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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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Outdoor & Adventure Activities - Water activities
Outdoor & Adventure Activities - Water activities

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.

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).

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.

Weddings & Honeymoons
Weddings & Honeymoons

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.

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.