Sports and Activities in Koh Samui – An Outdoorsman’s Play Ground

Rivalling Phuket is Koh Samui, Thailand’s second largest island. Located off Thailand’s southern coast, Koh Samui is an island retreat that is worth a visit. Like Phuket whose world-famous beach attracts visitors to spend hours snorkelling, surfing or relaxing under the tropical sun, Koh Samui offers many outdoor activities that offer a real work out!

While days spent lazing on the beach outside your beachside Samui Resort can be dull, Koh Samui welcomes visitors to try their hand at the many water sports the ocean has to offer. With the surf-friendly waves crashing against the shore, experienced surf enthusiasts can enjoy an afternoon surfing along the taller waves farther from the shore while others can try Stand-Up- Paddle-Boarding which is ideal to navigate the smaller waves. If you want to take to the skies and enjoy a birds-eye view of Samui’s breathtaking coastline, try Kite-boarding but if an adrenalin-fuelled sport is not what you are looking for, Kayaking is a great way to explore the beaches around Samui. Take a boat excursion from Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort & Spa to nearby islands and visit the popular Angthong National Marine Park and snorkel in the clear waters surrounding this undisturbed island.

Outdoor activities in Koh Samui don’t end at the beach. Further inland, the lush jungles welcome visitors to trek along the jungle trail and discover tropical plants and animals. Ride an elephant half way up the mountainous jungle trail and proceed on foot and you may stumble upon a beautiful waterfall with an inviting natural pool that is perfect for a swim. For a rigorous work out, enrol in one of several Muay Thai training camps and learn the popular Thai boxing sport.

In the more luxurious setting of the island’s resorts, visitors can experience the zen of Yoga, learn the ancient Korean martial art of Taekwondo and learn Latin dance moves which will impress the crowd during the popular Salsa Nights held at Koh Samui’s dance clubs. Golfers, in the meantime, can enjoy a friendly game at one of three spectacular golf courses in the island.

Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.


Koh Tao & Koh Nang Yaun Snorkeling Trip

Travellers in search of a luxury Samui hotel within close proximity to Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan should look no further than the Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort & Spa. Offering guests a strategic base from which to explore Samui’s best attractions this stylish rest is also a popular spa resort in Thailand.

Revered as some of the most pristine landscapes in Samui the island of Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan are must-visit highlights that are not just reserved for island hoppers. Famed among snorkelling enthusiasts as for the verdant underwater gardens that litters the sea beds of the region a tour of the two sister islands would be incomplete without a snorkelling beneath the deep blue to take a glimpse at what lies beneath.

Commonly referred to as Turtle Island, Koh Tao takes the shape of the docile creature while neighbouring Koh Nang Yuan is a collection of three islets connected to one another with an idyllic sand bank. Providing snorkelling enthusiasts with the ideal conditions for engaging in their water sport of choice the ocean currents in this region of Samui are mild while the clear and calm waters provide optimum visibility. Littered with colourful marine life and stunning coral reefs the sea beds beneath Koh Tao and Koh Nang Yuan are some of the most intriguing underwater landscapes in Koh Samui.

Snorkellers can access the sites via speed boat or a high speed catamaran excursions offered by the many local tour operators in the area. Providing necessary snorkelling gear and equipment tour operators will also include a guide as well as hotel transfers and refreshments on board. Setting off in the morning snorkellers can explore Koh Nang Yuan’s famed snorkelling hubs dubbed the Koh Nang Yuan Pinnacle, the Japanese Gardens and the Twins. Koh Tao’s chief snorkelling site is Mango Bay and the venue is best explored in the afternoon. Full of sort and hard coral species multitudes of colourful fish occupy the sea beds off Mango Bay.

Dive centres and dive gear rental shops are also omnipresent in the islands and those who wish to hone their diving skills or learn how to snorkel or dive can also take lessons before taking part in a tour of Koh Nang Yuan and Koh Tao.

Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.


Golf in Koh Samui – A Sport in Paradise

The exotic tropical island of Koh Samui makes the sport of golf a real pleasure in this part of the world. The island with its paradise like charm is adorned with scenery that would literally take anyone’s breath away. The large lands carpeted with rolling greens make fantastic spots for dream golf courses. In Koh Samui, you find plenty of picturesque golf courses; perfect for a fun day out of golfing.

Koh Samui’s scenic appeal, fantastic beaches and exquisite resorts has made it one popular holiday destination. There is so much to do in this beautiful island; so much culture to absorb and cherish and so much to celebrate.

The island has plenty of ardent golfers, both locals and tourists. To cater to their finest tastes, the island boasts some fantastic courses, most of which are in close proximity to leading hotels and resorts. Perhaps the most popular and even the most scenic of them all is the renowned Santiburi Samui Country Club. The views of the ocean nearby are absolutely breathtaking and swinging your golf club amidst this breathtaking scenery is totally priceless. The Santiburi Samui Country Club is the only 18 hole golf course in Koh Samui and is one of the best here. From the backdrop to the masterpiece design, this course is perfection from every angle.

Then there is the 9 hole Royal Samui Golf & Country Club which is situated somewhere between Chaweng and Lamai. It is adorned with green hills which affords some fantastic panoramic views of the scenery before you. It is famed for its 8th tee built on a rock face with an exquisite view of the Lamai Beach. The Rajjaprabha Dam Golf Course near the Khao Sok National Park is also quite good and so is the recently opened Bophut Hills; after all the backdrop is nothing short of perfection.

A resort that will perfectly match the ambience of these courses is Anantara Bophut Koh Samui Resort & Spa. This Samui hotel is one of the best in the island and offers luxurious accommodation and facilities.

Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.


Samui Football Golf – Kicking Your Way Along The Greens!

Ever wondered what a hybrid of the sports of golf and football would be like? Well wonder no more because in Koh Samui the wonderful game known as football golf truly does exist. The place where one can try this sport is known as Samui Football Golf and can be found close to Chaweng Beach which is in actual fact an ideal place to find accommodation at a resort or hotel in Samui. Situated on Chaweng Beach’s northern end, Anantara Lawana, Koh Samui is one such Koh Samui resort and lets you experience the very best the region has to offer.

Make sure you plan a visit to Samui Football Golf where unique challenges await seasoned golfers and football enthusiasts alike. The concept may be simple, but the 18 hole, par 69 course does provide its fare share of hazards that require skill and planning. Game play is easy; a football is used instead of a golf ball, feet are used instead of golf clubs and the hole at the end of each course is adequately large enough! A great way to exercise and have fun at the same time, football golf requires all the driving and putting skills associated with golf, just with your feet.

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