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About Ko Samui

With its white beaches and inviting seas, Ko Samui has become a bustling island resort. On a Ko Samui cruise you can journey inland from Na Thon and see the two scenic waterfalls of Na Muang, meaning purple - named after the coloured rocks at their base.

Coconut plantations can be found on the coastal plains, where monkeys scale the palms to pluck coconuts for their handlers. North east lies the remarkable Big Buddha statue at the top of the ceremonial dragon-steps of Wat Phra Yai, all which can be seen on our cruises to Ko Samui.

 

Shore excursions in Ko Samui

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Around the Island

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 7 hours

Make the most of your time in Koh Samui by travelling around the island visiting Temples with Buddha images and Chaweng Beach.

Your scenic drive visits Kunaram Temple, a home to its own Buddhist miracle: a special building holds a mummified corpse of its most famous monk who died while sitting in meditation. Continue through Hua Thanon Village on to the coconut plantation, where a demonstration will show you how monkeys have been specially trained to harvest the ripe fruits in Samui’s coconut plantation.

The Temple of the Big Buddha is a famous meditation centre that boasts a massive seated Buddha. Situated on Fan Island, the temple has become a major meditation centre for local residents and foreign visitors. The centerpiece of the temple is a massive, 39 foot high sitting Buddha erected in 1792.

Lunch will be served at a local hotel before visiting Chaweng Beach. There are plenty of stalls and shops along Beach Road, which sell souvenirs, handicrafts and paintings. Approximately 1 hour of free time is available at your own leisure.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 1½ hours of walking over mostly flat ground. There are over 20 steps to climb at the Big Buddha Temple and shoes are not permitted in the temple hall. Sleeveless shirts and blouses, shorts, ripped clothes, or open-toes shoes are not permitted to be worn inside the temple. There are independent suppliers on the beach that may offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Chaweng Beach On Your Own

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Spend a few hours at your leisure in Koh Samui’s most popular resort area, Chaweng Beach.

Ko Samui’s most popular beach boasts miles of powdery white sand and clear water. On its northern and southern sides, there are elegant seaside resorts and 5 star hotels. In its central section, you’ll find restaurants, cafés and bars as well as numerous shops selling souvenirs, clothing and more. Water sports and massages can be easily found along the beach.

You’ll have approximately 2 hours free time to do as you please. Top up your tan, shop to your heart’s content, whatever you do the choice is yours.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minivan. The journey to Chaweng Beach is approximately 1 hour. Passengers are recommended to wear their swimwear under their clothes and take a towel and sunscreen. This tour is non-guided and does not include any meals, refreshments or entrance fees. You are advised to carry local currency. There are independent suppliers on the beach that may offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Colours of Koh Samui

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Discover some of Koh Samui’s fascinating temples and visit a traditional local coconut plantation to see trained monkeys at work.

Situated on Fan Island, the Temple of the Big Buddha has become a major meditation centre for local residents and foreign visitors alike. The Temple’s centrepiece is an impressive 39 foot tall golden Buddha erected in 1792.

Wat Plai Laem is one of the most colourful temples on Koh Samui and features an 18-armed Goddess of Mercy statue set in the middle of a lake, in which hundreds of fish are waiting to be fed.

Before returning to the ship, continue to a local coconut plantation and learn how coconuts are harvested. Here, you’ll witness a demonstration of the monkeys scaling coconut palms to pluck the ripe nuts for their handlers.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking involved on this tour. Comfortable, non-slip walking shoes are recommended. Food for the fish is available at the Temple for a small donation of 10-20 Baht per pack. You’ll be refused entry to the Temple if you are not appropriately dressed. Please wear tops with sleeves and full-length trousers or skirts. Shoulders, knees and ankles must be covered. Open-toed or open-heeled shoes are not permitted.

Dog and Cat Rescue Centre

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 5 hours

Visit the Dog and Cat Rescue Centre at Samui to see the great work the team there achieve and meet the grateful residents.

The Dog and Cat Rescue Centre was founded in April 1999 on Samui Island. Here you will be able to meet Ms Brigitte Gomm, the founder of the Centre and see how the team live and work at the shelter. If you wish, you will have the opportunity to help out the teams with their washing and grooming of the animals.

The main goals of the Rescue Centre include injecting all dogs and cats against rabies, deworming, treating all stray dogs and cats in the event of injury or sickness and giving them somewhere to rest. Pet owners are also educated on the care and welfare of their pets.

On your return drive, you will stop at Chaweng Beach for an hour at leisure, for an opportunity to wander along the Chaweng Beach Road browsing in the shops.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. A small donation is included in the cost of the tour; however the Centre is always in need of extra shampoo, old towels, small soft toys for the puppies and dog food. For more information please visit www.samuidog.org.

Sun, Sea and Sand

Activity lowMeal included

Duration: 6 hours

Soak up the sun, relax and enjoy one of the leading resorts on Koh Samui.

Koh Samui's best beaches line the northern and eastern coasts, the most popular ones being Chaweng, Lamai and Choeng Mon. Enjoy approximately 4 hours of leisure at a top local resort situated on the beautiful and unspoiled beach.

Relax on one of the sun loungers or take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool. Indulge in a delicious international and Thai buffet lunch including fresh local fruits, an array of desserts including tea and coffee. The time is yours to spend as you please until your transfer back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is little walking involved on this tour, although the ground at the beach club may be uneven. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Beach/Water Related’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure. Beach chairs and umbrellas cannot be pre-reserved and are on a first-come, first-served basis. There are independent suppliers on the beach that may offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

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