Golf has a long tradition in Thailand, dating back to the first courses laid out under Royal patronage in the 1900s. There are now over one hundred championship standard course throughout the country, many of them created by famous international designers and located in exquisitely scenic surroundings. They offer a challenging diversity of conditions, but all are superbly maintained and remarkably uncrowded by world standards. A warm tropical climate and magnificently equipped modern clubhouses complete the idyllic prospects for visiting golfers.
Samui Golf Club & Driving Range is located in the hillside amidst unspoiled nature. They feature a 250 yard driving range and putting green.
The Santiburi Samui Country Club, in Maenam on the northern coast of the island, has the unique feature of being an on-the-hill golf course that focuses its design to be in harmony with the natural beauty of its surroundings. Each hole has been positioned along the different altitudes of the natural hills which constructs an up-and-down-hill golf game. It is for most players an interesting, challenging and entertaining game to play. Moreover, golfers will be able to enjoy magnificent view of the ocean and beaches almost at all time. Architectural design enhances the natural beauty and blend into the surroundings by conserving the coconut jungle, which is also the symbol of Koh Samui. With such characteristics, Santiburi Samui Country Club has its own special identity and becomes distinguished from other courses in Thailand.
Royal Samui Golf and Country Club is a full service, 9-hole golf and recreation facility. The club offers the ultimate in enjoyment and relaxation to local residents, long-term visitors and holiday makers on Koh Samui.
The Bophut Hills Golf Club is a 9 hole course conveniently located in the heart of Bophut.
The Santiburi Driving Range. The Driving Range has been designed to be 25 open bays with designated safety range without any net to disturb the scent of nature. The Driving Range shelter will be an open building with tropical architecture that is gently mixed with nature.
Driving Ranges in Lamai. There are wo Driving Ranges in Lamai, one located behind Wat Lamai and the other directly on the Ring road short before leaving Lamai in direction Nathon.
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Several companies around the island run elephant ride operations and many can be booked through travel agents, often in combination with all day tours of the interior. Over fifty elephants call Samui home and all work in the tourist industry. A typical 'trek' lasts between 15 minutes and half an hour and is an excellent way to see the island's jungle clad interior. Some companies take visitors up into the hills for magnificent views over the island, others go through waterfalls, where riders run the risk of receiving a cooling shower.
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Apart from coconuts, the hills of Samui also have some pretty waterfalls and trails for leisurely hiker to explore. Hin Lat Falls can be found south of Nathon. (Only a 30-minute hike from the entrance to the top of the falls.) Na Muang Falls further south is about a 2 kilometre walk from the marked turn-off. All are signposted.
Several areas of Samui are covered with dense tropical jungle which can be reached by jeep and/or a short hike. The beauty and natural diversity of these areas easily justifies tearing yourself away from the beach for a day. Most travel agents have information about the various tours available and will make a reservation for you. To get a birds eye view of the jungle, check out Canopy Tours, which allows you to travel between tree-houses in a harness attached to a high tensile cable.
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Mountain bike are available for hire at numerous places around the island, just don't expect any recognizable brand names. That said, the local brand bikes are perfectly suitable for a day out tackling the terrain. One of the best spots is the Mae Nam Valley area. Simply head down the road next to Angela's Bakery. You'll some challenging technical down-hill and up-hill through coconut groves and farmland. For real suspension- testing action, the road leading up to Wanorn Waterfall, south of Na Thon, is heavy going and recommended only for the exceptionally fit. The road actually starts off in pretty good condition, but deteriorates at a rapid rate as you climb to the 205m high point. By the end, you're dodging boulders, negotiating slippery mud and cycling up a 1:4 gradient perilously close to the edge of a ravine. The views are spectacular from the top, and there's always a chance of a refreshing swim. You are guaranteed to break a sweat. so if this sounds too much like hard work, then it's probably best to stick to elephants.
The undisputed national sport of Thailand, a Muay Thai professional bout can be seen at the Chaweng Stadium every Monday and Friday, while in Lamai, there are girl fights every Saturday at the 'VarietyPlaza'. There are also several Muay Thai Camps around the island, where you can participate in their training.