148 จำนวนผู้เข้าชม | Adventure Tourism
Adventure travel is a type of niche tourism, involving exploration or travel with a certain degree of risk (real or perceived), and which may require special skills and physical exertion. In the United States, adventure tourism has grown in recent decades as tourists seek out-of-the-ordinary or "roads less traveled" vacations, but lack of a clear operational definition has hampered measurement of market size and growth. According to the U.S.-based Adventure Travel Trade Association, adventure travel may be any tourist activity that includes physical activity, a cultural exchange, and connection with nature.
Adventure tourists may have the motivation to achieve mental states characterized as rush or flow, resulting from stepping outside their comfort zone. This may be from experiencing culture shock or by performing acts requiring significant effort and involve some degree of risk, real or perceived, or physical danger. This may include activities such as mountaineering, trekking, bungee jumping, mountain biking, cycling, canoeing, scuba diving, rafting, kayaking, zip-lining, paragliding, hiking, exploring, sandboarding, caving and rock climbing. Some obscure forms of adventure travel include disaster and
ghetto tourism. Other rising forms of adventure travel include social and jungle tourism.
Access to inexpensive consumer technology, with respect to Global Positioning Systems, flashpacking, social networking and photography, have increased the worldwide interest in adventure travel. The interest in independent adventure travel has also increased as more specialist travel websites emerge offering previously niche locations and sports.
White Water Rafting
For those of you that don’t know, there are actually a lot of places where you can go white water rafting in Thailand. The rapids range from anything from level 1 to level five. For a trip of the lifetime, try out the rafting expeditions set amongst rich tropical forests, wild animals, bamboo camps, and flowing rivers which is offered by a lot of tour providers around Northern Thailand.
Things to consider when choosing where to go white water rafting is the class and level of rapids and when to do it as in some parts, white water rafting isn’t available all year round. You can go rafting for as long as 6 hours or even overnight trips or short and sweet 2 hour trips.
Scuba Diving with Whale Sharks
For underwater enthusiasts, visit the Surin Islands and dive in the Richelieu Rock where whale sharks are usually found. The adrenaline of swimming next to these 30 ft. gentle giants is something else! Despite the fact that they appear huge, they are quite amazing sea creatures and count on their staple diet of plankton. I do admit to personally fearing that one might swallow me accidentally, however, after multiple whale shark encounters, I am pleased to say that they have no interest in me whatsoever. While you are in the area, checking out the dive sites by Similan Islands are very worth it as it is some of the best in Thailand.
Thailand is a gem for hardcore and beginner rock climbing enthusiasts. You have a number of man-made walls in places like Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and other large cities. However, if you want the real deal, head on over to the islands like Railey and Ton Sai where you can find the most amazing crystal clear waters accompanied by impressive limestone cliffs that tower over you.
Again, the courses vary in height and you can either get a guide to help you out for the day or you can also just rent equipment for those that are slightly more advanced. Just the sheer thought of swinging and climbing from one rock to the other while you’re suspended high up is enough to get me excited!
In Thailand, wakeboarding is one of the most popular and thrilling water-activities that is relished by both travelers and locals alike. Nowadays, due to the sport’s growing popularity, you have wake parks opening up in various areas of Thailand. In Bangkok, wakeboarding is limited to just cables whereas if you’re seeking for some boat action, you can then visit Pattaya.
There are also a few companies who operate on the Thai islands where you can try riding in the open ocean from the back of a boat. Taco Lake and Thai Wake Park are two awesome places near Bangkok where you can try out your luck at standing up….or practice the art of gracefully falling which trust me, is quite difficult.
Flight of the Gibbon
Ever dreamed of flying? Well, to us, ziplines is probably as good as it gets. Not only are they a lot of fun but the multi-tiered platforms and of ziplines and sky bridges amidst the beautiful stunning forest is an experience that we highly recommend.
You can opt to join multi-day tours where you combine ziplining with white water rafting, Segway tours, kayaking or rock climbing. Alternatively, you can also just spend a couple of hours zipping from one tree top to the next enjoying the lush green exotic forests.
Skydiving in Thailand
Skydiving in Thailand? I was skeptical at first but after much research, I discovered that there are indeed a variety of companies who offer this heart pumping activity. You have jump points in both Bangkok and Pattaya for those that are keen to try it out.
Most of the companies are Western run so safety is a top priority. Thai Sky Adventures (situated near Nong Kho Reservoir) are renowned for offering the best skydiving experience in one of the most congested airspaces in the world. Apart from tandem jumps, they also do full certification courses for those who are eager to take their adventurous streak to the next level.
Yeah, that’s right you heard me. There is surfing in Thailand. Although the waves here are nothing in comparison to Bali and some spots in the Philippines, there are still some places enough to get you stoked. Based on what we hear from people, there are waves in Khao Lak north of Phuket. Kata, Nai Harn, and Kalim are also spots you can check depending on the season. We also got some inside info about how there are pretty decent waves in Koh Lanta. If you want some good consistent waves, consider hitting up a wave pool like Flow House in Bangkok.
Mountain biking is simply put one of the best ways to see and explore a place. We love weaving through the busy streets until we make our way to a hidden calm and serene spot in some jungle. For biking enthusiasts, you can head on to Chiang Mai, the ultimate biking paradise to escape out of the tourist-packed city while viewing the fantastic forests of Thailand. The trails in Chiang Mai are fun, challenging and incredibly beautiful. Bike down mountains, forests, and lakes all while experiencing the raw beauty of the countryside.