It takes nearly 24 hours of travel to get from San Francisco to Koh Samui, but every hour is worth it. Think white sand, palm trees and amazing food. The island is perfectly sized for exploring via motorbike, but it's still big enough to get lost. It's the definition of tropical paradise. Hot sunny days with a light breeze, occasional downpours that offer up a perfect excuse for an afternoon nap, and super friendly people. Getting here takes effort, but the payoff was almost immediate. When we pulled up our villa and were greeted with cool wash clothes and iced tea, I felt welcome and immediately relaxed.