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Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya. Intrepid includes biking along the Ping river in its Chiang Mai Active Adventure trip. Thailand-based operators Spice Roads and Bike & Travel offer a range of itineraries.


GOLF


Thailand has more than great weather to offer golfers – there are over 200 courses across the country, many designed by the likes of Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus. Green fees are great value and some courses are fl oodlit for a round of golf by night, allowing players to avoid the hot Thai sun if they wish.


“There are some excellent golf courses in Thailand, particularly around Bangkok, Pattaya and Hua Hin. It’s the overall golfi ng experience that makes Thailand so memorable. From the knowledgeable and courteous caddies (included in the green fee) to luxurious locker-rooms and superb après-golf food and drink. Great value packages and minimal on-site spend means a Thailand golf holiday can often cost hundreds of pounds less than its European equivalent.”


Edouard des Fontaines, Head of New Business Development, Golfbreaks.com


DIVING & SNORKELLING Thailand’s world-class dive sites include the Similan and Surin Islands, Burma Banks and the remote Merui Archipelago, best accessed from Khao Lak or Phuket. Krabi, Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Racha are also good bases. Samui’s neighbour Koh Tao is famously good for beginners and Pattaya offers wreck-diving.


“Although diving’s possible year-round, experienced divers should hit the west coast during winter for the best conditions and marine life. Daily boat dives and liveaboard options are available from Phuket, Phi Phi and Khao Lak. The Similan Islands offer the best destination for families to get together and blow their fi rst bubbles!”


Sarah Wight, product manager, Dive Worldwide


FISHING


Tourists can hunt record-breaking catfi sh in catch-and-release lakes near resorts such as Bangkok’s renowned Bungsamran. Deep-sea game fi shing is offered from beach resorts, or suggest a homestay in Koh Yao Noi, helping a real fi sherman.


Take a leap with a bungy jump... in Pattaya and Phuket


Action!


ROCK STARS Rock-climbing beginners are best off heading to Railay Beach in Krabi where there are a number of graded runs and lots of teachers used to turning novices into rock stars!


A romantic retreat where peace and tranquillity soothe the soul with breathtaking natural scenery


The Vijitt Resort Phuket, Friendship Beach, Phuket, Thailand Tel: +66 76 363600 Website: www.vijittresort.com Email: reservation@vijittresort.com


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