Koh Samui is Thailand's third largest island. Surrounded by eighty smaller islands, this stunning, natural beauty has been relatively undiscovered until recent years. Rumor claims that in 1971 the first tourists to set foot on Koh Samui were hippies who arrived by way of a coconut boat from Bangkok. While Koh Samui still exports up to 2 million coconuts to Bangkok every month, recent urban developments include a no-frills airport and an ostentatious Reggae bar.

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Ko Samui

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Chaweng Beach At Leisure

    Explore picturesque Chaweng Beach at your leisure during this relaxing visit to Ko Samui.

    Depart the pier for the drive to popular Chaweng Beach and one of its beautiful resorts. Chaweng Beach is the resort capital of the island, and the longest and most developed of Samui's beaches. Chaweng Beach's soft white sands, splendid shopping and entertainment, and a variety of excellent accommodations and food outlets attract thousands of year-round visitors. The seafront resorts dominating the northern and southern ends of the beach tend to be quieter, while central Chaweng Beach is a lively blend of bars and restaurants that often bustles until the early hours of the morning. The main street is set back from the beach, behind the oceanfront hotels and resorts. It features a variety of restaurants and fast-food outlets, along with stalls selling every kind of gift and souvenir.

    During your visit, you will enjoy refreshments and lunch at one of these seafront resorts, and be able to relax at the pool and beach. Lounge chairs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. You’ll have approximately 3 hours of free time to enjoy the resort facilities or you might want to venture out and explore Chaweng Beach shopping area. Your guide will answer questions you may have about the facilities and give you the meeting time and place for your return to the ship.

    Please note: This tour package also includes access to hotel facilities, a welcome drink, and lunch with 2 beverages (beer or soft drink), plus coffee or tea. More than one resort may be used on this tour so please notify the Destination Services Desk on board if you are traveling with someone to ensure you are accommodated at the same location.

  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 30 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 8 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 30 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 8 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Ko Samui Discovery

    Experience a truly unique lifestyle and culture during this half-day visit to Ko Samui, the Island of Coconuts.

    Depart the ship for the tender ride ashore and begin your tour with a scenic coastal drive past exquisite beaches and lush coconut plantations en route to Ko Samui, which is located off the northern shore of Samui on a small rocky island accessible by a causeway. Your first stop will be made at the Big Buddha Temple, or Wat Pha Yai. The Big Buddha Temple features a 36-foot golden statue perched atop a wide staircase decorated with dragons. The statue of Buddha is visible from several miles away, and creates an impressive silhouette against the sea and sky behind it. Surrounding the Buddha, you will find a number of meditation huts, or kutis, along with several striking golden statues and shops.

    After your Big Buddha Temple visit, you will continue on to the Island Safari. One of the newest attractions on Samui, the Island Safari offers a fascinating glimpse into the amazing skill and training of elephants, and the daily duties they help perform on the island. You will then visit a local home and coconut plantation to explore how the islanders live and work. During your visit, you will learn how the pig-tailed monkeys found on the island are domesticated, and trained to pick ripe coconuts. This centuries-old tradition certainly comes in handy as Ko Samui, the Island of Coconuts, produces over three million coconuts per month. Observe the exceptional abilities of these entertaining creatures, along with their amusing antics.

    Following your tour, you will rejoin your coach for the return drive to the pier and ship.

    Please note: The tour provides a basic introduction to Ko Samui. Tour buses and guides will be brought over from the mainland in order to provide the best service and quality possible. A moderate amount of walking is involved. Comfortable lightweight clothing and walking shoes are recommended. The temple visit requires appropriate dress: no cut-offs, sleeveless shirts, etc. will be permitted.

  • Ko Samui Highlights

    Discover the highlights to be found in Ko Samui during a wonderful orientation tour of this scenic island.

    Depart the ship for the tender ride ashore and begin your tour with a scenic coastal drive past exquisite beaches and lush coconut plantations en route to Ko Samui, which is located off the northern shore of Samui on a small rocky island accessible by a causeway. Your first stop will be an entertaining monkey show to learn how locals use monkeys to pick ripe coconuts. This centuries-old tradition certainly comes in handy as Ko Samui, the Island of Coconuts, produces over three million coconuts per month. You will observe the exceptional abilities of these entertaining creatures, along with their amusing antics.

    Next, you will continue on for a visit to the Kunaram Temple, a small, unique monastery that embodies a true sense of simplicity and tranquility. During your visit, you will have an opportunity to view the body of Samui's most famous mummified monk, Loung Poh Deang. When he died more than 20 years ago, Loung Poh Deang was seated in the meditation position. Amazingly, he is still seated in that position, and his body shows few signs of any major decay. From here, you will proceed to 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 them perform a variety of feats, including a game of soccer.

