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*This adventure activities in Thailand post is a collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)

You guys know I love to chase adventures, I’ve spent the last seven years chasing them around the globe. But let’s go back to the country where it all began – the place that truly stole my heart. Thailand remains one of my absolute favourite places in the world and I’m lucky enough to have returned several times. Each time I go back, it’s a whole new experience that I’ll never forget. Known for those incredible beaches, crystal clear oceans and amazing nightlife. But what you guys might not realise is that Thailand is also an amazing place to get that adrenaline rush you’ve been craving. Thrill seekers read on, because this post is all about the incredible ways to can get your heart racing on your next visit to South East Asia. If you’re planning a visit – don’t forget to check out Thailand’s official website for everything you need to plan the ultimate adventure!

  • UPDATE: From July 1st Thailand will lift quarantine requirements and open its borders to fully vaccinated travellers, starting with Phuket, then from October five other tourist areas will follow suit. Thailand travel restrictions update.

Top 15 adventure activities in Thailand:

Go scuba diving with whale sharks

Swimming with whale sharks in Western Australia is still one of the best experiences of my life. So I can only imagine how epic it would be to scuba dive with these gentle giants. Thailand has some incredible underwater experiences to offer but some of the best diving and snorkelling has to be at the Surin Islands. Underwater enthusiasts will want to dive near Richelieu Rock to stand a chance to spotting these incredible creatures, which can measure up to 30ft. Don’t worry, they only live off plankton so you’re perfectly safe – just be sure to stay out of their way as they don’t have very good vision. Also, be sure to research before booking a trip to ensure you’re choosing a responsible and ethical tour provider – don’t go with any that feed the whale sharks or fish.

  • Where to do it? MU KOH SURIN NATIONAL PARK
  • When to do it? FEBRUARY TO APRIL
  • How much? PRICES RANGE DEPENDING ON THE BOAT

Try rock climbing at Railey Beach

Whether you’re a beginner looking for a new challenge, or you’re a seasoned pro, Thailand has some amazing rock climbing. Imagine scaling a sheer cliff face – don’t look down – and stopping to gaze over your shoulder and see nothing but open ocean. Combining natural beauty with getting your heart racing, who’s feeling daring? If you’re not quite ready for outdoor climbing, you can check out one of the indoor climbing walls available in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. For the full Thailand rock climbing experience, catch a boat to Railey Beach and Ton Sai where you’ll find imposing limestone cliffs encircling the bay.

  • Where to do it? RAILEY BEACH & TON SAI, NEAR KRABI
  • When to do it? ALL YEAR ROUND – BUT NOVEMBER TO MARCH ARE THE BEST MONTHS
  • How much? FROM USD 15 PER DAY

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Get fit at a Muay Thai class

For those who have grown up watching martial arts in the movies – here’s your opportunity to test your strength. I loved taking Muay Thai classes when I was travelling across the country. Even for someone who is pretty fit already, it’s a challenging sport that uses muscles you didn’t even realise you had! Most gyms across the country will offer Muay Thai classes and training, there are also a lot of places where you can do specific training. For instance, I know a few people who have signed up to month+ training camps in Bangkok to really hone their Muay Thai skills. It’s a much bigger commitment but comes with rave reviews from everyone I know who has done it.

  • Where to do it? BANGKOK OR PATTAYA (for training camps, anywhere for classes)
  • When to do it? ALL YEAR ROUND
  • How much? FROM USD 10

Face your fears and go caving in the dark

One of my favourite places in Thailand is Khao Sok National Park, it’s an 80 million year old rainforest in the centre of the country. Covered by mountains and the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world which reaches to the banks of Cheow Lan Lake, it’s bound to give you all the Jurassic Park vibes. I have some incredible memories of kayaking on the lake to watch the sunrise over the mountains and listening to the jungle come to life. But did you know that as part of a trip to the lake, you can also go caving?

Not for the faint of heart or for anyone who is scared of the dark or enclosed spaces. We had head torches which provided the faintest glimmer of light as we entered the caves (which were filled with water). At just 5″5, I was forced to float or jump to stay above the water level as we made our way through a crevice in the rock in the pitch black. It was both terrifying and exhilarating as we squealed and laughed our way through the trip. Highly recommend if you’re looking for thrills.

  • Where to do it? KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK
  • When to do it? NOVEMBER TO APRIL IS DRY SEASON, CHECK BEFORE YOU BOOK
  • How much? PRICES RANGE DEPENDING ON TOUR

Take your breath away with skydiving

Now Thailand might not be the first place you think of when it comes to skydiving, but how better to get that adrenaline rush? Taking adventure to the next level – you can do a skydive or even get certified. Plus you’ll have the opportunity to skydive in one of the most congested airspaces in the world if you choose near Nong Kho Reservoir in Bangkok. You can also head down to Pattaya to get the heart racing.

  • Where to do it? BANGKOK OR PATTAYA
  • When to do it? ALL YEAR ROUND
  • How much? USD 338
  • Check out: Thai Sky Adventures

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Get the heart racing with white water rafting

Did you know that northern Thailand has rapids ranging from level 1-5? The perfect way to get an adrenaline rush while getting your fix of adventure activities in Thailand. With tours ranging from short two hour trips, to six hour day trips and overnight adventures, there’s something to suit all ages and abilities. Many of the tours on offer give you an opportunity to see a different side to the country, with huge flowing rivers, bamboo camps, watching wild animals roam free as you cruise through lush tropical jungle. There’s also tubing and lots of other water-based activities in the mountains.

