A choice of craft from windsurfers to Hobie cats are offered for watersport fans while the Quadtours and Jungle Safari folks will have you exploring the Samui highlands. Rock climbing is the most recent addition to the island activity options and you'll catch sight of a rope-laden cliff face when you travel between Lamai and Chaweng - just look inland to the big rock, now there's a challenge strictly not for the faint-hearted.
Samui Sailing 

Following the success of the Samui Regatta  
currently in its second year, the island's sailing scene has come on  
in leaps and bounds. The surrounding islands in the Ang Thong 
National Park make an ideal sailing playground and good  
all-year-round breezes and challenging westerly winds between May  
and November make great sailing conditions  
Several boat companies operate charters  

Elephant Trekking  

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  

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.  

Muay Thai (Thai Boxing)   

Thailand's beloved national sport Muay Thai, is taken very seriously  
throughout the country and Koh Samui is no exception!  
Although Thai boxing is regarded as the worlds most dangerous  
martial art it is surprisingly graceful to watch.  

Chaweng stadium near the Reggae Pub is the biggest on Samui  
and hosts all the major fights on the island. Fights are usually held  
twice a week on Monday and Friday nights but during peak season  
an additional Sunday night fight is often held. Fights start at 9pm  
and the evening normally lasts around three hours, with as many as  
ten smaller bouts before the main fight. If you only want to catch  
the main event then drop in for an hour around 10/10.30pm  
The atmosphere in Chaweng Stadium is excellent with a live commentator and traditional Thai  
music - although some find the noise a bit overpowering! Both Thai and foreign fighters compete in the ring  
most are professionals, all are pretty entertaining. Chaweng Stadium charges an entry fee and you can chose  
between a ringside table or a seat in the surrounding stands. 


There are many tattooists on Samui offering work of varying quality  
Although most tend to offer reasonable standards of health  
and hygiene, its worthwhile making a thorough (sober)  
assessment of the studio before going under the needle  
Thailand's infamous monks tattoos, which supposedly give  
the recipient magical powers, are available occasionally  
at Big Buddha temple - though recent reports suggest that  
they are a number of health risks associated with this practice  
so extreme caution should be exercised  


Thongtakian Resort : Samui Thailand
146/11 Moo 4, Maret, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84310 THAILAND. Tel./Fax. : 66-7723-0978 E-mail :