Tours & Activities

Tours & Activities

Tours & Activities

MOUNTAIN BIKING

Bikes can be hired in most towns and villages, just ask around; the quality varies but there are some reasonable machines out there. If you are staying long term, there are several shops in Koh Samui that stock authentic bikes and they can usually be sold on before you go home. Prices range between 80.00 BHT to 120.00 BHT per day (prices are negotiable on monthly rentals).

Apart from Ban Khai to Thong Sala and on to Had Yao, the island is predominantly hilly, thus be prepared for a work out if you cycle elsewhere. Always remember take plenty of water, head wear (helmets are advised, the hills give you a lot of speed) and sun cream.

There are no official tracks, but any non-concrete road in the hilly areas is a good ride, especially the Thong Nai Pan and Than Sadet roads. Otherwise there are loads of trails to discover, just get those wheels rolling. For easier riding, stick around the Thong Sala area; a good ride would be up to the Phaeng Waterfall, where you can also see the Jade Buddha and then across to Srithanu and Laem Son lake, before heading back along the coastal road.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

PAINTBALL WARFARE

Paintballs warfare, Thongsala
Paintballs warfare, Thong Sala, is a new 3200m2 paintball battlefield, which has opened near Thong Sala. There is a choice of 6 games to play (capture the flag, defend your base, free for all, rabbit hunt, find the flag, defend your man) and up to 12 people can play at once. Paintball warfare is suitable for both beginners and experts, so is fun for everyone. Prices begin at BHT500 per person.

FITNESS GYM

Both a gym & Thai Boxing centre. The Gym has a full range of work out equipment, fitness programs, yoga and provides personal fitness training. This gym, has been teaching Thai boxing on Koh Phangan for more than 8 years and have turned out more fighters than a Russian plane factory.

There are male and female professional teachers offering tuition for every level of expertise, from absolute beginner to pre-fight training at one of the local stadiums. There are gyms with excellent facilities; one in Thong Sala and the original gym in Haad Rin. These two Gyms are now also organizing 1 to 3 day yoga workshops.

THAI BOXING

Koh Phangan, like the rest of Thailand, loves its Thai Boxing and there three stadiums in Thong Sala, one in Haad Rin and now Thong Nai Pan Noi has one, so wherever you are it’ll be easy to catch a fight.

There are usually about six fights a night, with local visiting Thai fighters and a few Farangs (foreigners). To find out when the next big night is, try and decipher what one of the pickup cars with really tinny speakers are saying, look out for the posters, or ask around. The price on the door is usually BHT350.

If you want to learn the noble art, there are a few good schools on the island with English speaking tuition and some very good facilities.

THAI BOXING

KAYAKING

Kayaks are available for hire on most beaches, hourly or by day. The obvious precautions should be observed, such as covering your skin from the hot sun, allowing enough time for long trips (sunset rides are not advised) and taking water to drink. Also be aware of the currents and tidal drifts, it can be easy to go in one direction and very difficult to come back.

The west coast from Wok Tum to koh Ma offers some of the calmest seas and best beach hopping possibilities, although if the seas aren’t choppy pretty much anywhere is good. Other popular routes are between Thong Nai Pan and Haad Khuat ( Bottle Beach) and also from Chaloklum to Haad Khuat; or from Haad Rin, it is easily possible to make it around to Haad Khontee and further on to Haad Thian and Haad Yuan but don’t depart too late in the day.

SCUBA DIVING & SNORKELLING

Koh Phangan is an excellence place to explore the underwater world. You can undertake dive courses, with the island offering everything from 4 day beginner PADI courses, to advanced and professional dive lessons or simply experience snorkeling the shoreline of Koh Phangan Island.

Koh Phangan snorkeling and diving has a lot to offer, from schools of barracuda and other fish, to larger grouper fish, some harmless sharks and breathtaking coral reefs. With the water remaining warm at Koh Phangan all year around, you can enjoy the underwater nature and scenery for hours all year round.

SCUBA DIVING & SNORKELLING

SAILING

There are a few places offering sailing trips and tuition, with one operation providing hobby style Catamarans and Lazar sailing boats from December to April in Ao Nai Wok; ideal for learning or an exhilarating ride for the experienced sailor.

