If you hit a rainy spell during your holiday,
or when you've spent so much time in the sun that your skin has begun to peel,
you might take a break from the beach and learn a new skill.
Love Thai food and want to learn to cook it at home? The
island now has a modern Culinary Institute offering daily Thai Cooking classes
both mornings and afternoons. Three-day fruit carving courses are also taught.
Thai cooking demonstrations are also held at several of the large hotels.
Diving, Windsurfing &
Aspiring divers take note.
Samui is a great place to get PADI certified. There are many companies offering
instruction not only in Open Water Diving, but in advanced areas as well, and no
matter where you come from, there is almost sure to be an instructor available
who can teach you in your native language. Those who would like to learn
windsurfing or sailing can do so at one of several beachside venues.
Sea conditions can get rough and windy on the North Shore (from Chaweng to
Maenam) during the months of December through March, and some watersports
operations are not always open during these months. If planning to learn
watersports during this period, it's best to have an alternative plan in case
the weather does not cooperate.
Samui's well-known USPTR tennis instructor and USTA 6.0
rated player Darren Kemble, gives friendly private instruction on a hourly basis
at several of the island's larger hotels. Everyone from absolute beginnners to
advanced tournament players are welcome. Equipment is provided free of charge.
If you would like to begin
learning to speak Thai, there is a language school in Bophut offering
instruction. Private tudors who teach on a hourly basis are also available.
The art of Traditional Thai Massage can be learned at
the government-run Angthong Health Center in the village of Nathon. Three-day 18
hour courses (taught in Thai) can be arranged at a cost of approximately 5000
baht, (with discounts for more than one student.) If you cannot speak Thai, it
is probably best to go there with a Thai acquaintance to make arrangements,
rather than attempting to phone. To find the center, enter Nathon on the main
road from the direction of Maenam, and turn right at Bangkok Bank. It is located
across the street from the Tourism Information Center.