Water sports in thailand
Life in Thailand largely orbits around the balmy waters of the Andaman Sea and the 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.

Thailand Water Sport Activities

1. Scuba Diving

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 the Gulf of Thailand is from May through September.

2. KiteBoarding

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 kiteboarding. 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 KiteBoarding Spots: Hua Hin, Phuket, Krabi, Pattaya, and Koh Samui
  • Best Time: November to May

3. Jet Skiing

Jet Skiing in Thailand

Jet Skiing is one activity that every water sports 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

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

5. Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking

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

6. Wakeboarding


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 rideability. 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

Banana Boat Ride in Thailand

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. The 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

8. Sailing

Sailing in Thailand

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 a 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.


Q1. Name some popular water sports activities in Thailand.

  • Scuba Diving
  • Kite Boarding
  • Jet Skiing
  • White Water Rafting
  • Sea Kayaking

Q2. Can I go surfing in Thailand?

Yes, you can go surfing in Thailand. Some popular surfing spots include Phuket, Krabi, and Khao Lak.

Q3. Is there any safety precautions I should take before participating in water sports in Thailand?

Yes, it is important to check weather conditions and be cautious of any potential hazards such as strong currents or dangerous marine life. It is also important to wear appropriate safety gear and to be familiar with the equipment you are using.

Q4. Can I rent water sports equipment in Thailand?

Yes, many places in Thailand offer rentals for water sports equipment like snorkeling gear, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards.

Q5. Do I have to be a strong swimmer to participate in water sports in Thailand?

It is recommended that you have basic swimming skills before participating in water sports in Thailand. Some activities, such as scuba diving, may require more advanced swimming abilities.

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Thailand has no scarcity of water-based activities, being a destination endowed with the 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.

Madhura loves traveling, and her love story with traveling started when her parents took her on her first holiday when she was 5 years old. Madhura is either constantly thinking about her next destination or writing about her previous travel expedition.  

  • 11 thoughts on “8 Activities to Hit Thailand’s Water the Most Enthralling Way
    1. Avatar for Madhura Shedge

      I am going to Thailand on my honeymoon in July and would love to go sailing with my partner on a luxury yacht.

      • Avatar for Madhura Shedge

        This is the perfect idea of a romantic date in Thailand. We hope that you have the most memorable time sailing on the yacht with your beloved.

    2. Avatar for Madhura Shedge

      Banana boat ride is my favorite. I have tried it in several places and looking forward to do the same in Thailand during my holiday.

    3. Avatar for Madhura Shedge

      Sea kayaking sounds really interesting to me. I would love to try it when in Thailand.

      • Avatar for Madhura Shedge

        Yes, sea kayaking is certainly interesting. But do remember that it takes a bit more effort than other water activities like rafting. So do be prepared for the same.

    4. Avatar for Madhura Shedge

      I would love to go white water rafting in Thailand. But do I need any prior training or experience for the same?

      • Avatar for Madhura Shedge

        Not really; anyone can try river rafting. However, listen to the instructions provided by the instructor and follow them carefully.

    5. Avatar for Madhura Shedge

      This is such a cool list. I love water sports and looking forward to trying all these water sports during my holiday in Thailand.

      • Avatar for Madhura Shedge

        If you love water sports, we are sure you will have the best time in Thailand. Do let us know what you enjoyed the most once you are back.

    6. Avatar for Madhura Shedge

      I always wanted to try kite boarding but I don’t know if I’m already ready for an extreme water sports. Hopefully, I’ll have the guts this summer to try it out since my friends keep on pushing me to learn it.

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