When you think of Thailand you’re more likely to imagine clear oceans and all-night beach parties than an adventure playground packed with adrenaline-boosting things to do and see. But thanks to its natural advantages and its encouraging attitude towards tourism, the country has one of the most thriving adventure sports scenes in the world. Thanks to the cheap Bangkok flights on offer with flight specialists such as DialAFlight, Thailand is also easier and cheaper to reach than other adventure capitals. Here’s how to make the most of your time away from the beach.
There’s as much to see underground in Thailand as there is overground – and the thrilling adventures offered by expert caving organizations in the Pang Mapha District of the Mae Hong Son Province will give you a comprehensive guided tour. Choose your trip to match your daring, with excursions ranging from gentle to hair-raising.
If you’ve never thought of elephant riding as an adventure sport, then think again. In Northern Thailand, local touring companies offer week-long treks through remote jungle which will take you through peaks and troughs of physical hardship and exhilaration. If you’re not convinced by the idea of riding an elephant, then an on-foot jungle trek can be equally as thrilling.
One of the best ways to explore Thailand is by water. Those getting off Bangkok flights can be in the sea within a few hours, thanks to great connections to areas such as Trang, Tarutao and Khao Sok – all of which are catered for by sea kayaking company Sea Canoe. Other watery adventures available in most tourist-friendly areas include snorkeling and white water rafting.