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Koh Samui: Coral & Pig Island Longtail Boat Small-Group Tour

Koh Samui: Coral & Pig Island Longtail Boat Small-Group Tour

Start your trip nice and early with pickup from your accommodation before heading to Thong Krut Pier. From there, board a boat and make your way to Koh Madsum, also known as Pig Island, for a stroll and selfie with the wild island pigs. From Koh Matsum, travel to Koh Tean. In Koh Tean, spend your time swimming, relaxing, snorkeling, kayaking, or exploring the area before enjoying lunch. Afterward, take some free time to enjoy the pristine beach, kayak in the crystal clear waters ,and savour the inhabited landscape. After a full afternoon, make your way back to Thong Krut Pier and be transferred from there back to your accommodation. Want to make your experience even more special? You can choose the Luxury Long-tail Boat option which ensures you island hop in style and in elevated comfort. Besides having more space, the luxury boat also comes with snacks, cold towels, soft drinks, and mineral water. Enjoy a low-impact way of exploring. On this tour, you explore sustainable experiences that prioritize providing water in glass bottles and offsetting carbon emissions in every tour, reducing your environmental impact and carbon footprint.

Samui: Angthong Marine Park Boat Tour w/ Transfer and Meals

Samui: Angthong Marine Park Boat Tour w/ Transfer and Meals

Become immersed in the majestic beauty of Angthong National Marine Park on a scenic boat trip from Koh Samui. Get picked up from your hotel, enjoy a light breakfast onboard, discover breathtaking islands, and keep your energy up with a delicious buffet lunch. Start off the day with a pickup from your hotel on Koh Samui by air-conditioned minibus. Depart from Nathon Pier aboard a spacious 3-decker boat and taste a light breakfast while watching the marine scenery slip by. Arrive at Angthong National Marine Park and, if you've chosen. the tour option with kayaking included, start paddling under huge limestone cliffs through crystal-clear waters along the coastline. Reach Mae Koh and climb the steps to the top of the island on a short and easy trek. Take in a fantastic view over the Emerald Lagoon, then feast on a Thai buffet back on the boat, followed by fresh seasonal fruits. Enjoy more kayaking at Wua Talap Island or hike along a 500-meter natural trail leading to a viewpoint with an impressive panorama of Angthong Marine Park. Make your way up the small climbing passage at the end of the trail, and embark on another short hike to the Lotus Cave, with beautiful stalactite and stalagmite mineral formations. Alternatively, go swimming, snorkeling, or just relax on a beautiful beach with clear blue waters and white sand. On the way back to Koh Samui, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while admiring the last views of the astonishing islands. Arrive back at Nathon Pier and be transferred to your hotel.

Koh Samui: High-Speed Ferry Transfer to/from Ko Pha Ngan

Koh Samui: High-Speed Ferry Transfer to/from Ko Pha Ngan

Travel between Koh Samui and Koh Phangan aboard a high-speed ferry and, if needed, enjoy a shuttle transfer service extension to or from Samui International Airport. Relax in air-conditioned comfort on board as you cruise to/from Koh Phangan in just 30 minutes. The total travel time including the shuttle service will be approximately 1 hour. Take the hassle out of your traveling experience with a comfortable airport/ hotel shuttle van and high-speed ferry transfer. Watch the beautiful Thai landscapes go by and feel safe knowing that each ticket comes with travel insurance. When you arrive in Koh Phangan, you'll be rested and ready to explore the beautiful city.

Koh Samui: Half-Day Island Highlights Tour with Hotel Pickup

Koh Samui: Half-Day Island Highlights Tour with Hotel Pickup

Join a local guide and discover Koh Samui's highlights, like the Wat Plai Laem temple and Nu Muang Waterfall. Enjoy convenient hotel pickup and transportation in an air-conditioned minivan. Take a tour with other travelers, or opt for a private tour. Begin the tour with pickup at your hotel, then head straight to Wat Plai Laem, a temple that displays Koh Samui's strong Chinese heritage. Continue to Wat Phra Yai and marvel at the enormous golden Buddha there. Next, take in panoramic views from the Lad Koh Viewpoint in Chaweng Noi before going to the Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks. Enjoy some time to explore and shop in the area. Visit the incredible mummified monk, then make your final stop at Na Muang Waterfall. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.

