IS­LAND TIME

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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

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