Land-based activities on Samui

Yoga koh samui

Sports & Activities on the tropical paradise of Koh Samui

Koh Samui offers a abundance of sports and leisure activities both on land and in the surrounding waters. Some visitors come to Samui solely to unwind, and lazing on the beach fits in perfectly with that plan. Others may have an entirely different agenda, with sport as their aim for a holiday full of activity. But no matter what their reasons are for visiting the island, Samui can provide activities to suit all its visitors. Here you will find info regarding some of the on-land activities and sports you can enjoy on samui.

If you are more interested in water-activities, please see this article: Water-based activities on- and around Samui

 

Golf

Santiburi Golf Course and Country Club, renowned as one of Asia’s finest golf courses, is located in Mae Nam Hills, north of the island. The fairways and greens are set in 23 acres of coconut groves, with views over the bay and to the neighbouring islands equally as spectacular as the landscape.

Santiburi Golf Course and Country Club www.santiburi.com

The 9-hole Bophut Hills Golf Club is located in the hills behind Big C and was designed and built by world renowned golf course Architect, Piraporn Namatra, who also produced the Santiburi Golf course on Koh Samui.

Golfers of all levels are welcome at Bophut Hills Golf Club, and their casual and relaxed atmosphere means that there is no dress code, making it suitable for all, from beginners and families through to professionals and experienced players.

Bophut Hills Golf Club www.bophuthillsgolf.com

The Royal Samui Golf Club is situated in the hills where Chaweng meets Lamai, and is signposted from the ring-road. This 9-hole course offers panoramic view across the bay and to neighbouring islands. The course is relaxed and is suitable for all levels.

Royal Samui Golf Club www.rsgcc.co.th

Samui Golf Club and Driving Range can be found high up in the hills overlooking Bophut, The name ‘Samui Golf Club’ is however misleading, as it is a driving range and putting green rather than an actual course. The driving range extends over 250 yards and the putting green is a good spot to practice between games at one of the island’s courses. Golf tuition is also available in English and German and there is a golf shop on site too.

Samui Golf Club and Driving Range +66 (0) 7724 5236

Samui’s other driving range is in Lamai. Lamai Driving Range is located on the ring-road just past the post office, so if you are staying in this area, it’s a good place to hit some balls and brush up on the strokes.

Lamai Driving Range +66 (0) 810 907 213

 

Football Golf

Set amid a coconut grove near Choeng Mon beach, the fairways and greens offers a fair amount of shade, but an early morning or late afternoon start would still be recommended. Regular golf rules apply, but instead of using clubs, a football is kicked from hole to hole, making a fun family day out when one tires of the beach. Balls are provided, so no kit is required. The grounds of the 18-hole, par 66 course are well maintained, and the course is easy to follow. Open daily 9:00am – 6:00pm. 650 Baht per adult and 300 Baht per child for 18 holes, with one free soft drink included.

Samui Football Golf www.samuifootballgolf.com +66 (0) 7742 6600

 

Mini Golf

Samui has several options for mini golf enthusiasts. Two of these are in Choeng Mon – one at the Arayaburi Resort and the other in Plai Laem on the 4171 road leading into Choeng Mon. Treasure Island Mini Golf is adjoined to Gringos Mexican Restaurant in Chaweng, just off the Beach Road.

Arayaburi Resort www.arayaburi.com/mini-golf-samui.html 

Mini Golf International www.minigolfsamui.com

 

Elephant Trekking

This is a pleasant way to encounter these animals that were once employed in Thailand for traditional logging work, and trekking is offered in several locations on Samui. The most popular locations are either at Namuang 1 Waterfall, or at Wat Hin Lad in Nathon. Sit in specially designed seats strapped to the elephant’s back and explore the jungles and rivers of Samui’s interior on these sure-footed pachyderms. Trekking activities is often incorporated into the many safari tours operated on the island. Standard rides last half an hour, but longer are available.

Namuang Safari Park www.namuangsafarisamui.com

 

Cooking classes

Cooking Classes

Many of Samui’s resorts offer cooking lessons to guests, so enquire at yours about times, menus and prices offered. Often the cost includes a trip to the local market to help the chef choose local fresh produce, as he explains the different exotic ingredients available. Most hotels charge between 1500 – 2000 Baht per person for a cooking class, and it usually involves sitting down to enjoy the efforts of your labour afterwards.

Sonja’scooking school is based in Mae Nam, and offers 4-hour long cooking classes, with a flexible menu. German and English are spoken, classes are fun, and most herbs used in the cooking are grown in their own garden.

