With diverse geography, from the forested mountains of the North to the beautiful, lush, southern and eastern coastlines, Thailand offers you an impressive range of outdoor activities. Thailand also has many natural attractions—national parks, wildlife, magnificent rain-forests and beautiful beaches. Whatever you want to experience, you will find it here with utmost quality experience.
Thailand’s range of activities to satisfy visitors of all ages, interests and abilities and that can be done at a fraction of the cost in other countries.
Thailand has much to offer divers of all abilities. As a beginner, the warm waters, experienced instructors and structured courses provide a safe learning environment. Courses are available for divers of all levels wanting to advance their skills. Lasting from one to seven days, they cover everything from refresher training, fun diving and underwater filming, to rescuing divers in danger and becoming an instructor. The currents range from mild to strong around the islands so can offer a challenge. Effort spent training is soon rewarded, thanks to the waters’ array of marine life – keep an eye out for whale sharks, rays, clown fish and the many other tropical fish that frequent the coast’s coral reefs.
In Thailand, you can kite-surf all-year-round. With beautiful sandy beaches to practice and launch from, the potential for enjoyment of this sport is huge. There is the possibility to hire equipment so that you can explore for yourself, or you can take part in a course, or even take private tuition to improve specific skills.
The rock climbing on Krabi Island situated in the south of Thailand is world renowned. Dozens of cliffs around Railay beach scatter the landscape each providing a unique rock climbing experience. Safety standards and equipment are generally good with lessons in rock climbing available to all. A grueling climb up the cliff face is rewarded with spectacular sea views at the top. Be sure to take out travel insurance if you intend on doing any adventure sports and check if your insurance policy covers the activities you intend to do.
Kayaks are available to hire for a fun day out from almost all of the islands and coastal areas of Thailand; safety equipment and advice on where to go, and where to avoid, will help you have an enjoyable time. For more of an adventure a coastal kayak tour can take you through flooded jungles, among secluded islands and into hidden caves. Advanced kayakers may prefer the extreme rapids found in the north of the country around Chiang Mae, as they provide for full days of unbroken riding.
Thailand is a golfers’ paradise with literally hundreds of courses to choose from, most of which offer spectacular surroundings and top class facilities for a fraction of the price you pay elsewhere in the world. Thais love to play golf, but tend to prefer the added comforts of buggies, caddies and full club house facilities. This makes golfing in Thailand and absolute pleasure, both challenging and relaxing.
Long and wide, the Chao phraya River , or the “ River of Kings “ is a major River of Thailand. It looks like a graceful snake from the north to central region, ending in Bangkok where it enters the Gulf of Thailand. The Chao phraya River is 370 kilometers long and approximately 150m wide 15 meters deep. Traces of the early Rattanakosin Period such as architecture and traditional way of life, Buddhist Temples , can still the found in areas along the River , largely hidden to those who travel by land.
Try it by tandem to get the rush without the responsibility, or invest some time in learning the theory – the choice is yours. Then you can progress from jumping alongside instructors with radios to guide you in, to flying solo. This is an adrenalin rush not to be missed and an experience enhanced by the surroundings of tropical Thailand.
Trips can range from hiking, which requires good footwear and is suitable for all levels of fitness, to rock climbing, which needs prior knowledge of specialist equipment and some previous experience. Be it traversing tropical rainforest and scaling limestone rock faces, or reaching that all-important summit to enjoy breathtaking views, there is a guide that can take you there.
If you don’t like the prospect of having to get certified and strap a gas tank to your back, then snorkeling may be a better option for you. Anyone can go snorkeling as long as you can swim, yet you still get to see many of the same beautiful marine life and coral reefs that you would when diving.
Thailand has plenty of hilly terrain with dense greenery and jungle. The best place to go hiking in Thailand is in the north around Chiang Mai where the natural scenery is spectacular. In addition to the scenery and wildlife you’ll have a chance to come into contact with the indigenous hill tribe people in the area which makes for an interesting cultural experience.
So many places to visit and so many ways to get there; with multi-activity holidays there is no need to leave anything out. By foot, on bikes, across water or under it, adventurers will see; highlands, forest and rivers. You will meet and often stay with local tribes, experience the best food and overcome different challenges each day – a rewarding trip both physically and culturally.