Lovers of an active life are spoilt for choice when it comes to sporting options on Koh Chang. The island boasts a range of activities suitable for children and adults alike, all of which can be enjoyed at low cost and throughout the year.

Take to the water and get up close and personal with a wealth of tropical sea life. Diving and snorkeling sessions are available at a selection of sites in and around the area and offer an alternative view to the island. Experienced divers can take advantage of the newly sunken warship HTMS Chang while those not so confident can stick to surface exploration with a snorkel.

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There is no better way to cool down than with a dip in a pool or in the sea itself. Here at Siam Royal View, access to our swimming pool is free for residents and also for all visitors to the Beach Club. Adrenaline junkies can make use of our water sports centre where paddle boarding, kayaking and windsurfing equipment can be hired. We have a prime beachfront location with white sandy beaches leading down to the cool, clear water.

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Those who prefer to stick to dry land are not short of opportunities either. Family fun is provided at public tennis courts on Klong Prao, which also offer washroom facilities and equipment hire. Challenge an opponent to a game throughout the day, or wait until things cool down a bit at night when the courts are lit up. An indoor alternative for fitness are public gyms. While there are gyms in most hotels, these are generally only open to hotel guests. Expats living on Koh Chang or tourists not staying in a hotel will find three public gyms on the island: Paradise Palms in Pearl Beach, Koh Chang Gym in Chai Chet south and BB Gym in Lonely Beach. All of these offer a good mix of weights and machines as well as yoga and Pilates classes.

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Although not suitable for young children, the BB Gun Shooting Range and Battlefield in Klong Prao is very popular with locals, expats and tourists. Airsoft guns are provided which shoot small plastic pellets and while they aren’t as powerful as regular airguns, they are still great for war games and target shooting. Hire of the gun and a round of 300 pellets is very reasonably priced. If you are visiting with a group, you can descend onto the battle field and start your game or you can stick to the target and practice your aim. Safety equipment including face masks and jackets are provided and you will be given a short training session.

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Finally, golf enthusiasts of all levels can now enjoy a round or two at Siam Royal View’s very own course. This is the only golf course on Koh Chang and the nine holes present a range of challenges for novices and experts alike.

Visitors will no doubt be surprised at the selection of sporting options for all ages, which goes to show how Koh Chang is quickly establishing itself as being far more than just a beach destination.