After hearing that Ko Samui was too touristy and too Western, it was still somewhere we wanted to check out and decide for ourselves. I am SO glad we did!
We decided that we wanted to see more of the ‘real’ Samui, so looked for a tour that went into the heart of the island.
After some research, we found that Feel Travel Samui offered a range of different tours to suit all tastes, and had consistently amazing reviews on tripadvisor. We decided that we didn’t want to do the typical Ko Samui sightseeting e.g. Big Buddha, Grandfather & Grandmother Rocks etc., so we opted for their Jeep Safari, which was a combination of jeep off-roading, jungle surroundings and amazing sights.
The Booking Process
The booking process was very straightforward. Their website has an availability calendar, and is actually a very simple form to fill out. You get a confirmation email once you’ve booked, and a further email the day before explaining what time you’ll be getting picked up the next morning. The man in charge of this company speaks several languages extremely well, and is happy to answer any queries by phone or email beforehand if you have any specific questions.
What You Get For Your Money
So the price of the tour was THB 2,150 (approx. £52 GBP as of February 2019) per person. This includes:
- Hotel/Airbnb pick-up and drop-off from anywhere in Ko Samui
- Unlimited water, soft drinks and beer all day long
- Amazing lunch towards the end of the trip in a beautiful secluded location
- Entry fee to a waterfall
- Experienced tour guide who spoke very fluent English and German (and Thai of course!)
All this alongside a day of activities – seemed a bit too good to be true…
After being picked up bright and early at 8:30, we picked up some other members of the tour and then headed to their base for a briefing. The vehicle was essentially an open-back pick up truck – the Brit inside of me was grateful that there was seatbelts provided, which came in very useful later on!
Tip: An open-top jeep is very cool, but very exposed – take plenty of sun tan lotion!
The day does involve visiting a Buddhist temple buried in the jungle. I got the impression that this was built for tourists, and gets quite busy with all of the other tour operators attending the site too. It’s good to stretch your legs and see something different, but it was more of a nice break than a highlight. However, this wouldn’t stop me recommending the tour as it was nice to have a walk around! There are opportunities to buy fresh fruit and snacks here too.
The trip also features a trip to the waterfall – busy with other tour groups but still a great experience. Watch the video to see how much fun we had!
My only regret from this day was not taking any pictures of the delicious meal that we had. The restaurant was slightly odd – literally in the middle of nowhere and seemed to have been stripped of furniture in all but one floor. However, the views were absolutely spectacular and the staff just kept bringing more and more food to the tables!
Overall, this tour is 100% worth the price we paid, and helped us make some great memories in Ko Samui!