Some holidays are best spent lounging on the beach, watching the surf roll in with a coconut in hand—but if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, there are plenty of adventurous activities to be found on Thailand’s islands, and the experts at Expedia Australia have rounded up the best ones for fearless wanderers such as yourself.
Zipline in Koh Chang
Whether you’re staying at Pattaya hotels and plan to go skydiving in Pattaya, or are bound for Koh Chang and looking to try ziplining on the island, there’s an airborne activity in Southern Thailand that will fit the bill for fun. Always make sure you follow proper safety directions, are working with certified professionals, and are secure in your harness or parachute before proceeding. After all the safety items have been checked off your list, get ready to see beautiful Thailand from the sky.
Swim with Whale Sharks in Koh Tao
Koh Tao is a small island in the Gulf of Thailand that attracts visitors for its stellar snorkelling and scuba diving options. In addition to swimming with the fishes, those travelling to “Turtle Island” from March to June have the opportunity to splash around with whale sharks. There are many guided boat and snorkel tours that leave the island in pursuit of the gentle giants. Once you and your crew have saddled up alongside a whale shark, don’t be afraid. The creatures can get up to 12 metres long and weigh up to 18 metric tonnes, but they’re harmless. Swim alongside them and bring an underwater camera to document this once-in-a-lifetime aquatic experience.
Rock Climb in Koh Phi Phi
Images of Southeast Asia often include massive limestone formations set amongst sparkling blue waters—one of which, Tonsai Tower, is in Koh Phi Phi. This stunning rock formation has piqued the interest of many a curious traveller, and has inspired countless people to attempt to climb it. Rock climbing tours of Tonsai Tower are available on the island, and beginners as well as experienced climbers can go out with a group of local pros who will show you the ropes—literally!
Scuba Dive in Koh Samui
Do you dream of crystal blue waters and an abundance of wildlife? A holiday to Koh Samui is in order if you’re an adventurous diver. Various shops on the island offer dive certification courses, and just off the island are some of the most enchanting underwater locations in the world. Swim out to Sail Rock to explore colourful coral and exotic fish. Take a day tour of Angthong Marine Park and finish your adventure by diving around one of its 42 limestone islands. Within the protected area, divers can hope to catch a glimpse of stingrays, turtles, barracudas, and more.
Whether you prefer to stick to daring aquatic feats or like to take your exploration to the sky, there’s something to keep even the most extreme adventurist entertained in the Thai islands.