Koh Samui: Pig Island Tour by Speedboat with Snorkeling

Koh Samui: Pig Island Tour by Speedboat with Snorkeling

Spend a relaxing day swimming and snorkeling in clear waters. Get photos with the pigs on the Island and have lunch before you leave. Start your day with pick up by an air-conditioned minivan from your accommodation. Head to the pier south of Koh Samui Island and hop on board the speedboat. Arrive at Koh Madsum where you can relax and swim in the pristine waters or play with the friendly pigs on the island. Afterward, you will have time to do some snorkeling and see the colorful marine life in the clear azure waters of Koh Tan. Lastly, take a break to relax and enjoy your lunch at Koh Tan. Admire the impressive views and capture photos from

Koh Samui: Mu Ko Ang Thong Park Cruise with Kayaking Option

Koh Samui: Mu Ko Ang Thong Park Cruise with Kayaking Option

This tour will take you to visit 3 main islands for without kayaking program (Koh Wau Ta Lup, Koh Mae ko, Koh Sam Sao, and for with kayaking program, you will have the special privilege to visit Tum Rang Island. When we arrive at Wua Ta Lap island, the central island at Angthong archipelago, there will be various creative activities including, Firstly, challenging yourself at “JanJaras” nature trail mountain trekking, where the top viewpoint is 500 meters above the sea level, to admire the panoramic views of 42 islands. There are 5 resting points along the route Secondly, indulging in a soothing tropical vibe on peaceful beaches together with relaxing around the national park for the aesthetic appreciation of nature, Thirdly, visiting Bua Boke cave is another must-to-do activity, where there is a short hike with magnificent stalactite and stalagmite mineral formations. Ultimately, be mesmerized with the ancient Burdei's whale skeleton, and let's unfold the secret story of Angthong's magical heritages & its rich history. After a great adventure at the central island, let you recharge your energy by enjoying a mouthwatering freshly-cooked buffet lunch including Thai-style main course, soup, flavorful dessert, seasonal salad, juicy fruits and beverages. Special dietary requirements are available on request in advance. Afterwards, we will pass by Koh Sam Sao to admire gravity-defying structures at Koh Sam Sao, which features a unique natural arch stone curve bridge stretching into the sea. Cruising towards the next island called “Mae Koh island”. Firstly, relishing a lively experience of snorkeling to discover abundant underwater gardens filled with all kinds of flamboyant fishes and dazzling coral reefs sunken beneath a sparkling sea. Secondly, for with kayaking program, we shall begin the adrenaline-rush kayaking adventure through dramatic granite boulders, fantastic coastline & magical caves to Tum Rang island. Tam Rang island route is an exclusively designed route for Highsea Tour‘s guests only offering fun & creative experience. The kayaking tutorial, instructions and equipment will be provided by our kayaking specialists who will be escorting you along the way. Thirdly, indulging in the glorious "The Blue Lagoon" also known as “Talay Nai”, the landlocked emerald lagoon surrounded by millennia-old limestone cliffs, rare-to-find greeneries and unspoiled wildlife habitats, which takes only 10 minutes walking up the steps to reach the top. Take your time to admire the most impressive natural site before stepping down to the beach where you can relax and snorkeling. Now, it comes to the end of the excursion, all passengers will be transferred back to the tour boat again, heading straight back to the Nathon Pier. During the way back, tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks are available for you all along the way. Following the arrival at Nathon pier, the air-conditioned van will be ready to transfer you back to your hotel.

