Wanting to see a different side of Thailand? Why not visit the outer islands that offer so much to see and do. From riding elephants to cooking authentic Thai cuisine, there is something for everyone...
Lomprayah High Speed Ferries:
This is the best way to travel to the islands at a great price... They offer services to the islands and can depart right from Bangkok to Koh Tao. The ferries are large and tidy, however embarking and disembarking can be a little difficult if struggling with large suitcases as the gangway can be narrow and the ferry will move with the tide. The travel time to Koh Tao (Turtle Island) is over 2 hours and also includes a stop in Koh Phangan.
Montra Cooking School:
The cooking school is set up to cook 4 dishes including 1 desert and is ideal for couples or small family groups. The cooking school takes place in the main open-air restaurant, beside the pool and allows you to experience real Thai cooking with a local chef. You're given a chefs hat and apron, along with a cookery book to keep and a certificate. Prices were around NZD$50 per person and the duration is around 2-3 hours. Cooking near to a meal time is a good option as you will cook enough to satisfy a main meal.
Angthong National Marine Park Tour:
Speed boat departs from Santhiya and this full day tour goes to a number of snorkeling spots and includes a packed lunch. This option costs 4000Baht (around NZD$200) and gives clients a good opportunity to swim in a number of areas and be looked after for the day.
Attractions in Koh Samui include elephant riding/feeding, monkeys collecting coconuts and the mumified monk which still grows hair and nails 40 years after his death. Koh Samui also is the best area for shopping!