- 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.
Thailand’s geography and terrain are quite diverse: from the lush, jungle covered peaks of the northern mountains to the turquoise hues of the Gulf of Thailand. Exploring Thailand by air, whether skydiving or riding aboard a hot air balloon, glider, helicopter, or small aircraft allows visitors to have an exhilarating experience while getting a unique perspective on Thailand’s spectacular countryside.
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.
Without question, Bangkok is one of the world’s premier shopping destinations. Shopping in Thailand is world class, featuring 21st century shopping malls, such as Siam Paragon; multi-story electronics malls including Panthip Plaza; expansive local markets, such as the JJ weekend market; and local markets from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani that sell everything from clothes and household goods to food and flowers.
Nearly every city and town has a central market that is a fascinating way to spend a few hours and a great way to pick up toiletries, clothes, or local handicrafts. In the larger, touristier towns like Chiang Mai, weekend markets and night markets feature all variety of handicrafts both modern and traditional, including t-shirts and dresses made by inspirational young artists and puppets and jewelry crafted by hill tribe communities.
Bangkok’s night markets on Patpong and Sukhumvit Roads are ideal places to pick up souvenirs or gifts for those back home, while more impressive gifts can be procured from retailers such as certified antiques dealers, gem and jewelry shops, or Jim Thompson, the famous silk pioneer. In regards to gems and antiques, it should be noted that there are numerous occurrences of scams involving antiques and gems, and restrictions on the export of Buddha images. Otherwise, with the right guidance there are genuine opportunities to make some brilliant shopping discoveries.
Getting clothes tailor made in Bangkok is a top priority for many, though boutique shops in Siam Square feature the latest ready-to-wear designs from the city’s chic young designers. Meanwhile, in Chinatown, almost every conceivable knick-knack and trinket is for sale in the myriad mazes of back alleys, while those shopping for gold can do so along the district’s Yaowarat Road.
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.
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.