instructors and home cooks who can awaken your inner chef. The plus is that you not only will you be able to cook your favorite dishes, you will also be introduced to Thai cooking essentials since most cooking lessons start with a trip to the farmer’s market. There you will get to see the commonly used Thai ingredients first hand and get tips on how to select the best ones for your dishes