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Thailand Sport Facts

The National Sport of Thailand is Muay Thai or Thai Boxing. It is rather similar to "western boxing" but the practitioner is also using his or her knees, elbows and feet in the ring.

Another popular sport is Sepak Takraw or simply Takraw. It´s a sport similar to Volleyball but instead of using your hands, you're playing with your feet and head.

Fitness and Martial Arts

Lamai Gym - WMC Muay Thai Camp

This gym has been open in Lamai since 1989, but moved to it's present location in the mid 90's. It has a basic gym with free weights and machines. If you are into Thai boxing, there are two classes daily. One morning session and one in the afternoon. The camp has very skilled instructors, a ring and a couple of punching bags, as well as other Muay Thai equipment.

 Location: South Lamai, at the beginning of Lamai Beach Road.

Thai Pinyo Boxing School

Daily Muay Thai classes with professional instructors. The gym has a ring and all equipment you'll need. Thai boxing is definitely a martial art that makes you fit and slimmer and it is fun too. It might get a kick from kicking!

  Location: North Lamai, at Ring Road, opposite Buddy Beer.

Hippo Muay Thai Gym

Hippo's Gym offers Muay Thai lessons next to Maenam beach. The camp is an extension of the Hippo's Beach Gym and open to both beginners and professionals. The trainers are current or former fighters and champions.

  Location: Beach Road, Maenam Beach.

Horizon Thai Boxing Camp

A fully equipped Muay Thai camp on the Phangan island. Experienced teachers that really know this art and how to teach their students to became good boxers. Accommodation available as well as healthy food at the restaurant.

  Location: Haad Tien Bay in eastern Koh Phangan.

Muay Thai roundkick
MINATURE THAI BOXERS - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org

Elite Gym and Fitness

A top modern fitness center in Chaweng with qualified personal trainers and instructors on site. 600 square meters of training space.

 Location: South of Tesco Lotus on the road heading down to Chaweng beach.

World Gym

A gym for body builders, as well as a person who just want to stay (or get) fit on the vacation. Free weights and robust machines and equipment. A "Pumping Iron" style gymnasium.

 Location: Samui Ring Road, Close to Chaweng.

Samui Fitness

A good gym in Lamai close to the Lamai Food Market. Many gym machines as well as free weights.

  Location: Opposite Lamai Market, PTT gasoline station and Bank of Ayudhya in Lamai.

Samui Dojo - Okinawan Goju-Ryu

The Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate dojo on Koh Samui. Martial Arts and Vegan Lifestyle is practiced here. Learn the traditional Japanese way of the "empty hand". For your mind and body as well as self defense.

  Location: Between Lamai and Hua Thanon (East Samui).

Fitness Island & Health Club

A fully equipped gym with all the latest gear, including saunas and jacuzzis, change and shower facilities. Open daily from 8 AM to 9 PM.

  Location: Ring road opposite the new Samui Town Centre, Bo Phut.

Lamai Taekwondo School

A Taekwondo dojang (Korean dojo) in Lamai. Daily training sessions.

  Location: On Main Road in Lamai, next to J&J Gym.

Chaweng Taekwondo School

A dojang found i Southern Chaweng. Daily training sessions.

  Location: Main Road, just between Chaweng Noi and Chaweng Beach.

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Major Bowl Hit Bowling

A modern bowling alley, located in the same building as Tesco Lotus, HomePro and the Major Cineplex Samui movie theatre. Opened in May 2006. Eight lanes. Open until late. Food and drinks available, as well as private karaoke rooms for further entertainment.

  Location: Next to Tesco Lotus, between Chaweng and Bo Phut.


Samui Go-Kart

Samui Go-kart, at Northern Koh Samui, has three different carts to choose from. Suitable for youngsters as well as adults. Remember that the fastest ones has a maximum speed of about 100 kilometers per hour, so we recommend you to try the one with less with less horsepower, if you are not an experienced driver.

  Location: At Samui Ring Road, Bo Phut. (North Samui).

Water Sports

Canoeing and Kayaking

You are able to rent canoes and kayaks at Chaweng beach and on many other locations on the island. Many travel agents and hotels offer canoe and kayak trips to destinations such as Mae Koh and Angthong National Marine Park, situated west of Samui and Phangan.

Sailing and other Watersports

You can rent different kind of sailing boats, catamarans and windsurfing boards on a few locations on Chaweng beach etc. The larger boats often includes one or a few crew members. There are also sailing courses available. Water skiing equipment ( plus a boat and driver) is also available for rental on most of the popular beaches.

Try the fascinating sport of Kite boarding (or Kite surfing) at Samui Orchid Resort (Ban Harn Beach close to Hua Thanon) and Shamballa Resort (Big Buddha beach in the north of Samui) Parasailing equipment rentals is found on the beaches of Lamai and Chaweng.

Jet ski rentals are also available on the most popular beaches of these islands. Please drive carefully!

A yearly yacht race named Koh Samui Regatta is held in the water around Samui island. There are three classes: IRC 1, IRC 2 and Multihull.


Fishing tours can be booked from many travel agents, hotels and tour operators on Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Fishing equipment might be rented or you can bring your own. we recommend you to bring a hat or cap, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect you from strong sunshine. Food and drinks are often provided during these tours. If you are lucky you can eat your catch at dinner.

Top Cats Fishing

Top Cats in Ban Saket, Taling Ngam (West Samui), has a lake (big pond) where you are able to catch giant fishes such as The Giant Mekong Cat, Red Tail Cat, Fresh water Sting Ray and Niger Cat etc.

