Koh Samui is more than just a beautiful island in the Gulf of Thailand, it is full of life and adventure. Don’t let the size of the island fool you; it might seem small on the map, but once you get there, you’ll discover that your vacation might not be quite long enough to see and experience everything that Koh Samui has to offer! Our top tip is to pre-plan and book your experiences before you arrive to secure your places and make the most of your time on your vacation. Here are our Top 5 Barefoot Experiences in Koh Samui.
Angthong, which translates to golden bowl in Thai, occupies almost 96sq mi (250 sq km) and includes 20sq mi (50 sq km) of limestone islands. Most of them are close to each other, which means you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama when you sail around it. The national park itself is inhabited by schools of dolphins and a considerable amount of Asian wildlife that all call this paradise home.
For something unique try one of our kayak tours of Angthong National Marine Park for a small additional price. Take a hike with us to the mysterious Emerald lake or cruise at your own pace as you paddle your kayak around these beautiful islands and caves.
Speedboat tour of Angthong National Marine Park
Snorkel over corals and opt to kayak to limestone caves
Enjoy a buffet lunch and hike to Emerald Lake
Hotel pickup and drop-off included from Koh Samui
Specializing in unique experiences, such as jet ski safaris, boat trips to nearby islands and wild camping on desert beaches.
Safari tours on jet skis are suitable for beginners and experienced. The Safari tour is around 2 hours to Koh Phangan or to the seven islands: swallow nest islands, Koh Tan, Koh Madsum – the most popular tour, Explore safari – along the riverbed to mangrove forest on the mainland, Ultimate safari – a full day tour to the Angthong marine national park and ending with jet ski camping with overnight stays in the tents on the island of Koh Tan.
Watch the Pink dolphins south of Koh Samui! With this tour you have the chance to see the extremely rare and extremely fascinating pink dolphins native only to the waters of Koh Samui and the small islands that surround Koh Samui. The boat staff are very friendly and attentive and double as a Dolphin Protection Team.
We can guarantee a 99% possibility that you will see the Dolphins. After spotting the pink dolphins we will head to Koh Tan. This is a pristine island close to Koh Samui, where we enjoy a Thai lunch on a beautiful beach. There you can experience the amazingly colourful coral reefs tropical sea life by snorkeling, or if you prefer you will have the chance to relax on the peaceful beaches of Koh Tan. After you have had the chance to explore Koh Tan you will be taken back to Koh Samui and transferred back to your hotel.
The tour starts at 10am at the local traditional fresh market to discover some fresh local ingredients, seasonal fruits and vegetables. You will learn how the locals buy their food here.
After the tour at the market, you will be transferred back to the workshop. You will learn how to cook 3 Thai dishes based on your menu selection (nearly 200 dishes available !). Most of our recipes can be accommodated for special diets (vegetarian, no gluten). Please check and confirm with us prior to your cooking class. This small-group class cater for a maximum of 8 people and you can bring your kids along but they can’t follow the course if they are under the age of 8. You will get to taste your own cooking with your choice of beverages. Kindly note we teach 3 dishes/pair, not 3 dishes/person. The workshop will finish between 2:00 and 2:30 pm. Cooking class and lunch take place in a fully air-conditioned Thai traditional summer house, surrounded by an organic garden.
Koh Samui cooking class taught by professional chefs
Walk to the market to find fresh ingredients
Prepare a 3-course lunch of typical Thai cuisine
Small-group tour ensures a maximum of six participants
Immerse yourself into the world of elephant living at the Samui Elephant Sanctuary. Spend this half-day with plenty of a wonderful time learning these majestic animals. As we know, elephants living previously endured difficult lives that included logging, elephant riding, street begging, and performing in circus shows. With that life behind them, these lucky elephants are now free to express their natural instincts, interact with each other in beautiful natural surroundings, and playing together in their custom built pool and mud pit.
Experience the wonder of these majestic giants whilst knowing you are directly supporting ethical elephant tourism in Thailand.
• Round trip pick up and drop off
• Welcome and introduction to who we are and why elephants need to be protected
• Observe their nature exhibit such as foraging for food, bathing, and playing in the mud
• Vegetarian Thai buffet with time to rest and enjoy the tranquility of sanctuary
Whatever your preference may be, Barefoot Luxury Villas can accommodate and organise almost any trip for you in Koh Samui! Just get in contact with us and let us do the work, so you don’t have to!
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