While being a beach bum is relaxing, not everyone goes on holiday to let it all go. Here are a few suggestions for keeping fit on Koh Lanta.
A holiday on Koh Lanta doesnâ€™t have to be all buckets, beers and beaches. There are plenty of opportunities to keep your fitness game up to standard (whatever it may be). Whether you are an avid runner or wanting to try out Muay Thai, Koh Lanta host many fitness options to keep you busy.
If youâ€™re looking to try out a Muay Thai or enroll in a full boxing course, Muay Thai Gym located in Prae-Ah is the place to go on Koh Lanta. Courses consist of physical conditioning, bag work, and sparring, with 2 training sessions per day. If you have no doubt about taking a course while on Koh Lanta, book through their website for a 15% discount, online only. A membership with the Muay Thai gym also includes use of their fitness centre.
Owned by the Muay Thai gym, but in a separate location on Long Beach, Lanta Sport Complex has all the traditional equipment and facilities that you would find in your local gym at home. While membership at the gym does not include Muay Thai membership, a Muay Thai membership does include membership at the gym. Personal training is also offered, for those liking assistance during their workout.
Yoga has quickly become one of Koh Lanta’s most popular activities. What better place to get your OM on than a peaceful idyllic island in Thailand? See our Koh Lanta Yoga page for info on all yoga offerings on the island
Running and Hiking
While the road conditions may not be the best, going for jog is possible but some precautions should be taken. Be sure to bring trainers with sufficient traction as there is often loose gravel on the road as well as slippery mud patches and potholes. Just as you would at home, be aware of cars and scooters zip about as there are no sidewalks dedicated to pedestrian traffic. Running on the beach is also an option, but donâ€™t go bare foot! Shells, washed up rubbish and the occasional broken bottle could ruin your holiday quickly!
Koh Lanta National Park
Koh Lanta’s National Park, located in the southern part of the island, is the best bet for those looking to explore trails and get in touch with nature. If youâ€™re experienced on a motorbike, it is possible to drive to the Park. The road gets a bit rough, so if you are unsure, hire a taxi to take you there. Park entrance fee is 300. Make sure to wear trainers, bring bug spray, water and maybe a snack, but take make sure to follow the rule of â€œleave it as you found itâ€…take your rubbish with you! Watch out for the monkeys.
Khao Mai Kaew Cave
If you really fancy exploring and getting a little dirty, make a visit to Khao Mai Kaew cave, located just past the turn off for Klong Nin road on the way to Old Town. Dark, mysterious and muddy the cave system is not for those faint of heart (read: HUGE SPIDERS). The Cave does require a tour guide and a fee which can be paid for and arranged at the entrance of the cave. Great adventure, but probably not suitable for very young children.