In memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui

Suggested Itineraries

48 Hours: Day 1

Koh Tan

Koh Tan

Another day in Paradise with so many choices and so little time. Head out with the TK Tours long-tail boat from Thong Khrut harbour to this tiny isle a few hundred metres off Koh Samui's south-western coast. Surrounded by a reef with fan coral, giant clams and a wide variety of fish, it offers excellent snorkelling and swimming options. A wooden walkway allows visitors a glimpse of the mangrove forests, while a short trek to the main village inland will lead you to a seven-metre whale skeleton on display.

Chandra Fashions

This is the place to update your island wardrobe with some exotic ethnic chic. While owners Dana and Barak design most of the collection that includes stylish wispy dresses, flirty beach cover-ups, and sexy swimwear to handbags, jewellery, scarves, belts and sandals made from natural fibres, they also source from designers around Southeast Asia and beyond. Men don't need to despair as they stock shirts, pants, vests, and tee shirts too.

Chandra Fashions
The Larder

The Larder

If there is one place you should dine at, make it here for its combination of comfort food and classics that mixes and matches modern British and European cuisine with smidgeons of international influences. Think moreish runny yolk scotch egg with asparagus for dipping and garden herb salad, or the sumptuous slow-cooked pork belly with a soy bean purée, green vegetables, egg yolk croquette, caramelised red onion and sage jus.

The Larder

Nor should you leave without sampling their cocktails, especially the odd 'Old Fashioned Swine', house-infused bacon bourbon, grade B maple syrup and angostura bitters twisted with orange or the scrumptious 'Peanut Butter Martini', larder-infused peanut butter cup vodka, milk, and chocolate.
The Larder
Starz Cabaret

Starz Cabaret

Catch the 10.30pm edition of the two-hour revue at Starz Cabaret, where gender benders channel their inner woman, impersonating Britney Spears, Madonna, Tina Turner and Beyonce. Las Vegas it may not be but it features some great acts and cheap drinks that might have you singing "Hit me baby, one more time".

48 Hours: Day 2

Magic Buddha Garden

Huge stone animals stalk prey, apsaras stand frozen in dance, while elsewhere deities sit in meditation and musicians play silently amid tropical bushes and flowers. Located at the highest point on Samui, this oddball garden depicting Buddhist and Thai folklore, culture, and fables, is the creation of local fruit farmer Nimm Thongsuk. Getting to it is an adventure in itself with several viewpoints offering panoramic views of the southern end of the island.
Magic Buddha Garden
Dr Frogs

Dr Frogs

Perched atop a rocky cliff along the Chaweng Noi beach, this is a great spot a lunch break. It combines an incredible ocean panorama with great Italian and Thai food and friendly staff for a fantastic dining experience. Top recommendations include the red tuna carpaccio, fresh basil and cherry tomatoes, the sumptuous risotto with white truffles, sautéed onions and Parmesan shavings in a light cream, and the range of pizzas.

Water Edge Sports

If water sports get your adrenalin going, call Water Edge Sports. While they offer wakeboarding, waterskiing, parasailing, jetskis, banana boats and towables, it is their cutting-edge sea toys that are the star attractions, especially the ones that make yuou channel your inner James Bond like the Jetlev-Flyer, which uses pressurized water to propel the rider into air at the speed of 47 kmph. Other toys include the Super Air Nautique 230, a boat with an amazing controllable wake system that allows you to surf the wake without a handle, and the Seabob Cayago F7, which offers relaxed gliding, sporty driving or diving safely under water just like a dolphin. 
Water Edge Sports
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

Pitstops at Cera and Bowtiful for a bit of retail therapy are a must. The former is a showroom of Khanchai Wirattanakul, the island's top ceramic artist who takes his inspiration from the island's natural beauty, and the shapes, colours and textures that surround him, he produces colourful, contemporary works of art that are both original and dramatic.

Souvenir Shopping

The latter is a small streetside shop in Lamai selling exquisite jewellery, either handcrafted by owner Bow and her friends or sourced from other designers. The beautiful pieces in stock are fashioned out of wood, stone and shells, silver and semi-precious stones.
Souvenir Shopping