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Samui: 7-Hour 4WD Wild Jungle Safari Tour Including Lunch

1. Samui: 7-Hour 4WD Wild Jungle Safari Tour Including Lunch

On this 7-hour wild jungle safari tour, you will be picked up from your hotels in Koh Samui between 10:00 - 11:15 AM and taken on a spectacular adventure up into the mountain and through the Jungle of Koh Samui and then down the other side. All safaris are conducted using authentic rugged ex-army jeeps. It is an exhilarating and rugged experience, but safety is always the highest priority. The first stop on the safari is the famous Grandfather/Grandmother Rocks. Next to the rocks is a quaint market selling all sorts of handmade Thai products and souvenirs. Then you are off to the largest waterfall on the island for a cool swim in the natural spring water: great for healing the mind, body, and soul. Then, visit the mummified monk statue in the glass case at the temple as seen on TV. After this ground-level experience, crank the vehicle into 4WD and head up into the mountain to impressive viewpoints located along the route to the top. Pass by local Thai farmers working their coconut farms in the forest, before stopping for a delicious, traditional Thai lunch in the mountain-top Restaurant with beautiful views of the island. After lunch, head to Buddha’s Magic Garden, with weird and wonderful statues all made by hand by the one man over many years. Running through the garden is a quaint little stream, and above it is an old monk’s prayer room. Then drive down the mountain and stop at the Rubber making plantation before heading toward the iconic Big Buddha. After an exhilarating day, you will be transferred back to the hotel around 5:00-5:30 PM.

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Cheow Lan Lake: 3-Day Floating Resort Luxury Experience

2. Cheow Lan Lake: 3-Day Floating Resort Luxury Experience

Experience the 500 Rai Floating Resort, where all of its rooms float on the emerald-green waters of Cheow Lan Lake. Enjoy luxurious living in the jungle and relax on your terrace overseeing the panoramic view of the lake.  Immerse yourself in the serenity of the resort’s floating infinity pool. Explore the nature of Khao Sok partake in sports, leisure, adventures, and create memories that will last on this multi-day holiday experience. Day 1: Explore the Lake, Jungle, Coral Cave, and Guilin Rocks of Thailand Start your adventure bright and early with complimentary pickup from your accommodation in Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi, Phang-Nga, Surat Thani, or Khao Sok. Alternatively, you can choose to drive yourself to 500 Rai Floating Resort. Enjoy the stunning local life views along the way. Stop to capture a memorable moment at Cheow Lan Lake viewpoint. Board a traditional long-tail boat upon arrival at the lake. Then, go for a jungle walk, bamboo rafting, and cave exploration at Coral Cave. Make a photo stop at the impressive limstone formation, Khao Sam Klur, the Guilin Rocks of Thailand. Enjoy lunch on a buffet setting upon arrival at 500Rai Floating Resort. Check in and explore the lake with your own kayak. Enjoy complimentary drinks (coffee, tea, and fruit juice) and seasonal fruit by the poolside.  Go on a Khao Sok wildlife safari by long-tail boat. Then, head back to the resort and enjoy a mouthwatering buffet dinner. Day 2: Bird-Watching Long-Tail Boat Ride and Leisure Day Start the day early with a warm beverage before heading out on another long-tail boat ride. Do some bird watching from the boat, keep your eyes peeled on the rainforest canopy. Return to the resort for breakfast. Spend the whole morning relaxing by the pool, swimming at the lake, or explore a nearby islet with your kayak. Dine at the floating resort for lunch. Spend your free time in the afternoon as you like. If you would like to explore more of Cheow Lan Lake, there are more tours offered at the resort. Finish your day with dinner at the resort. Day 3: Free Time and Departure Have beakfast and relax by the pool the whole morning. Swim in the lake or do some final exploring with your kayak. Have lunch at the resort and depart at 1:00 PM. Head towards back to your hotel.

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Mu Ko Ang Thong Park: Semi-private Sunset Cruise Tour

