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Sail Date: January 2015
The elephant ride was well worth the 500 baht per person. If you tour the island on your own, pick out just a few temples. Some were kind of run down, the Buddha Footprint was not worth the climb. By the time we had made it around to the ... Read More
The elephant ride was well worth the 500 baht per person. If you tour the island on your own, pick out just a few temples. Some were kind of run down, the Buddha Footprint was not worth the climb. By the time we had made it around to the Big Buddha we were more than ready to get back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2013
Best bet -- 1 hour Thai massage for $7. No, I didn't leave out zeros. $7. Mediocre shopping in the port town. A nice restaurant about 3 blocks in with free wifi. Lovely beaches further afield.
Best bet -- 1 hour Thai massage for $7. No, I didn't leave out zeros. $7. Mediocre shopping in the port town. A nice restaurant about 3 blocks in with free wifi. Lovely beaches further afield. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
A place to avoid Poor shopping Even worse roads A waste of a day
A place to avoid Poor shopping Even worse roads A waste of a day Read Less
116 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
No elephant rides were available for Regent excursion. We were not told until after we had left ship. Operator was blamed, but elephant rides were available for others.
No elephant rides were available for Regent excursion. We were not told until after we had left ship. Operator was blamed, but elephant rides were available for others. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Koh Samui does not seem ready for cruise ships. After a ride on the tender boats for 25 minutes, you arrive at a pier and are bombarded by tour venders and taxi drivers. The port is quite ugly and dirty.
Koh Samui does not seem ready for cruise ships. After a ride on the tender boats for 25 minutes, you arrive at a pier and are bombarded by tour venders and taxi drivers. The port is quite ugly and dirty. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Once again, not much at the tender drop-off pier. A single strip of the usual shopping 'tat' and not much else. We would take a self organised tour next time around as there seemed to be many of them picking-up/dropping-off at
Once again, not much at the tender drop-off pier. A single strip of the usual shopping 'tat' and not much else. We would take a self organised tour next time around as there seemed to be many of them picking-up/dropping-off at the jetty. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
Transport only to this beach. The beach is highly overrated and sun bed hire relatively expensive as you have to pay the full daily rate even for an hour. The beach was fairly narrow and shelved quite sharply with quite a strong undertow. ... Read More
Transport only to this beach. The beach is highly overrated and sun bed hire relatively expensive as you have to pay the full daily rate even for an hour. The beach was fairly narrow and shelved quite sharply with quite a strong undertow. Not for non-swimmers. Constant pestering by beach sellers. Way more expensive than those on Pattaya Beach. The little beaches near the port looked better. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2015
Walking around an uninteresting Thai village. The usuall tourist shops as there are 10000 in Thailand. Nothing to see, nothing special. There was a beach, that was O.K.
Walking around an uninteresting Thai village. The usuall tourist shops as there are 10000 in Thailand. Nothing to see, nothing special. There was a beach, that was O.K. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
Had a complimentary transfer into Chaweng beach. Walked to a resort about paid about $17AUD to stay for the afternoon.
Had a complimentary transfer into Chaweng beach. Walked to a resort about paid about $17AUD to stay for the afternoon. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
A tender port with slow disembarkation so missed planned excursion with local operator as not ashore until 11.45. Small Thai town with limited facilities but at least a glimpse of the way that many Thais live.
A tender port with slow disembarkation so missed planned excursion with local operator as not ashore until 11.45. Small Thai town with limited facilities but at least a glimpse of the way that many Thais live. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We are not beach people - our plan was to just wander around, which is what we did. The ship docks very close to downtown.
We are not beach people - our plan was to just wander around, which is what we did. The ship docks very close to downtown. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Hired a private taxe for the entire day for 3000 Baht. It was a good day with several interesting stops including the waterfall (swimmable) and a crowded silver beach
Hired a private taxe for the entire day for 3000 Baht. It was a good day with several interesting stops including the waterfall (swimmable) and a crowded silver beach Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
The day was ruined by the chaotic tender transfer. Only had a few hours on the island so didn't venture far beyond the landing stage.
The day was ruined by the chaotic tender transfer. Only had a few hours on the island so didn't venture far beyond the landing stage. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2017
Shopping just off ship not exciting--just clothing items mainly there. Beach resort. Ended up having a driver take us around the island for two hours.
Shopping just off ship not exciting--just clothing items mainly there. Beach resort. Ended up having a driver take us around the island for two hours. Read Less

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