If relaxing on a dove-white beach is your idea of a great day out, this is the trip for you. You’ll be dropped off on Koh Samui’s most in-demand stretch – Chaweng Beach – and left to your own devices. There’s plenty to fill your day here, whether it’s long, barefoot walks, watersports or sipping fresh coconut in an oceanfront bar. Just behind the sands, you’ve got a road packed out with cheap-and-cheerful souvenir shops, too. And you only need to venture slightly inland before you hit the bigger shops – we’re talking three-storey malls and bustling markets. Turn your attention back to the sands, meanwhile, and you’ll find there’s lots of elbow room. Here, the talc-soft sands stretch on for over four miles, so you only need to go on a short stroll to escape the crowds. You’ll be picked up at the time you agreed on arrival for a transfer back to the ship.
- SUITABILITY Little physical activity.