Koh Samui is one of the most spectacular getaways in all of Thailand – and the world. Its pristine beaches and beautiful, clear green seas are just two of the reasons you’ll have a hard time leaving. This island is a festive melting pot of Southeast ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

If you just have 1 day in Koh Samui. This is the tour to book!

Doing what: Koh Samui Island Tour including Lunch and Thai Massage

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
July 2013

I really, really wanted to love this tour. I booked this tour before I left to Thailand thrilled at the idea of riding an elephant. The description describes a lengthy elephant ride (30 minutes), implies that the elephant ride might be somewhere beautiful and picturesque to "see Koh Samui's natural wilderness from a different perspective". I liked the notion of the cooking class and other demonstrations, with lunch included. Its possible that I was put on the wrong tour, because what I got was very different than described, quite unusual with my experiences with Viator.

The driver who picked me up at the hotel was careless, drove insanely fast and almost injured other tourists by driving into flora and fauna that scraped into the back of the truck opening. The local safari that he brought us to was not very clean or organized. The safari displayed a very sad young elephant chained to a post who was "dancing" for us with music, but the animal did not seem to be in the best health, nor did the chained conditions seem pleasant. The monkey show was similar in nature, the chains on the animals detracting greatly from the experience. The elephant ride was about 10 minutes, taking us through back paths filled with trash, debris and homes of very poor locals. Lunch was not included, though I was taken on a tour to the grandmother and grandfather rock, the big buddha, the mummified monk, a waterfall and a local town with about an hour for lunch and sightseeing which was very rushed. I was hoping to see the elephants in a more natural setting, and left instead feeling very sad and sorry for the animals. I would not recommend this particular tour.

Doing what: Koh Samui Island Safari and Elephant Ride

rainerice
Singapore

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2013

A pretty good trip, had a big new van all to ourselves and got to see the whole island. On the plus side of things was that it was a pretty thorough tour and you get to see most of the highlights of Koh Samui. On the downside was the lunch, pretty old food but it's the slow season now, so everything was pretty empty. The tour guide didn't know too much about the sites we were at but he was friendly and helpful. The massage was really great and we were back to our hotel by 4pm. A bit over priced but nice to not have to worry about anything.

Doing what: Koh Samui Island Tour including Lunch and Thai Massage

Helen H
Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2010

A big ferry that leaves from the Big Buddha Beach. We happened to pick the windiest day, it was a rough road, not for the squeamish, but well worth the views. The island looks beautiful from the sea. We visited a small island for lunch and a snorkel. The crew provided interesting information about some of the exclusive resorts and islands scattered around Koh Samui. Really enjoyable day, though don't forget the sea sickness pills if it's windy.

Doing what: Koh Samui Island Cruise and Snorkel Full-Day Tour

Helene A
Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2010

The day started off on the wrong foot with our guide deviating from the planned day by taking part of our group for an elephant ride. We were left to kill 40 minutes with nothing to do while the others went on the ride. Not impressed! We then visited a couple of waterfalls which weren't too dramatic given that it was dry season. This was followed by a visit to see the mumified monk. So far not too impressive. The day improve dfrom that point as we ventured into the jungle and off the beaten track. We had the opportunity to see Koh Samui from all sides and had a delicious lunch at a remote restaurant in the jungle. Delicious! The vehicle is very basic - wear your hat and sunscreen as there's no shelter but made the day more exciting. Well worth the effort!

Doing what: Koh Samui 4WD Jeep Jungle Tour

Bronwyn R
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

This was absolutely the highlight of our trip. Certainly not for the faint-hearted. All done very professionally, with huge amounts of fun and some hefty doses of adrenalin! Remarkably cheap, as the tour lasted pretty much the whole day. A great way to see the jungles around Koh Samui and a side of Thailand not seen from the resorts. Highly recommended.

Doing what: Koh Samui 4WD Jeep Jungle Tour

Simon G
United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2007

We really enjoyed the trip; it was great fun, but at times felt they went a little 'close to the edge' - literally. For fun, they often backed right up to sheer drops and slammed brakes on at the last minute. It was great fun, but very scary. Having said that, our driver was excellent at driving and very courteous. The only other problem was that we were the only two English people amongst a group of eight Germans, so we felt a little left out when our guide was speaking, but there isn't much that you can do about that, as we realize that far more Germans were holidaying in Koh Samui than English or Australian.

Doing what: Koh Samui 4WD Jeep Jungle Tour

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