AT Wat Plai Laem in the north of the island, buy a little bag of pellets for 10 baht (35c) and feed the thrashing fish beside the decorative bridge that leads to a gilded Buddhist temple (with an 18-armed statue) on the lake.
THE water-eroded Hin Ta and Hin Yai rocks are known as Grandmother and Grandfather; with their rather confronting anatomical correctness, these rocks attract a lot of giggling groups. The little market stalls that line the straggling street to the rocks sell deliciously sweet and chewy toffees (ask for a free sample before you buy). Tip: the rocks can be slippery; wear flat shoes.
THERE are plenty of eco-tours into Koh Samui’s jungly interior: lacy waterfalls, elephant treks, bird- watching and walks. With children in tow, there’s the lure of a Jungle Bungy Catapult, butterfly garden or snake and crocodile farms. Tours are easy to book via hotel front desks; Karma Samui can arrange a Toyota Fortuner four-wheel-drive and driver for a bespoke excursion with chilled towels and air-conditioning. Susan Kurosawa
Lady of the lake: Wat Plai Laem