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When I made the decision to use some of my precious fading time in Southeast Asia to return to Koh Tao for oh, I don’t know, the billionth time, I made a promise to myself that I would try at least one new thing on the island.

And I knew exactly what that one thing would be.

Trapeze School Koh Tao

Flying Trapeze Adventures is somewhat of an unlikely venture for a tropical Thai island. Snorkeling trips, diving courses, Muay Thai boxing lessons — sure, those fit. But aerial acrobatics? Not exactly the first thing that comes to mind. Still, I couldn’t resist trying a new activity at enticing Southeast Asia prices.

Trapezing is becoming increasingly popular in the US, though trying it Stateside will set you back. Here, a single one-hour lesson is 950 baht ($33), whereas with three lessons the price drops to 750 baht ($26), at five lessons 700 baht ($24) and for a 10 pack classes go down to just 600 baht ($20) each.

Trapeze School Koh Tao

Trapeze School Koh Tao

Arriving at the school for my afternoon lesson, I watched the employees and long-term students sail from bar to bar with the ease and comfort of gibbons passing through the palm trees. I immediately knew I was in trouble. If I happen to think something looks effortless, it’s a practical guarantee that I will suffer.

Learn to Trapeze in Koh Tao

After watching a few short demonstrations and doing one attempt of the “knee hang catch” on a practice bar, I was shocked to find that we were already heading up to try our first round on the real big-girl trapeze. The sweet owner and main instructor Gemma shouted out directions from the ground while a spotter clipped on all the safety harnesses.

Though I don’t have a fear of heights, I did hesitate before taking that first little hop off a platform 30 feet in the air. While my arms strained to hold the bar, I used the force of my body’s swing through the air to propel my legs up and over the bar. In this position, I dropped my hands and swung with my knees hooked over the bar before a final dramatic drop to the safety net.

Learn to Trapeze in Koh Tao
Flying Trapeze Koh Tao

In between attempts we again watched the more experienced flyers go, and I wished that I had tried trapezing earlier. How did I spend a year of my life on Koh Tao without trying this?! It was challenging yet exhilarating and I was enjoying it more than I had anticipated. While many people warned me about sore arms and legs I actually found the most painful part to be my hands — by the end of the lesson I felt sure they were either going to burst into flames or start oozing blood.

Flying Trapeze Koh Tao

Liquid Chalk for Trapeze

After a few attempts at the simple knee hang swing, it was time to try the “catch trap.” Here, we would swing across the same as before, but instead of dropping down after performing the trick, a catcher would grab our hands and swing us on through the second trapeze. It took me several attempts but finally I was able to do it — what a high! It felt truly amazing.

Trapeze in Koh Tao

Trapeze in Koh Tao

I often get emails from readers who are looking for things to do on Koh Tao other than go diving. Look no further! is a fun and unique activity with the bonus of being a great work out and a way to procure a jealousy-inducing new Facebook cover photo. Fly away!

Have you ever tried trapezing? What did you think?

Flying Trapeze Adventures did not pay or perk me for this post. In fact, they didn’t know about either my profession or my horrible history of klutziness.

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42 Comments...
  • I am close to trying this many times when I lived in NYC. I’m sad I never did it. One day!!! I would LOVE to do it since I’m not afraid of heights. I would hate the chalk on my hands though haha.
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    • Meihoukai
      April 11 2013

      I’m actually REALLY weird about chalky substances… dry skin is like my kryptonite and I have to have lotion on me at all times and I can’t even really touch someone with dry skin! So yes, that part was a bigger mental struggle than the heights 🙂

  • Kathryn
    April 11 2013

    The first photo is stunning! Love the gibbons metaphor…and the hands bursting into flames or oozing blood.

    • Meihoukai
      April 11 2013

      Ha I worried that might be a bit too graphic… but that’s how it felt!

  • memographer
    April 11 2013

    Looks like fun, but, I don’t think I would ever signup on this one 🙂

    A perfect timing in the top photo.

    • Meihoukai
      April 11 2013

      That top photo was actually from my iPhone believe it or not! I’m amazed at what this thing can do.

  • Sarah Somewhere
    April 11 2013

    This looks like So. Much. Fun! A little scary, certainly, but what an amazing setting to learn to ‘fly’!!! Well done 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      April 11 2013

      Thanks Sarah! I love trying new things… and this is one I just might stick with if the opportunity comes up again!

  • Carmel
    April 11 2013

    Hell yes! I just pinned that. I really want to try it.

    • Meihoukai
      April 11 2013

      Yay! Hope you get the chance soon. So fun!

  • Olivia
    April 11 2013

    SO JEALOUS!!

    • Meihoukai
      April 11 2013

      I know! I was thinking while I was there how much I wished we had done it! Next time…

  • Megan
    April 11 2013

    So awesome!!!
    I actually took a month off work/life/everything and ran off to a circus school in the Dominican Republic to do the flying trapeze. I’d only done it once (6 months prior) but I loved every minute of it. Best decision ever! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      April 11 2013

      Megan that sounds AMAZING! What a fun career change… sounds like something I would do! 🙂

  • Sam
    April 11 2013

    This looks like so much fun! Due to my relative lack of cohesion I brushed the trapeze under the firm assumption that trying it would most likely end with me being paralyzed – but now I totally wish I did. Next time. Lovely photos lady. I may have to unsubscribe though, these Tao posts are tugging at my heart strings a little too hard.
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    • Meihoukai
      April 12 2013

      Don’t worry — just one more! 🙂 Then it’s on to less nostalgic waters x

  • Jessie Festa
    April 11 2013

    I’ve been dying to do this in NYC! We should get a group together to go when you get back to the states 🙂
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  • Zoe
    April 11 2013

    this is so cool I had no idea you did it !!! should I try?

