Koh Samui is superb for just lazing around, but if the urge to be active overcomes you, a wealth of sport and recreation options are available within a short drive of the View.
- Golfing - Two 18-hole championships courses and one 9-hole course
- Scuba diving, snorkelling and sea kayaking
- Sailing and motor boating to Ang Thong National Park, Koh Phangan and the Five Islands
- Elephant and jungle trekking
- Adventure sports, bungy jumping and Zorb balling
- Go-karting and quad biking
- Thai cooking classes
- Zip-lining (flying fox) in the dense canopy of the central hills
- Big Buddha
- Waterfalls - numerous inland waterfalls and rockpools
- Secret Buddha Garden
- Butterfly Garden
- Frisbee golf, football golf
Koh Samui is one of Thailand's newest golf destinations.
The first world class golf resort, Santiburi Samui Country Club, opened in 2003 and is recognised as one of Thailand's best – often compared to Phuket's Blue Canyon. It's part of the Santiburi Resort & Spa and annually hosts professional tournaments including the Bangkok Airways Open.
Santiburi is acclaimed for its spectacular scenery, challenging course (known affectionately as The Beast) and excellent year round playing conditions.
Koh Samui's second championship golf course is the more recently opened Royal Samui Golf & Country Club. Set across a mountain top in the Lamai Beach area, there are spectacular views over surrounding islands and even the Thai mainland from practically every point on the course.
Another course, the beautifully designed 9 hole, par 3 Bophut Hills Country Club, opened in 2007. Well suited for beginners or groups, as well as more serious golfers who want to fine tune their iron play before heading to one of the championship courses.
All three courses are easy to get to from the Headlands Koh Samui Villas – and clubs, equipment and all accessories can be hired or purchased on site.
Water Sports Near the View
High-quality scuba diving and snorkelling is a big attraction for Samui villa guests, though probably best avoided during the November monsoon season. Check www.planet-scuba.net
The most famous dive site is Sail Rock, north of Koh Phangan, which has an 18m natural rock chimney swim- through and is a good place to see whale sharks. Other sites are north of Ang Thong National Park and close to the Gulf's diving Mecca, Koh Tao, which has 21 sites off its shores. A day's diving from Samui can include two or three sites.
Snorkelling excursions are a great way to see the beaches of Koh Samui in a different way than your villa in Samui offers! During a boat trip around the island you pass some of the most stunning beaches and coves: Big Buddha Bay, Choeng Mon Bay, Chaweng Bay, Lamai Bay, Hua Thanon Bay, Koh Mudsum and Koh Tan. A BBQ style picnic lunch is usually part of the deal.
Sea kayaking is another way to explore the coast. At Mae Koh, a kayaking adventure includes an easy but spectacular climb through dense rainforest and narrow ravines to arrive at the 'green lagoon'.
Following the success of the Samui Regatta, 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 boat charters (Sailing in Samui and Oceanselitecharters)
Also, just a short walk down the beach you will find sailboats, sea kayaks and windsurfers for hire, for a modest fee, from the Intercontinental Resort.
Fishing is a popular pastime on and around Samui and whether your interests are in big game fishing or freshwater lake fishing; there will be something for you here. The Topcats resort and fishery covers an area of some six acres with a 4.5 acre specimen lake stocked with various freshwater species both native and imported to Thailand such as Arapaima Gigas, Redtail Catfish, Sorubim and Alligator Gar in addition to native predatory species like Chaophraya Catfish and Giant Snakehead, and many more. Topcats is a highly prolific mixed species fishery capable of producing big hauls of large monster fish species on a regular basis, with the chance of a world record fish a distinct possibility.
There are a variety of fishing charters available around Samui from authentic long-tail boats to larger fishing vessels from which you have the opportunity of landing a prize catch of Barracuda, Cobia, Shark, Sailfish, Snapper, Grouper and many more.
In the Jungle Surrounding the Samui Villa
Over 50 elephants call Samui home, and they all work in the tourist industry. A typical 'trek' lasts between 15 minutes and half an hour and is a different 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 a cool shower.
To explore Koh Samui's jungle from a different perspective, go to Koh Samui Canopy Adventures. Swinging through the trees on over 500 metres of cable is certainly a different way to see the island! It features six different cable runs and beautiful waterfalls. They also provide a free shuttle from anywhere on the island, including the View Koh Samui Villas. Samui Canopy Adventures is located in the jungle inland from Maenam beach and is well signposted.
Not for the fainthearted! Samui bungy jump is located next to the famous 'Reggae Pub' in Chaweng, an iconic nightclub, which is handy for those needing some Dutch courage beforehand! The 50 metre jump is held over a large specially designed plunge pool. The brave (or insane!) among you can choose between individual jumps, tandem jumps, and even submersion jumps where you get dunked in the pool!
For the maddest tourists, you can roll down a 200 meter chute inside a large rubber ball filled with water. Based next to the small golf course at Bophut Hills, this is only for the die-hard adrenalin junkies.
There are 2 courses on the island suitable for both beginners and more experienced riders. Samui Go-Kart just West of Bophut; and EasyKart in Chaweng provide everything you need. All you have to do is jump in and go. Fun and fast.
In Maenam, there are several off-road courses for quad biking, which even small children can join in (and, for those too small to fit on the bikes, there is a paintball shooting range that delivers the same buzz).
The increase in the popularity of biking has not passed by Koh Samui. There are several places from which to rent bikes and we have our own bikes at the View available for loan. The adrenaline is optional.
Thai Cooking Classes
Thai cooking courses are an increasingly popular activity on the island. The popularity of Thai cuisine and the easygoing environment of Samui's cookery schools encourage many visitors to take a course. The best known independent school on the island, SITCA (Samui Institute of Culinary Arts, South Chaweng) has two courses a day, a separate food carving course, a well stocked shop and an excellent restaurant, The Dining Room. Alternatively, cookery classes can be arranged on site at the villa.