With great weather all year round, wonderful beaches, amazing mountains and national parks, Thailand lends itself particularly well to partaking in outdoor activities.
The list of activities you could enjoy whilst in the country is a lengthy one to say the least, but to give you an idea of some of the most popular outdoor activities that locals and visitors partake in, take a look at the following list.
You don’t have to spend the night in the jungle if you don’t want to – it is a great experience if you don’t mind sleeping rough for a night or two – as there are many day treks that you can join from backpacker hubs like Pai, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
If you are planning on spending some time in the northwest of Thailand – the northwest is very popular with tourists – and would like to get a feel for the breathtaking countryside, look at joining an organised trek because this is a great way to visit local villages, trek through exquisite forests and learn something about the region and lives of locals along the way.
There are some excellent trails in Thailand for mountain biking enthusiasts, the problem however is finding them and arranging transportation to them as they are often remotely located and poorly signposted.
There are some good websites concerned with mountain biking in Thailand which you can use to research your options, including joining an organised tour and doing the northwest loop – Chiang Mai to Mae Sariang to Mae Hong Son to Pai and back to Chiang Mai – over the course of a few days to a week.
Easily one of the most popular sports in the country, Thailand is home to many excellent golf courses and has hosted a number of international golf events.
Wherever you go in the country you will find a number of golf courses, with many world class golf courses found in Hua Hin and surrounding areas of Petchburi province, as well as Pattaya in Chonburi province.
Many of the golf courses in Thailand, particularly in hotspots like Hua Hin and Pattaya, offer excellent accommodation options. If you are interested in taking a golf holiday and spending the better part of the day on a world class golf course, then Thailand is the destination for you.
With a phenomenal marine environment, numerous dive centres and a wealth of accommodation options along its extensive coastline, it is no wonder that Thailand is such a popular place to go diving and snorkelling.
As many people have discovered first-hand, you can earn your PADI certificate in a paradisiacal environment like Koh Tao, Krabi, Phuket or the Similan Islands at very competitive rates, making it the place to head to if you want to earn scuba diving qualifications.
Whether you head north to trek in the mountains or south to dive and play on world-class golf courses, you won’t be bored for a second on your next Thai holiday!