Koh Samui: Ethical Elephant Home Guided Tour with Transfers

Koh Samui: Ethical Elephant Home Guided Tour with Transfers

Join a guided tour of Koh Samui Elephant Home to see rescued Thai elephants in a safe and ethical environment. Help to contribute to the program's conservation efforts and walk, feed, and play with the elephants. Hotel pickup and drop-off and lunch are included. 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, 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.

Koh Samui: Angthong Marine Park Snorkeling Tour by Speedboat

Koh Samui: Angthong Marine Park Snorkeling Tour by Speedboat

The amiable team of Insea Speedboat will pick you up by minivan from the lobby of your hotel and bring you to the private pier in Bang Rak. After a quick COVID-19 screening, get helpful information from your guide and enjoy a light breakfast before heading by speedboat to Ang Thong Marine Park. First you will stop at Wao Island for a snorkel adventure in turquoise and green-blue waters. The island consists of 3 islets with a shallow, sheltered bay in between. It is the perfect snorkel spot with immaculate waters and an abundant underwater life. Continue to Mae Koh Island and climb to the viewpoint overlooking the Emerald Lagoon.Continue to the main island of Koh Wua Talap and get dazzled by the breathtaking scenery of Angthong Marine Park on the way. At Koh Wua Talap, you can bathe and stroll at white sandy beaches with turquoise sea, paddle by kayak along the beach or hike to Pha Chan Charat Viewpoint. Then head further to Phaluai Island to enjoy a delicious Thai-style lunch at a restaurant. The island is still inhabited by sea-gypsies who earn a living from fishing. The last stop is at Koh Mae Koh, where you can climb up to the top of the panoramic Mae Koh Island overlooking the Emerald Lagoonby. At 16:00 return to the pier on Koh Samui and transfer back to your hotel with wonderful memories and pictures! Itinerary: • 07:30 - 08:20: Hotel pickup on Koh Samui • 08:20 - 08:50: Meet the boat crew of Insea Speedboat at Bangrak Beach • 08:50 - 09:00: Have a light breakfast • 09:00 - 09:50: Cruise by speed boat to Koh Wao • 09:50 - 10:50: Snorkel in the immaculate waters of Koh Wao • 10:50 - 11:00: Continue to the main island of Koh Wua Ta Lub • 11:00 - 11:10: Get dazzled by the breathtaking scenery of Angthong Marine Park • 11:10 - 12:00: Bathe and stroll at white sandy beaches with turquoise sea • 12:00 - 13:15: Paddle by kayak along the beach or hike up to Pha Chan Charat Viewpoint • 13:15 - 13:30: Head further to Phaluai Island • 13:30 - 14:30: Enjoy a Thai style buffet lunch at a restaurant • 14:30 - 15:00: Cruise by speed boat to Koh Mae Koh • 15:00 - 16:00: Climb to the viewpoint overlooking the Emerald Lagoon at Koh Mae Koh • 16:00 - 16:50: Cruise back to Koh Samui • 16:50 - 17:30: Transfer back to your hotel

