Off beach activities on Ko Samui

Off beach activities on Ko Samui

Peel yourself off that deckchair

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If you’ve topped up your tan and had your fill of sand and surf, consider what there is to do away from the beaches of Ko Samui. Here are a few suggestions.

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Fancy a round of golf? Photo by: Rosanne Turner.
Fancy a round of golf? Photo: Rosanne Turner

If you prefer gold without a club, then Samui football golf may be what you're after. Basically, the regular golf rules apply, but you won’t find all the fuss and pomp that often accompanies a golf country club. There’s no dress code here – some get dressed up in golf gear, and others play in shorts and flip flops, or even barefoot. Instead of using clubs, a football is kicked from hole to hole. Balls are provided, so no kit is required. At 750 baht per adult, and 350 baht per child (with a free softdrink included) for 18 holes, this is not an economical outing for a family of four. However, a second round on the same day is discounted to half price for those wanting a rematch. The course is midway between Choeng Mon and Chaweng and they can arrange transfers (for a fee) if you don't have your own transport.

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. Aside from some of the larger hotels and resorts, a good option is the Samui Tennis Club which is located just off the Ghost Road (the road that joins Bang Rak to Chaweng). Courts are 250 baht per hour (350 baht for doubles), coaching is available for 800 baht per hour (including court hire) and rackets and balls can be ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 2,000 words.)

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Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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