Sepak Takraw in Phuket

Phuket Sports & Activities

Sepak Takraw is a very popular sport in Southeast Asia. Every evening until sunset you can see groups of Thai men and boys kicking a woven rattan ball back and forth. Nothing unusual about that, you may think but watch a little closer and count how many times that ball hits the ground. Hardly ever.

Sometimes the game involves a net and sometimes not, depending on the facilities available and the degree of formality involved but Sepak Takraw is undoubtedly a great game to watch but a difficult one in which to participate if you're not used to it.

Sepak Takraw is played on a badminton-sized court with a hand-woven ball (the 'Sepak Takraw' pronounced 'raw' as in raw meat). Three players on each side of a five-foot high net get three chances to kick, knee, shoulder, or head the ball back to the opposing team.

Like volleyball, players try to play the ball toward the front of the net, but without using hands or arms, just like soccer. Indeed, some people describe it as 'volleyball without hands'.

Read More

More serious games of Sepak Takraw take place inside sports stadiums in tightly fought matches but it really can be played anywhere and is the ultimate workout in terms of stretching, diving, rapid movement, eye-foot coordination and concentration. In fact, you can hone your Sepak Takraw skills all alone, in relaxed company or competitively with teams.

And the beauty of it all is that it's so cheap to play! A plastic Sepak Takraw ball will cost the equivalent to US$ 2. A rattan ball a little more.

Where to See Sepak Takraw?

In Phuket Town there are two main areas to catch a game of Sepak Takraw: At Sappan Hin in the sports centre and in the Suan Luang (King Rama IX Park) on Chao Fa Road. Truth be known, construction sites all over the island are also popular venues for impromptu, after-work games.

Hide Map Show Map
Rate This Place: ( votes)

Tours You May Like

Related Pages

  • Nai Harn Beach Activities

    Nai Harn Beach Activities

    Nai Harn Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket with its excellent water quality. It's encompassed on both Read More»

  • Top 10 Kamala Hotels

    Top 10 Kamala Hotels

    Kamala Beach is somehow a place apart on Phuket’s west coast: surrounded by mountain covered with thick jungle yet Read More»

  • Bangtao Beach Attractions

    Bangtao Attractions A-Z

    Cherngtalay Temple has been the spiritual centre of Bangtao and Cherngtalay for almost a century now after it relocated Read More»

  • Where to Stay in Phuket Town

    Phuket Town itself is not as frequented by visitors to the island as the west coast holiday spots. It nevertheless has Read More»

  • Racha Island Hotels

    Racha Island Hotels

    There are a number of bungalows for rent on Racha Yai and a luxurious resort operated by Sanctuary Resorts, called The Read More»

  • 10 Best Hotel Discounts in Bangtao Beach

    With up to 80 per cent off even some of the top resorts in this stunningly beautiful and peaceful part of the island, Read More»

Best hotels around this place

Hotels.com

Talk to us!

Help us keep this site up-to-date by sending us your comments:


Loading...