Thailand has a reputation for being an amazing vacation destination and deservedly so. If you love tropical beaches, exhilarating outdoor activities, cultural immersions, island escapades, jungle treks, wildlife encounters, and biking tours, the “Land of Smiles” is the ultimate holiday destination for your bucket list.
From venturing into hill tribe villages to caring for elephants and exploring dense jungles, marvelous islands, and scenic resort towns, Thailand offers a long list of unforgettable experiences. You can stay in this fascinating place and have non-stop adventure for weeks or even months on end.
Here are the amazing adventures to have in Thailand this 2018.
1. Explore Pattaya’s off-road trails
If you’re thinking Pattaya is just about beaches, the Walking Street, seafood and the Nong Nooch Botanical Garden, then you’re in for a great surprise. Pattaya, Thailand’s biggest resort town, is steadily making a name for itself as an adventure destination, offering a variety of white-knuckle experiences.
If you are the type who loves the outdoors, Pattaya has many off-road trails you can conquer. Grab the chance to ride an ATV quad bike or a buggy kart and drive it through vast farmlands and dense jungles.
2. Visit Chiang Mai’s hill tribe villages
From Bangkok’s swanky shopping malls and bustling night markets, head to the mountains of Northern Thailand to immerse in the spectacular scenery and fascinating culture of its hill tribe villages. Meet the friendly locals of the Long Neck and Big Ears Karen Village, be enveloped by the traditional hospitality and warmth, and watch them create amazing products with their basketry and weaving skills.
3. Spend time at an elephant camp
A vacation in Thailand is an opportunity to have amazing animal encounters, among them a visit to an elephant camp to spend the most rewarding time with the gentle giants. By getting an introductory Mahout course, you’ll learn the skills needed to care for and ride an elephant amid the breathtaking backdrop of the jungle-clad forests circling Tung La Korn village.
4. Bike around Koh Yao Noi island
Located between Krabi and Phuket, Koh Yao Noi island is one of the remaining unspoilt islands in Thailand boasting verdant rice paddies, fishing villages, gorgeous beaches, and lush jungles. The best way to experience the island is to bike along its small paved streets and dirt roads to have a glimpse of traditional island life and culture.
5. Escape to Hua Hin
Skip the hustle and bustle of Bangkok by travelling to Hua Hin, a seaside resort town that sits on the Gulf of Thailand. Featuring peaceful beaches, night markets, mouthwatering seafood, and a laidback atmosphere, Hua Hin is a low key break from Thailand’s busy capital.
6. Experience Ko Phi Phi
You can’t say you’ve seen the beauty of Thailand if you haven’t been to Phi Phi Leh and Phi Phi Don, the treasured gems of Krabi Province. With their pristine sandy beaches, clear waters, and great spots to snorkel and dive, these islands – collectively called Ko Phi Phi – make for a great day cruise from Phuket.
7. Sail around Koh Samui
Koh Samui, the second largest island in Thailand, is a travel destination known for its palm-fringed beaches, rainforest interiors, fantastic viewpoints, beautiful temples, and wide range of dining and accommodation options. It also offers many exciting activities for visitors to enjoy. Besides the usual shopping, food crawls, and partying, you can embark on a sailing tour that will take you around Koh Samui and nearby islands. Experience the pleasure of exploring the Gulf of Thailand and watching the sunset on board a luxurious catamaran. Swim, snorkel, and even dive in the aquatic wonderland that’s brimming with exotic marine life and exquisite coral reefs.
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By: Brendelyn Balaga