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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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Tours , Trips Activities on offer around Koh Samui Thailand

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 1070 0

Tours, Trips, or Activities, what is your fancy?

Tours, Koh Samui has a vast range of things to see or do, for a wide range of age groups

Whether you’re searching for a Private Island Tour, Snorkeling trip, Kayaking, hiking/trekking, Island Safari, or Watersport Sea Safari we have it all. We take pride in our name, and the credibility we have achieved by that we sell to our customers the best tours on the Island offered by the highest rated tour operators

Our customers will pay for value for money, safety at all times, a high level of customer care, and reliability

The most popular trip from Koh Samui is the Angthong Marine Park, which is made up of 42 Islands.

You can enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, hike, beach time or simply relax on an unspoiled beach

This tour is a must if only joining one tour is in your holiday budget.

With a choice of boats, Speedboats and Luxury yachts to choose from, with an option for every budget

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Or explore the surrounding Island Koh Phangan, Koh Som, Koh Taen, or Koh Mudson

Choose to book a private charter Catamaran, or Longtail Boat, or simply join a group tour

The choice is yours

If trekking or hiking is your thing then why not explore out stunning waterfalls, experience some spectacular views, and trek through the natural beauty of Koh Samui.

Cycling, ATV, SUP and much more are on offer for those searching for activities rather than chilling

We have a wide range of Extreme Watersports available, and a fabulous Sea Safari Jet Ski tour to Koh Phangan to explore beautiful bays and secret waterfalls

There is definitely something for everyone

Why not contact Samui Explorer today for some great recommendations. If you cant see what you like, or cannot decide then email Samui Explorer for a little assistance

Grab yourself a bargain and receive honest advice, based on your wants and needs

Or visit us at our office in the Big Buddha Coffee Shop located inside the Big Buddha Temple

Please take time to read our reviews below on Trip Advisor from previous happy customers



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

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Big Buddha Coffee Shop Samui Explorer office


Watersport Tours Extreme Package from 5250 baht

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 708

Watersport package and Safari’s at affordable prices

Watersport are activities that many of us do not the opportunity to do in our own countries because of the weather and the expense.

On Koh Samui we can offer such activities at affordable discounted prices, with a reliable honest tour operator.

All tours or packages include return pick up from your resort, instruction by an experienced guide on all equipment, so no need to worry if this is your first time

You can choose from the Extreme Package

2hrs – 2.5hrs Duration
Return Resort transfer
15 Minutes Flyboard –
20 Minutes Jet Ski
15 Minutes on sofa
15 Minutes on ixo
Watch the video below to see how much fun you’re missing

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JetSki Safari from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan – 3 hrs tour

You will explore secret waterfalls and relax at a tranquil bay before heading back on the ski.

This is a fantastic way to see the bays of Koh Phangan without taking a boat tour, and so much more fun.

The price is for 1 x Ski which seats 2 persons

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Experience that adrenaline rush whilst on Koh Samui

For futher information or bookings contact Michelle or Jack at


Pop into our office inside the Big Buddha Temple, Big Buddha Coffee Shop

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Samui Explorer office, Big Buddha Coffee Shop

Read our reviews on Trip Advisor and read what others have to say




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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


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Trips Tours around Koh Samui Luxury, VIP, Private Catamaran

Posted By : Michelle Pennington/ 789

Trips and Tours in Luxury are a must around Koh Samui

Treat yourself and explore Koh Samui as a VIP, or on Luxury Trips, or Private Catamaran Tours

On board, the Luxury tours you can relax on a stunning Yacht, enjoy delicious food, whilst watching the World go by and all at competitive prices

The VIP Trips are on a Speedboat which seats the maximum of 12 persons. 5 staff are on board to tend to your every need. Lunch is served on an Idyllic beach


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When customers ask me ” how can you justify the difference for the luxury or VIP trips” I simply reply

Payless, receive less

Pay more, receive much much more

You will receive value for your money,

100% guaranteed,

Avoidance of the crowds,

Tours start later to avoid the crowds and arrive back onto Samui later than all other group tours

You get for what you pay for!

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See the links below for our VIP Speedboat tours, Luxury Tours and Semi Private Yacht Tours to Angthong Marine Park and Samui’s surrounding Islands

Alternatively contact Michelle at

Please take time to read our Trip Advisor reviews below