Koh Samui: Koh Tao and Nangyuan Snorkeling Tour with Lunch

Koh Samui: Koh Tao and Nangyuan Snorkeling Tour with Lunch

The friendly team of Insea Speedboat will pick you up directly from the hotel lobby on Koh Samui and bring you to the private pier at Bang Rak. Get helpful information from your guide and enjoy a light breakfast before heading by speedboat to Koh Tao. As you arrive at Koh Tao, cool off in the water and peer into the amazing underwater world from above. Make more snorkel stops at Buddha Point, Taothong Bay, Lighthouse Bay, Hin Wang Bay or Aow Leuk. Stop at a hidden cove in the east of Koh Tao and enjoy a scrumptious Thai style lunch at the beautiful ocean front restaurant. Then it is time for paddling by kayak along the dramatic coastline with steep cliffs. For the more relaxed. Continue by speed boat to Koh Nangyuan which is just half a kilometer from Koh Tao. we recommend to immediately hike to the top of the spectacular viewpoint to avoid the crowds. It takes around 15 minutes to get to the top. Besides the viewpoint, you can spend time at the beach where a plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas are available to rent. There are a few separate swimming areas on Koh Nangyuan - the Japanese Reef Garden is certainly one of the most impressive snorkel spot. The water is very shallow at the beginning with fine sand. After that it will be a little bit stony because the underground is full of corals, that’s why the water color is so beautiful. Remember to capture the memories of a life time by renting one of our underwater digital cameras. Itinerary: • 07:30 - 08:20: Hotel pickup on Koh Samui • 08:20 - 08:50: Meet the boat crew at Insea Speedboat pier • 08:50 - 09:00: Enjoy a light breakfast • 09:00 - 10:30: Cruise by speed boat to Koh Tao • 10:30 - 12:00: Snorkel around Koh Tao (2 Snorkeling spot) • 12:00 - 13:00: Enjoy a scrumptious Thai style buffet lunch in a restaurant on Koh Tao • 13:00 - 13:30: Kayak at the idyllic east coast (October-March) • 13:30 - 15:00: Sunbathing, Swiming & climb up to the viewpoint of Nangyuan Island • 15:00 - 16:30: Head back to Koh Samui • 16:30 - 17:00: Transfer back to your hotel

Ko Samui: 4WD Wild Jungle Safari Tour with Lunch

Ko Samui: 4WD Wild Jungle Safari Tour with Lunch

Embark 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. After pickup from your hotel on Ko Samui, travel to the first stop on the safari, the famous Grandfather/Grandmother Rocks. Next to the rocks is a quaint market selling all sorts of handmade Thai products and souvenirs. Then, head off to the largest waterfall on the island for a cool swim in the natural spring water. 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. Stop 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 one man over many years. Running through the garden is a quaint little stream, and above it is an old monk’s prayer room. 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 in the evening.

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What should I do on my first trip to Koh Samui?

When visiting Koh Samui for the first time, there are a few must-do things to add to your itinerary. One of the best things to do in Koh Samui is explore the Big Buddha Temple, an impressive religious landmark on the island, where you can admire the majestic 12-meter-tall (40-foot) Buddha statue and the beautiful temple complex. Another highlight is the Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks, famous for their unusual shapes, located at Lamai Beach. These two rock formations are renowned on Koh Samui and should not be missed on your trip to the island.

What are some hidden gems to see in Koh Samui?

Two hidden gems on Koh Samui are the Overlap Stone and the Magic Buddha Garden. The Overlap Stone is a unique geological formation where a large boulder appears to rest weightlessly on another. This fascinating phenomenon gives the impression that the two rocks are seemingly merging with each other. This natural spectacle is a hidden gem for photographers, and the view of the island is also incredible. The Magic Buddha Garden is a secret garden created by a local monk with an impressive collection of sculptures and statues hidden amidst lush tropical surroundings. The garden exudes spiritual tranquility and provides insight into the local culture and spirituality of Koh Samui.

How much time should I spend in Koh Samui?

To make the most of your visit to Koh Samui, plan to spend at least 5 days. During this time, you can explore the island's most beautiful beaches, including Chaweng Beach, Lamai Beach, and Bophut Beach. The must-visit attractions like the Big Buddha Temple, Hin Ta and Hin Yai (Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks), as well as hidden gems like the Magic Buddha Garden. You'll also have time to visit the island's vibrant markets, such as the Fisherman's Village Night Market and the Chaweng Walking Street Market, where you can try local dishes and shop for souvenirs.

What is the best way to get around in Koh Samui?

A convenient option for getting around Koh Samui is the use of Songthaews, converted pick-up trucks with covered benches in the rear. These shared "taxis" are a cost-effective means of transportation on the island. Most Songthaews follow fixed routes and can be hailed practically anywhere on the road if you wish to hop on. Scooters are also popular and many visitors choose to rent scooters as they offer a convenient and budget-friendly way to explore Koh Samui independently. It is important, though, to exercise caution when riding them. Traffic on Koh Samui can be chaotic, and road conditions may vary.