    • Meihoukai
      April 12 2013

      Well I like to keep some things mysterious… 🙂 But yes yes! Let’s do it in NYC.

  • Gaelyn
    April 12 2013

    I Love this, and your adventurous spirit. In a heart beat I’d try this even though I’d probably jerk a shoulder out of place. Don’t they also have good massage opportunities there?
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    • Meihoukai
      April 12 2013

      Yup, and I definitely needed a good massage after this! It really does give you a great workout and make you feel muscles you didn’t really know you had.

  • cosmoHallitan
    April 12 2013

    I have always wanted to do this! There was a school in NYC when I lived there but it was crazy expensive so I was never able to. I will be filing this away for the next time I’m in Thailand… 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      April 12 2013

      I love that about Southeast Asia… I can’t use money as an excuse not to try new things! I definitely would have brushed this off if it wasn’t such an enticing price! Definitely keep it on the bucket list.

      • Jerrie Pelser
        April 18 2013

        Meihoukai, what is the internet speeds like on Koh Tao?

        I am unfortunately dependent on having a fairly decent internet connection available for my work. I’m currently on Koh Jum and the internet speeds here are causing me some headaches.

        It seems to be difficult finding a balance between finding an island which is not quite overly developed yet, but still has decent infrastructure in place 🙂
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        • Meihoukai
          April 18 2013

          Well, I used to complain about the internet speeds on Koh Tao. Then I traveled to The Philippines…

          Honestly, it varies depending where on the island you are. I had apartments where it was fantastic and others where it was painful, so be sure to test before moving in anywhere. And unfortunately there are days where internet is cut ISLAND WIDE though luckily those days are few and far between!

          • Jerrie Pelser
            April 18 2013

            Thanks, will be sure to test before committing to a place
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  • TammyOnTheMove
    April 13 2013

    Looks terrifying, but so liberating as well. I think at 31 I am too old and stiff for this kind of thing now though. 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      April 15 2013

      I don’t agree Tammy, there were definitely those in their 30s up on the rig 🙂 But hey, it’s not for everyone!

  • Ash
    April 14 2013

    Sounds like this is one of the best adventures to do for sure atleast once in life….! Meihoukai you are really amazing adventurous keep trying new things always and inspiring us to try them too…!

  • Jerrie Pelser
    April 16 2013

    I plan to go and settle for a few months on Koh Tao later in the year so I can concentrate more on getting my work done. My one worry however was whether there would be enough on the island to keep me busy in between work. Glad to see that there are quite a lot of options.

    My list is actually getting so long I am not sure that I will be able to fit it all in 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      April 17 2013

      Koh Tao is pretty amazing… despite being a very small island, I simply can’t imagine getting bored there! It’s an island rich in opportunity. Enjoy!

  • Kristen Noelle
    April 18 2013

    Trapeze lessons weren’t too far from me in DC last year, but I never made time to go. Looks so much fun! I love trying adventurous things and this would sorta put me back in touch with my gymnast background … you are really making me want to take some time off and move to Koh Tao after I graduate!!! ^_^

    • Meihoukai
      April 18 2013

      I haven’t been to gymnastics class since I was perhaps seven but this certainly made me wish I had kept at it! I think this proves though that you’re never too old to restart 🙂

  • Frank
    April 26 2013

    Okay so I’m thinking that I might have underestimated the time I want to spend on Koh Tao…I mean they have trapezing too!? Between the diving, muay thai and beach time how can you manage to pull yourself away to visit anywhere else?

    • Meihoukai
      April 28 2013

      Um, well… I didn’t actually do a very good job of that for the better part of a year 🙂 It’s a special place with a magnetic pull!

  • Sarah
    August 14 2014

    Meihoukai, I have read all your Koh Tao blogs and they have me mesmorised! It will be my first stop on my trip this October! Would you be able to recommend any dive schools/places to stay? Thanks 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      August 19 2014

      Hey Sarah, check through my diving posts — I always recommend Roctopus! Tell them I sent ya 🙂 Unfortunately I have no accommodation recs as I always rent long term apartments. If you are diving though they’ll be happy to help you with arrangements.

      • Sarah
        August 19 2014

        I have read them all and they did keep popping up, but it’s always good to get the clarification!

        Thanks so much for the help and inspiration 🙂

        • Meihoukai
          August 19 2014

          You are so welcome Sarah — enjoy your trip!

  • Jengae
    November 11 2014

    I was looking for informations on Flying Trapeze and found your site. Glad I did!! I come from KL, Malaysia and the only place we can do this is in Penang or Club Med Cherating. But I’d definitely go to Koh Tao to try this at Thai price (definitely not incline to pay Club Med price for this one).

    Love your descriptions and photos!! Susbscribing you now!! xx

    • Meihoukai
      November 13 2014

      That’s awesome, Jengae! This would be a fabulous reason to make it to Koh Tao. Tell Jemma I sent you 🙂