For the true Samui experience, ditch your timepiece in the in-room safe and forget about clock-watching. Let the sun tell you what time it is. If it’s in the east, do a bit of shopping. If it’s overhead, hide. If it’s in the west, it’s time for a drink.
Just before dawn the local monks leave their temples and wander the streets barefoot to accept donations of food. Make an offering and receive a roadside blessing for the perfect start to the day.
A post-breakfast trip to the Big Buddha is a great time to marvel at the statue before the heat and crowds get stifling.
A second coffee should see you through til lunch. Wander through the Fisherman’s Village for a few caffeine options, best of which is probably Starfish and Coffee.
Still in the Fisherman’s Village, grab some lunch at Café 69 or any of the restaurants in or around The Wharf, perhaps after a short shop to build your appetite.
Don’t be a mad dog or an Englishman. Regardless of which season you visit, only those who appreciate searing heat should be out and about between noon and three. Hide in the air-con Central Festival Mall or nap on the beach.
Time for a sundowner. Is there a better moment than that spent sinking a beer as the sun sinks into the ocean? Head to the Intercontinental at Taling Ngam on the west coast for 180-degree sinking sun photo ops from the five-star Air Bar, and enjoy the DJ spinning a chill sunset soundtrack.
Time to fuel up for the evening’s activities. A meal in your hotel restaurant is always a good bet, especially if your hotel is Six Senses and your restaurant is Dining on the Rocks.
Catch the 9pm cabaret performance at Paris Follies and see if you can make your expensive drink last the duration of the 45-minute show.
The band at Tropical Murphy’s will be well underway, and if there’s a song you’d like to hear, just request it. If the faux-craic is a little generic, go and browse the street market close by.
Green Mango should be heaving by now. If it’s too busy then there’s a bunch of options nearby where you can grab that ill-advised nightcap.
As you wander back to your hotel, remembering to grab a bit of rehydration from 7-Eleven, look out for the carts selling sweet roti desserts. Watching them deftly throw together each sizzling snack is a bit of Thai street theatre.