People planning to visit Thailand will be surprised to find that, apart from the vibrant and serene temples, colourful tuk tuks, and streets teaming with mouth-watering delicacies, lies a fast-growing, heart racing, adrenaline pumping adventure sports scenario. We give you 10 activities you can consider while planning adventure holidays in Thailand, the ultimate destination for adrenaline-junkies!
10 Activities that have made Adventure Holidays in Thailand so popular:
Thailand beaches are not only beautiful, but ideal for indulging in water sports like snorkelling. The Similian Islands and Surin Islands in Phang Nga are famous for snorkelling thanks to their clear, warm and azure waters. The main attraction which makes this an ideal place to plan an adventure holiday in Thailand is swimming with the gentle giants – the whale sharks. You can also go snorkelling in Pai, Chiang Mai and Chumpon or other small islands like Ko Lipe, Ko Phi Phi and Ko Talu.
One of the main pulls for people to plan their adventure holidays in Thailand is zip lining, especially the 18-course zipline where you get to soar through the Chiang Mai rainforest. The adventure starts from the sea and goes through the lush green and captivating, 1500yrs old rain forest. There are many different platforms for zip lining. There are sky walks through the forest too, for the slightly less adventurous people. Apart from Chiang Mai, zip lining can also be done in Phuket, Pattaya, Bangkok and Koh Phangan.
Adventure holidays in Thailand would be incomplete if you don’t go for some ‘abseiling’ which involves descending from a cliff face or other vertical surface with the support of a rope wound around your body! This activity is for people looking for extreme adventure sports! Well, Thailand goes a step ahead and offers you water abseiling – you get to rappel down the 985-foot-tall Wachiratarn waterfall in the Doi Inthanon National Park.
You must add caving to your itinerary while planning an adventure holiday in Thailand. Experienced tour guides take groups on foot to the heart of ancient caves and labyrinths, amidst the lush green forests. There one can see exotic wild life, ancient monuments, mysterious caves while hiking through the forests of Pang Mapha. You can also go on caving tours to the famous Tham Nam Lod cave or to the Chiang Dao cave.
Riding with the Elephants
The ideal place for people looking for less risky and tiresome adventure would be the Elephant Nature Park spread over 200 acres in Chiang Mai. People can feed, bathe and spend time with the rescued elephants, while soaking in the surreal charm of the Mae Taeng Valley.
Go for a thrilling mountain biking experienceFor biking enthusiasts looking for a taste of the crisp countryside air, make mountain biking a part of your adventure holiday in Thailand. There are tours which start from Bangkok, giving a view of the city life, then taking bikers out of the city to traditional villages, forests and farms. Bike tours to the mountains of Chiang Mai, where one can see mountains, forests and beautiful lakes, are quite famous.
The beaches of Thailand are a delight for water sport aficionados for the sheer variety they offer. Kiteboarding is the latest craze. It’s fun to ride on waves attached to a kite, cruising away in the sunshine and wind. Wakeboarding is gaining popularity across cities, including places with lakes. Sea-kayaking and surfing are also a good idea if you’re planning for adventure holidays in Thailand. Parasailing, sailing, scuba diving, jet skiing, windsurfing, and water skiing are few other water sports available in places like Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.
White Water Rafting
Thailand has many rivers running through its provinces, thus, white water rafting is fast gaining popularity amongst tourists. Chiang Mai is the hot spot for this activity. You must go whiter-water rafting along Mae Chang and Mae Taeng River, while taking in the mesmerising scenery spread across the river banks. Pai, Nan, Chanthabury and Phang Nga are other places where one can visit to enjoy the sport.
The “Land of Smiles” is also home to lush green, deep jungles where magnificent fauna and breath-taking natural beauty thrive. Trekking through these jungles has been the norm for locals and now tourists flock to the same jungles to make this a part of their adventure holiday in Thailand. The forests of Chiang Dao, Doi Inthanon, and Doi Suthep are not only sought for their wonderful trekking trails and wild life, but also to gain first-hand experience of the tribal cultures and lifestyle. All treks are suitable and safe enough for group or solo travellers alike.
Thailand is fast emerging as one of the best places for wildlife safaris in Asia. The plethora of exotic flora, fauna and wildlife is a treat to the eyes. Khao Yai National Park is the most famous, and biggest with the best tourist facilities. Opportunities of seeing wild elephants, mind boggling varieties of reptiles, macaques, horn bills, and birds is more frequent. The park has a number of treks, trails and waterfalls where one can enjoy the day. Kui Buri National park, Kaeng Krachan and Hua Kha Khaeng are some other parks where one can embark on a jungle safari.