Diving and Snorkeling

There are many schools on these islands. Please go to our Samui diving section for further information. Daily snorkeling tours to Angthong National Marine Park or Koh Tao can be booked at any travel agency. You can choose between going with a speed boat or a slower, regular one.

Samui Football Golf


Santiburi Samui Country Club

This is an excellent 18 hole course that you should not miss if you are a golf enthusiast. It is surrounded by coconut palm trees and you will have a stunning view from these hills, overlooking the turquoise ocean and the Phangan island in the north.

This is a true dream course for most golfers, but it might be a real challenge for the beginner. Green fees are about 4000 baht per person. A driving range is also found in the area, close to the first tee. You can book a room or villa at Santiburi Resort from here

  Location: Overlooking the Maenam and Bang Por beaches.

Royal Samui Golf & Country Club

A beautiful golf course situated in north Lamai, overlooking Ao Tong Takian and Lamai. Small greens and narrow fairways.

  Location: In the mountains above IT Complex, northern Lamai.

Samui Golf Club and Driving Range

This club provides a first class driving range and putting green. Perfect for improving your golf during your vacation.

  Location: Near Bandon Hospital between Chaweng and Bo Phut.

Lamai Driving Range

A nice driving range found in Ban Lamai. Golf clubs is available for rent.

  Location: Lamai village. Behind Wat Lamai (Lamai temple).

Football Golf

Samui Football Golf

Also an alternative way to play golf. This is a hybrid between soccer/football and golf in exotic surroundings. The game is a hybrid of football and golf where players attempt to kick a football into the 18 holes in as few strokes as possible. it's an activity that gets you and your family and friends playing, laughing and enjoying the holiday fun together for at least a good hour or so and at the same time you can take a relaxing tropical garden walk around one of old Samui’s beautifully landscaped coconut plantations.

This combination of group fun, a gentle nature walk and some friendly competition is a tricky combination to beat. The course itself has a special design that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Each hole is named after a famous player and the design of the hole signifies that particular player. One word of advice though is to take shoes or just socks even, as playing bare feet is nice on the crisply cut grass but not for those with soft skin. It’s actually better in some ways with socks as you protect your feet on the long shots and you can still putt accurately on the greens. Free soft drinks and cool towels are provided and the coconut plantation provides some nice shade too, so you don’t get too hot or tired while taking in a little holiday exercise.

Free hotel transfers can also be organized from most hotels on the island. However if you’re making your own way the course is very easy to find on the island as it’s situated on the beach road just a ten minute drive north from the main resort town of Chaweng and only 5 minute drive from the Big Buddha coming from the other direction.

  Location: North of Chaweng, near Imperial Boat House.

Mini Golf

Mini Golf International

Member of the World Mini Golf Federation. Professional mini golf courses for both beginners as well as advanced players.

  Location: Ban Plai Laem/Choeng Mon on North East Samui.

Treasure Island Mini Golf

Miniature golf adventure in the heart of Chaweng, 20 meters from the Beach Road and a mexican restaurant. Food and refreshments are also available here.

  Location: Chaweng, opposite Pizza Hut and rather close to Burger King.

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99 Sports Club

Great badminton courts at 99 Sports Club.

  Location: Bang Rak, east of Bandon Hospital and south of the airport.

Lamai Badminton Stadium

A green colored stadium Between Lamai Market and Lamai Beach Road. With four indoor badminton courts.

  Location: Close to the PTT gas station and Lamai Market.


There are two tennis clubs on Samui; Samui Tennis Club in Nathon and Koh Samui Tennis Club at Santiburi Resort, Mae Nam. You will find some good tennis courts on Samui. Most of them are located in hotel areas as; Santiburi Resort, Imperial Samui Hotel, Amari Palm Reef Resort, Centara Grand Beach Resort and a few other locations. The rates start at about 200 baht per hour.

Other Ball Games

Football (soccer) and Beach Volleyball

There are not many local soccer teams on Samui, but groups of friends do often meet up for a game. Occasionally there are also small tournaments held. There are no arenas though, but a few fields with simple soccer goals.

On many beaches, people occasionally play beach volleyball. In most cases you will be able participate, if you just ask.

Dart, Pool and Billiard

Pool tables and dart boards are found on many bars and restaurants around these islands. You can almost always find someone who wants to join you for a game or two.

Other Activities

Jogging, Walking and Swimming

Many years ago, the ring road was great for walking and running. It still can be, but be very careful as the traffic can be intense. There are also tracks and small roads on the mainland, in the mountains and the jungle. We recommend you to use a Samui map and ask the locals if it is ok to walk or run there. Beach walking and jogging also comes with a tan! But use sunscreen.

Koh Samui Hash House Harriers are located at Red Fox Pub on Lamai and on The Pub in Bo Phut. The members meet up and run about two times per month.

Swimming is of course refreshing in the Gulf of Thailand or in the hotel pool. If you are swimming in the ocean, beware of high waves and sharp corals. Buddy Beer in North Lamai has a rather large pool which is open for the public.

Swimming in a Lamai pool


There are some mountain bike tracks on Samui, between Lamai and Chaweng. If you are biking along the Ring Road, be careful. The traffic is very intense.

Canopy and Bungy Jump

Canopy Adventures offer "cable touring" in the mountains of Samui. The cables are connected to tree houses and the views from there are stunning.

Next to Reggae Pub you will find the bungy jump on Samui. Only for people who can stand an adrenaline rushing adventure and who are "not weak at heart".

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