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Koh Samui: ATV Quad Bike Safari Tour

1. 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).

Koh Samui: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Interactive Tour

2. 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.

Koh Samui: Coral and Pig Island Long Tail Boat Tour

3. Koh Samui: Coral and Pig Island Long Tail Boat 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 mangrove forest before enjoying lunch. Afterward, have free time to enjoy the pristine beach, kayak in the crystal clear waters, stroll through a mangrove forest, or do some bird watching. After a full afternoon, make your way back to Thong Krut Pier and be transferred from there back to your accommodation.

Koh Samui: Ethical Elephant Home

4. 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.

From Koh Samui: Van and Speedboat Full Moon Party Transfer

5. From Koh Samui: Van and Speedboat Full Moon Party Transfer

Pre-book your transportation to the infamous Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan with this van and speedboat transfer from your accommodation in Koh Samui. Relax in an air-conditioned van and feel the thrill riding a speedboat to the Haad Rin pier. Have the option to book a one-way or roundtrip transfer.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Koh Samui. Sit back and relax on the drive in a spacious van. Board a high-powered speedboat and cut across the water on the way to the legendary Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan island. Stop at Haad Rin pier and experience of night of dancing to techno, drum and bass, commercial dance and reggae music. Watch jugglers and fire-eaters entertain the crowds and be awed by a brilliant impromptu fireworks display.  Book the roundtrip option and take the speedboat back from the Haad Rin pier after your exhilarating party. Transfer safely back to your accommodation by van without needing to navigate.

Samui: Angthong National Marine Park Day Trip by Speed Boat

6. Samui: Angthong National Marine Park Day Trip by Speed Boat

Start your journey with pick-up service at your hotel on Samui Island by air-conditioned van. Enjoy a light breakfast at the check-in point before departure from the pier by speed boat. Arrive at Koh Wao or Koh Tay Plow for an hour of snorkeling. Go sightseeing around the National Marine Park and get to know these beautiful islands. Visit the Emerald Lagoon, known as Talay Nai - this salt water lake is surrounded by sheer cliffs and is definitely a highlight of the tour. Enjoy a Thai buffet lunch and fresh seasonal fruits after your meal. Hike up to the top of the island and enjoy a fantastic panorama view of Angthong Marine Park, swim or snorkel in crystal-clear waters, or just relax on a powdery white sand beach. Kayaking is available for some more adventure around the Emerald Lagoon. This tour is unavailable from November 1 to December 15, 2019, as the park is closed.

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

7. 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.

Samui: 4WD Wild Jungle Safari Tour with Lunch

8. Samui: 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.

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

9. 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. 

From Koh Samui: Half-Day Private Yacht Charter

10. From Koh Samui: Half-Day Private Yacht Charter

You will begin your relaxing day with a hotel pick-up between 8:30-9:15 AM depending on your location. From here you will transfer to Koh Samui's inner river jetty, and board the luxury Dragon Yacht complete with a spacious sun deck, on board Jacuzzi and comfortable indoor lounge. En route, enjoy a welcome drink and marvel at the brilliant ocean views around you, seeing caves, amazing beaches and bamboo dwellings hanging off limestone cliffs on Koh Samui's 5 Islands. After a leisurely cruise along Koh Samui’s undeveloped coastline, you will arrive at the Southern Islands, a true natural paradise. You’ll be able to take pleasure in the colorful tropical reef, guided by your professional snorkeler leader, or you might want to simply relax on board the floating lounge above the reef on the sun deck. Indulge in a freshly prepared Thai buffet for lunch, while your journey takes you toward either Koh Mudsum or Koh Taens’ secluded bays. Here you can relax as you melt into the soft white sandy beach. Transfer aboard our dinghy or kayak to the stunning Pig Island where you can play and feed the local pigs, relax, sunbathe, or take a stroll along the beach. Afterward, journey back to Koh Samui, leaving these tranquil islands as if they were never discovered. On the way home, you will cruise around the coastline of the islands where the views are truly spectacular. Enjoy some cold deserts and sip on a hand-crafted beverage as you simply take in the sights and relax after your amazing day. Once having arrived back to Samui jetty at about 2:15PM, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Frequently asked questions about Koh Samui

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Planning Your Visit

  • What's the weather like?

    Koh Sumai's weather is generally hot and humid (especially from March to May), with rainy season between September and mid-December. This isn't necessarily a bad time to go, as the rains come and go in short bursts, bringing welcome relief from the heat, as well as quieter beaches and heavy discounts on hotels and all inclusive holiday packages! For good weather November is definitely a month to avoid, however, as the island is hit by monsoons that go through five-year cycles of intensity.

  • How to get there?

    The easiest way to reach Koh Samui is by flying into Samui International Airport, particularly if traveling there following a trip to Bangkok. It's also one of the most charming airports you could ever hope to visit! There are also several boats leaving from Surat Thani. They take about two or three hours (depending on the boat) and leave from Tha Thong, Ban Don, and Donsak piers.

  • Travelling to and from Koh Tao or Krabi

    There is an express boat that runs to Koh Tao from Koh Samui in just 45 minutes, as well as cheaper, slower boat services. From Krabi, the quickest way is to fly, but there are also ferry and bus services, taking approximately four and 11 hours respectively.

Good to know

  • Language
    Thai
  • Currency
    THB
  • Time Zone
    GMT +7
  • Country Code
    +66
  • Best time to visit
    If you visit between December and February, you'll bypass the rainy season. March to September is the warmest time of the year in Koh Samui.

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What people are saying about Koh Samui

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,186 reviews

Our guide Pek took us off the beaten track and tailored our tour to what we would like to see. He was knowledgable friendly and fun. The Thai meal at sunset was delicious along with a helping of mango sticky rice (small extra cost). A great way of finding out more about the island and Thai culture.

Great trip. Dang and the Skipper were very friendly , helpful and cooked up a great bbq fish lunch from the catch. Fantastic snorkelling and an all round wonderful adventure. Will definitely revisit on return.

Great experience, was a very small group, saw very beautiful islands, very little going on right now! That's fun ! Everything as expected! Gladly again!

What a lifetime experience!! All the staff are very nice and gentle to the elephants. Highly recommended!!

Everything was very well organized, very friendly and enough time to do and see everything! it was great