Ecotourism & Elephants
Hiking, Trekking, Climbing
Biking, 4x4 Drives, Cave Exploration
Diving enthusiasts come from all over the world to Thailand, where the Pacific meets the Indian Ocean. Gorgeous underwater scenery and vibrant reef-dwelling marine life make the North Andaman region a world-class dive site, and diving is possible year-round.
In the Andaman Sea the best time for diving is between October and April, and in the Gulf for Thailand from May to September.
Divers should also note that of Thailand’s 100-plus national parks, more than 20 are marine parks. Mu Ko Similan National Park, an archipelago made up of nine islands in the Andaman Sea, is best known for its dive sites, of which there are two kinds:
- The East side diving offers up gently rolling coral reefs.
- While the west side is geared more toward adventurous divers and is known for its underwater granite boulders and swim-throughs.
If your couple has never dived before, but would like to try, there are numerous resorts where they can learn the sport and get certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). PADI Five Star Dive Centers can be found in Phuket, Phi Phi Islands, Ko Samui, Krabi and elsewhere in peninsular southern Thailand, as well as Pattaya in the east.
Thailand is deeply committed to eco-tourism. In fact, it is home to the Amazing Green Route, one of the 7 Greens activities that will take travelers on a journey to experience the natural beauty, ways of life, and culture in Thailand that have been preserved.
The route starts from Samut Songkhram, a small province in the central region, then proceeds to Kanchanaburi on the western edge. The green route is set among natural surroundings, with scattered local communities and well-preserved rivers and forests. It can be completed on foot, bicycle, or via railroad. Along the way, learn about local culture, food, and take part in the eco-friendly zip line adventures.
Many tour operators in Thailand offer itineraries that show off the country's best attractions, from bicycle treks and sea cruises, to walking/photography/wildlife tours. But the most popular soft adventure excursion in Thailand are the elephant experiences in Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai, Kanchanaburi, and Khao Sok.
There are also miles of hiking and trekking trails, most of which are in the national parks. These trails range from a gentle stroll to a rough climb. Jungle trekking offers unbeatable forest views, with opportunities to spot exotic animals.
Cycling is a traditional way to see Thailand's cities and countryside. Biking trips can be arranged in and around areas of Bangkok, as well. Kayaking tours paddle through various lagoons, including a particularly romantic one named Honeymoon Hong. Sail past stunning limestone cliffs and mangrove estuaries, or keep a lookout for wildlife from the rivers in Khao Sok National Park.
Click the icon on the right to view some images of soft adventure activities in Thailand.