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Short Visit in Koh Samui

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Short Visit in Koh Samui

I need a few bits of information about what to do on a one-day stop (8:00 am-5:00 pm) in Koh Samui, on a cruise stop in February.

Sightseeing tour -- Spa visit -- Cooking Class -- Elephant Trekking

What would you do in the amount of time we have?

1. Is this a good place to go to a spa, instead of a sightseeing tour? I've looked at several spa menus (Absolute Sanctuary, Eranda Herbal) on line, but I'm not sure how far from the cruise terminal any of them are located. Is this a good activity for a short stay and will I have any problem getting to and from the spa? Is there a different spa you recommend?

2. Cooking Class --- SITCA or other?

3. Elephant Trekking--yes or no? I've read disparaging comments, but maybe it would be fun?

Thanks a bunch,

nfkura, boston, ma

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1. Re: Short Visit in Koh Samui


I don't think you will have enough time for everything. If you want day spa I highly recommend www.erandaspa.com

They do pick up and drop off but in your case I'm not sure if they would pick you up from cruise terminal in Nathon but they might be able to drop you off.

Cooking class would take at least a few hours. I would sugget do day spa in the morning and Jen have a look around the island instead. Maybe visit the temple big Buddha, beaches markets etc.

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2. Re: Short Visit in Koh Samui

Animal welfare is not a priority on Samui. Please research very carefully before deciding to do an elephant trek here.

Sweetpea is right - do a day spa and some looking around. I personally am a fan of Wat Pai Laem which is not too far from the Big Buddha.

ETA: I am no expert in getting around from Nathon - but I would also consider Tamarind Springs Day Sa (with steam rooms built into caves).

Edited: 10:00 pm, November 11, 2013
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3. Re: Short Visit in Koh Samui

Thanks... i really was looking for an either or! But i like your suggestions,


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