Tennis and badminton on Samui

What we say: 3.5 stars

If you enjoy a good game of tennis and can brave the tropical heat, Ko Samui offers several places to play tennis, many of which are floodlit, enabling you to play in the evening when it’s cooler.

Tennis in the tropics. Don't forget the sunscreen.

Tennis in the tropics. Don’t forget the sunscreen.

The Samui Tennis Club is located just off the Ghost Road (the road that joins Bang Rak to Chaweng). Call (083) 529 1214, or email to book a court. They’re priced at 250 baht per hour, and rackets and balls can be hired too. A court is available to hire in Mae Nam. Contact Luca for more information on (090) 170 0960. Rates are 200 to 250 baht per hour. Should you be looking to brush up on your serve, expat James Davis offers tennis coaching at 700 baht per hour. Give him a buzz on (089) 587 0720.

Several hotels boast tennis courts, and some rent out their courts to those not staying with them. They’re generally priced from 200 to 500 baht per hour — try Napasai in west Mae Nam, Centara Grand on Chaweng, Imperial Samui on Chaweng Noi, W Resort on the border of Bophut and Mae Nam or the Anantara at Chaweng.

You can always find a stretch of beach to swing a bat.

You can always find a stretch of beach to swing a bat.

If you’re an avid tennis player, perhaps staying at 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. They tend to be the high-end resorts, so if you’re after budget accommodation, just rent a court by the hour instead.

Local villa rental company, Samui Villas and Homes, has a few villas with tennis courts should you prefer a private villa to hotel accommodation.

An upmarket villa will often come with a tennis court -- and a hefty rate of course.

An upmarket villa will often come with a tennis court — and a hefty rate of course.

Badminton is a popular way to stay fit with expats and locals alike 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 06:00 to 21:00. It also has a swimming pool, foosball, pool (snooker), karaoke and a fitness centre. Call (077) 430 164 or email to make a booking. The Pinjutha Gym & Badminton Court, Moo 4, Lamai (near the market) also offers courts for rent.

So if you fancy whacking a few balls, you’re not short of options on the island. There are also several options for golf, and of course a bit of beach bats is always fun too.

Last updated: 6th March, 2015

About the author:
Rosanne Turner relocated to Thailand in 2010 from South Africa. She enjoys sharing her discoveries of Samui after walking every beach, hill, coconut grove and forgotten path in search of that memory-making beach bar. You can follow her blog at Travelling Pen.
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