<p><i>This list was first published in the book </i><a href="http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/product/books/travel-and-adventure/travel-best-sellers/the-world-s-best-cities" target="_blank">The<i> </i>World's Best Cities</a><i>.</i></p> <p><i>O</i>ne of Thailand’s largest islands after Phuket, Ko Samui’s prosperity and quality of life has risen steadily with the recent influx of visitors drawn to its intoxicating blend of street food stalls, hidden Buddhist temples, jungle waterfalls, and palm-fringed beaches.</p>

Koh Samui, Thailand

This list was first published in the book The World's Best Cities.

One of Thailand’s largest islands after Phuket, Ko Samui’s prosperity and quality of life has risen steadily with the recent influx of visitors drawn to its intoxicating blend of street food stalls, hidden Buddhist temples, jungle waterfalls, and palm-fringed beaches.

Photograph by Thomas Linkel, laif/Redux

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