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Koh Samui: Ethical Elephant Home

1. 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.

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

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

Discover the natural beauty of the Mu Ko Ang Thong Marine Park on a day trip from Surat Thani. Savor breakfast, appetizers, lunch, and fresh fruits. Stay hydrated with chilled soft drinks. Kayak or snorkel at destinations like Koh Tai Plao. Visit the Emerald Lake and admire the sunset on the water. Begin your day with a hotel pick-up in the morning. Step aboard a 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 past the park, to Koh Wao, where the best sites are at. Join your professional snorkeling leader who will take you on an 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.

Ko Samui: 4WD Wild Jungle Safari Tour with Lunch

3. 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: Coral and Pig Island Long Tail Boat Tour

4. 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.

Samui: Angthong National Marine Park Day Trip by Speed Boat

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

Be picked up from your accommodation on Samui Island and enjoy a scenic ride by air-conditioned minivan. Take a speedboat ride to your first stop at Koh Wao or Koh Tay Plow and observe the vibrant world beneath the waves as you snorkel. Continue to the Emerald Lagoon, known as Talay Nai, and learn about the area from your guide. Admire the dramatic views of the cliffs that surround this saltwater lake before tucking into a Thai buffet lunch with fresh seasonal fruits after your meal. Hike to the top of the island for breathtaking panoramic views of Angthong Marine Park. Swim or snorkel in crystal-clear waters, or just soak up the sunshine on the white-sand beach. Embark on a kayaking tour around the Emerald Lagoon.

Ko Tao: Try Scuba Diving 1-Day Experience

6. 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: ATV Quad Bike Safari Tour

7. 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).

Khao Sok National Park: Overnight Treehouse Trip with Meals

8. Khao Sok National Park: Overnight Treehouse Trip with Meals

This all-inclusive overnight stay takes you one step closer to the jungle. Sleep in a stylish treehouse and gain insights into the diverse nature of Khao Sok National Park, one of the oldest national parks worldwide. Your tour includes meals and round-trip transportation from Khao Lak. Pack your bags and prepare for a jam-packed multi-day trip that includes canoeing and elephant bathing (no riding) in the valley of the rainforest as well as taking a longtail boat ride on the Cheow Lan Lake, visiting a cave, and jungle trekking. You’ll have the chance to get to know Khao Sok from different sides to experience its diversity to the fullest. Being at the right time at the right place, you might see blooming orchids or even the biggest flower in the world. With a bit of luck, you might see gibbon monkeys crossing your path. On your first day, explore the riverside of Khao Sok by canoe and meet some gentle elephants to play and have a bath with them. Have lunch and dinner at the Rock and Treehouse Resort and later have enough time to explore its surroundings. After an unforgettable night in one of the unique bungalows in the middle of nature, wake up for a fresh breakfast before beginning the second day, which will be spent at the barrier lake. Sightseeing by longtail boat, get the chance to easily enjoy the unique landscape. Later, join a 1-hour jungle trek with a local ranger. He’ll take you deep inside the jungle to explore untouched nature. A cave visit will also be part of the trip and, after having an authentic Thai lunch at the bamboo raft houses, you’ll have some more time to swim and relax. In the afternoon, head back to your hotel, riding again through the lush landscape of Khao Sok.

Koh Samui: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Interactive Tour

9. 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.

Khao Sok: Sok River Guided Canoeing Experience

10. Khao Sok: Sok River Guided Canoeing Experience

Meet your guide at meeting point, then take local transportation to the starting point on the river. Your experienced guide will then take you on a canoeing safari along the Sok River, which flows through lush tropical rainforest. Canoeing along the Sok River offers a relaxing way to soak up the wildlife and landscapes of the region.  Admire views of beautiful limestone rock formations, surrounded by virgin rainforest. Khao Sok National Park is considered to be the oldest jungle in Thailand, dating back thousands of years. You may be lucky enough to see wild animals along the river, such as elephants, bears, buffalos, and monkeys.  Just sit back and relax during the trip as you slowly paddle through the water. The guide can even assist with paddling, and take pictures of you. The canoe trip will last approximately 2 hours. You will then be transferred back to the meeting point.

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What people are saying about Surat Thani Province

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My 11-year-old son and I had a fantastic day on the cruise. We enjoyed the kayaking (and the helpful tow along when little arms got tired), saw loads of fish snorkeling, enjoyed the great food (and plenty of it!), and we're really well attended to all day. The tour guide (owner?) did a brilliant job of including all different abilities, and was friendly and helpful all day. The boat itself was really comfortable, with floor mats to lie back on and chill for the journey out and back. I'd thoroughly recommend this tour!

The animals are really well taken care of here and it's nice to see how well the elephants are taken care of! It was a great experience being able to take part in caring for the animals and we recommend anyone vacationing in Samui to go there

Fantastic trip to the marine National Park! - great and friendly staff - beautiful views and experiences that felt exclusive and offered a unique adventure to the pristine islands of the park It is a must wheb visiting Koh Samui!

What an amazing experience! All staff were excellent. It’s obvious they all love the elephants. So clean and tidy. So much pride in what they do. Food was wonderful. Would highly recommend. Elephants are extremely well cared for.

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