Explore some of the small islands off the coast. Tao consists of a trio of small islands off Ko Tao, all joined by pure white beach. Snorkellers and divers will love Nang Yuan Island, with its rich marine life. Take the daily boat service from Ko Tao.
Shopping in Koh Samui is excellent. There are three main shopping areas - offering everything from souvenirs to Thai silk.
Look out for the strange human-shaped rocks: Hin Ta – Hin Yai. The legend goes that they took the shape of an old couple washed ashore.
Cool off under the falling waters of the Namtok Vibhavadi waterfall in rustic surroundings, popular with socialising locals on the weekends.
Truly unspoilt Thai beauty abounds in the Mu Ko Ang Thong National Maritime Park - 42 separate islands across 102 square kilometres, with the most eye-catching strangely chiseled limestone cliffs.
The resort can organise trips to the Butterfly Gardens, located on the side of a hill at LaemNatien. This enclosed tropical park contains hundreds and hundreds of butterflies, insects, moths, and just for good measure, some beehives. From the hillside observatory platforms, you’ll get breathtaking views of the coast.
Another Thai tourist bargain is getting a suit made cheaply by a local tailor. Also, look out for souvenirs of pearls, beautiful batik print goods, or pewter wares.
The Big Buddha is a huge draw. On Samui’s north coast, this impressive sight is 12 metres tall.
In the know
The Centara Grand Beach Resort in Koh Samui offers a number of ways to make your stay extra special – if you know about them! Here are our insider’s secrets for the hotel:
The top floor rooms have far and away the best ocean views.
The 7/11 supermarket across the road from the resort is good for drinks, snacks and so forth.
Rooms in block 8 have great views of the sea and are nice and quiet.
The Deluxe Pool Suites are great for families with their own courtyard mini-pool. They get less sun though.
To be close to the beach, try rooms in blocks 6, 7 and 8.
The higher the floor, the more private your accommodation.