Fun outdoor activities in Thailand

photo by David Wiley

When you’re in Thailand, you can’t help but spend much of your day outdoors, and there’s no reason you’d want to stay inside in a country with this much natural beauty! The beaches of Thailand are too tempting to resist, and many of the most interesting sights in the country are outdoors. But if just spending time in the sun is not enough for you anymore, you could try to do something a bit more adventurous that will take you out of your hotel room. Thailand is the perfect destination for all sorts of exciting activities in the middle of nature, so you won’t have to sit in your room for a moment unless you want to! Prepare for adventure and try these fun outdoor activities in Thailand.

Elephant Riding

Elephants in Thailand can be found in rehabilitation and conservation centers and natural parks, and in many of these places you get the opportunity to come really close to these majestic animals. You can feed elephants, health to bathe them, and ride them. You can even take short courses to train as a mahout, an elephant driver! In any case, making friends with an elephant and going for a stroll in the wild on its back is one of the most exciting experiences you can have in Thailand.

Whitewater Rafting

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Whitewater rafting has just started gaining popularity in Thailand, but it already has lots of fans. If you crave an adrenaline rush, then you should book a whitewater rafting expedition in southern Thailand. There are many adventure operators that offer rafting packages, mostly in the Phang Na where the rivers are perfect for some exhilarating rides.

Kayaking on the sea

Thailand’s tropical beach scenery is lovely when you’re on the shore, but even more stunning when you look at it from the water. Get some exercise and see some of the best beach landscapes in Thailand while paddling in the sea. Book a sea kayaking or canoeing tours and see the best of Krabi, Phuket or Tarutao National Marine Park.

Skydiving

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Weather can make or break your skydiving expedition, but with Thailand’s climate it’s not difficult to find a great time to jump from a plane and plummet towards the amazing scenery. If you’re never dived before, you can take skydiving courses in Thailand, or jump tandem if you don’t feel up to doing it alone. The most popular skydiving destination in Thailand is Pattaya, but there are many other great locations to make the jump.

Jungle trekking

The jungle is the best place for an adventure – as long as you are careful! The Thai jungles are amazingly diverse in plant and animal life, and they also dotted with interesting natural attractions like caves or waterfalls. Stick to the well-trodden trails or get off the beaten track – there are tour operators that can offer exactly what you want!

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