Adventure Diaries: 5 Thrilling Tours You Shouldn't Miss From Bangkok - Updated 2021

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Thailand showcases nature and city life like no other. If you want a taste of exquisite street food, luxurious hotels, shopping madness, romantic views, or all of them wrapped together, head over to this beautiful paradise and get ready to be mesmerized. Or better yet, get ready to be exposed to some outdoor adventure. If you’re staying in Bangkok you can treat yourself to off-the-beaten path travel adventures unique to Thailand’s natural landscape. If you’re up for some trekking, climbing, biking, or you simply want an intimate yet wild encounter with nature, read on and take your pick from these five outdoor tours you can take from Bangkok.

1. Houseboat Adventure on Khao Laem Lake

If you’re the type who likes to slow things down while staying outdoors, you must try this 5-day houseboat adventure on Khao Laem Lake. With just a five-hour land journey from Bangkok, you can already explore the beautiful Khao Laem Lake in the province of Kanchanaburi, Western Thailand. The lake is surrounded by luscious forests, mountains, and waterfalls. The best way to explore this scenic lake is to get on board in a communal houseboat which perfectly complements the view with its hammocks, large sundecks, lounge chairs, bars, fishing equipment, and more.

There is a sight to behold every day as you visit and dock to different locations within the lake. In some stops, you can explore the lake further using small boats and hear historical stories from your tour guide. Unlike other action-packed outdoor trips, this tour is not that physically demanding. It is a perfect getaway for couples and families who love still mornings, warm sunsets, and breezy nights under the stars. In between, you can have shorts walks to a jungle or take a relaxing dip as you hear the raging waters from a flushing waterfall. You can also explore caves and cliffs, learn about the culture of some local villages in the province, and get to see temples that are known only to a few locals.

5-Day Houseboat Adventure on Khao Laem Lake


2. Wild Jungle Ranger Adventure Tour

Asian Elephants, Elephas maximus in Khao Yai national park
Source: Photo by user tontantravel used under CC BY-SA 2.0

How about visiting a UNESCO World Heritage Site for some wildlife immersion? There is a 5-day tour awaiting you over at Khao Yai National Park. Located at more than 100 miles (160 km) from Bangkok, the Khao Yai National Park is packed with uphill trails, healthy forests, and an enchanting river valley providing a picture-perfect background for all nature lovers. It is advisable to bring trekking and climbing gear, camping tools like a flashlight, compass, backpack, and hammock, and to wear hiking shoes for wet and dry grounds.

If you’re physically fit and ready to stretch those muscles, you will surely enjoy the three-hour ascend to the forests. Is it worth it? Definitely! Once you set foot on the grassland and ridge, your eyes will surely adore the clear view of the mountains and the vast blue sky greeting you warmly on this part of the world. Aside from this, waterfalls and pools will refresh you during your journey. Forest animals and wildlife plants are all around too, and your tour guides will tell you fascinating information about them.

5-Day Wild Jungle Ranger Adventure Tour


3. Have a rainforest canopy zipline adventure

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Get ready for some jaw-dropping, heart-pounding but exceedingly-fun adventures from the Flight of the Gibbon. The main attraction from this tour is the Khao Khew rainforest, attracting visitors to its man-made canopy ziplines. With 24 platforms taking you to different heights for breathtaking views and a course as long as 3 kilometers (1.8 miles), this zipline is considered one of the largest canopy ziplines in the world.

It is no surprise that visitors don’t leave Thailand without trying this once-in-a lifetime experience. Don’t worry because all zipline tour guides are highly professional and they will equip you with reliable gear and a detailed briefing for your safety. There is no age limit as long as you are at least 3 feet and 3 inches in height and not more than 275 lbs (125 kg). Aside from the treetop views, expect to see exotic birds, cats, and other animals walking in their natural habitat as you explore the wildlife park.

Rainforest canopy zipline adventure

Website: Flight of the Gibbon

4. City-to-shore biking adventure on the Gulf of Thailand

Cycling on Khao San Road, Banglamphu, Bangkok
Source: Photo by user David McKelvey used under CC BY 2.0

For serious bikers out there, there’s a city-to-shore biking adventure from Bangkok you shouldn’t miss! Explore the Gulf of Thailand on a mountain bike. Expect a moderate difficulty level plus some stops where you’ll need to carry your bike on and off trains and ferries. During this 9-hour bicycle trip, you’ll get the best view of the Gulf of Thailand while you delight yourself with mangrove forests, quiet ponds, and shrimp farms. You can also enjoy the best of nature from your 1-hour trip from Bangkok to Mahachai, where you can take advantage of the rich and fresh seafood market.

From the alleyways in Bangkok to the flat, country roads along the gulf, you will treasure every minute of your pedal time in this tour.

City-to-shore biking adventure on the Gulf of Thailand

Website: Gulf of Thailand

5. Umphang Trekking Tour (from USD 423.0)

Are you craving for an unusual and rewarding adventure in Thailand? The Umphang Trekking Tour is for you. It features the very best of Thailand’s rural life showcased perfectly in a 5-night itinerary. Your adventure starts in an overnight journey from Bangkok to Mae Sot and finally to Umphang. You can indulge in Thai-Burma’s authentic dishes and experience the market life with your tour guide in between transit. Stay warm inside Umphang’s basic huts before you start your outdoor exploration.

There’s a lot to see, experience, and feel. From the beauty of Southeast Asia’s largest waterfalls, to a quick dip in naturally formed pools, to well-preserved bamboo forests, trekking uphill, river rafting, and many hours of nature walking. The best part is that you get to interact with a local tribe and even get a feel of their home as you spend a night with a local host family. Make sure to pack your bags with the right stuff: some towels, extra clothes, trekking and climbing gear, and campsite essentials.

Backpacker Bangkok to Chiang Mai Umphang Trek (6 Days)

Duration: 6 days

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Yes to adventure

These five tours are a testament that indeed, there is more to Thailand than what you think, and there are bountiful lands and waters you can explore from Bangkok. Keep your expectations high because you will love every minute you are out there–feeling the breeze, smelling the air of rural life, understanding how species live together. You can make the most of these wonders by stepping out of your comfort zone and saying YES to adventure!

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Carmela Ann Santos is a freelance writer and a licensed teacher from the Philippines. Her top destinations would include any place with a clear view of cloud formations and peaceful waters. She...Read more

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