Join up to 2000 locals and tourists on this midnight run and reward yourself with a few ice cold beers at the Reggae Pub when you reach the finish line.
- When? TBC March 2018
- Where? Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui
- Price: 500 Baht or 1,000 Baht if you want entry in the Grand Raffle
Usually you'll be lucky to find a few people who can walk in a straight line at lively Chaweng Beach come midnight. But every March for the Koh Samui THA (Thai Hotel Association) Midnight Run, thousands take to the streets, swapping booze and zig-zag stumbling for water and long-distance running.
This annual run is one of the biggest in Thailand and features up to 2000 runners who choose to take on either a five or ten kilometre course that winds and loops through the buzzing streets of Koh Samui's most vibrant area. It's organised in aid of charity with the proceeds going to a selection of very worthy causes. Altruism by the beach? Sounds like our kind of event.
The mayor of Koh Samui will be there (along with event sponsors) to hand out trophies and prizes to the winners. Many of the race-participants also choose to wear fancy dress which gives the event a colourful, vividly hued atmosphere.
On this day, dozens of locals and tourists line the race course to cheer on the participants with many also heading for the concert at the Reggae Pub (the famous shrine to Bob Marley) before it gets underway. You can register to run in the race online or it is possible to register on the day, although it will cost you a lot more.
Otherwise, if you've decided you're on holiday and just want to chill out, watch from the sidelines and practice your zig-zag skills after a few drinks in the Reggae Pub.
- Get there: Fly into Koh Samui then use the songthaews or taxis to get around.
- Stay: Find accommodation near the beach so you'll have somewhere to relax after the race and won't have far to travel to the starting line.
Find more information on samuimidnightrun.com.
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