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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.

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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.

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.

Medical tourism
Medical tourism

With the increasing costs of medical care in the developed world, more travelers are realizing the affordable cost of high quality medical services in Thailand. Including airfare and recovery time –which may even be spent relaxing on the beach- nearly all medical procedures are far less expensive in Thailand than in the west.

Western trained doctors and state of the art technology are found in many of Bangkok’s internationally certified hospitals and waiting times for procedures are much shorter than in many western hospitals.

Popular products and services for medical tourism include:

Prescription Pharmaceuticals: While many pharmacies in Thailand do not require prescriptions for drugs sold over the counter, even those requiring a doctor’s prescription are generally much cheaper in Thailand than in fully developed countries.

Dental Care: Many Thai dentists have either studied or practiced abroad and are able to perform dental surgery for a fraction of the cost in the west. Routine dental procedures, including fillings, cleanings and teeth whitening, are far less expensive and are easy to arrange around any holiday to Thailand.

Cosmetic Surgery: Thailand is one of the leaders in the world for many cosmetic surgical procedures, including LASIK eye surgery, botox and collagen injections, face lifts, hair removal, and sexual re-orientation surgery.

Medical Procedures: Numerous hospitals with ISO 9001 accreditation provide outstanding medical treatment and reasonable prices for the most invasive of surgeries. Multi-lingual staff, doctors trained in the United States and European countries, and state-of-art facilities and technology are a few of the reasons to come to Thailand for back, knee, or even heart surgery. The fact that many of Bangkok’s hospitals exude Thai hospitality and are designed like five star hotels should make your recovery from a successful surgery a pleasant one.

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.

Spa and Wellness
Spa and Wellness

Thai culture, which has long had historically influence from Indian culture, has longstanding tradition of massage and wellness techniques. In fact, Thai massage is a centuries old practice that is based on stimulating the flow of life force through the body via sib sen, or energy lines. Consequently there are a number of opportunities in Thailand to visit a day spa in order to experience Thai massage or check yourself into a world-famous spa and wellness retreat that can design a treatment package, including meals or fasting and holistic or ayurvedic treatments, especially for you.

In fact the range of options is uncountable. Foot massage and Thai massage parlors, offering their services for as little as 100 baht per hour are found on the streets of Bangkok and Chiang Mai, as well as along the beaches of Phuket, Samui, and Pattaya.

Each of these destinations also features more inclusive spas, which fuse Thai massage with western techniques to provide oil massages with natural herbs, such as lemongrass, in an environment filled with ornate décor and impeccable service.

Luxury spas and wellness retreats in Phuket, Hua Hin, and Koh Phangan were established for both health and pampering, and range from prohibitively expensive and exclusive retreats designed for global celebrities to beachside resorts that give yoga instruction overlooking the sea and communal beachside dinners.