Top Koh Samui Eco Adventures

5 February 2013
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Koh Samui, an hour's flight from Bangkok, off the east coast of Thailand's Kra Isthmus, is a tropical island paradise better known perhaps, for its beach parties than its ecologically friendly adventures. Whether you're travelling on your own, with a partner or with the family, consider seeing Koh Samui's natural wonders during a half day or full day eco-tour that lets you explore the coastline, the lush jungle and the sea.

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Sea Safari
On an all-day Koh Samui sea adventure, discover Angthong National Marine Park's Wao Island, Tai Phow Island and Mae Kho Island. Accompanied by a professional guide, enjoy snorkelling, sightseeing and kayaking around the islands. The inspiration for the film adaptation of Alex Garland's bestseller, The Beach, Angthong National Marine Park's lagoons, limestone cliffs and beautiful beaches are home to macaques, langurs, monitor lizards and dolphins. Trek to the middle of Mae Koh Island to see the Green Lagoon, and take in the magnificent view from the lookout on Ko Wua Talab.

Jungle Safari
A full day's jungle safari usually includes a refreshing swim under a waterfall, and a jeep ride over the mountains. Pay your respects to Loung Por Daeng, a mummified Buddhist monk on display in Kunaram Temple. Visit Big Buddha on Koh Samui's northern shore, and Hin Lad waterfall, located south of Nathon Town. Nearby, discover the twin Namuang waterfalls, the most spectacular on the island, and hidden in the hills of Koh Samui, discover the Magic Buddha Garden, featuring temples, statues and cascading waterfalls.

Snorkelling & Diving
For the best snorkelling and diving in Koh Samui's clear, warm waters, head out via speedboat to Koh Nangyuan and Koh Tao, known as Turtle Island, Southeast Asia's largest diving training centre. Explore the coral reef beyond unique sandbar beach bays, including Mango, Tian Nok, Hin Wong and Sairee. Enjoy snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing, or delve deeper and book a dive tour; see abundant coral and marine creatures, including barracuda, mackerel, tuna and whale sharks.

Eco Adventure

Take an off-road Quad Bike Tour of the island, and visit the temples and waterfalls along the way. Book a local guide to take you up secluded mountain paths and get a bird's eye view of the island before committing to an incredible trip through the treetops, on a Canopy Adventures Sky Ride.

Xanthe Coward

Xanthe's favourite travel destinations are the Greek Islands, Indonesia, Fiji and Vanuatu. With a background in performing arts, fine food, wine and good times, Xanthe enjoys travel that brings her close to the locals and their leisure activities. Being a theatre reviewer means that Xanthe will always do dinner and a show before checking out the late night city scene and still be up early to find the markets and a decent pot of chai.