Koh Samui - Activities in Other Areas
What to Do in Koh Samui
Koh Samui has a lot to keep visitors busy. Okay - so most people head to the island for the gorgeous beaches and bopping nightlife but others take the opportunity to get into fishing, ATV exploration and kiteboading while others just have to have a go at the bizarre yet fascinating concept of football golf.
One of the most practical activities on the island is that of Thai cooking classes. Now there's something you can take back home with you.
Koh Samui's only freshwater fishing spot, TopCats has more than 4000 fish from 20 different species in their 2 man made lakes. Don't worry if you've never fished before, expert guidance is on hand! All equipment and bait is provided. TopCats has a sports bar and restaurant and a large swimming pool. They also offer a free shuttle service.
- Location: Route 4170, Ban Taling Ngam
- Tel: 077 415 387
Samui has long been known for its lovely beaches, warm water and countless coconut trees but there’s more to the island than that. We are talking about flying over Samui’s tropical jungle on cable rides on a zip-line adventure. The amazing bird’s eye views of this lush rainforest and its surroundings are truly memorable. Zipping along from line to line and pretending to be a modern-day Jane or Tarzan is a perfect and unique way to complement your Samui stay. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Canopy Adventures Thailand operates all year round
- Location: Maenam Soi 2
- Tel: +66 (0)77 414 150/1
For a fun day out have a game of Football Golf in Choeng Mon beach. The first of its kind in Asia the course is well designed and well shaded. After a relaxing stroll around the 18 hole course enjoy a free drink supplied by the owner. Open every day from 9.30am till 6.30pm. Read More...
- Location: Choeng Mon, Next to the Imperial Boathouse
- Tel: 089 771 7498
Samui Frisbee Golf
Samui Disc Golf (aka Samui Frisbee Golf) is an extremely popular venue for the whole family located 1.2km South of Samui Ring Road, in Maenam. The origins of Disc Golf (aka Frolf or Frisbee Golf) date back to the beginning of the twentieth century, but this fun activity only started to be recognised in the sixties before to become really fashionable with the doubling of Disc Golf courses in the world since 2000. Samui Frisbee Golf nine-hole course is set in a fruit orchard therefore offers an agreeable shaded area to play. This leisure activity offers Samui visitors a half-day of fun at affordable rates (adults: 250 baht and children: 100 baht). Samui Disc Golf also organises professional tournaments and private events for groups.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 18:00
- Location: Maenam hinterland, 1,2km South of Samui Ring Road
- Tel: 098 670 1768
Imagine how great it would be just doing nothing but enjoying the waves and the wind, kiteboarding or kitesurfing in Samui. The good news is there are a few good kiteboarding schools conveniently located on the island, so why not give it a try to see if this thrilling sport is really for you? Most schools have been on the island for over a decade and have high-standard equipment. And it’s good to know that safety is their primary concern. Read More...
Samui Quad Bikes and 3D Paintball
Children of all ages can play war at 3D Paintball's huge, sculpted terrain in the hills above Maenam. The same location is also used for bouncing around on quad bikes, though they are strictly for adults only. Alternatively, for a full day out, the management will organise a variety of adventure games deep in the jungle.
So if you like the sound of 'transferring the president', 'capturing the flag', 'village attack' or 'smugglers vs. police' this could be an ideal day out. Standard paintball guns are free - customers only pay for pellets, which are 3 Baht each. There's also a selection of BB Guns for hire, which are moulded to look menacingly like M16s and Kalashnikovs. Free hotel transfer.
- Location: Maenam
- Tel: 081 371 0744
Santiburi Samui Country Club
Santiburi Samui Country Club is the most renowned and only championship golf course in Koh Samui. Offering an 18-hole course stretching through the magnificent lush hills, coconut plantations, rock-filled valleys, streams and waterfalls above Maenam in Samui’s northern area, Santiburi has spectacular views over to the Gulf of Thailand and is indeed a world-class golf course. Featuring sumptuous facilities – clubhouse with top-notch restaurant, comfortable changing rooms, and well-stocked pro-shop – Santiburi is recognised as one of the best golf courses in Thailand.
- Opening Hours: sunrise to sunset
- Location: Maenam hinterland, 1,7km South of Samui Ring Road
- Tel: 089 874 2735
- Tour Available: Santiburi Samui Country Club Golf Package
Thai Cooking Schools
Thai cooking courses are an increasingly popular activity on the island. Thai cuisine's increasingly high profile worldwide and the easygoing environment of Samui's cookery schools no doubt encourage many visitors to take a course.
The best known independent school on the island, SITCA (Samui Institute of Culinary Arts, South Chaweng, Tel. 077 413 172) has two courses a day, a separate food carving course, a well stocked shop and an excellent restaurant, The Dining Room, attached. Centara Samui Beach Resort and Santiburi Resort both let guests loose in the kitchen for a variety of half and one day courses.
The affable Toy Suwan at the Blue Banana (Big Buddha Beach, Tel. 077 245 080) has a lunchtime and evening class and also sells a wide range of ingredients and utensils.