What are the best months to visit in Koh Samui?

Koh Samui can be visited year-round. The best time to visit Koh Samui is during the dry season, December to February, when the weather is pleasant and sunny — ideal conditions for beach vacations and island exploration. One of the biggest events during this time is the New Year's Eve celebrations, which are particularly lively on Koh Samui.

What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Koh Samui?

The best places to visit on Koh Samui are Chaweng, known for its exciting nightlife and its beautiful beach, as well as Bophut, where you can experience the charming Fisherman's Village and lively markets. In Chaweng, you'll find numerous bars, clubs, and restaurants that invite you to go out, while the beach is perfect for relaxation during the day. In Bophut, you can stroll through the romantic Fisherman's Village, which offers a relaxed atmosphere with its boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. The markets here are perfect for souvenirs and local delicacies.

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

Koh Samui is a great place to enjoy the diverse Thai cuisine, including popular dishes like pad thai and sticky mango rice. The Fisherman's Village in Koh Samui is a must-visit for foodies. This neighborhood is located in the Bophut area and is not only home to the descendants of the island's original Chinese and Malay fishermen, many of whom still actively fish, but it's also considered the island's culinary hub with a wide selection of over 40 restaurants, many right on the beach.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

The two best areas for shopping on Koh Samui are Chaweng and Lamai. Chaweng provides an abundance of shopping opportunities, including the Central Festival Samui, a large shopping mall with numerous stores and a food court. The Chaweng Walking Street is also a popular market where you can find local handicrafts, clothing, and souvenirs. Lamai offers the Lamai Night Plaza, an evening market where you can discover handmade goods, clothing, and street food. Both areas also feature numerous small boutiques, jewelry shops, and souvenir stores along the main road where you can purchase local products, clothing, and souvenirs.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Koh Samui?

Lamai Beach is definitely a perfect option for a stay in Koh Samui. The stunning beach, diverse restaurants, lively nightlife, and shopping opportunities make Lamai Beach a top-notch vacation spot. Additionally, Lamai serves as an excellent starting point for exploring the island. The area also offers a wide range of accommodations in various price ranges, including some excellent beachfront hotels.

What are your top tips for a person traveling to Koh Samui?

• Koh Samui has its own airport, making travel to the island very convenient. However, note that domestic flights can often be expensive, so it's worth booking early.

• Every evening, a large night market takes place somewhere on the island. These markets offer great opportunities for dining and shopping for local products and souvenirs.

• If you love nightlife, be sure to visit Chaweng Beach. Here, you'll find a variety of clubs and bars that provide entertainment throughout the night.

• The best beaches, major resorts, and most of the attractions are located in the northeastern part of the island. Plan your activities and accommodations accordingly to make the most of Koh Samui's highlights.

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Koh Samui: Coral & Pig Island Longtail Boat Small-Group Tour

Koh Samui: Half-Day Island Highlights Tour with Hotel Pickup

Koh Samui: Ethical Elephant Home Guided Tour with Transfers

Samui: Angthong National Marine Park Day Trip by Speedboat

Koh Samui: ATV Quad Bike Safari Tour

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This was a good trip and the weather made a difference. The guide was good looking for the pink dolphins. Then snorkelling and pig island. A bit bumpy on the sea and the weather was not bad. Buffet was nice but not ‘seafood’. Was a variety of foods in offer and all nice. All the staff were nice.

Tour was good. Air con minibus made a big difference. Guide was good. Covered the key points on itinerary. Waterfall 1 was disappointing. A different one would be better. Enough time in all the stops. Would recommend still.

Overall a nice trip, exactly as described! The guides were in a good mood, the pick-up was on time and you have enough time at all the stops. 5/5 ⭐️

👍 Small group, sweet guide and plenty of time to explore for yourself

There were way more stops than I thought, a lot of fun