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Come and join Wake Up Wakeboarding in this exciting and high-end holiday in Koh Phangan, Thailand. Whether you are new to wakeboarding or already have knowledge about the sport, this will surely be a great learning opportunity for you. Experience an exotic world full of sun, water, and relaxing activities to help you get away and have a much needed break. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready for a fantastic experience to remember for a lifetime.
You will be accommodated at the Mandalai Hotel Koh Phangan in single or double rooms. It is a boutique hotel and spa on the beachfront of Chaloklum bay. It features full spa and massage services set in a garden retreat with a relaxing pool and outdoor restaurant. Additionally, the resort hosts Full Moon parties on the beach. Guests can choose between beachfront, poolside, or garden-view rooms.
All of the hotel's suites and rooms have air-conditioning, satellite flat-screen television, DVD player, mosquito nets, in-room safe, double-lock door, mini-fridge, high-speed Wi-Fi, fax facilities, ceiling fan, and laundry and daily maid service. The property has a spa that is open to all guests. A fully-refurbished former squid boat is also available to guests for visiting nearby islands.
During this surf camp, you will have a total of 10 wakeboarding sets, each of which will typically last for 30 minutes from dock to dock. The set times will be 15 minutes of full wakeboard time, so you will be free to rest and take your time with each set as the time will be stopped during breaks, rests, or falls. With this, it will be up to you to change quickly and use the allotted time as effectively as you can.
You will use a 2004 MasterCraft X-star boat called Harriet for your wakeboarding sets. The X-star's interior is so far advanced that it makes other wakeboarding boats look like Neanderthals. That's why it is expected to be the choice of core wakeboarders. While the shape and size of the wake are paramount to riders, the 2004 X-Star has lots of other revolutionary new enhancements that make it a next-generation wakeboard boat.
It has a liner ballast system as opposed to conventional storage compartment ballast tanks. Three tanks are located beneath the floor. One 60-gallon ballast bag is located along the keel line, near the bow. Two more 36-gallon ballast tanks are located on either side of the 57-gallon fuel cell, forward of the engine compartment. Topped off, the X-Star can hold 1000 lbs of water weight and 500 lbs of octane, transforming beginner wakes into grade-A tsunamis at the push of a button.
Jamie is the founder and instructor of Wake Up Wakeboarding.
This retreat will take place in Chaloklum, a small fishing village on the north side of Koh Phangan island, Thailand. The fishing, particularly of squid, has been the main source of income for the local people in the village. This means its tourism industry has not developed quite as quickly as it has on the other parts of the island, and so the village has kept it’s authentic Thai atmosphere. It is a laid back and lovely village with unspoiled beaches and friendly fishing families.
Chaloklum was once the main port on Koh Phangan due to its year-round deep water and wind-protected location. The pier is no longer used by transport ferry boats but still gets heavy use from the local fishing industry and the dive schools. Chaloklum has become the home of water sports and sea activities such as diving, sailing, wakeboarding, water skiing, freediving, snorkeling, and fishing.
On the other hand, Koh Phangan is a small island situated in the Gulf of Thailand, not far from the mainland city of Surat Thani. Commercially, it is best known for it’s world-famous Full Moon Party where people gather from all over the world. However, there is much more to the island than most of its visitors see. Koh Phangan has some of the best beaches in Thailand, beautiful national parks, and incredible coral reefs.
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When you are not wakeboarding, you can relax and take in the tropical paradise around you while watching wakeboarders ride in the bay. There are also plenty of other activities within walking distance from your accommodation. Chaloklum bay has four scuba diving schools offering fun and professional courses from open water to instructor level. There are also safaris where you can go elephant trekking or see a snake show.
Wake Up Wakeboarding can also help you organize a series of activities or excursions at an additional cost.There's an archery center nearby and plenty of opportunity for jungle walks and treks in the mountain. A short taxi ride will take you to the other parts of the island, so you will not be far away from the moon parties and jungle experience that go on across Koh Phangan. There are also some beautiful waterfalls to see during the rainy season.
You can book massage and spa treatments at an additional cost. You can choose between Thai massage and aroma massage that are both available in either 60 or 90-minute sessions, or have a foot massage which is available in either 45 or 60-minute sessions. These massages and other specialist treatments can be arranged on request and by appointment.
Please book your flight to arrive at Samui Airport (USM) or Surat Thani Airport (URT).
You can take a government bus from the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok all the way to Koh Phangan everyday at 7:30 p.m. arriving on Koh Phangan at 10 a.m. the next day. You can also travel by Lomprayah bus and ferry everyday at 6 a.m. arriving at 4:20 p.m., or depart at 9 p.m. arriving at Koh Phangan at 11 a.m. the next day.
From Ko Samui, you can catch the Lomprayah catamaran that leaves the Lomprayah Samui Maenam pier at 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., or the Nathon pier at 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 5 p.m. You can also arrive via the Seatran ferry which leaves Bangrak pier at 8 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. The Songserm boat goes from Nathon pier at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
If you arrive at Surat Thani Airport (URT), you can buy a ticket to Koh Phangan from one of the booths on the ground floor of the airport. The Lomprayah catamaran departs from Donsak pier to Thong Sala everyday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 2:30 p.m., and takes about three hours. You can also go with Raja ferry which departs from Donsak pier everyday at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m., and takes between two and a half to three hours. There is also the Songserm boat that leaves everyday at 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The bus from the airport to the Donsak pier takes about one and a half hours.
You can also take a train from Bangkok to Surat Thani. The train departure times are 8:05 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 5:05 p.m., 5:35 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 10:50 p.m. The train arrival times are 4:45 p.m., 12:22 a.m., 1:23 a.m., 2 a.m., 3:45 a.m., 4:24 a.m., 5:48 a.m., 6:23 a.m., 7:06 a.m., and 8:05 a.m.
The best place to arrive on Koh Phangan is the Thong Sala pier. From there, you can catch a taxi to Chaloklum for about 100 to 150 THB per person.
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