Thai Cooking Class Samui www.thaicookingclass-samui.com

One of Samui’s most famous cookery schools is SITCA – the Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts. SITCA offers two cooking classes a day: Monday to Saturday – one starting at 11:00am, and the other at 4:00pm, at a cost of 1950 Baht. Each day the menu is different, so select the option you prefer from their website. Besides the daily introductory classes, SITCA offers intensive programmes for professional chefs or experienced cooks. There is the option of a one-week or two-week course, which takes a hands-on approach, covering all aspects of cuisine, as well as instruction in the techniques involved in Thai cooking.

SITCA www.sitca.net +66 (0) 7741 3172

Noori India, well-known on the island for years for their great North Indian food, also has the ‘Noori India Cooking Center’ offering daily cooking classes. Here you’ll learn about using Indian spices, and cook five dishes, from a choice of menus including vegetarian and vegan. Classes last three hours, and are held twice a day, from 10:00am to 1:00pm and from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Be prepared to get stuck in and do your own peeling, chopping and stirring – they believe in a hands-on approach here, and of course enjoy the meal after. Classes cost 1,800 Baht per person.

Noori India www.nooriindiasamui.com +66 (0) 867 407 873

Many of Samui’s resorts offer cooking lessons to guests, so enquire at yours about times, menus and prices offered. Often the cost includes a trip to the local market to help the chef choose local fresh produce, as he explains the different exotic ingredients available. Most hotels charge between 1500 – 2000 Baht per person for a cooking class, and it usually involves sitting down to enjoy the efforts of your labour afterwards.

Sonja’s cooking school is based in Mae Nam, and offers 4-hour long cooking classes, with a flexible menu. German and English are spoken, classes are fun, and most herbs used in the cooking are grown in their own garden.

Thai Cooking Class Samui www.thaicookingclass-samui.com

One of Samui’s most famous cookery schools is SITCA – the Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts. SITCA offers two cooking classes a day: Monday to Saturday – one starting at 11:00am, and the other at 4:00pm, at a cost of 1950 Baht. Each day the menu is different, so select the option you prefer from their website. Besides the daily introductory classes, SITCA offers intensive programmes for professional chefs or experienced cooks. There is the option of a one-week or two-week course, which takes a hands-on approach, covering all aspects of cuisine, as well as instruction in the techniques involved in Thai cooking.

SITCA www.sitca.net +66 (0) 7741 3172

Noori India, well-known on the island for years for their great North Indian food, also has the ‘Noori India Cooking Center’ offering daily cooking classes. Here you’ll learn about using Indian spices, and cook five dishes, from a choice of menus including vegetarian and vegan. Classes last three hours, and are held twice a day, from 10:00am to 1:00pm and from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Be prepared to get stuck in and do your own peeling, chopping and stirring – they believe in a hands-on approach here, and of course enjoy the meal after. Classes cost 1,800 Baht per person.

Noori India   www.nooriindiasamui.com +66 (0) 867 407 873

 

Tropical garden activities

Tropical Garden

Tropical Garden Restaurant and Water Slides at Namuang 2 Waterfall.
This newly built water park forms part of the Tropical Garden Restaurant, located at the Namuang Waterfall 2. There are two slides, one of 65m and one of 20m, and is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily. Entrance costs 300 Baht per adult and 200 Baht per child.

Tropical Garden Restaurant and Water Slides www.samuitropicalgarden.com/activities.html

 

Samui shooting range

Shooting Range

The Koh Samui Shooting Range is located just off the ring-road between Chaweng and Bophut and is open seven days a week from 10:00am to 6:00pm. They carry a range of weapons including rifles, pistols and even semi-automatic guns. As live ammunition is used, shooters are strictly supervised and a list of rules needs to be observed. Costs start at 300 Baht for ten shots.

Koh Samui Shooting Range +66 (0) 803 285 555

 

Samui zipline

Sky Fox Super Ride and Canopy Adventure

The Sky Fox is a fantastic ride through the jungle, allowing you to experience speed and a feeling of freedom. Feel what it must be like to fly, as you slide along the cables from platform to platform between the seven stations. Sky Fox guarantees to rid you of any boredom, and according to them, the ride is not scary. Riders can go back on a separate station should they not want to proceed further, but most people enjoy the thrill so much, that they can’t wait to move on to the next line. Sky Fox can be enjoyed by all ages, from 10 years to young-at-heart senior citizens. After your ride, Sky Fox’s guide will take you on a 15-minute trek through the jungle to cool down in a magnificent waterfall.

