Start your day on a spiritual note with a visit to one of the island's most impressive landmarks. Not far from the hotel, the massive golden-coloured statue in a seated position which ascends 12 metres into the skies and is visible from the air as your aircraft comes into land, is built on a small island connected to Samui via a causeway. A stairway flanked by the mythological Naga leads up to a viewing platform if you want to get up, close and personal. Vendors selling amulets, religious artefacts, souvenirs and food crowd the base. Ignore them all, say a prayer, make a donation and move on.