Ko Samui Main

Lori Barbely

The Spirit of Samui ISLANDS photo editor Lori Barbely recently traveled to Ko Samui (also spelled Koh Samui) in the Gulf of Thailand and found an island reminiscent of the Caribbean's mix of authentic sights and modern conveniences.

Beautiful beaches ring Samui and "spirit houses" outside homes gather special offerings, while Samui's interior is sprinkled with Internet cafes and stores. All of it is accessible by just a one-hour flight from bustling Bangkok.

On the map and in her "Plan Your Trip" picks below, Lori shares advice on how to best explore Ko Samui. Read Lori's blog.