This half-day tour takes you to see the stunning sights of this tropical paradise. Learn about the coconut industry on the island from a local farmer; then, visit the fishing village of Baan Hua Tanon. You’ll be delighted as you watch a trained monkey climb a coconut tree to pluck a nut. Enjoy a cool beverage made from fresh coconut milk. Visit the huge Seated Buddha, built in 1972. Phra Yai (Big Buddha) sits proudly on the top of a rocky islet off the northeast coast of the island. You’ll stop to view this monumental landmark and the small temple complex that surrounds it. End your experience with a delicious lunch at a beach resort.Notes:To visit the Phra Yai (Bid Buddha), you must be able to walk up 76 steps. Modest attire is required to visit the temple complex—knees must be covered and shoes must be removed.
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Koh Samui is a resort area and there are certainly a number of high end resorts here. The first stop at at the monkey viewing area, was interesting to see how the monkeys pick the coconuts. We were told that 90% of the coconuts are picked by monkeys as they are fast. They have just one master who trains them from birth. The description of entering the complex of a typical Thai home is a bit fanciful. You can see it sitting there, but you do not enter it. It is really not typical of a Thai home today, rather one from 50 years ago or older. The visit to the Buddha is OK, but there is no reason to climb 78 step to the base of the Buddha as there is really nothing there. You can see it quite well from the ground level, take pictures, etc. The small market complex where it is located has a very good variety of well made goods. The lunch stop is at a 5 star resort and is a buffet style lunch so you can pick whatever you want. The tour guide was very good and easily understandable. This is a very good short tour.