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Off beach activities on Ko Samui

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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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While Samui has a number of courses, the two best known are in the northern reaches of the island. Santiburi Golf Course offers an 18-hole championship course set in the hills behind Mae Nam beach. The fairways and greens are set in 23 acres of coconut groves, with views over the bay and to the neighbouring islands as spectacular as the landscape. Multi-day resort+golf packages start at an eye-watering 68,500 baht. For a more back to earth pricing and vibe, the nine-hole Bophut Hills Golf Club is set behind Bophut Beach, welcomes all skill levels and offers daily packages of just 1,550 baht – with no dress code!

Fancy a round of golf? Photo taken in or around Off beach activities on Ko Samui, Ko Samui, Thailand 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 ... Travelfish members only (Around 2,100 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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