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ACTIVITIES & ADVENTURE


With its mountains, jungle and beaches, Thailand is ready for action wherever you go and however adventurous you want to be


even by elephant and take in some incredible views from high up on a limestone karst on a rock climbing adventure or from under the sea on a scuba diving trip. If you prefer your adventure a bit softer, why not try some of the country’s award-winning golf courses or a sailing trip? Whatever you want to do, you can find it in Thailand.


A HIKING


Simple excursions from beach resorts visit hot springs, waterfalls and cave temples in national parks. Serious hikers favour the north, where treks are popular to visit the different hill tribes, with their distinctive dress, language and handicrafts. Intrepid, Explore and G Adventures have a choice of tribe treks, while trade-friendly walking specialist HF Holidays’ new Treasures of Thailand tour explores Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Sukothai, Chiang Mai and several national parks on foot, including Doi Inthanon which is home to Thailand’s highest peak.


“Take every chance to chat to local people and you’ll be rewarded by shy smiles and a welcome second to none. Although our holidays coincide with Thailand’s dry, cooler season – November and January departures – you’ll need lightweight clothes, plenty of water, and a sun hat. Also, pack something to cover arms and legs for visiting temples.”


Wendy Graham, Worldwide Product Manager, HF Holidays


SAIL, RAFT & KAYAK Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Pai are gateways for white-water rafting. Many beach resorts offer kayaking to the islands, caves or through mangroves. The longest established operator being John Gray’s Seacanoe. Sunsail has sailings from Phuket,


GET ACTIVE!


Chiang Mai-based adventure tours often offer a two or three-day package which includes trekking to hill tribe villages, bamboo rafting and elephant rides


Adrenaline-lovers should head to the northern town of Pai for white-water rafting on the Maetang River


Chiang Mai Jungle Flight is a


tree-top obstacle course which includes abseiling, nature walking and breathtaking zip line tours across the misty mountains


The Thai Horse Farm hosts rides


TAKE TO THE WATER Ao Thalane, or Thalane Bay, around 20km north of Krabi Town is home to one of the country’s most beautiful mangrove forests and it’s great for kayaking trips


through the stunning Lanna National Park in Northern Thailand, with sights along the way including remote caves, waterfalls and an array of wildlife


ON YOUR BIKE! Head to Chiang Mai and its surrounding hills for some adrenaline-inducing- downhill adventures. The best (coolest) season is from September to the end of February


dventure is always out there in Thailand, which is home to over 100 national parks, including more than 20 marine parks. Khao Yai National Park is only 200km from Bangkok and yet offers bucolic surroundings and diverse wildlife including tigers, elephants and bears. You can explore Thailand on foot, bike, boat or


Koh Samui and Koh Chang. G Adventures offers catamaran holidays around Phuket and Phi Phi.


ROCK CLIMBING


Krabi’s limestone cliffs, particularly at Railay, offer world-class climbs for experts, some over water. Other good climbing destinations are Phang Nga Bay and the island of Koh Yao Noi, the Phi Phi islands and Crazy Horse Buttress, Chiang Mai.


BIKING


Popular spots for a short spin include heritage sites Ayuttaya and Sukhothai. G Adventures has a Hike, Bike and Kayak tour with cycling around Bangkok,


Khao Sok National Park is home to safari-style tented camp Elephant Hills, which is set on a lake and offers kayaking and trekking


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