10 Best Family Tours in Samui – Happy kids, happy parents

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Looking for family-friendly tours in Koh Samui that are suitable for kids of all ages? From island hopping by private speedboat to 4 wheel drive jeep tours in the mountains of the tropical jungle, there are plenty of fun activities and things to do the whole family is sure to love! Check out our top 10 list below of the best family tours in Samui.

1. Angthong Marine Park Full-Day Big Boat Economy Tour

Beautiful view of Angthong Marine Park

Hop on to the Angthong Marine Park tour that visits the most famous sea destination of Golden Basion Ang Thong National Park with its 42 islands. We will go to the green emerald lagoon, the island of Wua ta Lap (sleeping cow’s eye), and the island of Koh Tae Koh. Of course, we will also spend some time seeing the stalactites of Ang Thong National Cave. The tour starts every Wednesday, Saturday, & Sunday. The tour cost includes pick-up service at the hotel, meals, snorkeling equipment, kayaking selection, travel insurance, tour guides, and guest transfer service to the hotel.

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2. Red Baron Junk Boat Sailing Tour and Buffet

family tours in Koh Samui
Credit: The Red Baron – Photography by Anne Sophie MAESTRACCI

Jump onboard a traditional wooden Junk Boat and combine a leisurely cruise with a delicious Thai buffet meal. As you sail along the coastline off Koh Samui, your vessel will make numerous stopovers at a variety of shallow reefs and islands along the way. Here you can go swimming, snorkelling and view an abundance of colourful tropical sea life. Your captain will then find a sheltered bay near Koh Som or Koh Pha Ngan where you will enjoy a marvellous Thai buffet dinner in a truly amazing setting on board the boat. There is also a free-flowing assortment of beverages, fruits, and snacks throughout the day.

Check it out: Samui Junk Boat Sailing Tour

3. Best Places Around Samui Tour

Temple in Samui

This must-do tour takes you on a journey around Koh Samui where you can uncover the unique cultural heritage of the island. During this half-day tour you will visit the world famous Big Buddha temple, see the mysterious Mummified Monk, admire the panoramic scenery from Laad Koh viewpoint, be entertained by monkeys at the local ‘monkey school’ and marvel at the amazing Grandmother and Grandfather rock formations found at the very southern tip of the island. During your tour you will be able to sample a variety of local food from Thai street vendors and your guide will give you insights/information about all of the places you visit.

Check it out: Around Samui Tour

Related: 7 Best Family-Friendly Beaches in Koh Samui

4. Pig Island Snorkeling Koh Madsum & Koh Tan SpeedBoat Economy Tour

Get ready for an unforgettable journey to the Pig Island.

Also known as Koh Madsum, the Pig Island is located off the coast of Koh Samui. It’s the paradise of rescued pigs and it’s known for its awesome snorkeling and kayaking experience. You can literally swim with pigs! It’s a holiday worth telling about! You can also meet Mr. Kitt and his family that owns a beach bar on the island. The tour is available every day and you will also visit Koh Tan, a small fishing village that is famous for its coral reef. The fee covers pick-up and returns service from and to the hotel, lunch, and insurance.

Check it out: Pig Island Snorkeling Koh Mudsum & Koh Tan Speed Boat Economy Tour

5.  4 Wheel Drive Jeep Jungle Tour

Family activities in Ko Samui
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Take your family on a tropical jungle adventure and learn about the unique cultural heritage of Koh Samui with this exhilarating 4-wheel drive tour with a personal guide. During your full-day excursion, you will relax at peaceful waterfalls along the way, taste authentic Thai food from different local restaurants, visit world famous tourist attractions like the Big Buddha and Mummified Monk — all while taking in the stunning sights from the back of a 4 Wheel Drive Jeep. You will also be taken to a rubber tree plantation and an orchid farm to chat with locals, eat some freshly picked tropical fruits and learn all about the rural lifestyle of Koh Samui residents.

Check it out: Koh Samui 4 Wheel Drive Jeep Tour

6. ATV Quad Safari on Koh Samui 

Have some fun by joining an ATV off-road tour around Koh Samui

A little bit bored with beach attractions? Bring out your adventurer soul by joining an ATV off-road tour around Koh Samui. The tour will take you to the most scenic trails on the island. Kids under 12 years old are welcome to tag along with adult passengers. The trip will take around 2 hours in the morning. You will be given time to try your quad bike. After that, it’s all about using the ATV to pass through the jungle, river, coconut groves, and even waterfalls!

Check it out: ATV Quad Safari on Koh Samui

7. Private Long-tail Boat Tour Around Samui

Sail around Koh Samui island on an infamous Thai long-tail boat

If you and your family prefer a more traditional adventure, hiring a Thai long-tail boat and driver is the perfect way to go. Take a slow journey around the scenic coastline of Koh Samui island and do whatever you please. Your local guide and boat driver will suggest to you a number of different places and hidden beaches worthy of visiting (depending on what you feel like doing). And happily wait for you for the entire day while you enjoy some quality time relaxing or exploring with your family. While not as luxurious or fast as a speedboat, taking a full-day tour in a private long-tail boat offers a truly authentic vibe to your family’s Thailand experience.

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8. Eco-Friendly Elephant Sanctuary Koh Samui

Spare some time to visit the eco-friendly elephant sanctuary in Koh Samui

This amazing elephant sanctuary in Koh Samui is much more than a regular elephant trekking tour. Here you will learn all about the importance of these phenomenal creatures and have a unique opportunity to take closeup photographs, walk with, feed and observe how elephants forage, socialize and play in their natural habitat. All of the elephants here have previously endured a hard life working long hours in the tourism entertainment or logging industries. So you can enjoy your day with these magnificent elephants knowing they are no longer being exploited and you are actually playing a role in helping their rehabilitation. One of the best family tours in Samui that is sure to give your family great memories of your trip to Thailand.

Check it out: Eco-friendly Elephant Park Koh Samui

Related: Samui Family Travel: Where to Go at Night

9. Koh Samui: Round-the-Island Sightseeing Tour 

Big Buddha temple in Koh Samui

Don’t have much time to book your own private transportation and explore the island? The Koh Samui: Round-the-Island Sightseeing Tour will take you to see all the fun and instagrammable attractions. You can visit Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai), Na Muang Waterfall, Hin Ta & Hin Yai Rocks, Wat Khunaram (Mummified Monk), and Wat Plai Laem. The tour takes around 6 hours and please don’t forget to bring your own snacks and swimsuit!

Check it out: Koh Samui: Round-the-Island Sightseeing Tour 

10. Pink Dolphin Spotting at Khanom

Koh Samui family friendly tour for children
Photo credit: OceanSamui.com

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to view a rare species of pink dolphin in the open waters of the Gulf of southern Thailand. During this full-day trip you will be taken on a guided tour around nearby islands where you can enjoy snorkelling, kayaking and other fun water activities — then you will make your way over to an area called Khanom, where the elusive pink dolphins are known to visit frequently. There is a pick-up and drop-off service from your hotel or villa, and a traditional Thai lunch is provided throughout the day.

Check it out: Pink Dolphin Spotting Samui

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Nathan Pepperell

From New Zealand. Digital Nomad. Lived in Thailand for 5+ years.

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    Jason Anders

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