This tour provides a great overview of the most notable sites and attractions found in Samui. Once a secret holiday get-away for wealthy Thai, the island is now a popular destination for travelers from around the world. Not surprising, given the island's lush tropical vegetation, shimmering white sand beaches and interesting sights. Starting off from the pier, you'll first embark on a scenic drive to the Big Buddha Temple.
Big Buddha Temple sits on small, rocky Fan Island, with a commanding view over the spectacular beach and aqua waters of the bay. Samui's most famous landmark, it has become a major meditation centre for local residents and foreign visitors alike. The temple centerpiece is a massive, 39-foot high, gold-painted sitting Buddha that rests atop a wide staircase decorated with ornate dragons. Able to be seen from several miles away, visitors have marveled at this spectacle since it was erected in 1792.
From here, you'll travel to your next stop, Plai Leam Temple. Newly erected in 2004, it is considered one of the most colorful temples on Ko Samui. The temple's design follows the traditions that date back centuries and provides an excellent example of how those styles still influence modern Thai architecture. The elaborate entry doors are made from two enormous slabs of Laotian hardwood and are intricately carved with images of the life of Buddha; however, the temple is most notable for its statue of Kwan Yin (or Guanjin), an 18-armed Buddhist avator of Mercy that sits in the middle of a lake. The temple is also famous for the hundreds of large fish that make the lake their home.
Continuing on, you'll travel to a scenic viewpoint that offers spectacular panoramic views of beautiful Chaweng Beach. This nearly 4 1/2 mile stretch of pristine white sand and glistening water is the longest and most popular beach on the east coast of Ko Samui.
Your final stop is at a local coconut plantation where you'll be treated to a 'Monkey at Work' show. Ko Samui regularly produces over three million coconuts each month and the locals have used monkeys to climb up the trees and pick the ripe coconuts for centuries. During your visit, you'll see how these winsome creatures not only can be trained to use their abilities to help with the coconut harvest; they'll also demonstrate their other exceptional skills during a thoroughly entertaining show. After the show, you'll re-join your coach and travel back to the pier where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 hours of walking and there are steps to negotiate at the temple. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who are able to both make their way on and off the coach and sit in a coach seat. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Lightweight clothing, a hat, sunglasses, sun screen and comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended.
Suitable attire is required for the temple visits. Shorts, culottes, tight trousers and leggings are not permitted. Trousers must cover the ankle and women must have their shoulders and knees covered. No tight or see-through blouses are permitted, even if a jacket is worn over them. All footwear must be removed before entering temples