A fun-filled elephant ride, monkey show and other memorable events are yours to discover during this unique and memorable tour in Koh Samui.
Depart the pier for the drive to a local plantation. Upon arrival, you and a partner will board an elephant for a trek through the plantation's lovely forest area. Afterward, you will attend an elephant camp where you will be impressed by the extraordinary intelligence and dexterity of these noble beasts. During your visit, you will learn how elephants are utilized to help locals perform their daily tasks on the island and watch in amazement as they perform a variety of feats, including a game of soccer.
After the elephant exhibition, you will attend a monkey show to learn how locals use monkeys to pick ripe coconuts. This centuries-old tradition certainly comes in handy as Koh Samui, the Island of Coconuts, produces over three million coconuts per month. You will marvel at the exceptional abilities of these entertaining creatures, along with their amusing antics.
Your tour will continue with a ride on a local farmer's ox-pulled cart, a traditional mode of transportation in Thailand for centuries.
The next local tradition you will observe is the preparation of Thai cuisine. During this Thai cooking demonstration, you will learn how Thai papaya salad is made. This dish is among the most popular in the country, and was originally a mainstay in northeast Thailand before spreading to other parts of the country.
Next, you will see a demonstration of rubber tapping in which the product is extracted from rubber trees in its natural form before being processed into many goods used on a daily basis. While tourism and coconut plantations are Samui's primary sources of revenue, the rubber industry comes in a close second.
Continue on to your lunch venue where guests will receive a traditional Thai set lunch in a local beachside restaurant. Afterwards, you will transfer to the Big Buddha Temple for a short visit.
Your tour will conclude with a visit to the impressive Na Muang Waterfall before being transferred back to the pier and ship.
Please note: The Elephant camps may vary.