The great thing about Koh Samui is that you are never short of options when it comes to looking for something that will keep you active. For people who don’t want to spend all of their time on the beach, there are a plethora of sporting activities to be found on Koh Samui.
From Thai boxing and first class golf courses, to water sports and badminton, Koh Samui has something for everyone and you will certainly have no problems filling you spare time.
When it comes to waters sports the island offers an abundance of opportunities. The waters off Koh Samui and the neighbouring islands of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan are great for scuba diving and snorkelling offer the perfect location for you to obtain a PADI diving certificate.
For those who prefer to stay on top of the water, rather than in it, you can also learn to kite surf or go kayaking, big game fishing or sailing. You can even hire a speedboat and go off exploring around the islands of the nearby Ang Thong National Marine Park.
If you would prefer to leave your sea legs at home, fear not as there are still plenty of sporting and outdoor activities you can do on Samui that doesn’t involve going anywhere near the sea!
One of the most popular sporting activities on the island is golf. In recent years Koh Samui has started to develop a reputation as a golfing destination and now boasts several high quality courses and driving ranges.
Arguably the best course on the island can be found at the Santiburi Counry Club, which is home to an international standard 18 hole course, located in the hills of Maenam. Such is the reputation of the course that it attracts golfers from all over the world.
Another popular course on the island is the Royal Samui Golf Course and Country Club, which is a 9 hole course built into the mountainside between Chaweng and Lamai. Suitable for golfers of all levels, the course offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area.
If you take your golf a little less seriously then you might want to check out Mini Golf International, which is located out at Choeng Mon and offers eighteen 12 metre golf tracks set in a tropical jungle. For Crazy golf, head over to Gringos Cantina in Chaweng. Behind there you will find a 9 hole crazy golf course that is suitable for all ages.
For a different take on the game altogether why not try Samui’s famous Football Golf, which combines two of the most popular sports and is great fun for all the family. Located in Choeng Mon, Samui Football Golf has previously been recommended in the Lonely Planet travel guide.
Muay Thai Boxing and Fitness Centres
Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport and Koh Samui is considered to be somewhat of a hub when it comes to Thai boxing. As well as being able to watch live fights at the Petchbancha Stadium in Chaweng, Samui is also home to a number of Muay Thai and mixed martial art gyms and training camps that provide you with the opportunity to learn and try your hand at this traditional Thai sport.
The largest selection of Muay Thai gyms can be found in Chaweng and Lamai. Many of these gyms have people travelling from all over the world to learn the art of Muay Thai. Often the gyms will cater for all levels of ability, from people who want to use this training to get fit and into shape to experience fighters to want to take their training to the next level.
Some of the most renowned Muay Thai gyms on Koh Samui include Lamai Muay Thai Camp, which is sanctioned by the World Muay Thai Council and Superpro Samui, which is located in Chaweng Beach.
For people who like to work out or who want to get fit during their stay on the island, there are a number of good quality gyms that can be found throughout Koh Samui. World Gym, which is located near Chaweng, has a good selection of free weights and machines and is popular with body builders and other serious gym-goers.
Also, many of the islands leading resorts and hotels now have gym or fitness centres, which will be free to use for people who are staying in the hotel. Some hotels and resorts will also let non residents use their gym or fitness facilities for a fee.
Tennis and Badminton
Koh Samui also has a number of places to play tennis. One of the best places to play on the island is at Samui Tennis club, which is located just 2 minute from Bangrak beach. There are also courts at a number of hotels on the island, most notably at the Imperial Hotel, Chaweng and at the Centara Grand Beach Resort, located in Chaweng Beach.
If you want to play badminton then look no further than the sports club at the Samui 99 Hotel, which is located in Bophut.