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Samui: Private 4WD Wild Jungle Safari Tour with Lunch

1. Samui: Private 4WD Wild Jungle Safari Tour with 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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Koh Samui: 4x4 Off Road Island Safari Tour Including Lunch

2. 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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Koh Samui: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Interactive Tour

3. Koh Samui: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Interactive Tour

On the morning of your visit, you will be picked up from your accommodation and will drive for approximately 40 minutes through scenic agricultural areas before arriving at the sanctuary. There, you will be met by your English-speaking guide and learn a little about the elephants. After being allocated bananas and sugar cane to feed to the elephants, you will walk with your guide through the sanctuary, where you will find free-roaming elephants and hear their individual stories. You can touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their stories, lifestyle, and behaviors. Most of the elephants are rescued show or riding elephants, but they are now safe and well cared for at this no-riding sanctuary. After you have met all the elephants, you will watch them enjoy their mud spa and also be able to join them. The elephants apply mud on their skin as a healthy sunscreen and mud treatment. Next, you will walk with the elephants, shower them, and join them in the water for a refreshing cool-off. Brush the elephants while they frolic and play in the water. Once the elephants are clean, you can take some final photos with them, and then it will be time to part ways with your new friend and change into some dry clothes. Finally, you will be able to enjoy some freshly cooked Pad Thai, delicious snacks and seasonal fresh fruit. Then enjoy the impressive rural scenery as you drive back to the hotel.

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Koh Samui: Private Tour with Jet Skiing and Sunset Dinner

4. Koh Samui: Private Tour with Jet Skiing and Sunset Dinner

Start your tour around mid-afternoon with pickup from your accommodation and quick stops at two of Koh Samui’s famous temples. The first stop is the Big Buddha temple, aptly named for a 12-meter tall golden statue of a serene-looking Buddha. Climb to the top of the staircase and see the imposing statue up close in all its grandeur. Known for its colorful designs and mix of Chinese and Thai architecture, Wat Plai Laem’s most eye-catching feature is the huge statue of the 18-arm Guanyin, believed to be the goddess of mercy and compassion. Explore the colorful grounds and spot another large statue of a laughing monk before starting your jet ski adventure. Following a briefing from your instructor, board your jet ski and ride the waves, making the rounds of some of the island’s best beaches. Take in the long stretch of coastline at Bophut Beach, gaze at the turquoise waters of Maenam Beach, and admire the beautiful shores of Koh Som Beach. After a thrilling ride, make your way to the popular Fisherman’s Village for a spot of shopping. Walk by the numerous stalls and kiosks as you take in the products on display. Wrap up the day with a delicious local dinner at the beach as you watch the sun go down at the end of an amazing day.

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Koh Samui: Market Visit, Sunset Views & Thai Beach Dinner

5. Koh Samui: Market Visit, Sunset Views & Thai Beach Dinner

Your private tour will begin in the late afternoon with pickup from your accommodation. Before heading to your first destination, you’ll make a quick stop in a colorful evening market and stroll through the many kiosks with vendors selling their produce and wares. If you want to do a bit of souvenir or snack shopping, this is the place. Next up are the Hin Ta Hin Yai rock formations, one of the most famous rock formations on the island. Listen as your friendly guide tells you about the local legend behind the natural scenery. Snap photos of the fascinating shapes, and don’t forget to take in the glorious views of the sea.  The next stop is Laem Sor Pagoda. Perched on a rock jutting out to sea, this gleaming golden pagoda is known for its picturesque backdrop. It's the perfect place to watch the sun set on the horizon. After golden hour, you’ll be whisked to Taling Ngam Beach, where a traditional Thai dinner awaits you on the beach. Devour Thai dishes and sip on refreshing drinks as you end a fantastic evening.

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Koh Samui: Traditional Thai Cooking Class with Market Tour

6. Koh Samui: Traditional Thai Cooking Class with Market Tour

Learn how to prepare and cook four traditional Thai dishes at a fun and interactive half-day cooking class in Koh Samui. Awaken your culinary creativity, visit a local market, and savor lots of healthy Thai food along the way. Choose four delightful recipes from a long list of dishes, which includes vegan or vegetarian options. Before cooking, begin your lesson with a trip to a local market to select the best quality ingredients and learn about their history. Head back to the cooking school after for a welcome drink and authentic Thai curry paste or Pad Thai sauce demonstration. Then, receive expert instructions and tips from a patient and experienced local chef. After getting your instructions, prepare and create your chosen dishes in a fully-equipped workspace with continued assistance from the chef to ensure your Thai cuisine is just as it should be. Finally, move to the dining area when you finish cooking and taste your creations in an informal atmosphere with new, like-minded foodie friends. The class also includes a complimentary Thai dessert made in-house.

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From Koh Samui: Full-Day Koh Phangan Tour

7. From Koh Samui: Full-Day Koh Phangan Tour

After pickup from your hotel on Koh Samui in an air-conditioned van, enjoy a light breakfast on the pier, before heading off towards Koh Phangan via speedboat. Gaze out across the stunning ocean during the 7-mile ride before arriving at the Thong Sala pier. Your journey across the island begins by visiting the Chinese Temple, which combines the religious beliefs of Thai and Chinese cultures, displaying one aspect of Koh Phangan’s remarkable diversity. Next, it’s off to the Koh Mah beach for snorkeling, a locale renowned by locals for its rich marine ecosystem and crystal-clear waters. After working up an appetite, you’ll have a sumptuous Thai lunch with a view over the serene seascape before heading to the scenic viewpoint of Koh Raham to cap the day off. Afterward, you’ll hop back aboard a speedboat and jet back to your hotel in Koh Samui.

