Life in Thailand largely orbits around the balmy waters of Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand, teeming with exuberant and vivid marine life. A Thailand vacation, therefore, is unfinished without going on, into, or at best coming close to its gleaming water.
Whether you’re a hardcore fan of extreme water sports or an intrepid inquisitive of trying your hand at a new sport or someone looking for a holiday that caters to the water interests of the whole family, there are seas of choices at your disposal to make a splash and soak up boundless adventure and fun on Thailand’s water.
Check out some of the water sports in Thailand that you can try during your great Southeast Asian break.
1. Scuba Diving
For an unrivaled scuba diving and snorkeling experience, Thailand has some of the planet’s choicest locations – most of with the status of a Marine Park. Going deeper into the tranquil waters of Thailand allows you to discover a marine world bathed in incomparable scenery. From impressive sea turtles, giant manta rays, odd whale sharks and wrasse to picturesque coral reefs, caverns, and tunnels, you’re sure to be blown away by the incredible brilliance and diversity of the region’s underwater wilderness.
Whether you are a first-timer or one with hundreds of dives to your credit, there are many PADI dive centers scattered all over the nation to assure you of the most unforgettable scuba diving experience, regardless of your skill levels.
• Best Scuba Diving Spots: Similan Islands, Surin Islands, Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi and Phuket Islands
• Best Time: Thailand is considered a year-round diving destination. If you wish to dive in the Andaman Sea, the most ideal time is November to April. Similarly, the best time for an enjoyable diving experience in Gulf of Thailand is from May through September.
2. Kite Boarding
This is a must-do for water daredevils! Combining the characteristic features of several extreme sports like wakeboarding, paragliding, and windsurfing, this wind-powered activity (not to mention) would surge your adrenaline levels like no other. More fascinatingly, Thailand boasts of all staples to give you a session of heart pounding kite boarding. Thanks to its pristine waters, amazing wave sailing spots with stable winds, and most of all, extensive choices as well as facilities available to make it an experience of a lifetime.
• Best Kite Boarding Spots: Hua Hin, Phuket, Krabi, Pattaya, and Koh Samui
• Best Time: November to May
Jet Skiing is one activity that every water sport enthusiast would love to engage in. And Thailand holds some of the most unique and exciting options to gratify its patrons. With a line-up of most sophisticated jet skis to choose from, you can explore the country’s stunning coastline from a totally different perspective. You can take a guided tour or ride your own jet ski to heighten the thrill. No prior experience is required to ride a jet ski, making it perfect for all abilities.
• Best Jet Skiing Spots: Phuket and Pattaya
• Best Time: September to May
4.White Water Rafting
The northern part of the country is known for its breathtaking landscape sprinkled with verdant jungles, striking mountains and quintessential rivers that make their way through gorgeous valleys and canyons. Its untainted beauty and hidden natural treasures aren’t completely taken in until enjoyed by an exhilarating white water rafting trip. Luckily, there are many service providers in the region, offering world class white river rafting options to ensure an adrenaline-fueled sightseeing experience.
• Best White Water Rafting Spots: Pai River, Maetang River
• Best Time: August to February
Thailand is a haven for paddlers, with some excellent choices for activities like kayaking and canoeing. Taking to the gleaming waters on a kayak will give you unparalleled access to the region’s most astounding beaches, unspoiled bays, isolated villages, and towering limestone formations, which are otherwise seldom reached by visitors. Kayaking typically entails a bit more effort than activities like white water rafting, but that said, it’s sure to take your water adventure to a whole new level.
• Best Sea Kayaking Spots: Krabi, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket and Khao Sok National Park
• Best Time: November to May
Wakeboarding is especially perfect for those who wish to have a great water adventure in Thailand. No matter you’re a veteran or even completely new to this sport, you’ll find no dearth of places in Thailand, providing highly fun, safe wakeboarding lessons and sessions that suit every skill level and ride ability. What better way to get on your feet and master this marvelous water sport activity? So make sure that you enjoy a day of wakeboarding during your Thailand vacation.
• Best Wakeboarding Spots: Phuket Wake Park, Anthem Wake Park
• Best Time: Year-round
7. Banana Boat Ride
If you’re looking for a fun water adventure that would delight all members in your family or group, then you can’t go wrong with a cheery banana boat ride. Clasp on your dear ones tightly, as your eight passenger banana boat, which is attached to a powered boat, cruise you through the region’s scenic, turquoise waters in an insanely fun and exciting manner.
• Best Banana Boat Ride Spots: Phuket and Pattaya
• Best Time: September to May
With its heavenly beaches, idyllic islands, and a bounty of marine riches, Thailand delivers everything you could wish for in a cruise vacation. So why not enjoy these mesmerizing wonders aboard a classic sailing yacht replete with all comforts? From island hopping tours and group sailing adventure to special honeymoon or romantic sunset cruise and family cruise, you can easily pick a Thai sailing experience that goes with your unique interest and budget.
Thailand has no scarcity of water based activities, being a destination endowed with boundless stream of glittering and tranquil water. In fact, all you need to do is to get outside and take advantage of its excellent facilities.