10 Thai island experiences for thrill seekers
Everywhere you look on the Thai islands, you’ll find opportunities for new, adventurous experiences. Some courageous, some thrilling, some just plain bonkers. From fire shows to cliff jumps, here are 10 of our favorite activities to get the heart pumping and adrenaline flowing.
You’ll find ziplining all over the Thai islands. One of the best places to try this high flying activity is in Phuket. There you can zipline through the dense jungle in the tree-covered Kathu region, near the center of the island. You’ll have an amazing view of Phuket’s forrested hills and valleys. Plus, there’s a scream-inducing 40 meter free fall waiting for you.
Watersports like jet skiing, wakeboarding and even paragliding are on practically every beach. But some crazy people are pushing the boundaries of what what you can do on water. On Lamai Beach on Koh Samui, you’ll find people flying over the water on a space age jetboard. Kind of like a hoverboard, it uses water pressure to propel you up, up and away!
Participate in a Fire Show
Why not combine death-defying acts with a rowdy night on the town? You can, and you will, when you try fire jump rope and fire limbo on Koh Phi Phi. Fire is the highlight at the all-night beach parties on Lo Dalum Beach. Crowds line up to limbo under the flames and you can even take a turn at fire juggling and fire throwing.
Ride ATVs through the Jungle
The best way to traverse a rugged island jungle is by All-Terrain Vehicle. On Koh Samui you can rent ATVs and ride through jungle paths and across streams and rocky mountains to see gorgeous viewpoints and waterfalls. You’ll pass local villages and lush coconut groves. Just be sure to bring goggle or sunglasses or else you’ll literally be eating the dust of the driver in front of you.
Go Rock Climbing
Krabi is famous for rock climbing. The huge limestone karsts jut straight out of the water for a climb that attracts people from the farthest reaches of the globe. As you longtail to Phra Nang Beach it’s not uncommon to see people high up the rocky cliffs. Beginners will have a blast too, Railay is the perfect place to learn how to climb.
Deep Water Soloing
Take a longtail boat to Koh Poda, off the coast of Krabi, for some great Deep Water Soloing spots. Bring your climbing shoes, but leave your gear at home – there’s no need for it here. Climb up the rocky ledges and dive into the deep blue Thai waters.
Go Abseiling down boulders
Koh Tao is for scuba diving, right? Well, yes, but there are also some thrills to be had on land. Magnificent granite boulders are perched on the island’s shoreline, in the jungle and at the hilly peaks of the island. Grab your friends and a guide like Goodtime Adventures to bring you to the perfect abseiling spots on the island. Proceed to check out the breathtaking amazing view of Sairee beach.
Try the Flying Trapeze
If abseiling isn’t enough air for you, check out Koh Tao’s only Flying Trapeze school, located in walking distance from Sairee Beach. The apparatus is outdoors, surrounded by coconuts groves and a few quaint restaurants and guest houses. Take a lesson here, and in just a few minutes you’ll be flying through the air. By the end of the lesson you’ll even have a few tricks up your sleeve.
Join a Muay Thai fight
Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport, and it’s massively popular on the islands. Tourists and locals alike enjoy watching professional Muay Thai fights. But on Koh Phi Phi, anyone can take a turn in the ring. At Reggae Bar there’s free drinks (and a lifetime of bragging rights) in it for the winner.
Slide down a giant water slide
Koh Phangan’s famous Full Moon Party might be enough of a thrill for some. But if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush on this island head over to Slip n’ Fly Day Party. You’ll have a choice of two huge waterslides plus a smaller, twisty slide that’s loads of fun. There’s volleyball, pools for lounging and grassy areas for sunbathing if you need a break from the excitement.
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