Lamai jungle trip
Koh Samui is a tropical island and its interior is mostly jungle, with plenty of opportunity to explore it by tour or under your own steam. Full day tours typically involve an elephant trek, lunch and a look at some of the top sights of the island. You can also trek to waterfalls, take in coconut groves and more.
Many visitors looking for a Lamai jungle trip typically go with one of the tour groups, such as Mr Ung’s Magical Safari, who do everything from half-day or full-day island tours to game fishing trips. They also do zip line days out.
In addition are Jungle Safari Tours, who do a full day of elephant trekking, to include an elephant show and a visit to the famous mummified monk at Wat Khunaram not far from Lamai. The jungle trek includes a look at a spectacular waterfall and they have English speaking tour guides.
For high octane adventure, getting on a jeep tour is a must. Four-by-four jungle trips from Lamai go from all main beaches, including pick-ups at Lamai resorts. They then head out into the mountains and rubber plantations before having lunch and taking in the likes of the Secret Buddha Garden or Big Buddha.
Group tours feature like-minded people in an open-backed Wrangler jeep and typically go every day of the week. You can also go private for yourself or family, while the alternative is to rent a jeep and take to the hills. The latter is straightforward nowadays what with the advent of GPS, Google Maps and smartphones, and there are reputable rental firms on Samui that offer full insurance.
One of the most popular jungle trips from Lamai is to the Secret Buddha Garden. This stunning rock garden set amid a high point of Samui was the brainchild of a local fruit farmer in the 1970s and features a plethora of sculptures. Organised tours take a couple of hours, but it’s better to go under your own steam—get there in the morning—and trek some of the trails in the area.
A jungle trip from Lamai up to Na Muang falls is also a must. They are just a few miles inland from Lamai Beach, off the road to Nathon, and come with a pristine pool for a dip. You can park up here and trek up to the falls, or even get on an elephant trek.