Every holiday destination is gifted with a few peculiarities of its own. But what demarcates a traveler from a mere tourist, is the eye for the hidden gems that give their getaways a new dimension. Similarly, within the country of Thailand, there lies a travel scene beyond the quintessential white-washed coastlines, historic Buddhist monasteries and enviable nightlife. Thailand is home to some of the most nail-biting adventure sports and activities that will reshape your idea of a coastal holiday.
Here’s a list of the best enthralling activities you can plan your trip around.
1. Mixed Martial Arts
While most travelers around the globe pick a holiday destination to rejuvenate, Thailand steps up its game of redefining vacations by getting you into shape. Being the centre for Muay Thai, a traditional combat sport, the country is a hotspot for mixed martial arts. With a wide range of fitness training camps and gyms, the courses undertake vigorous sessions testing your physical limits and strengthening your core. Phuket, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya are some of the best destinations for learning this martial art form.
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2. Scuba Diving
The translucent waters of the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea offer a plethora of diving sites. The sheer beauty and magnanimity of its marine-life is what draws sea-lovers to this country. To name a few, islands like Krabi, Phuket, Khao Lak, Ko Tao and Ko Samui are speckled with countless dive centres which provide training courses and let you discover the magic of the underwater world.
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The country’s aquatic splendour will never cease to amaze you. Paddling through the breath-taking karst backdrops, sea caves and lagoons, makes kayaking a thrilling, yet tranquil activity. Independent adventure and travel companies organise training sessions and tours, ensuring your water expeditions are worthwhile. Koh Yao Noi, Ang Thong Marine Park, Phang Nga Bay and Chiang Mai are some of the most scenic destinations for kayaking and sea-canoeing.
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4. Rock Climbing
As a perfect alternative to aquatic sports, Thailand lends its coastal cliffs for rock climbing and bouldering. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, the trainers will guide you through your expedition. Railay, Tonsai, Ao Nang, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lao Liang are some of the locations that top the charts for this adrenaline-charged activity.
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5. Mountain Biking
With meandering trails and unmapped roads, this country throws open an adventure that can be best experienced on two wheels. Terrains that are off the beaten track amidst several foothills and varying altitudes, makes mountain biking uniquely exhilarating. Cycling companies not only let you rent a bike, but also help you chalk out a route that befits a single or multi-day trip. While the Chiang Mai area is a tourist favourite, Krabi is a covert paradise for bikers.
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