Things to Do in Samui

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Thai Cooking Classes

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Thai cuisine is the national cuisine of Thailand. Thai cuisine places emphasis on lightly-prepared dishes with strong aromatic components and is known for being spicy. Thai food focuses on variety and balance of the five fundamental taste senses in each dish or the overall meal: spicy, sour, sweet, salty, and  bitter.

It is popular the world over and if you want to impress your friends and family when you return home why not take up a Thai cooking class while you are holidaying in Samui. Classes are available at some hotels, private schools and at the “Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts” in Chaweng.

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Buffalo Fighting

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This is definitely a very ‘Samui’ style experience and actually a rather exclusive Southern Thai event. Besides on Samui, the only other location it takes place at, is the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Two male buffaloes face off against one another and although it sounds that it could be rather gory it is usually fairly harmless head wrestling with the first to turn and run declared the loser.

There are quite a few fight locations in Samui, Baan Makham, near Nathon, Maenam, Lamai and Bon Kai Road. Look out for the red banners advertising forth coming events.

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Elephant Trekking

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These huge, gentle creatures trek into the mountains daily and put on amazing shows of skill. There are two locations on the island of Koh Samui where you can go trekking through the jungle with these gentle giants. They are at the Namuang waterfalls 1 & 2, and at the Wanorn waterfalls. The scenic views are a definite must see.  Climb aboard, and ride along with the largest mammals that walk the face of the earth.

The trekking varies in length, averaging about an hour as the elephants climb and maneuver their way up the mountainside towards the waterfalls. This is one day to make sure that your batteries for your camera are fully charged.

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Bungee Jumping

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Bungee Jumping in Samui has becoming a popular activity for adrenaline junkies but not for the faint hearted. The bungee jump situated near Chaweng Lake takes you 50 meters high above a 5 inches deep plunge pool. If you want to get that ultimate adrenalin rush and a crazy alternative to the beach then this is the blood pumping, heart thumping high speed thrill that you can’t afford to miss. All participants will receive a bravery certificate to commemorate the occasion.

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Tennis

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A few hotels such as the Santiburi and Centara have good tennis facilities and there are also brand new courts for hire in Bangrak off Bon Kai Road. Rates per hour are on average 200 baht with an additional 100 baht for night time sessions.

Since most of the action is during the early hours of the day and towards the evening when it is cool, it is best to book your court in advance to avoid disappointment. Most facilities have rackets for rent and supply free tennis balls although you will have to pay for those that you lose.

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