Make it an early morning rise to photograph (and Instagram) the sun lifting from the sea off Chaweng Beach or grab a sunrise breakfast at Page, or at any of the other bar/cafe/restaurants along the Chaweng Beach Rd. Head over to Wat Plai Laem for further photo ops of the temple’s staggering multi-armed statue of Kuan Im and tranquil lakeside setting.
- Lunch At Salefino
- Fisherman’s Village
Spend the afternoon exploring the alleys and lanes of Fisherman’s Village, pop into small shops such as Baan Ngurn, window shop at the Wharf and chill out in a comfy seat with a cappuccino in Karma Sutra. Relax on the beach and enjoy the views to Ko Pha-Ngan.
As the sun goes down, make it Coco Tam’s to line up a coconut milkshake or cocktail and dangle in one of their bar-side swings or beach-front beanbags to gaze out onto some gorgeous sea views. Head back to Chaweng to gauge its full-on pulsing evening character.
- Hat Lamai
Zip down to admire the staggering views from the Lad Koh Viewpoint, before continuing downhill for a long and enjoyable breakfast at La Fabrique in Lamai. Wander along Lamai Beach, enjoying the blissful views over a sapphire sea before paying your respects at the Buddhist temples of Wat Racha Thammaram, Wat Khunaram or Wat Samret.
Make sure you packed your trunks for a dip in the magnificent rock pool at the base of Na Muang Waterfall – be warned, the water’s a lot chillier than in the lukewarm sea. Trek a while in the jungle before heading back downhill to return to Lamai for late afternoon drinks and dinner.
Lamai takes on a different personality as the sun goes down, so ensconce yourself at a beachside restaurant and make a meal of it. This is the best way to pass the evening, dining, drinking and watching the twilight turn the sea and the sand silver.
- Ban Hua Thanon & the South Coast
Consider a day trip to the Ang Thong Marine National Park or hop aboard our scooter/bike ride via Ban Hua Thanon (stopping off to explore its market street and beach) and nip down to the pagoda of Wat Laem Saw for gorgeous views, before to continuing to the bay of Ao Thong Krut and consider a long-tail boat trip to one of the nearby islands.
- Lunch At Hemingway’s on the Beach
- Ao Phang Ka & the West Coast
After a long lunch, continue on to the lovely bay of Ao Phang Ka and enjoy the crowd-free sense of space. Make your way up the west coast and time you arrival for sunset at Air Bar, one of the most perfect vantage points for sunset – and ravishing photographs – on the island.
Focus your evening around a long dinner to fully savour the west coast views before bringing your day to a chilled-out conclusion with evening drinks at Nikki Beach, or head up to the Four Seasons Koh Samui to indulge in its glorious spa.
- Mae Nam
Get up bright and early to walk along the sands of quiet Mae Nam Beach on the north coast, before appreciating the vibrant colours of the Mae Nam Chinese Temple in the town. Explore China Town and the surrounding streets of Mae Nam before having an early lunch.
Trek – or take your scooter part of the way – up to the Mae Nam Viewpoint and the Tan Rua Waterfall, before winding up the switchbacks to the View Top for supreme views over the island. Admire the forested scale of the island and views out to sea before returning to Mae Nam.
- Wat Phra Yai
If it’s getting close to sunset, make it stylish Woobar for drinks or make your way east to the Buddhist temple of Wat Phra Yai and pop into Chez Isa just down the road for ravishing views of the setting sun.