Getting fit

Shape up for the beach

What we say: 3.5 stars

If you want to tone that beach bod to show off on one of Ko Pha Ngan’s many exquisite white-sand beaches, there are plenty of fun activities to do on the island that will build muscle and endurance. Here are our top picks for the best fitness activities on Ko Pha Ngan.

Ko Pha Ngan bootcamp

Lunge into the sunset.

Phangan Bootcamp
Run by Swede Nadine, a former gymnast and current Muay Thai fighter, Phangan Bootcamp is a female-only beach workout that runs for 30 minutes at 17:00 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The cost is 200 baht per class, or 1,200 baht per month, and the girls who participate have nothing but praise for this gruelling but fun, workout. Find it on Baan Tai beach, near Charm Beach Resort.

The island is full of yoga schools, but did you know that you can do pilates on Ko Pha Ngan as well? Mat work classes are offered at The Yoga Retreat, near Haad Salad, Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 till 13:00, and cost 300 baht per session. The Yoga Studio in Thong Nai Pan also offers classes on Thursdays and Saturdays from 16:00 till 17:00.

Cobra Muay Thai Ko Pha Ngan

Get your butt kicked into shape.

Muay Thai
Of course, one of the most adrenaline-pumping ways to get fit is to indulge in some traditional Thai boxing, or Muay Thai. Join the pros at one of Ko Pha Ngan’s many gyms for what you’ll no doubt find to be one of the most difficult (and rewarding) workouts of your life. Kobra Muay Thai Boxing and Training Stadium, located in Baan Tai, is one of the island’s best spots to train. Workouts take place Monday through Saturday 08:30 till 11:00 and 16:30 till 19:00, and cost either 300 baht for one session, or 500 baht for both. Monthly rates are also available.

Those looking for a fantastic arm workout can hire a kayak from many different locations on the island, and take it for a spin, skimming across Ko Pha Ngan’s crystal waters to the island’s more difficult-to-reach areas. Popular kayak rental spots include The Beach Village and Haad Son, where the price is 100 baht per hour or 300 to 400 baht per day.

For a good old-fashioned gym workout, Ko Pha Ngan has several decent fitness facilities to choose from. The Body, in Thong Sala, and The Press in Chaloklum both offer reasonable daily and monthly rates, from 300 baht per day and 1,300 baht per month.

Last updated: 12th January, 2014

About the author:
Canadian Kaila Krayewski is a journalist who is passionate about everything travel-related. Kaila lives on Ko Pha Ngan where she continues to hone her beach volleyball game.
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