Koh Samui is a truly breathtaking island off the eastern shore of Thailand. It brings together numerous cultural influences into one of nature’s greatest theatres. The superb beaches, tropical forests and sites from this island make it one of the most desirable tourist destinations in the world, with thousands upon thousands of tourists from all countries coming here every year.
Beautiful as it may be, Koh Samui isn’t just about the stunning natural landscape, the seemingly endless beaches or the rich fauna and flora. It also boasts a tumultuous nightlife, several cultural institutions, and some of the finest restaurant, bistro’s, pubs and bars all necessary in a tourist destination of its caliber.
However, when it comes to attractions, often enough traditional local flavor is what tourists want, and Koh Samui has plenty of it. One of the most interesting attractions tourists will find during their visit to the beautiful island of Koh Samui is buffalo fighting.
Buffalo fighting has been enjoyed on the island by its residents long before it became an international tourist destination; and while Muay Thai is considered to be the national sport in Thailand, residents of Koh Samui identify more with buffalo fighting as their favorite pastime.
While buffalo fighting is highly celebrated in Thailand and in Koh Samui in particular, this ancient sport is popular all across Southeast Asia with numerous countries in the region following it closely, regardless of rural or urban divides.
As it is a local affair, most tourists hardly get the chance to participate in this sporting event due to hard to track dates and venues. However, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t welcome to this highly entertaining and unique event. The best tip tourists could follow in order to find a buffalo fighting venue and date is to check out all sporting stadiums or ask around for a designated buffalo fighting stadium.
The entire affair is considered a casual one with no mandatory dress code being instituted. Spectators can relax and enjoy the spectacle as well as the numerous tasty dishes and drinks available there. As with all sports, gambling plays a big part in the entertainment factor with natives earning up to a million baht in a single fight.
If you are concerned about the violence aspect you can rest assured as there is none involved with buffalo’s “fighting” each other in what would otherwise be normal behavior in a herd.