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Ecotourism & Elephants

Thailand is deeply committed to ecotourism and has a wealth of natural resources teeming with flora and fauna. 

Many tour operators throughout the country offer itineraries that show off the best of Thailand’s natural attractions. Popular eco-tours include bicycle treks, sea cruises, photography, walking and wildlife tours, and one of the most uniquely Thai activities - elephant experiences.
 
The most popular elephant experiences are in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kanchanaburi and Khao Sok. Couples have several tour operators that would include personal interactions with these gentle giants, which is an experience that creates memories to last a lifetime.
 
If your clients are birders themselves, let them know that there are more than 900 breeding avian species native to or migrating to Thailand. The most popular spots for bird-watching tours are in Sam Roi Yot National Park and Khao Sok.

Hiking, Trekking, Climbing

When it comes to outdoor activities, Thailand is a country with so much to offer. Your more active and adventurous couples will never be at a loss for things to do.
 
Thailand boasts miles of hiking and trekking trails, most of which are in national parks overseen by the Royal Forest Department. These trails can range from a gentle stroll to an intense cliff climb. Jungle trekking is one of Thailand’s most popular activities, which offers spectacular forest views with exotic animals and unique tribal communities. Some trekking packages combine an overnight stay in a hill tribe village with elephant trekking, bamboo river rafting, and ox cart riding. Khao Yai National Park, 125 miles from Bangkok, is one of the most popular spots for trekking.
 
The southern destinations of Phuket, Pattaya and Ko Samui are popular destinations for abseiling. The popularity of this extreme sport is growing rapidly; it is estimated that more than 9 million people in the U.S. and Canada participate in abseiling each year. The proliferation of rock-climbing walls on cruise ships is just one indication of its attraction for leisure travelers.
 
As for rock climbing, there may be no more spectacular place in the world to do so than high above the Andaman Sea on the towering limestone cliffs found in Krabi. There are more than 500 established routes ranging from beach-side walls ideal for learning to dizzying spires that jut straight out of the sea. Whether your clients are beginners or avid experts, there is a rock face for them in Thailand. 

Biking, 4x4 Drives, Cave Exploration

Cycling is a perfect, and traditional way to see Thailand’s cities and countryside. Biking trips can be arranged in and around areas of Bangkok to top sites such as Ayutthaya Historical Park located one hour by car outside of Bangkok. If it’s spectacular views you’re after, be sure to visit the Pai district of Mae Hong Son, where the difficulty of the trail lends itself to waterfalls, hot springs and local tribes.
 
For off road adventures, take note that Thailand is perfect for those who prefer motorized exploring. Adventure enthusiasts love taking 4x4 Land Rovers on overnight drives through Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son provinces.

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Thailand is also home to a vast cave system, giving spelunkers the opportunity to explore different caves filled with pillars, underground rivers and ponds, rock carvings and tribal coffins. There are even some caves that house Buddhist monasteries. One of the best ways to explore some of these caves, especially those in Phang Nga Bay, is by sea kayak.

Kayaking tours paddle through various hongs (lagoons) - including an exceptionally beautiful one dubbed Honeymoon Hong - and sail past colorful limestone cliffs through mangrove estuaries. Some feature kayaking in Khao Sok  National Park, ideal for bird and wildlife viewing.
 
Sea-paddle trips, with or without an escort boat, are available in single- or multi-day options. Night excursions, which usually begin with a sunset dinner and involve overnight camping, are especially romantic.

Diving... Year-Round

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.

Couples Golf

While golf might not be the first thing that comes to the minds of couples planning a honeymoon, Thailand has wonderful golfing opportunities. If your clients are golfers, Thailand has much to offer with more than 200 golf courses, several designed by the likes of Arnold Palmer, Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. With modern facilities, internationally designed courses and an excellent infrastructure, golf would be an excellent addition to any honeymoon or romantic getaway in Thailand.
 
Bangkok is indeed a cosmopolitan city, but it is home to some of the country’s best golfing. There are more than 60 courses of varying standards in the city and surrounding suburbs. 

In Chonburi, just outside of Bangkok, there are more than 30 golf courses. Some of the more notable ones include Siam Country Club Pattaya Plantation; Plutaluang Royal Navy Golf Course; and Amata Spring Country Club.
 
Farther afield, courses can be found at country clubs in Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, to name a few. Pattaya is less than a two-hour drive from Bangkok and has more than 20 courses in the region. Phuket has more than eight golf courses available, as well. Hua Hin, on the western side of the Gulf of Thailand, is also popular for golf, as is Chiang Mai in the north.