In memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui

Suggested Itineraries

24 Hours

Big Buddha

Big Buddha

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.

Namuang Waterfall

Located near Ban Thurian, this is the island's most impressive and is actually two separate falls. Easily accessible by car, Namuang 1 has a 20-metre drop and a beautiful swimming pool at the base. With water cascading down from an 80-metre drop, Namuang 2 is quite a hike from the main road but well worth the effort.

Namuang Waterfall
Samui Football Golf

Samui Football Golf

For some crazy fun in the sun, head over to Bophut. Regular golf rules apply, but no experience or expensive equipment is needed. You tee off with a football, attempting to kick it into a hole the size of a wastepaper basket, and the aim is finish under the course par, which meanders through a beautiful coconut grove.

Five Island Tour

Spend the afternoon touring Koh Samui's neighbours in traditional long-tail boat decked out for comfort with sofa seating and a canopy against the sun. Known locally as the "Four Islands-Five Islands" as one island is hidden behind another when viewed from the shore, they are covered with stunted trees clinging to their rocky slopes, and are home to thousands of swifts who build their nests on rocky outcrops, which eventually end up in pricey bird's nest soup in Hong Kong and China.

Five Island Tour
Five Island Tour

Five Island Tour

The tour takes in caves, hidden beaches, limestone pinnacles, and the remote dwellings of the security guards stationed there to keep away poachers from the nests. Return to the Five Islands Restaurant for a refreshing shower, cocktails and a delicious sunset dinner on the beach.

Ark Bar

Relax on a lounger at this island institution with one of their famous cocktail buckets, as a DJ spins a playlist of island chill, club favourites, and deep house late into the night while fire dancers light up the sky with their pyrotechnics.

Ark Bar