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Ko Samui: 4WD Wild Jungle Safari Tour with Lunch

1. 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.

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.

Ko Tao: Try Scuba Diving 1-Day Experience

3. Ko Tao: Try Scuba Diving 1-Day Experience

Try out scuba diving on this full-day activity, perfect for those short on time. Meet your group at 9:00 AM and get fitted for the diving equipment. Your instructor will run through a safety briefing and you'll complete a short quiz to make sure you have understood everything.   At 11:00 AM you'll head to the pier and board a custom-made dive boat with all the facilities required for you to have an enjoyable and relaxed day. Your instructor will set up the kit as you relax on the sun deck. When you reach the calm bay start off in shallow water to build your confidence and learn some basic diving skills.   Then follow your instructor to a maximum depth of 12 meters, while taking in the awe-inspiring sights of your first underwater diving experience. Afterwards, relax on the boat or enjoy the option to jump in again for a second dive. At the end of your diving experience, return to the dive center at around 4:00 PM.

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

4. 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. 

Koh Samui: Traditional Thai Cooking Class with Market Tour

5. 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.

From Koh Samui: Full-Day Koh Phangan Tour

6. 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.

Koh Samui: Private Tour with Jet Skiing and Sunset Dinner

7. 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.

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

8. 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.

Ko Tao: Open Water Scuba Diving 4-Day Course

9. Ko Tao: Open Water Scuba Diving 4-Day Course

Start your experience with an afternoon orientation at 5:00 PM. The following day begins at 9:00 AM with a classroom session, to learn the basics of scuba diving. At 12:00 PM you'll move to the swimming pool, where your experienced instructor will teach you the skills you need for diving. Learn to clear your mask, retrieve your regulator, and what you should do in the unlikely event of an emergency.   The next day begins at 9:30 AM with another session in the classroom. Learn how diving affects the human body, some basic navigation, and other safety skills. In the afternoon, head out on the boat to complete your first 2 open water dives. Dive to a maximum depth of 12 meters and look out for stingrays, pufferfish, moray eels, and an amazing array of vibrant reef fish.   Your final day starts early at 6:00 AM, with 2 dives at more advanced sites on Ko Tao. See bigger creatures that inhabit the island's waters, like barracuda, queen fish, and even whale sharks if you're very lucky. Afterwards, you'll be able to call yourself an open water diver and be certified up to 18 meters anywhere in the world. Celebrate back at the dive center with a complimentary beer and a t-shirt.

Khao Sok: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Visit

10. Khao Sok: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Visit

Start the activity by sustainably cutting orchard and banana trees. Ingredients for creating the combination come from the orchard or the nearby community forest which helps contributing income for the local community. Then, watch elephants playing while you relax in the shade. Have the possibility to scrub some itchy places that the elephants cannot easily reach themselves. Learn about the behavior of these beautiful animals from your knowledgeable guide.

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What people are saying about Surat Thani Province

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4.5 / 5

based on 202 reviews

Really great tour that covers the main sightseeing spots of the island. The jeep ride is an absolute highlight and for those who are not too squeamish, it is worth taking a ride on the roof. Our guide Johnny and his team were always super friendly and helpful. For the money you really get the whole day program, super recommendable in every respect!

Great excursion, enough time for the individual stops, food was very tasty with a great unique view. You could have explained a little more about the individual stops, but it's worth defying and the price can't be beat.

A very extended day. Seen many different things in 1 day. Nice and funny guide. Friendly driver. The jeep was a very nice experience. Met nice people in the jeep. Highly recommended.

Nice tour of the island. Nice drivers. We have seen a lot. Delicious lunch in a restaurant with a great view.

Was really good, had a private tour! The guide was really nice and kind! Would recommend.