Busy Phuket is nearby but Koh Yao Yai moves to a different, more laidback rhythm.
Thailand is home to more than 1400 islands, but finding one to yourself isn't easy.
A whole archipelago of 51 humped islands, only one of which caters to mass tourism.
Get to know your lemongrass from your lime leaves and learn to cook like a Thai chef in a lush garden setting.
Australians have been eating Thai food for so long it's almost our national cuisine.
It feels like you're aboard a mogul's private yacht as you cruise through Thailand and Malaysia, well away from noisy tourist hotspots.
Its five spires look white, but as you get closer you realise every surface is covered with shards of broken pottery.
If the hurly-burly of Koh Samui has turned you away from its tropical lure, try the other sleepier side of the island where peace and relaxation are easy to find.
While mountains, rivers and lush green rice fields dominate the north, to its centre, Buddhist monks in saffron-coloured robes sashay through glittering temples barely visible atop misty mountains. In the south, hedonism rules. Sun-loving tourists flock to island beaches set among limestone mountains to party or purge. Dive into this intoxicating yet fun-loving country; the culinary king of Asia.