If you have booked a holiday in the Royal Kingdom of Thailand, you are in for a real treat, as this unique land has much to offer tourists. While Thailand is a large country, the premier tourist hotspot is the island of Phuket in the south, and if you are heading for the jewel of Southeast Asia, here are a few activities that you should add to your schedule.
- Snorkel with Whale Sharks – Some of the best snorkeling spots are to be found off the coast of Phuket in the Andaman Sea and you can hire a boat for the day and spend the afternoon swimming with manta rays, whale sharks, and bottle-nose dolphins. If you fancy learning to scuba dive, you can get PADI certified in a few weeks; there are a few good diving schools in Phuket and you can book online. If you are staying in a 4-Star Hotel on Patong Beach, you are not far from a diving operator, or you can book via the hotel.
- Play Golf at a World-Class Golf Course – There are a few top-rated golf courses in Phuket; the Red Mountain Gold Club is a beautiful 6,900-yard par-72 course and was rated ‘the best golf course in Thailand’ in 2011 by Golf Digest. Another top course is the Laguna Golf, which was designed by Paul Jensen, with a par-71 course with lush greens and idyllic lakes. When you stay at a hotel near the beach, the receptionist has golf course brochures and you can reserve your tee-off time through the hotel. You can hire clubs, buggies, and even caddies who know the course and can advise you accordingly. Green fees are around 2,000bt, plus you might have to pay extra for a caddy or buggy.
- Book a Temple Tour – We recommend asking at the hotel reception, where you can book a day out visiting some of the best Buddhist temples; make sure you take your camera, as the stunning architecture is too good not to have a few photoshoots! Click here for mental health tips when travelling.
- Deep Sea Fishing – We aren’t talking about fishing for small fish; there are boats that will take you 20 miles out, looking for Blue Marlin and Kingfish, which frequent these waters. If you are traveling solo, put your name down, and when they have 4 people, off you go! You’ll get about 4 hours of deep-sea fishing and they supply everything, including refreshments.
- Visit a 5-Star Spa & Wellness Resort – Booking through your hotel is simple and you can be pampered like a movie star for an afternoon, with essential oil massage and skin treatments. The Thais have their own unique brand of body massage and this is a great way to unwind and relax after a day of sightseeing.
We recommend that you check with the Tourism Authority of Thailand regarding entry requirements and do some online research about Thai culture and customs to prepare for the holiday of a lifetime.