    Your tour concludes with a visit to the Big Buddha Temple, or Wat Pha Yai. The Big Buddha Temple features a 36-foot golden statue perched atop a wide staircase decorated with dragons. The statue of Buddha is visible from several miles away and creates an impressive silhouette against the sea and sky behind it. Surrounding the Buddha, you will find a number of meditation huts, or kutis, along with several striking golden statues and shops.

    Please note: Tour buses and guides will be brought over from the mainland in order to provide the best service and quality possible. There is a moderate amount of walking involved. Lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The temple visit requires appropriate dress: no cut-offs, sleeveless shirts, etc. will be permitted.

  • Thai Traditional Cooking Class

    Experience the flavors of Ko Samui during this unique guided visit to a local market, followed by an exclusive Thai cooking lesson at the beautiful Nora Beach Resort & Spa.

    Depart the pier for the drive to a local market, which features a wide array of food and goods consumed by the islanders. Wandering among the tiny, packed stalls of this fascinating site is truly a unique experience, and offers excellent insights into the local way of life. Your guide will explain the essential ingredients in the preparation of a Thai meal, and help you select fresh items for your cooking class.

    Next, you will be escorted to the Nora Beach Resort & Spa for a memorable cooking class and lunch. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed at the resort with a traditional Thai Herbal beverage prior to your cooking class. You will then watch and learn how the chef prepares the food, and explains the traditional methods used in Thai cooking. During this 90-minute cooking demonstration, you will be invited to don an apron and chef's hat, and help prepare your meal before enjoying the results of your efforts. You will begin with a delicious bowl of chicken soup made with fresh coconut milk. Next, you will dine on deep-fried stuffed crabmeat served with Thai noodles. A refreshing dessert of coconut ice cream will cap off your meal.

    After lunch, you will have about 30 minutes of free time to explore the Nora Beach Resort & Spa. A changing room is available near the restaurant if you would like to put on a swimsuit to take a dip in the pool or swim at the beach. Lounge chairs are subject to availability. Be sure to bring your credit card or U.S. dollars for any incidentals you may wish to purchase directly from the resort.

    Following your tour, you will be transferred back to the pier and ship.

    Please note: The cooking demonstration will last for approximately 1.5 hours. About 30 minutes of free time will be spent at the Nora Beach Resort & Spa.

  • Ancient Temples and Monkeys

    Experience the tropical beauty and traditions of Ko Samui during this picturesque sightseeing tour of the island.

    After tendering ashore, depart the pier for a scenic coastal drive past exquisite beaches and lush coconut plantations en route to Ko Samui, which is located off the northern shore of Samui on a small rocky island accessible by a causeway. Your first stop will be an entertaining monkey show to learn how locals use monkeys to pick ripe coconuts. This centuries-old tradition certainly comes in handy as Ko Samui, the Island of Coconuts, produces over three million coconuts per month.

    Next, you will continue on for a visit to the Kunaram Temple. During your visit to this small, tranquil monastery, you will view the body of Samui's most famous mummified monk, Loung Poh Deang. When he died more than 20 years ago, Loung Poh Deang was seated in the meditation position. Amazingly, he is still seated in that position, and his body shows few signs of any major decay.

    From here, you will proceed to the Big Buddha Temple, or Wat Pha Yai. The temple features a 36-foot golden statue perched atop a wide staircase decorated with dragons. The statue of Buddha is visible from several miles away, and creates an impressive silhouette against the sea and sky behind it. Surrounding the Buddha, you will find a number of meditation huts, or kutis, along with several striking golden statues and shops catering to the needs of visitors.

    Leaving the Big Buddha Temple, you will drive to the Plai Leam Temple, one of Ko Samui's most colorful temples. It features an 18-arm statue of the Goddess of Mercy, or Guam Im, seated in the middle of the lake. After a photo stop and refreshments at a scenic viewpoint overlooking Chaweng Beach, you will rejoin your coach for the return drive to the pier. Upon arrival, you will tender back to the ship.

    Please note: Tour buses and guides will be brought over from the mainland in order to provide the best service and quality possible. This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. Lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Proper attire is required for the temple visit: no cut-offs, sleeveless shirts, etc. will be permitted inside.

  • Elephant Camp and Thai Flavors

    An elephant exhibition, monkey show and other activities are yours to discover during this unique and memorable tour in Southeast Asia.

    Depart the pier for the drive to Island Safari. Upon arrival to the elephant camp, 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.

    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 Ko 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.

    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 Thai set lunch in a local beachside restaurant.

    After lunch you will transfer to the Big Buddha Temple for a short visit.

    Your tour will conclude with a visit the impressive Namuang Waterfall adn a visit to a local house and coconut plantation to see how coconut milk is extracted, before being transferred back to the pier and ship.

    Please note: The Elephant camps may vary.

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