3. Mu Ko Ang Thong Park: Semi-private Sunset Cruise Tour

Begin your day with a hotel pick-up between 8:30 AM and 9:15 AM. Step aboard our luxury yacht and meet your friendly crew for the day. After a brief description about the yacht’s facilities, safety procedures and what awaits you, take a moment to explore the yacht while familiarizing yourself with one of the many sunny or shaded areas on the decks. Experience a personal service with a maximum of 14 guest on-board the blue dragon classic Thai yacht or 34 guests on-board the red dragon classic Thai yacht with an international chef on-board. Voyage towards the northernmost corner of the park and savor delicious appetizers as you cruise. Explore the magnificent scenery of the Gulf of Thailand, where dolphins and whales make their home. Arrive at Koh Tai Plao where caves, hidden lagoons and white sandy beaches reside. Optional sea kayaking: go for guided sea kayaking along the coastline to explore sensational cliffs and magical tunnels that are only found at this location. Spot secluded picturesque beaches and their crystal clear, calm waters. Snorkeling: sail north pass the park, to Koh Wao, where the best sites are at. Join your professional snorkeling leader who will take you on amazing journey to explore Thailand’s tropical reef (the only non-speedboat vessels to reach this destination). Eat a freshly prepared Thai buffet lunch while you make your way to the Marine Park’s waters. Journey along the park`s most interesting limestone islands, which rise from the sea as dramatic rock cliffs and bizarre rock formations. Arrive at the well-known Emerald Lake where you will be transferred to the beach. Climb up the steps through dense rain-forest and narrow ravines to see a beautiful viewpoint overlooking the surrounding islands. Take a stroll down the steps to witness the hidden saltwater lake completely enclosed by walls, nicknamed the Blue Lagoon (During 1st November to 15th December you will not visit this attraction and instead you will be offered additional snorkeling due to partial closer of the park). Sail back to Koh Samui to take in the magnificent scenery of the Ang Thong marine park, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui along the way. Also pass the Five Islands to embrace wonderful views of the sunset. Around 6:15 PM, arrive back at the Koh Samui jetty to acquire your vehicles to transfer back to your accommodation.

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Cheow Lan Lake & Coral Cave Tour with Kayaking

4. Cheow Lan Lake & Coral Cave Tour with Kayaking

Get back to nature on a day trip to Khao Sok National Park and Cheow Lan Lake. Experience one of the oldest rainforests in the world, and spend a leisurely afternoon enjoying a traditional Thai buffet and riding kayaks on the lake.  Start your adventure bright and early with pickup from your hotel at around 6:15 AM. Witness the interesting views of local life along the way to Khao Sok National Park. Upon arrival at Cheow Lan Lake, board a traditional long-tail boat and take in the beautiful panoramic views.  Enjoy a nice walk through the jungle, then hop on a bamboo raft at a hidden lagoon. Next, take an exciting cave exploration through the ancient Coral Cave, dating back 10,000 years.  At the far end of the lake, savor a delicious and authentic Thai buffet lunch at a floating restaurant — the resort with the best views of Cheow Lan Lake. After lunch, spend some free time self-paddle kayaking around the emerald lake. Relax with refreshing drinks and seasonal fruits by the pool before the return trip back to your hotel.

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Khao Sok Jungle Hike and Canoe Tour

5. Khao Sok Jungle Hike and Canoe Tour

Get back to nature at Khao Sok National Park with this combo activity. After getting picked up from your hotel in Khao Lak, make your way to the park. Stop along the way at the Khao Sok Viewpoint to admire panoramic views of the morning mist over the rainforest. Upon arrival at the park, set off on your hike through the jungle. Follow an easy 4-kilometer trail and get acquainted with the native flora and fauna along the way from your guide. Stop at a freshwater stream to freshen up and cool down before beginning the return journey. Later, sit down to a delicious traditional Thai lunch then board a canoe rowed by a professional paddler for a tour along the Sok River. Admire the breathtaking scenery along the river and stop at a riverbank for a cup of tea or coffee served in a bamboo cup that you can take home as a souvenir. Finally, visit Panturat Cave and spot wild monkeys in their natural habitat before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

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Koh Samui: 4x4 Off Road Island Safari Tour Including Lunch

6. Koh Samui: 4x4 Off Road Island Safari Tour Including Lunch

Begin this exciting full-day safari tour with a pick-up from your hotel between 8:00 and 9:00 AM to depart for the great and impressive Buddha temple with the unique Chinese lady monk statue. Drive up the mountain to enjoy a breathtaking 360° view over the island and enjoy a panoramic lookout from seats on top of the car. At the mountain peak, visit Wat Teepangkorn Temple and see the golden Buddha statue. Explore the magic garden, also known as the secret garden, and stroll through the many stone statues. Enjoy a delicious lunch around noon at a panoramic restaurant with a great view. Next, visit a coconut plantation and witness the local workers doing their daily tasks. Discover also a rubber plantation and its tapping and learn more about the product processing, to then cool down during a swim in the first of the beautiful Namuang Waterfall pools. Continue to the Guan Yu Shrine, celebrating the Chinese heritage and dedicated to the legendary warrior, before visiting the particular shaped Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks and hear about the story behind the names. End the tour with a transfer back to your hotel, where you will arrive around 4:00 PM. 

