AFAR: Temples & Beach

  • Port

    Nathon (Koh Samui), Thailand

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type


  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Cost


    Price between $101-$150
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    6 Hours

  • Meals Included


Board your air-conditioned motorcoach and embark on a drive that takes you through the tropical countryside as you drive through Hua Thanon, a traditional fishing village set amidst a paradise of green trees, golden sand and glistening ocean. Have your cameras at the ready to possibly capture the photogenic beauty of the fishermen’s Kor Lae boats, ornately painted in bright colors.

Prepare yourself for some monkey business. Literally! Because you’ll also visit a local venue where monkeys harvest coconuts! It’s true. For centuries monkeys have been trained to scale coconut palms and pluck coconuts for their handlers. You'll enjoy a delightful demonstration of this ancient art performed by these frisky little creatures.

Nearby you’ll also enjoy the beauty of Plai Laem Temple. Once part of the Big Buddha Temple, Wat Plai Laem is home to a superb statue of Kwan Yin (or Guanjin), the 18-armed Buddhist avatar of Mercy and to a massive, vibrantly-colored Smiling Buddha. The temple is also famous for the hundreds of big fish that live in the lake. Take time out from exploration to feed them - food is available at the temple for a small donation.

Towering, golden and featuring a benign smile, a 39-foot high golden Buddha welcomes as you visit one of the island’s most popular spots - Big Buddha Temple. Situated on the northeastern tip of the island, it has become a major meditation center for local and tourists alike. Climb the stairs to the viewing platform to take in superb vistas of the northern coast. A perfect photo opportunity.  Take a stroll around the local handicraft stalls located within the temple complex search out unique souvenirs and gifts for your family and friends offered by local vendors.

Take a break from your exploration to indulge in a delicious international buffet at a beach resort hotel. Set along a pristine stretch of white sand, this upscale resort is a perfect backdrop for a relaxing meal.

Be sure to bring your swimsuit if you wish to swim after lunch there will be a short time for you to relax or take a swim….  Explore Chaweng Beach and enjoy its powdery white sands turquoise sea vistas  - that’s what greets you as you step onto Koh Samui’s most popular beach.

To visit the Phra Yai (Bid Buddha), you must be able to walk up 82 steps.
Modest attire is required to visit the temple complex—knees must be covered and shoes must be removed.
Minimum age is 6 years.
Excursion is Guided in English