Leisure in Thailand
Palm on a Beach in Thailand
Leisure in Thailand extends far beyond your customary site-seeing
tours that are on endless offer around every corner of every major city,
resort or tropical island. This is about the most pleasurable
activities that justifies real vacations. For many, this beautiful part
of paradise, is just-cause to spend quality time relaxing and unwinding
as much as possible to release the stress of normality.
Hiking and Mountain Trekking, Thai Cooking Courses, Bridge, Thai Massage, Water Sports, Theater and Classical Dance, Golf, Kite Flying, Ten Pin Bowling, Karaoke, Shopping and Cinema, are just a few of the right sort of ingredients that will allow you to enter the real pleasurable activities when visiting Thailand.
If you're looking to release a little more energy then you could always try your hand at Bungy Jumping, Para-Sailing, Go Kart Racing, Big Game Fishing, Thai Kick Boxing, Rock Climbing or Horse Riding. Lots to do to keep you very busy and entertained throughout your entire vacation. Leisure in Thailand at its best.
Diving lesson in Phuket
Leisure in Thailand - Diving and Snorkeling
Thailand has some of the best diving and snorkeling sites in the
world and it is of no surprise as to why thousands of holiday makers
flock to these idyllic islands and beautiful beaches to explore
the country's spectacular coral reefs.
From the amazing
locations to the abundant exotic undersea marine life. From the more experience diver, to the absolute novice. Whether a child or an adult.
The experience will simply take your breath away and the memories will
There will be cherished moments for the whole
family to enjoy and the best of all, you won't have to bring your own
equipment. Everything is provided for you, from dive lessons to
rented equipment. You won't even need a PADI diving certificate to
explore the underwater beauty.
If you so wish, you can even pass your diving
license in Thailand. And rest assured, you'll be in perfectly safe hands.
Snorkeling in Cool Waters
Leisure in Thailand - Snorkelng
Thailand is ideal for snorkeling too. The clear crystalline waters
permit you to observe at close quarters, stunning underwater scenery,
marine plants and thousands of species of colourful tropical fish.
Snorkeling locations, facilities and all the proper equipment can be arranged for you on many of the islands.
Most of the best snorkeling destinations are around
Similan islands as there are so many sites here offering shallow coral reefs
which have perfect conditions for snorkeling. Exploring the coral reefs all
around Kai Nok and Koh Racha Yai near Phuket, can easily be achieved on a day trip.
The Phi Phi islands provide excellent snorkeling locations. You can snorkel around the coral plateau on Bamboo Island just northeast of Phi Phi Don Island or the one at Koh Lanta situated in the southern most district of Krabi Province.
The nine islands that make up the Similan National Park is probably the most exciting and spectacular of all the snorkeling sites around Thailand's Islands. Located 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the island of Phuket in the Andaman Sea, these islands offer you clear shallow waters right in front of the beaches.
Although I have yet to go to the archipelago of 51 islands that make up the Tarutao National Marine Park in the southern province of Satun, also in the Andaman Sea, I do believe there are some great snorkeling opportunities there.
Elephant Trekking in Chiang Rai
Leisure in Thailand - Elephant Trekking
There are some excellent forested jungle trails and rippling streams
throughout the whole of Thailand where you can experience the thrill of
elephant trekking. From Phuket in the south to
Chiang Rai in the north, elephants are plentiful.
Considered sacred in a
land once used for extreme logging, but now outlawed, the owners of
these magnificent regal creatures provide alternative employment as is
evident in the form of entertainment. Unlike the harsh circumstances
that prevail in commercial carnivals, most Thai elephants have more
Throughout Bangkok you can spot the odd elephant roaming
around the city, albeit with its owner guiding it through traffic
congested areas. However, this is mostly at night.
One of the best regions to view vast troops of elephants in their natural habitat would be around
in the north. Elephant camps here not only provide an ideal
setting for animals but also a secure and protective environment. Another option is to combine elephant trekking with a bit of river
rafting on the Mekong river in the northeast outbacks of Nakhon Phanom.
Horse Shoe Point near Pattaya
This photo is courtesy of www.pictures-thailand.com
Leisure in Thailand - Horse Riding
There are lots of places in Thailand where you can learn more about horses and take part in horse back riding. Bangkok Saddle Club
in downtown Bangkok is a fairly new club where you will find a horse
riding arena, grooming yards and a library and classroom where you can
learn more about these beautiful animals.
Horse Shoe Point and Country
near Pattaya is a one of a kind lifestyle centre where the whole family
can come and relax while enjoying a variety of activities in a natural
tropical garden setting. This fully equipped facility, established in
1999, caters for all leisure and sports activities for both children and
Phuket Laguna Riding Club is a wonderful outdoor adventure training centre and horse riding club located adjacent to theDusit Thani Laguna Resort Hotel where you can enjoy a ride through rice fields, coconut plantations or along the beach. Another one is Phuket Riding Club near Rawai Beach. Both clubs have training facilities and well tempered horses suitable for the young.
Horseback riding in a romantic setting on the beaches of Hua Hin is another way to enjoy some wonderful leisure in Thailand. Dusit Polo Resort at Cha Am provides lessons for anyone wanting to learn more about horses.
MBK shopping complex in Bangkok
Leisure in Thailand - Shopping
Whatever the budget, Thailand has got to be one of the best shopping
mecca's in the whole of Asia. You'll certainly be able to literally
shop until you drop at the vast array of irresistible glitzy
shopping malls, huge department stores, boutiques, bustling street stalls, markets and night bazaars to name but a few.
the cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai to the resort towns of Pattaya and
Phuket, you'll find just about everything that your heart could
possibly desire. Favourite buys include
and cottons, artworks and artifacts, silver and gold, pearls and
diamonds, umbrellas and masks, antiques and ceramics, cameras and
computers, cosmetics and curios, handicrafts and a lot more.
Leisure in Thailand - Thai Massage
Leisure in Thailand extends to relaxing in a
Thai Health Spa
which in itself can be a very welcome and rewarding experience. Being on the receiving end of a wonderful
Thai massage is satisfaction in the true spirit of the art of sensual freedom.
are many configurations of massage therapy from your basic Thai foot
massage to the more traditional ones. What the heck, you can even try
one of the erotic massages available everywhere. Luxury hotels and
resorts provide spa services as do numerous other establishments around
Leisure in Thailand - Thai Cooking
There are a number of highly established
Thai cooking schools around the country where you can not only learn new culinary skills,
but also get to enjoy the fruits of your labour. By blending various
herbs and spices that provide the exquisite flavours, making Thai food so
unique, you may be pleasantly surprised at the outcome. With your new found expertise, you may even want to try one or two
Thai recipes to impress your friends once you finally return home.
Thai Bar Games
Leisure in Thailand - Recreational Games
For an alternative form of relaxation you are welcome to spend time at an expat
Bridge Club in Pattaya where friends meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 pm for a
game of bridge and to catch up on all the local gossip. The bridge club is
located in the heart of Thailand's ultimate tourist beach city.
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