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Khao Sok: Full-Day Bamboo Rafting and Elephant Bathing

7. Khao Sok: Full-Day Bamboo Rafting and Elephant Bathing

Following pick-up from your hotel in Khao Lak, head to the Takuapa local market (only guests picked up from Khao lak, guests from other pickup locations will not visit local market) to browse and look at all the products. From there, continue to the elephant rescue camp. Feed these amazing animals some bananas and cool them off with a bath. Next, visit the monkey temple. Eat a Thai-style lunch at the local restaurant next to the river before bamboo rafting along the Khao Sok river. Enjoy as your guides gently glide the bamboo rafts downstream as you admire the dramatic limestone mountains and serene sounds of the jungle. Stop at the river bank for some trekking and relaxing in the front of a limestone cave after enjoying a coffee break. This coffee is made in a bamboo stick and served in bamboo cups, which you can take home with you. At the end of your tour, transfer back to your hotel in Khao Lak.

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Koh Samui: Ethical Elephant Home

8. Koh Samui: Ethical Elephant Home

Koh Samui Elephant Home was established to help care for and conserve elephants as well as returning them to their natural habitat to increase the Asian elephant population in Thailand. The centre offers the ability to take part in a morning or afternoon visit, to see just what the program is about. Start your day with a pickup from your hotel or villa around the island arriving at Koh Samui Elephant Home. Meet with your guide who will offer a warm welcome and receive a welcome drink. Listen as your guide explains to you the plight of the center, and how you can help. After your introduction, take part in the harvesting of organic food for the elephants and even get to feed them up close. Make sure to bring your camera along for some truly remarkable holiday memories. Afterwards, you'll get to watch them as they play in the mud spa as they cool themselves down. During your tour, you'll also get to walk with the elephants into the jungle over 10 acres of land. See their real habitat and enjoy a relaxing stroll in nature.  Continue on your journey to visit the first elephant nursery on Koh Samui. Have fun whilst you feed them, rub their skin and take photos with them before you set them free to enjoy nature by themselves. To complete your fabulous outing, enjoy some vegetarian food and seasonal fruits whilst you watch a surprise video before being transferred back to your hotel.

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Koh Samui: ATV Quad Bike Safari Tour

9. Koh Samui: ATV Quad Bike Safari Tour

Experience the lush landscapes of Koh Samui combined with the thrill of a quad bike ride on this guided tour. The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel anywhere on the island, and a quick safety briefing with your guide. Then hop on board your authentic Japanese quad bike and travel into Koh Samui’s lush green jungles. On the 1-hour tour, explore the vibrant jungle and visit a selection of panoramic viewpoints that overlook the mountain and ocean. Drive along the river across various terrains on this exhilarating experience that gives you a taste of the 2-hour itinerary. For those opting for the 2-hour tour, ride along dirt tracks winding under lush coconut groves, rubber plantations, and rivers to reach one of the island’s secret waterfalls. There’s also time to visit an epic mountain viewpoint and enjoy some light refreshments to recharge for the rest of the adventure. The waterfall is seasonal only (wet season).

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Ko Lanta: 4 Islands Snorkelling Tour by Long Tail Boat

10. Ko Lanta: 4 Islands Snorkelling Tour by Long Tail Boat

Start with pickup from your hotel at 8:30 AM. Board the long tail boat in Koh Lanta's old town and travel first to Ko Chuek known as "Rope Island." Enjoy an opportunity to snorkel early in the morning while there are no currents and the water is amazingly clear and turquoise in color. Next sail to Koh Muk, or "Pearl Island", where the Emerald Cave is located. While in the cave, swim on the hidden beach and the lagoon, in what is the highlight of the day trip.  Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch right on the beach at Koh Ngai, a lush paradise island teeming with colorful fish along its shores. After lunch visit Koh Maa, or "Horse Island." Here you can do more snorkeling, swimming, or relax for the remainder of the afternoon before being returned to Koh Lanta.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,662 reviews

Was absolutely thrilled by the day. Very well run tour! Amazing team who take safety and service very seriously. Meals were great...tasty and enough for all, with drinks available all day. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole day....kayaking, snorkelling and walk to the lake, topped by a fantastic sunset on the ride home.

Very well organized, knowledgeable, kind people. Highly recommend! The only downside was that I got full before I could finish everything

We had a wonderful experience, our guide toto was attentive, fun and knowledgble. We will take home great memories thank you.

Had an amazing time! Khao sok is beautiful, 500rai is stunning and we also really enjoyed the trek to Coral cave.

This was the highlight of our trip to Southern Thailand. Highly recommend.