Sky Fox was created by a team that has built cable rides around the world. Safety comes first, and the equipment is imported from France. As you climb the ladders, or wait on platforms, you are clipped to a safety line that will lock should you lose your footing, and all cables are regularly inspected. The cost is 1700 Baht per adult, and 1100 Baht per child, with pick up included.

Sky Fox Super Ride www.skyfoxsamui.com +66 (0) 7723 0637

Canopy Adventure. Explore the jungle above Mae Nam while whizzing along a zip line suspended high above the ground. This is a true forest experience, making a break from the beach scene. The trip includes a 4×4 ride to the location, a short trek through the forest, followed by several cable rides to platforms high up in the trees. At the end, cool off in the waterfall, or calm the nerves in the bar next to the falls. No experience is needed, and the staff will assist you with landing on the platforms. Remember to use mosquito repellant as you are in the jungle.

Canopy Adventures www.canopyadventuresthailand.com +66 (0) 7741 4150

 

Samui jungle safari

Jungle Safari

Several companies on the island offer their own version of a jungle safari, covering adventure activities, cultural excursions and viewpoint sights. Most tours include hotel pick up, and a choice between half and full day trips.

Mr. Ung Magical Safari Tours www.ungsafari.com
Namuang Safari Park www.namuangsafarisamui.com

 

Yoga koh samui

Yoga

Yoga is popular on Samui among both the locals and expats. Many studios welcome short term visitors, allowing holiday makers the opportunity to carry on with their yoga routines from back home. There are several detox and wellness retreatson the island, and these offer yoga as part of their packages.

The Yogarden can be found in a side street of Fisherman’s Village, and offers yoga classes, a health cafe as well as other holistic treatments.

The Yogarden www.theyogardensamui.com

Bikram Yoga Koh Samui, is located in Chaweng Beach Road. Their airy yoga room fills with natural light and the studio boasts a state of the art heating system that is silent, hypo-allergenic and designed to provide the perfect conditions for the practice of Bikram’s hot yoga.

Bikram Yoga www.bikramyogakohsamui.com

Absolute Yoga is located in the Absolute Sanctuary, a Moroccan-inspired detox and yoga retreat. Here several classes are offered daily covering the various disciplines of yoga and instructor courses are also on offer.

Absolute Yoga Academy www.absoluteyogaacademy.com

Trinity Yoga is located next to World Gym, in Chaweng along the ring-road. Hatha yoga is practiced at this studio and two classes are held daily, morning and evening.

Trinity Yoga www.samuiyoga.com

Vikasa Yoga Resort Koh Samui is a boutique yoga resort and organic restaurant. Vikasa offers an inspiring yoga environment created by Konstantin Miachin. Vikasa Yoga is the ideal place to practice yoga, find like-minded people, eat healthy food and just chill-out in an amazing environment. Vikasa is located on the most beautiful part of Koh Samui, between Chaweng and Lamai, you are just a 10 min tuk tuk ride away from either Chaweng or Lamai.

Vikasa www.evolutionofyoga.com

 

Muay Thai classes

Muay Thai Classes

Samui has several Muay Thai training facilities. These training centers are often frequented by some rather famous fighters – both traditional western boxing as well as martial arts, who come to hone their skills with Samui’s Muay Thai trainers. The intensive fitness routines have a reputation for sculpting the right muscles, losing body fat and strengthening both mind and body. Novices and professionals alike attend training camps so you may just have the chance to rub shoulders or spar with one of your heroes who is training incognito.

Muay Thai training centers offer various packages and will tailor-make one to suit your needs, including nutrition when required. Packages included fitness training, self-defense, boot camp, Muay Thai, weight loss, strength and cardio. Group training sessions include skipping, floor exercises, stretching and sparring and usually last two hours.

Here are some links to training centers on Samui:

Lamai Muay Thai Camp www.lamaimuaythaicamp.com
Superpro Samui www.superprosamui.com
Jun Muay Thai Camp www.junmuaythai.com

 

Fitness samui

Gyms And Fitness Clubs

Several of the Muay Thai training centres offer general fitness and weight ng in addition to the martial arts training. Many of the larger resorts also offer fitness rooms as part of their facilities. Other than these, there are several gyms on the island, most being along the northern and eastern busier part of the island; these include World Gym and Super Bodies, both in the Chaweng area. Along the Ghost Road that joins Bang Rak to Chaweng, you will find Yato Fitness, the Samui tennis club as well as a badminton courts which are located at the 99 sports club.

