Koh Samui

  • Hunt for one-of-a-kind ceramic keepsakes
  • Watch master potters at the wheel
  • Kick back at a friendly beachfront restaurant

There is no shortage of vendors flogging t-shirts or selfie sticks, but for exclusive keepsakes, head north to Cerá ceramics. Designer Khanchai Wirattanakul is one of Koh Samui’s top artists, and his refined dinnerware and sculptural vases are on display in resorts and spas across the island. If you find yourself surreptitiously flipping over tea mugs or salad plates to check labels, you’ll likely see the Cerá stamp. His flagship showroom in the Bang Por neighborhood is filled with contemporary works of art like handcrafted metal sculptures and furniture, but his housewares are his best-known (and more travel-friendly) craft. Drawing inspiration from the island, the ceramics are glazed in hues of turquoise, speckled in earthy brown tones, and ombré purple to mimic the Samui sunset. Ask the friendly staff for a tour of the on-site kilns and potter’s wheels to witness the meticulous efforts used to make the earthenware. Following your tour, drive five-minutes along the coast to Som Restaurant. Unwind at this casual family-run beachside spot where you can snack on fresh scallops, grilled red snapper, and traditional Thai dishes with cold beers and straight-on ocean views.

Hire a car for the 45-minute drive north to Cerá. Som Restaurant is just a five-minute drive from there.

​​CERÁ: 68/25 Moo 5, Tambon Mae Nam; +66-77-247-805; cera-thailand.com ; open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily but closed Sunday

​​​SOM RESTAURANT: 44 Moo 6 Bang Por Beach; +66-81-477-4305