Highlights of Ko Samui
This half day tour of Ko Samui will tantalize you with its pristine beauty and culture. Your excursion includes seeing the island's magnificent beaches and notable sites such as the Big Buddha and Grandpa Rock. You will be able to purchase fresh coconut juice, visit a local fishing village, and have some time for shopping in Nathon Town.
Located off the east coast of Kra Istmus, the narrowest part of the Malay peninsula in which both Thailand and Myanmar share, Ko Samui is the second largest Thai island. It boasts coral reefs, white sandy beaches, and coconut palms. Until the early 1970s, Ko Samui was an isolated community having little to do with Thailand. It was even devoid of roads. Now, tourism, along with exporting coconut and rubber, is the primary industry.
You will be driven past some of Ko Samui's most glorious beaches. With its crystal blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand, heavenly white beaches, and draping coconut palms, you'll feel like you're in a dream.
Proceed to see famous locales like the Big Buddha and Grandpa and Grandma Rocks. The Big Buddha is a 12 meter (39 ft) tall golden statue seated at the top of an elaborate outdoor stairway at Wat Phra Yai. It is located on a small rocky island, Koh Faan, just off of Ko Samui. The Buddha's sitting position represents the journey in his life when he subdued temptation by the devil-figure, Mara.
From such a spiritual and contemplative site, you'll also venture to Grandpa (Hin Ta) and Grandma (Hin Yai) Rocks at Lamai Beach. Though it is an interesting geological formation, what makes these rocks noteworthy is they seem to be in the form of human genitalia. Once you see them, you'll understand why.
Rounding off your tour, visit a fishing village and witness how the locals live. Though times have changed since before the 1970s, the old spirit is still present.
Before departing from your tour, you will have time for some bargain shopping in Nathon Town. Though, a lesson in bartering may be helpful if you want a good deal. Book this Ko Samui tour today for an unforgettable Thailand excursion.
Reviewer: Sandy Perron
This tour and our guide were very good. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. In fact, he had to take a ferry from mainland Thailand to the Island to do the tour and still had to return after the tour. I wish we had had him for our tour in Bankgok.
Reviewer: Clayton Louie
This was by far the best of Shore Excursions's tours. The guide was there to meet us as we got off the ship. This is our biggest fear as travelers, going to a new port and not knowing what to expect. The guide was there promptly and was very informative. He explained the site as we visited and drove by. The guide was very friendly.
Reviewer: Dolores Mccombs
I highly recommend it. Tour guide was very nice,Professional,efficient and considerate.
Reviewer: Dianne K
Joi was a delight to have as a tour guide. She was pleasant and knowledgeable. The driver was polite. The tour was finished a bit early so Joi added new destinations to the excursion. My only complaint would be that the car was not as clean as I would have liked. It is the tropics so it may be the way it is. We will definitely use and recommend this company.
Reviewer: Rienzie van Sanden
Excellent guide, excellent tour and met our expectations.