Island Safari Tours & Elephant Trekking
Attractions on the Island:
Grandfather & Grandmother Rocks (Hin Ta Hin Yai)
Mother nature indeed has a sense of humor! These rocks at the south of Lamai beach have been shaped over millions of years by wind and water to resemble human reproductive organs. They are set on a beautiful coast lined with gigantic rocks that form inviting shallow pools in between. Because of their shape, the rocks are seen as strong fertility symbols and said to be the origin of the ‘Mui’ peoples. Apparently, couples that are trying to have a baby should come here for positive vibrations & good energy that will help the woman conceive. In local legend the rocks apparently appeared after two lovers drowned themselves in the sea because their families disapproved of their relationship.
Magical Garden or the Secret Garden
The garden is located in the hills of Samui about 550 meter above sea level and the only way to get there is through the jungle, rivers and mountains by a 4X4 off road vehicles. The Garden was built in 1976 by a local fruit farmer, Nim Thongsuk. He was 77 years old when he started his project. It is said that he built the garden all by himself. The garden is full of statues of animals, gods and demons. The hill-top setting and the tranquil river flowing through it give the garden a very soothing and mystical feeling.
There is an unmarked and unpaved road going from Lamai over the island to Bang Po, Maenam and Nathon which passes several viewpoints, of which the most beautiful and breathtaking one is Yaod Khao. This viewpoint can only be reached by a professional, all-terrain 4×4 vehicle. This viewpoint is located on the highest point of Samui at 650 meters above sea level. From here you can see Ko Samui from north to south, surrounding islands, spectacular views of the National Marine Park to the west and the mainland to the south.
Namuang Waterfalls so called because the rock face is purple
The waterfalls are located 10 km south from Nathon at Ban Thurian. There are 2 waterfalls. Namuang I is 18 meters high and can be reached by vehicle. Namuang II is Koh Samui’s most beautiful, largest and most impressive waterfall, with stunning rock formations and verdant surroundings bathed in a brilliant natural light. Namuang II consists of two separate falls, one with a 20m drop and a good pool for swimming and the other with an 80m drop. The waterfall can be reached only by a short and interesting jungle walk on foot or on top of a friendly elephant.
Mummified Monk (at Wat Khunaram)
The only mummy we have ever seen that wears sunglasses! Luong Por Daeng was a highly respected monk when he died over 35 years ago. A native of Koh Samui he enjoyed a long prosperous family life until he was 50 years old when he decides to devote the last part of his life to the monk hood. After being ordain in 1944, he became renowned for his meditation practice for about 20 years. He was also able to foresee his own death in1973 when he was 79 years old. Today, he can still be seen in the exact same meditative position he was in when he died.
Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)
This temple is the home of Koh Samui’s most famous landmark: the Big Buddha. Most visitors come to marvel at the sheer size and beauty of this remarkable statue at some point during their holiday. Visible from several kilometers away and even from the air or boat when arriving on or leaving the island, the 12 meter tall golden image stands proud. Entering the temple, you first come to a large courtyard with a dragon stairway on the other side. The stairs lead you up to the second floor on which the Buddha image sits. From the here you see some great views of Koh Samui north long beach.
Elephant trekking The best part of our Jungle Safari!
Some of the island’s dense jungle can only be accessed by elephant. Their feet are specially adapted for jungle surfaces, on which they are ever so sure-footed, so sit back and enjoy the silent ride. The elephant trekking will take you through Samui jungle next to the waterfalls. From the back of the elephant you can enjoy the scenery and see some of the local wildlife. You’ll also have a photograph opportunity with an elephant to commemorate the occasion, but getting an elephant to smile is something we still working on!
Monkey work the coconuts
On Samui, the monkey undoubtedly qualifies as man’s best friend! This isn’t surprising, since for centuries the people have trained monkeys to do the hardest part of the harvest, climbing to the trees to pick ripe coconut. Koh Samui is synonymous with coconut trees – there are literally plantations all over the island and until the advent of tourism, coconuts represented the main industry here, so these industrious little animals were greatly prized. As part of the visit our guests will be able to drink the fresh sweet coconuts that where harvest by the monkeys.
The crocodile show is a lot of fun. The crocodile trainers show you these prehistoric beasts in and out of the pool. The highlight of the show is when a volunteer puts his head into the open mouth of a crocodile.