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Leisure activities in Thailand

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Thailand offers a variety of incredible landscapes and cultural festivities, as well as lots of activities you can do in your leisure time. From soaking up the sun on an island, to trekking through the jungle to hilltribe villages, there are plenty of ways to spend a weekend. During the week, you can unwind after work in countless restaurants or bars, or learn a new skill, such as muay thai or Thai massage. There really are so many possibilities.

Water-based activities

Thailand is known for its beautiful beaches, and the sandy stretches in the south are the perfect place to take a break from city life. Popular islands in the east are Koh Tao, Koh Samui and Koh Phang Ngan, while the west boasts gems, such as Krabi, Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi. If you enjoy scuba diving, swimming, free diving and snorkelling, head down to the islands and marvel at the marine life in the aquatic waters. The colourful coral and visibility will blow you away. Water skiing, white water rafting and sailing are other aquatic favourites that you may also wish to try while you're in your swimsuit.

Land-based activities

From rock climbing in Railay Beach in Krabi, to practising muay thai in Phuket, there are countless land-based activities that will keep you fit (and dry). If you like hiking, then the north of Thailand is a particular paradise, with treks through the jungle that take you to hilltribe villages where you can spend the night.

If you're more of a night owl, then there is no shortage of things to do after the sun goes down in Thailand. From full moon, black moon and half moon parties on the islands, to the raunchier clubs in Pattaya, or the sophisticated rooftop bars and fine dining restaurants in Bangkok, there is something that will appeal to everyone.

Culture and heritage

Thailand boasts five UNESCO world heritage sites — Ban Chiang Archaelogical Site, Historic City of Ayutthaya, Sukhothai and Associated Historic Towns, Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex, and Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries — as well as countless remarkable temples, statues and buildings. Its historical and cultural legacy can be admired at almost every turn, and you don't have to travel far to stumble upon a sacred artefact or ancient archaelogical remains.

Festivals

Certain events in Thailand are an experience in themselves. Songkran, which is the Thai New Year, is particularly exuberant and the celebrations take place for around three days every April. As a way of welcoming the start of a new astrological passage, locals douse each other in water almost continually for the period. If you venture out onto the streets, you can expect to be sprayed endlessly with water guns or to have buckets of water thrown over you The only way to avoid being permanently wet during this time is to stay at home. Otherwise, embrace the festivities and have fun!

Loi Krathong festival is another breathtaking affair that usually takes place in November, when candles are floated downriver on baskets made of banana leaves and wood. In Chiang Mai, the locals add their own twist to the celebrations by releasing thousands of paper lanterns into the air. This is known as Yi Peng Floating Lantern Festival and is a magical sight to behold.

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