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Koh Samui: Customized Private Island Excursion by Car

8. Koh Samui: Customized Private Island Excursion by Car

Get your tour tailor made to your wishes and needs. On a private tour, almost anything is possible! Recommend itinerary: • Your first destination is the famous rock formation of Hin Ta & Hin Yai, meaning grandfather and grandmother, located at the idyllic emerald Sea. Ask your guide about the Thai legend of this extraordinary rock formation • Visit Lamai View Point and see the Valentine Stone, shaped like a heart set in beautiful garden, where you will also have the chance to enjoy fish spa. Take a 10 minute walk through the beautiful garden to enjoy the views of the eastern coast of Koh Samui. You even don't have to climb to the top! Sit back and let the only “cable car” on Koh Samui bring you up to the viewpoint! • Visit Guan Yu shrine featuring a massive copy of Guan Yu’s head, an important landmark. Guan Yu played a significant role during the civil war, which lead to the demise of the Han Dynasty • After a short drive you will arrive to the mummified monk temple, another amazing and unique attraction of the Koh Samui. This place, too, has an original story to tell • Go for a jungle walk along a dense jungle path, which leads to the Namuang Waterfall. Here you can enjoy the beautiful cascade and surroundings, or swim in the natural pools • Stop for lunch in a nice Thai restaurant to enjoy a traditional Thai lunch • Visit Samui’s One Tambon One Product coconut carved furniture factory, where you you’ll see workers using simple traditional tools to make wonderful coconut dishes • Before heading back to your hotel you may visit Big Buddha, or Wat Phra Yai, located on a small rocky islet connected to Ko Samui by a long, dirt causeway • The final destination is a remarkable temple, Wat Plai Laem, with a main statue of Guanyin, the goddess of compassion and mercy. Designed in the Chinese style, the striking figure sits on a platform surrounded by the temple lake and features 18 arms that fan out from the seated statue’s lap to above her elegant head

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Mu Ko Ang Thong: Private Day Charter in Classic Thai Yacht

9. Mu Ko Ang Thong: Private Day Charter in Classic Thai Yacht

This tour is designed for guests who prefer to avoid the crowds. Enjoy a unique trip that is exciting, flexible and interesting. The tour itinerary will be tailored in accordance to your preferences and can be modified at any time. You will be picked up from your hotel between 8:30 AM and 9:15 AM and head to the river jetty. Begin your journey towards the Five Islands. These islands hold mysterious and rarely seen phenomenon, such as the harvesting of bird's nests. Voyage to the Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park and savor delicious appetizers as you cruise. Explore the magnificent scenery of the Gulf of Thailand where dolphins and whales live. Cruise the northern islands at Koh Wao. Your professional snorkeling leader will take you on a journey to the underwater world of the marine park. Continue cruising south to Koh Tai Plao to discover caves, hidden lagoons, and white sandy beaches. You will have the option to go for guided sea kayaking tour along the coastline to explore sensational cliffs and magical tunnels. Visit secluded beaches and enjoy clear, calm waters. Eat a delicious lunch while you journey past the national park's most interesting limestone islands which rise from the sea in bizarre rock formations. After lunch, you will arrive at Emerald Lake Island. Climb through dense rainforests and narrow ravines to see a beautiful viewpoint overlooking the surrounding islands. Take a stroll to the hidden saltwater lake completely enclosed by walls, nicknamed the Blue Lagoon. Sail back to Koh Samui and see wonderful views of the sunset. You will reach the jetty at around 6:15 PM, and from there you will be transferred back to your hotel.

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Koh Samui: Viewpoint and Secret Buddha Garden Trekking Tour

10. Koh Samui: Viewpoint and Secret Buddha Garden Trekking Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in the afternoon. Begin the program with an easy trek through the lush jungle, along the way catching sight of native island trees and animals such as monkeys and wild birds.  After your pleasant uphill hike, you'll be rewarded with the island's most beautiful view. Take in panoramic views and snap some amazing photos. Next, visit the most interesting garden on Koh Samui.  With numerous elegant Buddha and fairy statues, Secret Buddha Garden is a must-visit spot for those seeking a unique experience in Koh Samui. Afterwards, visit the island's highest temple at 2,099 feet above sea level. The trek to this point is moderate in difficulty, and thus requires a certain level of fitness. The last stop is at a local antique museum called Pra Buddha Teepangkorn. Stand at the highest peak on the island and look out over the beautiful scenery to round off the experience.

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What people are saying about Koh Samui

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 202 reviews

A full day's program with a humorous guide and great drivers (ready for any outrage in spite of the monsoon rains!) All hotspots on the island seen. Delicious food during the break. Great value for money. Perfect!

The itinerary was well planned. The guide is knowledgeable and the driver was excellent. They allowed us ample time at every place to visit. They also organized a pretty good lunch.

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.

Great tour guide, interesting sights, beautiful views and exciting ride through the jungle! Loved it!