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Samui Explorer Reviews from our Happy Customers

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 1189 0

Samui Explorer Mission is Simple

Samui Explorer mission is simple, but can sometimes be hard!

When working with tourists, their expectations can be somewhat high, forgetting that they’re in Thailand

However this is Thailand and much of the businesses, do not apply the same standards as other Countries, and this frustrates tourists.

And others are just giving the wrong advice on which tours are best suited for them or the individual, this causes anger and disappointment.

Samui Explorer thrives on making each customers tour, a good one, but choosing the correct tour for them, based on budget, family groups, expectations, and give them honest information regarding each tour, so there are no surprises on the day and disappointment.

We can’t control what happens whilst our customers are on tour, but I can recommend the tours/operators that I have 99% confidence that they will offer a good service to the best of their ability on the day.

As part of our service, we offer free advice, recommendation on restaurants, bars and off the beaten track places to visit.

Where possible we take the time to explore the Island for new places to see, and new restaurants or bars opened to keep the Island interesting for our customers.

Below are reviews we have received that stood out from most, but most importantly the ones that really made us proud of what we, Samui Explorer has achieved

Below was a review sent to me following a surprise Wedding proposal from our customer’s partner. He emailed me secretly after she arranged tailor-made tours, and asked could we change the Itinerary and add in a romantic spot. And so we did



Hi Michelle,

Thank you so much for helping us (and Michael) organize such a special day. We had a wonderful day and it was perfect to have Mr Nong with us. He is a lovely guide. From what Michael says, he couldn’t have pulled it off without your help. Thank you again. We are in the process of writing a trip advisor review also, have been a little busy. We are leaving Samui tomorrow, but this place holds a dear place in our heart and we hope to be back again soon. If so, we will be in touch.

Take care.



Another customer contacted me months before arriving on Koh Samui for a family holiday.

This had been a long awaited holiday to the Island and really wanted it to be perfect.

We spent many emails back and forth getting her tailor-made tour perfect and choosing the right boat tour for her family

And this is how it went

Hi Michelle

Just want to say thank you once again for your help in making our trip to Koh Samui so memorable. Nong was the best tour guide and knew so much about the Island. He was great with our kids and just a lovely person. Was a pleasure meeting him.
Blue Star was fantastic. We enjoyed this very much and so did our kids. They are very organised and professional. The staff are wonderful people, and great with the kids. We all loved the kayaking and would definitely do it again.

We couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend our time on Koh Samui and have just fell in love with the Island. We will definitely be back.

Thank you once again. I will be leaving a trip advisor review on your company.

Hope we get to meet you next time.

And another  –

We booked an island tour on very short notice with Samui Explorer.
E-mail contact was easy and very friendly with Michelle. Our preferred date was not available which was actually the day after we placed our request.
But an alternative was found soon and Michelle booked our guide and filled our program beside the things we requested to see.

Mr. Nong picked us up on time at our hotel and started our sightseeing tour. Nong is very friendly, knowledgeable about Koh Samui and easy to talk to. He was really outgoing and you could ask him whatever you wanted. Even private stuff.

We did out tour as arranged by Michelle and made a few adjustments with Nong which he had no problem with.

Five hours later after seeing the main attractions, Nong drop us off again at the hotel lobby.
He’s a good driver, respectful and we felt in good hands all the time.

Maybe important to know but that does not affect the service anyway. Samui Explorer is only an office and the broker of the tour guide. They don’t provide the tours under their name Samui Explorer but arrange full private tours with local guides.

Would book again with Samui Explorer as the guide they booked for us was very good and the price is too.

As I had a short stay in Koh Samui, choosing Samui Explorer for a 5-hour private tour around the island proved to be an excellent choice. Communicating with Michelle, our tour guide, was very easy and her proposals included both local and touristy views. She also explained to us a lot of things regarding thai mentality. It was value for money and well worth it and I would highly recommend this service to anyone.

