Situated at the centre of the Indochina Peninsula, surrounded by Laos, Burma and Cambodia, Thailand is a country that has a rich history dating back to the founding of the Buddhist kingdom of Sukhothai.
Thailand tours to the cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai will take you to the bustling metropolises and show you the new and modern cities in this growing Asian country, but if you are interested in getting a bit more active while on your holiday, why not try some of the outdoor pursuits Thailand offers? If you get out of the cities and head in to the countryside, you can go mountain biking in the stunning surroundings of Phuket Island, visit the Chiang Dao area to trek, or practice a bit of Muay Thai kickboxing.
Mountain biking on Phuket Island
If you are a fan of the two-wheeled Thailand tours, then you should plan to rent a Enduro Tours Thailand and head out to the island of Phuket. Phuket is the country’s largest island and sits right off the southwest coast, connected to the mainland by two bridges. You can choose a variety of cycling terrains on Phuket to suit any level or ability. There are road trips that cross the island and take in the stunning mountains and coast; or, you can work your leg muscles and travel up the hills and mountains, weaving through fields and over small creeks and streams and over the paths that wind through the palm oil and rubber plantations.
Chiang Dao trekking
Heading up to the slopes of Doi Chiang Dao mountain, Chiang Dao sits above the Menam Ping gorge. Thailand tours to the area will take you to the small village that lies below the 2186 metre mountain, where you can experience the local culture before you head off to see one of the area’s most beautiful natural attractions – the cave of Chiang Dao. Located five kilometres off the main road, the entrance to the cave opens up a world of stalactites and stalagmites that you won’t soon forget. There are twelve kilometres of five interconnected caves that make up the cavern, only two of which (Tham Phra Nawn and Ham Seua Dao) are open to the public. However, if you are feeling really adventurous and want to explore further, you can hire a local guide to lead you through the others with lanterns.
Muay Thai kickboxing
If you are a fan of a good kick and punch, or take one of the many Muay Thai inspired gym classes, then you should take a lesson from the experts in the martial art’s home. Thailand tours can open up a world of knowledge for the interested participant. Muay Thai originated as a martial art that involved eight limbs in a combination of punches, kicks, elbows, knees and strikes. It evolved from the techniques taught to Siamese soldiers to protect themselves should they lose their weapons in battle. In Muay Thai, attacking is just as important as blocking blows, and, as you practice, you will learn when to attack and when to defend.