Living experiences means moving from spectator to protagonist, that is, active tourism. Here we offer you a selection of the most fun offer in Thailand, family-friendly.
Walking along with elephants through the forest, meeting the babies when the chance arises and finally sharing the bath in the river is highly recommended.
In some camps, you can ride the elephant bareback to feel its skin and big size, while in others you walk with them.
Anyway, don’t miss the bath in the river and remember that it is important to choose companies that guarantee the best care for their pachyderms.
Further information and video in the post about elephant camps (enjoythailand.fun).
Elephant camp. The staff takes good care of them and the visit includes the bathing in the river.
If you are interested, you can make the reservation here.
Elephant Sanctuary Chiang Mai Day Trip.
Always remember to check the reviews of other travellers to ensure that the elephants receive good care.
Hiking in the tropical forest
In Thailand, there are more than 100 national parks that occupy more than 50,000km2, roughly 10% of the country. They include mountains, swamps, streams, canals, marshes, waterways, lakes, islands and the mangrove on the seashore.
An excellent opportunity in the whole territory to learn and have fun in the tropical forest.
Many parks have signposted tracks and trails, although having an expert local guide will provide greater security, you can discover hidden living beings for inexperienced eyes, make offerings to the spirits, learn to survive in a hostile environment and fully enjoy the adventure.
It will not be difficult to prepare a suitable excursion for your family group.
Take into account the weather conditions that await you, heat and humidity, and a lower temperature if a certain height is reached, at night and especially during the months of December and January.
Obviously carry mosquito repellent and sun protection in your backpack.
Cycling in the cities, mountains and among rice fields
You will have this offer practically everywhere since cycling is one of the favourite sports of the Thais. It includes even Bangkok, where traffic does not make it too favourable.
Bangkok surroundings, the nature trails along the coast, Chiang Mai and Sukhothai are ideal places to ride a bike, for example.
The secondary roads and dirt roads provide a wonderful environment to enjoy this sport in the countryside, on the plain among rice fields and in the hills.
If you wish, you will find a company with the proper bikes and accessories for any family circumstance, as well as a suitable itinerary.
Zipline in the lush forest canopy
There are variations depending on companies and the level of the zip line, so always ask about it before hiring any service.
As a reference, the minimum age can be around 4-5 years old, taking into account the minimum weight of 20-22 kg or so and the minimum height of 100-110 cm. Kids may probably need to ride tandem with a trained Flight Officer.
Zip-wiring is a leisure activity that takes place in forests on steep slopes. You take advantage of the force of gravity to slide through the canopy down the hillside.
Remember that it calls for gentle but continuous exertion and is perfectly safe providing you follow the instructions of the accompanying guides.
More information in the article on this activity in nature, also with video.
Appetizing cooking courses
One of the most popular and highly rated activities tourists mention after a trip to Thailand is cookery courses.
These courses usually start with a visit to a vegetable garden or market where the main characteristics of the products used in Thai cuisine are explained in detail.
Find out all about the most exciting aspects of Thai cuisine and learn to create some of the traditional dishes in your wok.
We leave here the contact with Little Something in Bangkok. They are nice people and specialized in family courses. Nevertheless, I think it’s not too difficult to customize a course for you in other destinations if you wish.
Read more in the article about Thai cookery courses; it includes an interesting video.
Kayaking, Snorkel and scuba diving
Water sports activities and courses are available at all of the beaches, including scuba diving – a fascinating sport that requires specific know-how and skills to do it correctly and safely.
Kayaking is fun and available in all destinations on the coast, and you will find great snorkelling areas in Koh Tao (Gulf of Thailand) and in many other destinations in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.
As for scuba diving, there are excellent options in Thailand, whether you are already amateurs or looking for a course for beginners with the idea of getting started in this sport.
Age restrictions for scuba diving.
In both the PADI certification system and the SSI the minimum age to start is 10 years old, although with limitations for those under 15.
Obviously it is essential to choose a company with the highest safety standards and ensure that they have a pool for diving in confined waters, don’t take it for granted.
More information in the report on this amazing sport, including a video (enjoythailand.fun).
Massages to pamper yourself
One of the most appealing and inexpensive activities that every tourist should try in Thailand is a massage.
At the end of a hot day or after walking your feet off around some part of the country it is a great idea to enjoy a massage.
At noon or when you need to relax a bit, you will find that there is no better place than a room with dim lighting, relaxing music, air conditioning and hands that gently pamper you.
We do not have a criterion in this regard, ask the masseuse.
Probably they are not suitable for children, but they can be appealing from the age of 13 or 14 years old.
Anyway, as they are worth it, you can take turns with your partner or the kids can wait with the iPad for a while.
Read more in the article about Thai massages; it includes an interesting video.