We have much more examples like this which you can view on Trip Advisor. If you’re unsure what to do whilst on Samui, or just looking for honest advice please do not hesitate in contacting us

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Michelle from Samui Explorer arranged a bespoke private tour for my wife and I to visit the local temples and Koh Samui Landmarks.
Our tour guide was Mr Nong and he was BRILLIANT. We travelled in his air conditioned car and had plenty of time to explore on our own with the added benefit of our knowledgeable guide.
Mr Nong is a careful driver and we felt safe at all times whilst being driven around the island.
When we had finished viewing the attractions Mr Nong was always close-by to the vehicle ready to answer our questions and drive to the next place.
The highlight of our tour included a visit to The Big Buddha and nearby temple were we enjoyed feeding the fish. By the end of the tour we had seen all the attractions on our wish list and also had time for lunch in the capitol (Nathon).
Mr Nong gave us a restaurant recommendation at no profit to himself and the food was excellent and very reasonably priced at 500 baht for two persons including drinks.
Seriously its not worth hiring a car when you can have a reasonable priced private guided tour with Samui Explorer and Mr Nong.
I don’t normally write reviews, But in this case I have made an exception and would highly recommend you use Samui Explorer for all your tour requirements on Koh Samui.
Many Thanks to Michelle and Mr Nong.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We initially booked airport transfers, then added snorkeling and kayaking day trips. Or transfer drivers were on time and Michelle was great in dealing with our books. She responded to our early morning emails quickly (we were uncertain about the weather due to heavy rain both mornings). I’d recommend using this company and would book through them again.

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Fun In The Sun Exploring Koh Samui

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 668

Fun In the sun with Samui Explorer

Fun times, fond memories and great times is exactly what you will find touring with Samui Explorer

Private Tailor-made tours are built based on exactly what you as, a customers chooses to see, or do

Not what others have chosen for you.

Not everybody comes to Thailand to see Temples or beaches.

Others may enjoy viewpoints, local village life, or maybe a local school

This is all possible with Samui Explorer

Listen to a testimonial from one of our recent customers – We enjoyed a fun day out exploring Funky bars, and beaches.

I made an itinerary covering mountain views, culture, Temples, beaches, Funky Bars and much more. Had lunch in stunning locations

We have so much to see and do on Koh Samui which most be tourist miss because they are not guided correctly or given the correct information

Get as much out of Samui on your holiday as possible!

Contact Michelle at

Or visit Michelle and Jack at our office in the Big Buddha Temple, The Big Buddha Coffee Shop

Samui Explorer Tour agent
Big Buddha Coffee Shop Samui Explorer office


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2017 Planning Your Tours on Koh Samui

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 650

2017 Samui Explorer is planning ahead for our customers

2017 Will bring new tours, new plans, and great discounts

Samui Explorer will be much more interactive with our customers

Tours which we sell, we have always carefully chosen for our customers, and recently added some exciting adrenalin rush activities off road, and on the water

2016 we added Luxury Yacht tours and Half Day Traditional Long Tail Boat tours to secluded Islands . Snorkeling, kayaking or simply beach-time

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Longtail Boat to Koh Taen

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But 2017 we will offer fantastic discounts on most tours, and an agency inside our coffee Shop – The Big Buddha Coffee Shop Inside the Big Buddha Temple

2017 Big Buddha Coffee Shop

We will incorporate coffee’s and tour special deals, comfortable seating and fabulous views to enjoy relax and enjoy choosing the right tour for you

You Should Be With Us!

Travel Samui Explorer Tours
Big Buddha Coffee Shop – Michelle
Alternatively you can contact us by via our website


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Samui Explorer Doing It The Right Way

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 649

Samui Explorer is a small family run Tour Agency

Our office is situated inside our coffee shop The Big Buddha Coffee, located in the Big Buddha Temple.

Samui Explorer has been Trading since 2012 we have grown rapidly becoming one of Koh Samui’s reputable Tour Agencies and Private Tour Company.

Samui Explorer specializes in Private Tailormade Island Tours, Private Drivers, and Private Airport/Pier Transfers to and from Resorts and Private Villa’s around the Island


Samui Island Explorer recommends and makes bookings for only the highest rated operators on Koh Samui that offer excursions and activities.

Koh Samui’s Tour Operator’s offer the same  Itineraries for all excursions, making it difficult to choose. Samui Explorer chooses the excursions based on the boat, yachts, and speedboats, emphasizing on comfort, value for money and the level of service our customers will receive rather than the Itinerary.

Our Mission – To ensure all our customers go back home with fantastic memories of their holiday on Koh Samui

Contacting Samui Explorer is easy, via email , by Facebook  Samui Explorer, or  contact us via our website or pop in and see us at our office inside the Big Buddha Temple, in our coffee shop – The Big Buddha Coffee Shop ( see below)

Samui Island Explorer


Please take time to read Trip Advisor reviews from previous customers

Below are a choice of a few recommended tours, to take part in whilst on the Island

Hiking Tours around Koh Samui From 2500 baht

Private Tailor-made Island Tour From 2250 baht

Speedboat VIP Tour Angthong National Marine Park

Koh Tao Island Snorkeling VIP Tour 2700b