- Cultural exploration
- Ecotourism / Green travel
- Learning activities
- Medical tourism
- Outdoor & Adventure Activities - Air activities
- Outdoor & Adventure Activities - Land activities
- Outdoor & Adventure Activities - Water activities
- Sailing and Cruises
- Self drive
- Spa and Wellness
- Weddings & Honeymoons
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.
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.
Hiring a car and exploring Thailand on your own is an outstanding way to see the real Thailand, as hiring a Thai car is a cheap way of seeing rural areas and meeting everyday Thai people. Whether you hire a car to explore around Phuket or to see the countryside around Chiang Mai, renting a car is generally an easy and fairly inexpensive proposition. One way rentals between destinations (e.g. Bangkok-Chiang Mai) are also a possibility, though you should expect to pay a drop-off fee.
Avis, Hertz and other international car hire agencies are well represented in Thailand, although many rental companies will not rent a Thai car or provide insurance to drivers who do not have an international driving license. While it is technically legal to drive in Thailand with a valid foreign driver’s license, having an international license will make renting and driving a Thai car potentially less problematic.
Furthermore, Thailand has an excellent network of well maintained roads and highways between all the provincial capitals and major towns and cities in between.
Most roads and highways are in good condition, and have two or three lanes on each side, including a majority of the north-south route (from Chiang Mai to Bangkok to the southern beaches). Road signage follows international convention and is in both Thai and English, though some are only in Thai (like 'Stop' and 'Give Way'). Buy a decent road map before you set off, though it’s well to remember that Thai words aren't always romanized consistently (e.g. Petburi road on the map and Phetchaburi road on the street sign are one and the same).
Celebrate your special day with a destination wedding and honeymoon in The Land of Smiles.
Amazing Thailand is home to lush rainforest, beautiful beaches and tropical gardens – the perfect setting for a romantic ceremony. There’s an option for every couple, from thrillseekers to animal lovers and nature dwellers to spiritualists.
For a truly Thai wedding, walk off the beaten track and climb on a gentle giant’s back at the Elephant Study Centre in Surin. Sud tae is the traditional ceremony of the local Kui tribe, and sees the traditionally-dressed lovebirds register their marriage from atop an elephant, bringing good fortune and prosperity to the newlywed couple. Traditional activities, wedding parades and a traditional khantok banquet will follow, completing a unique and unforgettable day. Honeymooners are also welcome to enjoy a homestay at the world’s largest elephant village, but be prepared to get your hands dirty and help out as the mahouts go about their day-to-day work.
Thailand welcomes visitors of all religions and beliefs, accommodating Western-style weddings and most religious views. However, traditional Buddhist ceremonies are fast gaining popularity in the wedding industry – anyone can have a Buddhist blessing, regardless of their race or belief. Numerous couples have opted to merge a traditional Eastern ceremony, which is both spiritual and tranquil as orange-robed monks chant and anoint the newlyweds, along with the lighting of candles and incense. This is followed by a water blessing ceremony, before the bride, groom and their guests enjoy the rest of their special day.
For the adventure-seekers, Trang’s beautiful Pak Meng Beach has made a name for itself in the wedding world – while its idyllic white sands and exclusive location make for a picturesque surrounding, the real action lies under the waves every Valentine’s Day. The coast off the south Thailand beach is famed for its traditional mass underwater wedding and was even recorded in the Guinness World Book of Records as hundreds of scuba divers tied the knot at the same time. Facing the Andaman Sea, Trang is one of Thailand’s best-kept holiday destinations and is a favourite vacation spot among locals, with plenty of nightlife, luxury accommodation and entertainment abound.
Love the beach, but rather stay dry? Keep it simple and choose from hundreds of coastal resorts and wedding planners in Thailand. Koh Samui and Phuket are beach wedding hotspots, so make sure you book well ahead of time. This will also give your guests ample time to book their flights and accommodation.
As a Buddhist nation, Thailand is full of spectacular temples, the purpose of which is for Thais to devout themselves to the principals passed down by the Buddha, nee Siddhartha Gautama. As Thailand is such a welcoming country and Buddhism is a non-restrictive religion, it is easy for visitors to study Buddhism and learn meditation at a number of temples and meditation retreats around the country.
While those simply curious about Buddhism can attend “monk chats” at Wat Chedi Luang or Wat Suan Dok in Chiang Mai, these and other temples allow visitors to check themselves in for a week or longer of intensive meditation study.
While certainly intriguing, these meditation retreats are not for those unprepared for serious self reflection: the purpose of meditation is to clear the mind and achieve clarity and inner peace; consequently, most meditation programs do not allow students to talk during their stay, with the exception of meditative chanting and discussions with senior monks to help their meditation techniques. Furthermore, by its very nature, meditation can be somewhat mundane, and so visitors are expected to follow the routines and procedures quite thoroughly if they wish to genuinely learn to meditate properly and achieve the most from their experience.
For those unable to commit to a remote meditation retreat from which they cannot easily leave, Wat Mahatat, near Bangkok’s Grand Palace, allows visitors to study meditation no less strictly, but with more flexible time requirements.
Thailand’s beaches and islands are top tourist destinations and nearly every imaginable water activity is available for visitors to participate in. Windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving are simply a few of the innumerable activities available in and around Thailand’s beaches and islands. Many inland destinations, including Chiang Mai, are located on or near major rivers and offer a variety of other water sports, the most popular of which are whitewater rafting and kayaking.