The Southeast Asian country of ‘Thailand’ is recognized as one of the most favorite countries of tourists around the world. The country is renowned for its rich culture, eye-catching nature, great food & in particular, the fascinating nightlife in ‘Bangkok’. But apart from these well-known facts, this vibrant country has lots of things to offer which, more often than not, remain unnoticed as other factors steal the show!
Besides thriving nightlife & a very unique ‘Thai-massage’, which of late became instantaneously famous for the wrong reasons, ‘Thailand’ is an excellent gateway for the adrenaline junkies! ‘Thailand’ has absolutely no shortage of adventures & the variety of adventure sports opportunities that it offer is compelling enough to entice the adventure seekers from all age groups, preferences & abilities!
Here we present a list of ‘Top 6 adventures in Thailand you shouldn’t miss’, if you have an appetite for exciting thrills & a ‘Trip to Thailand’ is on your bucket-list!
SAILING IN ANDAMAN SEA:
Phuket is one of the most celebrated tourist hotspots in Thailand. Pristine & calm ‘Andaman Sea’ that borders ‘Phuket’ makes it some of the best cruising destinations in the world. Sailing boats are available for hire near the coastline. You can get signed up for sailing tutorials from the certified sailors of Royal Yachting Association. The duration of the tutorials may vary- from an afternoon to multiday sessions. The ‘Tarutao National Park’ is the way to go if you are planning for multiday romance with the gusty winds & pulsating tides near Phuket! ‘November to April’ is the ideal season for hoisting your sails in the open sea.
DIVING IN KOH TAO:
Diving in ‘Koh Tao’ can constitute the most memorable moments in the lifetime as an experience that you will get here will leave you speechless! Thriving coral colonies, vast variety of abundant tropical sea creatures, mysterious wrecks which rest on seabed, soothing water & impeccable visibility, & everything available at reasonably affordable prices make ‘Koh Tao’ one of the most eminent diving spots in ‘Southeast Asia’. ‘Koh Tao’ is flocked by a bevy of rookies as well as veteran divers from all over the globe who gather here to get mesmerized by the view of an exotic underwater world. The town is equipped with nice beachfront bars & restaurants while adorable traditional Thai bungalows make superior arrangement for accommodations. ‘July to September’ is the best season for the diving as the visibility reaches at its peak!
CLIMBING IN RAILAY:
Riley is hugely popular among the climbers for bolting sport climbing in caves, shorelines & on sea stacks. Climbing routes, some of which include overhanging routes, are scattered all over the peninsula, although, routes around Tonsai Cove magnetize majority of the crowd due to its finest collection of routes in the vicinity. The place is approachable only by boat. Duration from ‘November to April’ constitutes the best season for climbing, although it should be avoided during the monsoon.
SEA KAYAKING IN AO NANG BAY:
White sand beaches, calm sea, crystalline water, pleasing weather, sea caves & rich foliage are the characteristics of the spectacular peninsula of Thailand. Ao Nang Bay in particular, is well endowed with all such peculiarities; on top of that, its exotic collection of 83 stunning islands featuring steep cliffs & immaculate beaches makes it a complete heavenly destination.
To enjoy the rugged yet mesmerizing beauty of this Bay, kayaking is the matchless option! Paddling through the stalactite-filled sea caves or the backwaters flanked by dense mangroves gives amazing opportunity to explore the massive cliff faces which look like hanging above the water. Plunging into the strikingly clear water for snorkeling amidst your kayaking, gives you an extra benefit to discover the incredible underwater world of day-glow corals.
Kayaks are readily available near the shore or you can also join a tour conducted by reputable operators. The tour includes everything from a day-long excursion through the Bay or weeklong ‘Mothership’ (traveling by a motor boat till some distance in the sea from the coast, hauling kayaks behind the boat) adventures. ‘January to March’ is the best time to enjoy kayaking in ‘Ao Nang Bay’.
TREKKING AROUND PAI:
Northern Thailand has some of the best jungle trekking venues in Southeast Asia. Pai town situated about three hours from ‘Chiang Mai’ makes a fantastic base camp for myriad trekking routes those originate from here. The area around ‘Pai’ is blessed with a phenomenal landscape consisting of waterfalls, rivers & grasslands engulfed by humongous mountains draped by the lush green foliage.
The slow-paced life in the dense jungle rejuvenates the soul & its secluded terrain offers divine serenity. The place has been hugely popular among the trekkers & nature lovers for past several years. The post-monsoon season (after September) is the best period to cling to ‘Pai’ as the rain drapes surrounding alpine region by spectacular greenery & multitudes of tiny cascades those gush from the cliffs make this place no less than the heavens!
MUAY THAI TRAINING CAMP:
Learning the basics of self-defense in the ‘Muay Thai Training Camp’ can be a complete life-transforming experience. Muay Thai is world renowned form of kick-boxing or mixed martial arts. You don’t have to be a skilled fighter to enroll yourself in any of the training camp in Thailand. Strong determinations, endurance & money to pay the fees are the bare minimum credentials to get yourself rewarded with overwhelming levels of fitness, agility, confidence & self-awareness.
Myriad training camps are now established in cities like Phuket, Bangkok, Krabi, Pattaya, Koh Samui & Chiang Mai. The training camps are very well equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities & soothing cleanliness. Participation is not subject to the season, although, the rainy season is always the better period since the camps are less crowded due to tourist’s off-season. Long term commitment is not mandatory & you can test your fitness & endurance even by attending these camps for mere one day!
With so many activities up its sleeves, Thailand is, indeed, not less than a paradise for the adventure travelers. Thailand has got it everything for everyone! Do visit Thailand at least once in the lifetime, if you are a genuine adventure fanatic!!!