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Where to watch sports on Koh Tao?

Having traveled with a sports fanatic I know how important seeing the game, match, fight, race or whatever can be. I don’t understand it, but know to some it’s like air. So where to go?

Well if you are in Sairee then it’s really a no-brainer.  Choppers Bar and Grill is where it’s at. During big international tournaments and events they will open to show events live, no matter what time it is locally. They have 15 wide screen TVs meaning that if events clash you can actually keep track of two things at once. Re-runs are screened and the manager is very obliging if you have missed something that you just have to see. There are actually 2 large projectors in addition to all so no matter where you sit you can’t help but have a good view. During big events the place is packed and the atmosphere intense, charged and compliments the spirit of the sport admirably with the spirit of friendly rivalry. The crowd is mixed during sporting events with locals and tourists alike. To keep your strength up Choppers have a large menu and probably one of the largest ranges of beers on the island. You can find this sport heaven on the road that connects the two 7/Elevens in Sairee.


For somewhere a bit quieter you might want to pop your head into The Brother which is located at the crossroads on the main road in Sairee opposite the 7/Eleven. Further up this road you will find Banyan Bar which to look at has no TVs in evidence. What you wouldn’t know from looking at it is that in the building behind the bar is large screen cinema. It’s used for local film screenings and private events and movie nights mostly. However for the big ticket sporting events, when there is enough interest they open it so you can watch the sport on probably the largest screen on Koh Tao. Pop in to ask if they are showing anything, if they are you can enjoy relaxing on comfortable sofas in an air conditioned purpose built room.


Mae Haad based sport fans don’t have to go to Sairee if they don’t want to.  Safety Stop located close to the Seatran Pier do show the sports but the screens are limited.  Reef Bar is a little further up the same road and on the right and is probably your best bet in Mae Haad. The owner is a little football mad as you will see by the framed shirts hanging in the bar. Reef has large projection screen and maybe 4 other TVs too and while it’s not as riotous as Choppers during a big match there is certainly enough atmosphere to enjoy the game!



This article was written for and first published on Travelfish.org. It is reproduced here with kind permission !


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