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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.

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.

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.

Self drive
Self drive

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).

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.