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COMMIT TO GET FIT
Build strength, fitness and confidence at the all-new Success Gym.

Build strength, fitness and confidence at the all-new Success Gym.With 1,000 square metres of floor area and the doors opening for the first customers in May this year, Success Gym in Chaweng is not only the newest, but now the biggest, gym on Samui. With air-conditioned, purpose-built facilities including a huge gym area, a 300-square metre cardio room, a separate studio for scheduled classes, changing and showering areas including a sauna, a restaurant, shop and free parking at the rear of the gym with a dedicated entrance, this is definitely the place to ‘commit to get fit’.

          

This huge space with its high ceiling is chock full of brand spanking new gym equipment. There are 122 machines in total, guaranteed to give your entire body a totally thorough work out! Weights machines for your back, chest, legs, arms and abs, plus a fully loaded free weight and stretching area. The cardio room has 11 running machines, six static bicycles, three rowing machines, three elliptical cross trainers, two step machines, two ski machines and a very impressive looking mountain climber that needs to be tried! Don’t worry if some of the machines look like a puzzle and frazzle your brain, a member of staff is always on hand to explain their purpose, which muscles they aim to strengthen and how to use them safely and correctly.

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BIG, BOLD, BEMUSING
Big Buddha challenges you to look beyond the superficial.

Big Buddha challenges you to look beyond the superficial.Big Buddha tends to surprise first-time visitors. Even shock them. No matter how many times you’ve visited temples, it’s not what you expect. If you’re used to temples that are generally quiet and good places for meditation, then Big Buddha will prove to be very, very exceptional. It’s not just the most visited temple on Samui, it’s also the island’s most visited tourist spot. It’s extraordinarily popular, yet most holidaymakers who come to see it fail to appreciate what it’s really about and instead get sidetracked by all the distractions.

          

Big Buddha was built in 1972, on what used to be a very small island, Koh Fan. To get to it, you had to wade out or go in a boat. Later, a causeway was built, so nowadays you just drive across it and never realise this was a place set apart. The causeway is a narrow strip that sees a lot of traffic. A few people make the journey on foot and if you do, you’ll realize that it’s a great spot for taking photos of the island’s north coast. It’s particularly fine in the evenings, when you can experience beautiful sunsets, or in the cool of the early morning.

          

Once you actually enter the temple grounds, you probably won’t be aware of the time of day at all; you’ll be so taken up by what’s going on. You’ll find a huge array of stalls, small shops, souvenir stands and restaurants. You can have a drink, snack or meal here and if you’ve left it to the last moment to buy presents for family and friends back home, then you can easily find some great gifts. There are hats, bags and clothes being sold, along with jewellery, shells and all manner of keepsakes, and it’s easy just to get pulled into the unexpected shopping opportunity that’s offered to visitors.

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