 

Samui gokarting

Go- Karting

Samui is home to 2 venues for those looking for speedy thrills. Both offer options to suit all levels of experience, from complete beginners to budding F1 champions.

Samui Go Kart is located on the ring-road in Bophut, near Peace Resort. The track offers karts from 100c to 200cc, and is open daily from 9:00am to 7:00pm

EasyKart is located on Soi Reggae next to Chaweng Lake, and offers 2 different tracks – a shorter one for beginners and kids, and a longer one for more advanced drivers. Open from 10:00am – 1:00am.

Samui Go Kart +66 (0) 7742 5097

EasyKart Samui +66 (0) 7741 3302

 

EasyFly Samui

EasyFly allows you to experience the thrill of freefalling without having to jump out of a plane. Located on Soi Reggae next to Chaweng Lake.

Open from 10:00am – 1:00am.

EasyFly Samui +66 (0) 7741 3302

 

Samui football arena

Samui Football Arena

The Samui Arena is the first step in bringing professional football to the island. Under cover to protect players and spectators from the tropical sun, the arena boasts two pitches with artificial turf, floodlighting and change rooms. An after-school coaching programme is offered to children, and the venue is ideal for hosting inter-school events and matches. Pitches are available to rent for private matches.

Samui Football Arena +66 (0) 857 958 000

 

Samui bungyjump

Bungy Jumping

Samui doesn’t have much in the way of cliffs or high bridges, so bungy jumping happens from a crane, located near Chaweng Lake in Soi Reggae.

Samui Bungy Jump www.samuibungy.com   +66 (0) 7741 4252

 

Samui quadbikes

Quad Biking (ATV)

Quad biking is included in many of the safari and adventure packages, but can be done by itself as well. Namuang Safari Park near the Namuang Water Fall offers ATV trips. This is a fun way to explore Samui’s interior. Samui Quad ATV tours in Mae Nam offers several options, including a obstacle course or trips through the jungle.

 

mountain biking koh samui

Mountain Biking

Samui Bicycle offers various bikes for rent and for sale. Tours are also available, with options depending on fitness level and ability. This is a great way to see Samui’s ecology as bicycles are much quieter than motor vehicles, so disturb the wildlife less. See waterfalls, coconut groves, rubber tree plantations and jungle. Remember to drink plenty of water in the tropical climate.

Samui Bicycle www.samuibicycle.com

 

Samui Badminton

Badminton

Badminton is a popular way to stay fit with expats and locals on the island. The 99 Sports Club, part of the Samui 99 Hotel, down the Monkey Theatre Road, near where it joins the Ghost Road, has 12 courts to rent, at 200 Baht per hour per court. It’s open from 06:00am to 09:00pm, and there’s plenty else to do there too, such as a swimming pool, foosball, pool (snooker), karaoke and a fitness centre.

The Pinjutha Gym and Badminton Court, Moo 4, Lamai (near the market) also offers courts for rent.

99 Sports Club +66 (0) 7743 0164

 

Samui tennis

Tennis

There are several places to play tennis on Samui.

Samui Tennis Centre www.samuitenniscenter.com in Maenam is open every day from 7am to 10pm and have 2 courts available. Contact Luca on mobile +66 (0) 901 700 960 for more information and reservation. 250 Baht per court per hour. Rackets and balls can be hired too.

Koh Samui Tennis Club www.samuitennis.com is located on the Ghost Road in Bangkok and can be contacted on mobile +66 (0) 835 291 214

Several hotels on the island boast tennis courts, and some rent out their courts to those not staying at the hotel too:

Napasai (Western Mae Nam): 250 Baht per hour
Centara Grand (Chaweng Beach): 200 Baht per hour
Imperial Samui (Chaweng Noi): 200 Baht per hour
W Resort (border of Bophut and Mae Nam): 500 Baht per hour
Anantara (Chaweng): 200 Baht per hour

If you’re an avid tennis player, perhaps booking in to a hotel with a tennis court is your best bet. Aside from the ones mentioned above, the following hotels also have courts: Santiburi, InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, Samui Buri and Code Boutique Hotel.

 

Archery koh samui

Archery

If you fancy yourself as something of a modern day William Tell, then Samui Archery Thai is the place to hone your skills. Located Mae Nam Soi 1.

Opening hours: 9-23

Samui Archery Thai +66 (0) 083 045 8209