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From hot-air ballooning to kite surfing, nearly every imaginable activity can be arranged during your holiday in Thailand.  Select from the following activities to learn more about Thailand’s diverse activities or browse the highlighted activities and select those you wish to add to your travel planner by clicking the link with the green circle.

Highlight Activities in Thailand
Golf
Golf

Discover Thailand’s best-kept secret - thousands of perfectly manicured golf greens and amazing international-standard golf courses set in lush rainforest and abundant greenery.

Where else can you play a round of holes that has been personally approved by a Thai king? His Majesty King Vajiravudh first took interest in the sport in 1923, agreeing to the construction of Royal Hua Hin Golf Club in the now-famous beach resort. Boasting stunning views of temples and the Gulf of Thailand, the course is an experience for the senses.

Hua Hin is also home to Springfield Royal Country Club, designed by Jack Nicklaus and boasts 27 holes of championship golf. With mountain, lake and valley courses, the course’s picturesque beauty belays its challenging aspects – several water hazards, threatening fairway and greenside bunkers are sure to test the experienced golfer.

As the country is divided into four natural regions, golfers are spoilt for choice as mountains, plains, plateaux and the peninsula meet to create a deliciously exciting golfing experience.

Popular Phuket is best-known for its beaches and the award-winning Blue Canyon Country Club, which is a top pick among golfers and regarded among the best in Asia. Set on 730 acres of luscious valley land, the premier golf club is set in a natural environment with water coming into play at 10 holes. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may even spot a cheeky tortoise in the lake or lazy iguanas sunning themselves. Other wildlife in the area includes shy civet cats, vibrant kingfishers and inquisitive squirrels.

In Chonburi, Laum Chabang was described by Where2Golf.com as “uniquely Asian” and “a great golfing experience”. Also designed by Jack Nicklaus, its greens comprise of three nine-hole loops with mountain, lake and valley themes. Each hole also varies according to its environment, offering plenty of diversity and variety for the discerning golfer.

It should also go without saying that Thailand’s capital city also boasts a number of manicured greens. Bangkok’s Alpine Golf Club’s 18-hole layout already has a reputation for being among the nation’s best, and is located only an hour’s drive from the city centre. Extremely well-maintained, this course features lightning-fast greens and undulating fairways and has also previously hosted the 13th Asian Games and the 2000 Johnnie Walker Classic, which was won by Tiger Woods.

Thailand is fast setting its reputation as a paradise for golfers, so book a golfing getaway today. Local tourism service provider Thailand Golf Courses takes the stress out of booking a holiday by reserving hotels, booking flights and other services in one bundle. For more information click here.

Ecotourism / Green travel
Ecotourism / Green travel

Thailand has abundant natural resources, including a variety of flora and fauna, as well as a diverse natural environment. There are more than 100 national parks, including over 20 marine parks, and the animals in Thailand include more than 1,000 different mammal species, numerous birds -both native and migratory, and spectacular marine life.

Each Thai National Park is inhabited by unique flora and fauna, from the northern mountain’s temperate forests and central Thailand’s expansive plains to the northeastern savannahs and the southern coast’s mangrove forests. The diversity of wildlife includes monkeys, gibbons, elephants, bears, and even whale shark, the largest fish in the world.

Eco-activities in Thailand include trekking, kayaking, snorkeling, nature photography, river rafting, bird watching, and spotting other wild animals in Thailand, such as elephants and gibbons.

Thai plants and animals are both unique and diverse, with a variety of climates suitable for various plant and animal species.

Natural forest covers nearly 25% of Thailand, with woodlands consisting primarily of monsoon forest and rainforest. Monsoon forests consist primarily of deciduous or hardwood trees, which shed their leaves during the dray season in order to conserve water. The rainforest zones are covered by evergreen trees. In the in the coastal lowlands, in addition to more predominately rainforest cover, mangroves and rattan abound. Trekking, horse riding, mountain biking, and even kayaking are great ways to get out into Thailand nature and make the most of your experience in the kingdom.

Thailand is famous for its variety of fruit and flower bearing trees and plants, the most iconic of which is the orchid, Thailand’s national flower which appears in over 27,000 different varieties.

While encroachment on their habitat has reduced the numbers of exotic animals in Thailand, there are still a great variety of indigenous species. The most iconic of these is the Elephant, of which roughly 1,000 remain, mostly within the National Parks in Thailand. Among the larger mammals are the tiger, leopard, Malaysian sun bear, sambar deer, otter, and civet cat. Climbing animals include the gibbon and many species of monkeys. There are also sheep, goats, oxen, tapirs, wild cattle, wild hogs, and a wide variety of snakes, including cobra.

There are over 900 breeding bird species indigenous to or migrating to Thailand. Birdwatching tours are particularly popular in Sam Roi Yot National Park and Khao Sok, which is home to six species of hornbill. Crocodiles, lizards, and turtles are numerous. Fish abound in the rivers and coastal waters.

Learning activities
Learning activities

Because of its reasonable prices, outstanding weather, and warm hospitality, Thailand is a top destination for those looking to learn something on their holiday. Thai cooking, Thai massage, and Muay Thai boxing are popular cultural subjects of study that can be undertaken in a day or over an entire holiday. Flight schools, golf lessons, rock climbing instruction, and scuba certification are other popular holiday activities that benefit from Thailand’s rich natural resources, high standards of professionalism, and inexpensive pricing.

Sailing and Cruises
Sailing and Cruises

From Bangkok to the beach and even in Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai, where there is water there are boats, and tourists have many opportunities to take a cruise as part of their exotic Thai holiday

In Bangkok a cruise is a great way for tourists to see the city. The Chao Phraya River is a major transportation artery and features numerous options for travelers to sightsee via boat; it’s incredibly convenient as well; most boat services connect to the BTS Silom line at Saphan Taksin station and visit sightseeing attractions up and down the river, including the Chao Phraya’s most celebrated sight, Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn).

In addition to daytime cruises to see the sights, there are a number of dinner cruises where Thai food is served. These dinner cruises are also major attractions in Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya, which is just upriver from Bangkok: a journey which serves as a fascinating cruise of its own.

Around Thailand’s beaches and island there are innumerable opportunities for getting aboard a boat for a single or multi-day adventure. From Phuket, boats provide day trip service to Phan Nga bay, Koh Phi Phi, and even the Similan Islands. From Koh Samui, day cruises combine snorkeling and lunch around Koh Nang Yuan, the postcard-perfect three islands connected by narrow strips of sand. Renovated Chinese Junk ships and other posh sailing vessels are also available to sail upon either for a single day’s outing or a longer, more exclusive romantic holiday.

Even the smaller islands allow you to hire long tail boats for the day and make your own day trip, cruising between beaches and nearby islands.

Cultural exploration
Cultural exploration

Thai culture features a number of performing arts including Thai dance, drama, and sport, all of which have a number of intriguing variations. Variety shows that feature a number of different theatrical arts are common in Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Phuket, and Pattaya. There are also venues that feature Thai culture shows that specialize in particular arts.

Perhaps the most popular among visitors is classical Thai dance, which is typically accompanied by live classical Thai music. Thai dance performances in Chiang Mai, which are typically arranged in conjunction with a dinner of traditional Thai food, also feature dances from various hill tribes living in Thailand. Thai theatre includes performances by masked dancers as well as puppet shows, either performed by similarly masked dancers, or from behind a curtain using the shadows of the puppets to recount tales from Hindu and Buddhist lore.

Other Thai culture performances include wedding ceremonies, theatrical performances of ancient Muay Thai boxing matches, and of course exhibitions of Elephants, either showing off their working skills or even playing musical instruments.