5 Activities for a Holiday in Thailand

Thailand is a fantastic country to visit. It’s packed with myriad activities you can participate in that will make your holiday a truly unforgettable experience. Thailand can cater to budget travelers who want to spend their time living out of a backpack and spending a couple of nights in each destination. It also offers a huge assortment of activities for those who want a truly luxurious experience. Here are 5 great activities for a holiday in Thailand that can be enjoyed by both types of holiday-maker.

Visit some temples

Touching Buddha's finger is considered lucky
Touching Buddha’s finger is considered lucky

Thailand has thousands of temples, many of which are hundreds of years old. They range from tiny huts at the feet of mountains to huge extravagant monasteries perched high on hills overlooking the surrounding landscape. Many Thai people will visit their local temple before sunrise to enjoy the serenity of the rising sun while they pray to Buddha.

Visit “Bat Mountain”

Millions of bats leaving their cave as dusk approaches.
Bat Mountain is the home to millions of bats

The sleepy little seaside town of Cha-Am is popular with Thais because it’s off the radar of most holiday-makers. Cha-Am has quite a few small attractions that make for a great day trip.

With wild monkeys on the roadside, the occasional elephant walking around, a beautiful beach with hardly another soul in sight, lots of places to go fishing and also a huge hollow mountain that is home to tens of millions of bats, you will be sure to have an action-packed day in Cha-Am.

As each day comes to an end and the sun slowly sets, this mountain suddenly comes to life. Wave after wave of bats flow out of their daytime hideaway and swarm the surrounding landscape on the hunt for insects.

If you are lucky you will spot magnificent eagles and osprey circling above as they wait to pick off their prey.

Visit the beach

A view of the ocean from Pattaya Beach; activities for a holiday in Thailand
Pattaya Beach has lots of water sports available

Thailand has thousands of beaches that cater to every person’s needs. If you want piece and quiet, then you can find completely isolated beaches with relative ease. As mentioned above, Cha-Am has a lot of small beaches along its coastline that are almost empty.

If you want to be more adventurous, then you can also enjoy the water sports that are offered on many of Thailand’s beaches. You can try your hand at wakeboarding, jet skiing and para-sailing. There are also more traditional banana boats and doughnut rings being towed along the shoreline.

Go fishing

Fishing rods set up ready to catch a fish; activities for a holiday in Thailand
Fishing in Thailand with pristine country side all around

Thailand is home to some of the world’s largest freshwater fish species. The warm climate means fish grow to enormous proportions; abundant food sources allow them to continue growing until they die of old age.

There are thousands of dams, lakes, rivers and fishing parks to choose from in Thailand. Each is more beautiful than the last and each venue requires a different approach. If you plan on catching a world-record-sized fish, then it would be wise to speak to an expert Thai fishing guide. Book a guide before you embark on your fishing adventure and make sure you are fully prepared for your trip.

Visit the Tiger Zoo

Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Pattaya, activities for a holiday in thailand
Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Pattaya

Sriracha Tiger Zoo is a popular destination with visitors who seek to engage with some of the animals inhabiting Thailand’s vast jungles and mountain ranges.

You can interact with the animals on a very personal level at feeding times. You can even stroke a tiger cub if you are feeling brave enough.

They also have a vast array of reptiles and amphibians to pique your interest. Additionally, some enormous freshwater fish species are tame enough to take food straight from your hands. This was particularly popular with my children, who did not want to leave when the day came to an end.

Enjoy your trip and your choices of activities for a holiday in Thailand.

About John Smith

Born in the UK in the 80's. Upon reaching adulthood I decided I wanted to travel the world. After visiting more than 60 different countries I settled on Thailand and made that my home. After spending over 10 years in Thailand I consider myself well versed in local knowledge and the Thai tourist industry.

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