David and I wanted to explore the island of Koh Samui so we booked the full day safari tour with Mr Ungs magical safari tours. I must say that this is a day I will never forget. We set off on board ‘The Master’ with 6 other tourists and our hilarious guide early in the morning after being picked up from our hotel.
Full Day Jungle Safari: 9.00am-5.30pm.
Cost £30 (roughly) each.
- Grandfather grandmother rocks
- Monkey works the coconut
- Elephant trekking
- Swimming at the waterfall
- Jungle water slides
70 meters of fast action and 20 meters of fabulous fun
- 4 Wheel drive up into the mountains
- 5 Magnificent mountain viewpoint stops
- Buddha’s magic garden
- Mummified monk
- Mountain top restaurant
traditional Thai lunch, soft drinks and water
- Rubber plantation – rubber tapping demo
- Tasting Thai fruits
- Descend the mountain
- Big Buddha at sunset
First stop was Grandfather & Grandmother rock Lamai. Also known as Hin Ta and Hin Yai rocks. This is a free attraction and open during the daylight hours. We found this a slightly odd attraction to be honest but it was a pretty scene at the edge of the rocks and the legend behind them is nice. Overall it was quite artsy and fits of giggles could be heard all around. Sorry about the dark pictures, I couldn’t get the settings right on my camera.
Next up was the monkeys who work at the coconut plantation.
The monkeys are imported from Bangkok and are used to climb the coconut trees and throw the coconuts down to the workers. They were cute and seemed to be well looked after. We also got to enjoy a complimentary coconut.
Namuang Safari Park:
The Elephant Trek & show with an opportunity to get up close and personal with a tiger cub and an adult leopard. Quite possibly the most frightening thing I have done to date. It has been my dream from a young age to have a pet tiger and I just had to take this chance to get close to one. I find them mesmerising and such beautiful animals to look at. It was quite nerve racking being in with the leopard as it kept nuzzling into David’s arm and flexing his big teeth at us. I have tried to pick out some pictures where we don’t look quite so nervous.
The elephant trek was a new experience to us both. He was quite cheeky and could smell the tasty yellow treats I had hidden. He kept lifting his trunk up and sniffing around my legs in the hope that he would be able to pinch one. It was nice to be able to have such an intimate experience with an elephant.
Namuang Waterfall Slides & climb:
Namuang 2 waterfall is the biggest on Samui and breathtaking to see.
We didn’t go down the slides but we did take the steep rocky climb up to have a look at the majestic waterfall. It was out of this world beautiful and I have not seen anything like it on my travels before. The pictures do not it justice and I would recommend a visit if you are in the area to see the waterfalls in all their glory. You also have the option to take a zip wire across the jungle for those of you who seek thrills.
We got to experience a ride on the roof bench of ‘The Master’ up the mountains with gorgeous views and a thrill of excitement. It was nerve racking being thrown around on top of the jeep with no seat belt and the fear of knowing you could fall down the cliffs if you let go. White knuckle ride indeed.
Bhadda’s Magic Garden:
A lovely hide away for the people living in the mountains. It offers majestic views and an unusual collection of statues amid lush jungle surrounds. The gardens are a creation of an old Samui fruit farmer, Nim Thongsuk, who in 1976 began erecting several statues and temples around his family’s land. Khun Nim continued to work developing his garden until his death at the age of 91.
The Mummified Monk:
This was a bizarre scene. Apparently it was this mans own wish for his body to be kept in this upright position. As you can see, his body is well-preserved considering that he died nearly 40 years ago. We were told that he is wearing sunglasses as his eyes fell back into his skull a few years ago. You are allowed to take pictures at this temple, but please do so in a respectful manner and make sure you are dressed appropriately.
I didn’t take any pictures of lunch but we were pleasantly surprised by how nice the meal was. We had a selection of traditional Thai food and bottled water and sat high up in the mountains with a gorgeous view out the back of the restaurant.
Descending the mountain and group photos.
& then… This happened.
The guides kept putting this on people. Apparently it is harmless. I stayed away just in case. Doesn’t look it to me!
Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai)
The 15 Meter high gold Big Buddha temple is visible for miles around. It was built in 1972 and is probably the island’s most well-known landmark and attraction. Behind the statue itself is a Dharma wheel which symbolizing the endless cycle of birth and rebirth. Around the island you will find various stalls, shops and cute kittens loitering around.
So overall we really enjoyed this day trip & I would recommend Mr Ungs. We got to see a lot of things we wouldn’t have seen otherwise and the staff were a great laugh.
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