Raw, real and awesome: 5 unique Thailand activities that will blow your mind

Raw, real and awesome: 5 unique Thailand activities that will blow your mind

From tropical jungles, to crystal clear waters and golden temples, Thailand is loaded with stunning attractions. But where can you find the most unique, best Thailand adventure activities? The raw, real and most awesome ones that truly give you an authentic experience? From encounters with lions and sharks to discovering one of the most extraordinary temples in all of Asia, there are treasures to be found in the Land of Smiles. Here are five of the most mind blowing.

 

Swim with sharks in the open ocean (without a cage)

Swim with shark

You’ve heard of cage diving, but what about diving without a cage? Or even snorkeling without one? In Thailand’s southern gulf on the island of Koh Tao, you can throw your inhibitions to the wind and swim with the sharks, no cage included. Goodtime Adventures offers both snorkeling and scuba diving trips where you can come face to face with one of man’s biggest fears. But is it safe to go back in the water? Well, it sounds crazy, but the danger is minimal. The sharks you’ll encounter are blacktip reef or whale, which are both quite shy creatures.

 

Zipline in a virgin tropical rainforest

Zipline canopy

Imagine soaring through the jungle canopy 50 meters above the ground. With the wind in your hair and your eyes wide in wonder, you may just bellow out a howl like the famous gibbons that occupy this special slice of jungle: Chiang Mai’s Flight of the Gibbon. With a tour here or the Chonburi course, you’ll strap on a harness and fly along ziplines as far as 800 meters across a sprawling jungle floor. Sure, you may have been ziplining before, but have you ever ziplined in a virgin rainforest? Have you ever seen monkeys or endangered gibbons while doing it? That’s exactly why Flight of the Gibbon is one of the best activities Thailand has to offer. There’s no course like it back home.

 

Spend a night on a true Thai local island

Night Island

Thailand is arguably the most popular country in Southeast Asia. And as such, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find genuine places to get off the tourist track and experience local life. But lucky for you, there’s still a few hidden gems out there. Just an hour and a half from Bangkok is the small island of Koh Larn. While during the day it’s packed with foreigners from all corners of the globe, when night falls the tourists disappear and are replaced with local Thais on holiday. There are few places left in the Land of Smiles where you can truly get away from other foreigners and backpackers. But on Koh Larn it’s still possible. Spend a night there for the best experience.

 

Feed tigers, elephants and other exotic animals

Feeding Animal

Not all zoos are created equal. Back home, you’d never have a chance to feed a tiger, giraffe or elephant. In Thailand, though, all are possible. In Chiang Mai Zoo, and many sanctuaries, you can pet, feed and play with elephants. In Bangkok’s Dusit Zoo you can stare in disbelief as a giraffe eats grass directly from your hand. And perhaps the most amazing of them all, at Khao Kheow Open Safari Park you can stare a tiger in the eye as he bites raw meat off your giant wooden feeding utensil. The exhilaration you’ll feel from any of these amazing experiences is sure to live in your memory for decades to come.

 

Discover a temple in a cave

Temple in the cave

There are many temples in Asia. But in Thailand, there’s a special one that’s about as jaw-dropping as it gets: Khao Sam Roi Yot’s Kuha Karuhas pavilion. This small temple was built for Thailand’s King Rama the Fifth at the end of the nineteenth century. Today, it makes a great outing for adventure lovers. And getting there is half the fun. You must first climb over a mountain, or ride a longtail boat, and then descend deep into Phraya Nakhon Cave. As many foreigners rarely trek out to Khao Sam Roi Yot, this hidden gem is far off the tourist track and well worth a look.

Experiencing any of these five highly recommended activities is sure to make your Thailand holiday truly special. But if you’d like to save time and combine a few, Flight of the Gibbon offers a special tour of ziplining and a visit to Khao Kheow zoo in one action-packed day! Get in touch with us today at email to learn more.