Beaches and islands
Chaweng at dusk, Ko Samui
Most visitors come to Thailand for its stunning beaches and islands.
Golf arrived in Thailand during the reign of King Rama V one hundred years ago. It was first played by nobles and other elitists of high society, but since then, things have certainly changed. Over the past decade or so, the popularity of golf in Thailand has escalated; played both by local Thais and visiting foreign tourists and expatriates.
Meeting to the recent needs of an average of 400,000 foreign golfers coming to Thailand annually, golf in Thailand has turned into a huge local industry with new courses constantly being churned out. Golf alone is annually bringing an income of 8 billion baht into the local economy. The amount of golf currently being played in Thai is so colossal that the country has rightly been given the nickname "The Golf Capital of Asia". Thailand offers over two hundred courses with high standards.
There are an abundance of reasons why golf in Thailand has become so huge. First, if you compare the cost to most golfing countries in the world, membership and course fees are exceptionally low. The general low cost of vacationing in Thailand itself makes the country ideal for cost-efficiency minded tourists. Also, many of the golf courses in Thailand have been designed by top names in the game such as Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman and they are located in delightful locations.
Thailand Golf Courses Association (TGCA), 96 Moo 3 Viphavadi-Rangsit Road, Kwang Taladbangkhen, Laksi, Bangkok, ☎ 0 2266 5234 (fax: 0 2552 3783, 0 2973 4606).
Thailand's a big enough country that you can find a place to practice almost any outdoor sport. Some selections:
Rock climbing - the cliffs of Rai Leh in Krabi are arguably among the best in the world.
Snorkeling - Phuket and its surrounding islands, Phi Phi, Koh Tao, and
Some areas in the Similans have some wonderful snorkeling over coral reefs.
Scuba diving - easily accessible Ko Tao and Ang Thong National Marine Park (near Ko Samui) draws the crowds, but also possible in Koh Chang, Pattaya and Krabi, and the Similan Islands are worth the journey. One of the newest hot spots for diving is Ko Lipe - Small island in the middle of Tarutao National Park amazingly unspoilt, great reefs and beaches absolutely stunning, a must see. See also Diving in Thailand.
Trekking - very popular up north around Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai
Surfing - possible in Khao Lak, Phuket and Koh Samui
Liveaboard Diving see the separate Diving in Thailand article
Sailing sail the waters around Koh Tao and the Ang Thong National Marine Park
Dinner Cruise - dinner cruises have become one of Thailand's must visit spot for any visitors to Thailand. One of the most popular and leading dinner cruise in country is Chao Phraya Princess . Also see Bangkok Dinner Cruises article
Spas - Although spas weren't introduced here until the early 1990s, Thailand has quickly become the second-highest ranking spa destination in the world. There are a phenomenal variety of spa types, and spas can be found at almost every destination in the country. The most popular spas can be found at major tourism destinations such as Phuket, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Bangkok, Ko Samui and Chiang Mai.
Medical tourism - Many travellers go to Thailand to undergo medical treatments at a fraction of the cost charged in their home countries. The renowned Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok attracts on average 400,000 foreign patients per year or an average of 1,000+ a day. Other hospitals, such as Samitivej also specialize in serving foreigners. Private hospitals in Thailand are accredited by the government according to standards that meet or exceed those in North America, and many of the doctors in Thailand hold international accreditation and relevant licenses.
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