Photo: Exploring Lamai.

A weekend on Ko Samui

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Forty-eight hours is not enough time on an island as diverse as Ko Samui; nor is it enough considering how much time or money you'll likely need to spend on getting here. This itinerary aims to either act as a guide for those popping over from Ko Pha Ngan to check out the island, or as a taster for those looking to explore before deciding where to spend longer on the island.

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Following this itinerary will have you based in Fisherman's Village, a compromise between hectic Chaweng and the almost uninhabited south. Day one will lead you in a clockwise direction, through Choeng Mon, Chaweng and up to Coral Cove just before Lamai. Day two will take you in the opposite direction anti-clockwise, exploring Mae Nam, Samui's capital Nathon, past Lipa Noi, Taling Ngam in the south, and up to Lamai. You'll need your own transport – scooter or jeep.

Bophut Beach - a handy base. Photo taken in or around A weekend on Ko Samui, Ko Samui, Thailand by David Luekens.

Bophut Beach - a handy base. Photo: David Luekens

It's ideal if you can start your trip with a late Friday afternoon arrival, to take advantage of the weekly Fisherman's Village Walking Street Market. Locals, expats and tourists alike gather from about 18:00 to sip 60 baht cocktails, watch free poi (fire dancing) shows, sample deep-fried insects and other street food and shop at market stands plus upmarket boutiques. The market fades at around 22:00, allowing for an early night. If you have the stamina, bars such as Red Moon, Karma Sutra, Billabong and the Frog and Gecko will continue festivities until the early hours.

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