Gyms in Koh Tao
Hey and welcome to my page on gyms in Koh Tao!
I hope you’re enjoying this little island as much as I did. I am truly in love with this little slice of paradise, which has it all for me. Gyms, hikes, stunning scenery and… scuba-diving! I did a Scuba Discovery session here two year ago and the rest is history. I was hooked instantly and went on to do my Open Water – I didn’t stay away too long either! After gaining some more diving experience, I returned 18 months later to do my Advanced course. Thank you Phoenix Divers!
So what does this little island have to offer in terms of gyms? Well, given its size, I was relieved to find any! I actually found two gyms in Koh Tao, which I’ll describe in detail in my posts, or read brief descriptions below.
1. Monsoon Gym – 180 baht a day or 500 a week
Centrally located, Monsoon Gym is just 400m walk up from Sairee Beach. This small-medium gym is well air-conditioned and has a good range of free weights and cardio equipment. Functional equipment and floor space is ample outside in the Muay Thai area. Here you can you do HIIT, Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu. As these are outside, be aware you won’t have the benefit of aircon, but many classes start at 8:00am to beat the heat. Staff here are super-friendly and I found it a really sociable gym (in a good way – no-one bothers you whilst training!)
2. Koh Tao Gym and Fitness – 200 baht a day or 1000 per week
You’ll find this medium-large gym around 30 minutes walk away from Sairee Beach, northeast of it. I recommend staying near this gym if you’ll be using it regularly, otherwise it’s a very hot and sweaty walk! This attractive gym is well-air-conditioned on both its floors and caters well for all workouts. You’ll find ample cardio equipment, weights and a very attractive functional training area.
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Which Gym in Koh Tao Should I Pick?
Monsoon Gym is the cheapest gym, especially if you plan to go three times or more. If your workout focusses on free weights or cardio and you’re budget-minded, I strongly recommend this place. Likewise if you’re into classes. However Koh Tao Gym and Fitness is the more upmarket of the two gyms and somewhat bigger with nicer decor. If money is not much of a consideration and you don’t mind venturing to its less central location, then it’s certainly got the best facilities of the two. Ultimately it comes down to personal choice.
Where to Stay?
I stayed at V Hostel, near the pier and absolutely loved it. The lady running it is lovely and you can cook your own breakfast each morning (eggs, toast and fruit). It truly felt like home and I stayed here a total of three weeks! In terms of convenience for the gyms, it’s around 15 minutes walk from Monsoon Gym and somewhat less practical if you want to go to Koh Tao Gym and Fitness. The hostel itself is superb value for money if you factor in the breakfast. You’ve got a choice of dorms and private rooms here. I chose this place as another traveller I met in Chiang Mai recommended it to me.
I truly hope you enjoy my favourite island, I can’t wait to return. Whichever gym in Koh Tao you pick, have an awesome time and I hope you get to try diving (or at least snorkelling) so you can enjoy some of the local sea-life!
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