Thailand will always bag a top spot as a leading travel destination. While people come for the beaches and moonlit parties, they end up coming back (or, in some cases, staying permanently) for the country’s vibrant culture.
Adrenaline-seekers will be happy to know that Thailand has a wide array of sports activities that you can either watch or partake in. Read below for our top suggestions you can’t miss out on.
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Instead of just bumming around on the beach, take your holiday up a notch by diving deep — literally. The island of Koh Tao is a train ride away from Bangkok, and one of the most popular places in the world to get certified. Not only will you be able to fulfil your Jacques Cousteau fantasies, but you’ll be sure to meet other likeminded travellers who want a different kind of beach experience. Those who want a similar experience without the certification can instead go snorkelling in Koh Tao, with the promise of seeing lots of fish on a sunny day.
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If the sight of a beach takes your breath away, imagine the same view from up high. Visitor-friendly locations like Krabi, Chiang Mai, and Koh Phi Phi all offer rock climbing packages for tourists who want to conquer breathtaking cliffs that are set against stunning vistas. Even if you’ve never tried rock climbing before, each island has beginner-friendly routes that you can try your hand at. In particular, the climbing tours in Chiang Mai also offer cave explorations for a full day’s worth of adventure.
Footy fever has officially reached the shores of Thailand. The Thailand Premier League fills up stadium seats, with players imported from European teams. As a result, sports betting has also become popular. If you want to try betting, the first thing to know about how to bet is that it involves a lot of strategising and knowing when to place your bets. Don’t just rush into it as soon as the game begins, since prices can change depending on factors like whether or not a goal has been scored. Knowing team matchups can also be to your advantage, giving you an excuse to check out a game or two (or three).
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One of the great things about trekking is that, unlike surfing or diving, there isn’t a learning curve that you need to overcome. While some people have better endurance than others, trekking is a great activity that you can easily get into. It’s easy to get lost among the beautiful natural scenery, and nothing beats walking alongside waterfalls and caves especially if you’re a city dweller. Just remember to bring the right gear and respect your surroundings.
Thailand’s national sport is the perfect ending to this list. Muay Thai is as exciting to watch as it is to practise, which means that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy this sport. The best players in the world are all located in Bangkok, and the capital city is the best place to go if you want an authentic experience. Get ready for a rowdy night, and don’t forget to top up with some hawker fare outside the stadiums. Don’t feel pressured to get ringside seats, as the view is equally as good (if not better) from higher up.
Thailand’s charm is that there’s never a shortage of things to do. From eating delectable street food to immersing yourself in Bangkok’s underground arts scene, each new day promises an experience different from the last.