BOAT TRIPS

Easy to organize, perfect for those not planning to stay very long on Koh Phangan or an easy way to take a quick look around the island before deciding where to stay longer. Boat trips can be arranged at most resorts and will leave late morning. Common itineraries for pre-arranged tours include; Than Sadet Waterfall, Thon nai Pan, Haad Khuat, Koh Ma and Koh Tae Nok. If you are in a group, it is also possible to rent the boat for a day and arrange your own itinerary, but expect to pay a lot more. The boat will either be a traditional long tail or speedboat which will probably be able to take you further afield such as the Marine Park or Koh Tao.

Any deal should include lunch and other essential supplies. Be aware of the sun and wear a hat and a healthy layer of sun lotion or risk feeling the effects of heat stoke later on, as most trips leave about midday and finish just after sunset.

All organized boat trips run everyday depending of course on the weather. If you have booked ahead only to find that it is wet and windy you will receive a full refund.

WINSURFING

Ao Plaay Laem
For all the thrill seekers out there, windsurfing will only take a few attempts to master. Koh Phangan is one of the best places to learn, with its tropical warm waters and sandy beaches. The best time of the year is from January through to April.

We offer fun windsurfing lessons for beginners on the west coast near Thong Sala, with beautiful views over Koh Tae Nok. Contact us for more details.

WAKE BOARDING

exhilarating and unique sports available on Koh Phangan Island. We offer courses, where you can either; learn the skill of wakeboard, practice your skills, or learn new moves from our professional instructors.

FISHING

Fishing can be organized through your resort and is often a short trip in a long tail boat out to a few local fishing spots. The normal equipment is a hand line on a basic trip, so if you are looking for something a bit more high tech, we can organize a trip through one of our travel agents. There are plenty of operations with good rods and equipment, especially if you are willing to travel to the best spots and night fish.

Fishing off the rocks on the coast can also bring a good catch; just ask a local where to set up, but be warned it is illegal to go fishing in the marine rich waters around Koh Ma. Don’t forget to cover your skin, bring enough water to drink and take care of the coral.

If you fancy a good laugh, then head up to Chaloklum, which well- known throughout the area as an excellent source of squid. If you look out to sea after dark you will almost certainly see the bright lights from the squid boats shining in the distance. If you are interested in trying it out just ask some of the local people for more details.

ANGTHONG MARINE PARK TRIPS

Ang Thong National Marine Park is a true natural wonder, unique to the Gulf of Thailand; consisting of over 42 individual islands and easily reached from Koh Phangan Island by speedboat or cruiser. It is a popular destination for travelers looking to explore this magical place. A few of the highlights include;

VIEWPOINT ON WUA TA LAP:
Wua Ta Lap is the Ang Thong National Marine Park Headquarters and consists of an open area with an information centre, restaurant and a few modern bungalows. It is a steep climb to the viewpoint and lots of water and appropriate climbing shoes are definitely recommended. However the hard walk will be rewarded by some stunning views.

CAMPING ON KOH MAE KO

There are only a few beaches in the Ang Thong National Marine Park that tourists are allowed to camp and facilities are actually only provided on request. However if you do stay, you will be rewarded with the opportunity to swing in one of the many hammocks under the stars, with a warm camp fire and BBQ in the evening.

TREKKING

Many parts of Koh Phangan are still untouched, which makes it perfect for trekking and camping. Most trekking routes are along the eastern coastline, which link up the peaceful cove sand beaches. Although there are also some fun treks in the interior jungle around the tallest mountain Khao Ra and Phaeng Waterfall National Park.

WARNING:
Please remember that it is easy to become lost, so if you are inexperienced please don’t trek alone. Local guides can be found at Phaeng Waterfall National Park and you should expect to pay about 500 Baht per day. If trekking alone or without a guide, remember to take plenty of supplies, especially water and some high energy food.

Massage Courses

Contact us at Reception if you have time to learn the art of Thai massage.

THAI FOOD COOKING COURSES

Same - Same Cooking School
Adding to their successful restaurant and lodge, Same, Same are now offering quality cooking courses so you can enjoy amazing Thai cuisine with friends when you get back home. There are 1, 3, or 5 day courses available, all taught by a fully trained English speaking chef. Visit the market to purchase your ingredients, prepare and cook, then sit back and eat..