Surat Thani Province
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Koh Samui: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Interactive Tour

1. Koh Samui: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Interactive Tour

On the morning of your visit, you will be picked up from your accommodation and will drive for approximately 40 minutes through scenic agricultural areas before arriving at the sanctuary. There, you will be met by your English-speaking guide and learn a little about the elephants. After being allocated bananas and sugar cane to feed to the elephants, you will walk with your guide through the sanctuary, where you will find free-roaming elephants and hear their individual stories. You can touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their stories, lifestyle, and behaviors. Most of the elephants are rescued show or riding elephants, but they are now safe and well cared for at this no-riding sanctuary. After you have met all the elephants, you will watch them enjoy their mud spa and also be able to join them. The elephants apply mud on their skin as a healthy sunscreen and mud treatment. Next, you will walk with the elephants, shower them, and join them in the water for a refreshing cool-off. Brush the elephants while they frolic and play in the water. Once the elephants are clean, you can take some final photos with them, and then it will be time to part ways with your new friend and change into some dry clothes. Finally, you will be able to enjoy some freshly cooked Pad Thai, delicious snacks and seasonal fresh fruit. Then enjoy the impressive rural scenery as you drive back to the hotel.

Ko Tao: Try Scuba Diving 1-Day Experience

2. Ko Tao: Try Scuba Diving 1-Day Experience

Try out scuba diving on this full-day activity, perfect for those short on time. Meet your group at 9:00 AM and get fitted for the diving equipment. Your instructor will run through a safety briefing and you'll complete a short quiz to make sure you have understood everything.   At 11:00 AM you'll head to the pier and board a custom-made dive boat with all the facilities required for you to have an enjoyable and relaxed day. Your instructor will set up the kit as you relax on the sun deck. When you reach the calm bay start off in shallow water to build your confidence and learn some basic diving skills.   Then follow your instructor to a maximum depth of 12 meters, while taking in the awe-inspiring sights of your first underwater diving experience. Afterwards, relax on the boat or enjoy the option to jump in again for a second dive. At the end of your diving experience, return to the dive center at around 4:00 PM.

Koh Samui: Traditional Thai Cooking Class with Market Tour

3. Koh Samui: Traditional Thai Cooking Class with Market Tour

Learn how to prepare and cook four traditional Thai dishes at a fun and interactive half-day cooking class in Koh Samui. Awaken your culinary creativity, visit a local market, and savor lots of healthy Thai food along the way. Choose four delightful recipes from a long list of dishes, which includes vegan or vegetarian options. Before cooking, begin your lesson with a trip to a local market to select the best quality ingredients and learn about their history. Head back to the cooking school after for a welcome drink and authentic Thai curry paste or Pad Thai sauce demonstration. Then, receive expert instructions and tips from a patient and experienced local chef. After getting your instructions, prepare and create your chosen dishes in a fully-equipped workspace with continued assistance from the chef to ensure your Thai cuisine is just as it should be. Finally, move to the dining area when you finish cooking and taste your creations in an informal atmosphere with new, like-minded foodie friends. The class also includes a complimentary Thai dessert made in-house.

Ko Tao: Open Water Scuba Diving 4-Day Course

4. Ko Tao: Open Water Scuba Diving 4-Day Course

Start your experience with an afternoon orientation at 5:00 PM. The following day begins at 9:00 AM with a classroom session, to learn the basics of scuba diving. At 12:00 PM you'll move to the swimming pool, where your experienced instructor will teach you the skills you need for diving. Learn to clear your mask, retrieve your regulator, and what you should do in the unlikely event of an emergency.   The next day begins at 9:30 AM with another session in the classroom. Learn how diving affects the human body, some basic navigation, and other safety skills. In the afternoon, head out on the boat to complete your first 2 open water dives. Dive to a maximum depth of 12 meters and look out for stingrays, pufferfish, moray eels, and an amazing array of vibrant reef fish.   Your final day starts early at 6:00 AM, with 2 dives at more advanced sites on Ko Tao. See bigger creatures that inhabit the island's waters, like barracuda, queen fish, and even whale sharks if you're very lucky. Afterwards, you'll be able to call yourself an open water diver and be certified up to 18 meters anywhere in the world. Celebrate back at the dive center with a complimentary beer and a t-shirt.

Khao Sok: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Visit

5. Khao Sok: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Visit

Start the activity by sustainably cutting orchard and banana trees. Ingredients for creating the combination come from the orchard or the nearby community forest which helps contributing income for the local community. Then, watch elephants playing while you relax in the shade. Have the possibility to scrub some itchy places that the elephants cannot easily reach themselves. Learn about the behavior of these beautiful animals from your knowledgeable guide.

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What people are saying about Surat Thani Province

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 28 reviews

The cooking class was really great! We were picked up at the hotel on time, then we went to the market (there was a tour but no purchase of the ingredients. What exactly we want to eat in the 4-course menu, we had to determine immediately after the taxi arrived. We didn't think so great, because we were 5 tourists who didn't know each other and have different mother tongues.) The course itself was really great, every menu was prepared under supervision and prepared by each individual - suuuuper delicious! Guide and location very pleasant and a suitable family atmosphere. A really great experience and the price is definitely right too! Gladly again!

The cooking class with exercise was really very nice, to be honest, we couldn't have imagined the course better: There were only two of us and were able to choose four dishes right after we picked them up. It wasn't a problem that we are vegetarians. The first stop was a very authentic market where we bought most of the ingredients and received a lot of information. Afterwards, we cooked in Bung's front yard, where everything was carefully and neatly arranged. The cooking itself was a lot of fun and we will definitely cook the recipes at home (recipes are available online). A very recommendable experience!

Really great day even in the rain! All the staff were so friendly and helpful definitely recommend this place for scuba diving especially if it’s your first time and you want to do a try dive. You can also do open water certificate here too!

Very well organized, knowledgeable, kind people. Highly recommend! The only downside was that I got full before I could finish everything

What a lifetime experience!! All the staff are very nice and gentle to the elephants. Highly recommended!!