Try bungee jumping or brave the human slingshot

Get your kicks with some of the craziest adventure activities in Thailand. If you don’t fancy a skydive, why not try a bungee jump? Still that exhilarating rush but you’re just falling from a mere 200ft. Place your trust in a bungee cord and get that heart racing. Or you could try the human slingshot where you’re stretched back 40m and released in this one-of-a-kind experience for Asia.

  • Where to do it? PATTAYA
  • When to do it? ALL YEAR ROUND
  • How much? USD 43-78

Thrill seekers should ride the Mae Hong Son Loop

Thailand is THE place to hop on a scooter and ride through incredible landscapes. But have you even ridden a motorbike if you haven’t completed the Mae Hong Son Loop? This infamous route takes you through some of the most spectacular rice paddies, lush jungle, tiny villages, mountain vistas, epic gorges and valleys. But, did I mention that it’s also a crazy, long, winding road comprising of 4,000 sharp bends? Ending in the sleepy, mountain hippie town of Pai, it’s well worth the adventure up there. But are you brave enough to drive yourself? If you take on the challenge – you will climb the equivalent of 1.5x Mount Everest!

  • Where to do it? CHIANG MAI TO PAI
  • When to do it? NOVEMBER TO FEBRUARY
  • How much? FROM USD 4 PER DAY

Take to the hills and go mountain biking

Biking is such a fun way to explore Thailand, I loved cycling around ancient cities and beautiful countryside. But for those who want to take it one step further.. why not try mountain biking? Start out in the busier streets and navigate your way out to the jungle, rice paddies or mountains. You can head off the beaten track almost anywhere in Thailand once you hire a bike, or for more of a challenge, head to Northern Thailand. Chiang Mai is pure paradise for mountain bikers with challenging and beautiful trails through the mountains and countryside.

  • Where to do it? ANYWHERE, ESPECIALLY CHIANG MAI
  • When to do it? NOVEMBER TO MAY IS DRY SEASON
  • How much? PRICES RANGE DEPENDING ON BIKE HIRE

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Dare to try the biggest rope swing in Asia

Daredevils will want to tick this one off their bucket list. The Emperor Swing has been called one of the most nerve-wracking adventure activities in the whole of Asia, let alone Thailand! This high speed pendulum swing starts from the jump platform – which is enough to make your head spin. It starts with a 30m drop free fall through the jungle on the 120m swing. This is definitely one for the adrenaline junkies out there who will love getting their hearts racing.

  • Where to do it? KRABI
  • When to do it? ALL YEAR ROUND
  • How much? USD 43

Try a sky-high adventure and go zip-lining

Spend a day monkeying around in the canopy when you try zip lining in Thailand. One of the best adventure activities in Thailand for families and mixed ability groups. Flight of the Gibbon is a great way to spend a day flying through the treetops before rappelling towards the forest floor. Best of all, you get to see wild gibbons in the trees!

  • Where to do it? PHUKET OR CHIANG MAI
  • When to do it? ALL YEAR ROUND
  • How much? USD 63

Get the rush when you go fly-boarding

Live out your superhero fantasy and put Aquaman to shame when you try out flyboarding in Thailand. The giant jet spray propels you into the air where you try to find your balance before diving, jumping or even somersaulting into the water. It’s great fun and will definitely get the adrenaline pumping.

  • Where to do it? PHUKET
  • When to do it? ALL YEAR ROUND
  • How much? USD 100

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Take to the water and try wakeboarding

Growing ever more popular among travellers and the locals, wakeboarding is just the thing to satisfy the thrill-seekers among us. Head to Pattaya for boat action around the Thai islands, or you can find cables in Bangkok. Whether you’re a pro or a first-timer, you’re guaranteed to have a laugh trying to stay upright. Plus you’ll get a great workout in while enjoying the water. Get that adrenaline rush while staying cool in the hot sun – just don’t forget the sunscreen!

  • Where to do it? BANGKOK OR PATTAYA
  • When to do it? ALL YEAR ROUND
  • How much? PRICES RANGE DEPENDING ON TOUR

Go kitesurfing for the thrill of it

The south of Thailand is a great place to go kitesurfing or kiteboarding. Between the sunshine, crystal clear waters and the consistent, strong winds, it’s a perfect place to learn. There are a number of kite surfing spots (and schools) in Phuket, Chumpon, Huahin, Pattaya, Samui and Koh Phangan. If you haven’t yet tried it, but fancy a new adventure activity – you’re bound to love it!

  • Where to do it? PHUKET, CHUMPON, HUAHIN, PATTAYA, SAMUI and KOH PHANANG
  • When to do it? ALL YEAR ROUND
  • How much? PRICES RANGE DEPENDING ON TOUR

Who knew you could go surfing in Thailand?

Okay so Thailand is definitely not the biggest surf haven in Asia – but you CAN do it. To hit the waves, check out Khao Lak, Kata, Nai Harn, and Kalim but be sure to research and check the season for waves as it can vary a lot throughout the year. Never fear if you can’t travel to Thailand at the right time of year – you can also get your kicks by surfing inside at Flow House in Bangkok. It’s a wave pool that can give you the consistent and reliable waves you desire.

  • Where to do it? PHUKET, KOH LANTA, BANGKOK (wave pool)
  • When to do it? MAY AND NOVEMBER BUT RESEARCH BEFORE YOU GO
  • How much? PRICES RANGE DEPENDING ON TOUR

Have you travelled to Thailand? Which of these adventure activities would you most like to try?

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