Living experiences means moving from spectator to protagonist, that is, active tourism. Here we offer you a selection of the most fun offer in Thailand.
Don’t forget the hill tribes! a unique opportunity, read later this post (open in a new tab, slowtravel.fun).
We recommend that you do not miss the elephants: walking with them through the forest, meeting the babies and finally sharing the bath in the river.
In some camps you can ride the elephant bareback, so that you feel the skin and hairs of your elephant, also the slow movement and his or her unique personality. After this experience you will love them, even more.
It is imperative always to choose companies that guarantee the best care for their pachyderms.
Further information and video in the post about elephant camps.
Hiking in the tropical forest
In Thailand there are more than 100 national parks that occupy more than 50,000km2, roughly 10% of the country. They include mountains, swamps, streams, canals, marshes, waterways, lakes, islands and the mangrove on the seashore.
Protected areas to preserve or recover their natural state as well as to facilitate the education of the population and its enjoyment in a sustainable way.
An excellent opportunity in the whole territory to learn and have fun in the tropical forest.
Many parks have signposted tracks and trails, although having an expert guide will provide greater security, you can discover hidden living beings for inexperienced eyes, make offerings to the spirits, learn to survive in a hostile environment and fully enjoy the adventure.
Cycling in the cities, mountains and among rice fields
You will have this offer practically everywhere since cycling is one of the favourite sports of the Thais. It includes even Bangkok, where traffic does not make it too favourable.
Bangkok surroundings, the nature trails along the coast, Chiang Mai and Sukhothai are ideal places to ride a bike, for example.
The secondary roads and dirt roads provide a wonderful environment to enjoy this sport in the countryside, on the plain among rice fields and in the hills. Available for all levels and suitable for families.
Zipline in the lush forest canopy
Zip-wiring is a leisure activity that takes place in forests, on steep slopes. You take advantage of the force of gravity to slide through the canopy down the hillside.
Remember that it calls for gentle but continuous exertion and is perfectly safe providing you follow the instructions of the accompanying guides.
For further information, please click on this post about zipline.
Exciting whitewater rafting
Descending a whitewater river on a raft or in a canoe is an exciting sport but not completely risk-free.
In Thailand, rainy weather leads to fast-flowing rivers at many times of the year, thereby providing an opportunity for both experienced enthusiasts of this sport and for those who would just like to try.
Further information and nice video in this post about rafting.
Tempting cooking courses
One of the most popular and highly rated activities travellers mention after a trip to Thailand is cookery courses.
These usually start with a visit to a vegetable garden or fresh produce market, where the main characteristics of the ingredients used in Thai cuisine are explained in detail.
Find out all about the most exciting aspects of Thai cuisine and learn to create some of the traditional dishes in your own wok.
For further information, please click on this post about cookery courses.
Scuba diving and snorkelling
Water sports activities and courses are available on almost all beaches, including scuba diving – a fascinating sport that requires specific know-how and skills to do it correctly and safely.
There are many excellent options for diving in Thailand, be it an experienced diver or looking for a beginner course to get started in guaranteed safety conditions.
For further information, please click on this post about scuba diving.
Liveaboard in paradise
Thailand viewed from the sea: the coast and its underwater universe, a fantastic voyage on a modern and well-equipped boats.
It’s particularly recommended for scuba divers although it is also a memorable and fun experience for non-divers accompanying them. They can enjoy snorkel.
For further information, please click on this post about liveaboard.
Massages to pamper yourself
One of the most appealing and inexpensive activities that every tourist should try in Thailand is a massage.
At noon or when you need to relax a bit, you will find that there is no better place than a room with dim lighting, relaxing music, air conditioning and hands that take care of you gently.
Further information and nice video in this post about Thai massages.
Spas, luxury relax
Within the range of leisure activities available in Thailand, spas offer an unequalled opportunity to wind down and to allow yourself to be pampered.
There is a wide variety of treatments, but all of them have in common the delicacy of the masseurs. Spas in Thailand are not necessarily related to activities in the water.
They are very well equipped premises that offer a higher quality service.
Further information and nice video in this post about spas.
Golf for enthusiasts
Golf courses usually have on-site hotel facilities and swimming pools making for a pleasant stay for those who want to focus on their favourite sport.
The other option is for visitors to stay at a hotel in the town and to travel to the golf course each day – this way the rest of the time they can enjoy the different leisure, entertainment, cultural and gastronomic options available.
For further information, please click on this post about golf.