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Having an adventure is just around the corner for any visitor fortunate enough to have Thailand as a prospective place to fly to in the coming holiday period. Whilst many come for the climate, the beach life, nightlife and the favourable economics, others flock here for the various exciting activities available, and the ease at which they can be found.

If you travel far north west, then you’ll come to the mountainous region of Mae Hong Son, where amongst the permanently mist shrouded dramatic setting you can ‘up’ the adrenelin intake by getting involved in a bit of white water rafting. The region itself has a border with Burma so is quite a distance from Bangkok, but any journey across country in Thailand is worth it, no matter what the journey time. However if the road is not your friend, then there is also a small airport to help ease the pain. The small isolated town of Pai has many internet cafe’s, guest houses and other assorted places to stay, and is right on the heart of this most mountainous of Thailand’s province’s, where opportunity to experience the thrill of white water rafting is available on the Pai river.

Climbing is a must and when it comes to putting yourself to the test at home opportunity often only comes to us city folks in converted urban warehouses. The thing is, sometimes you want it outdoors where the sun shines and the views are spectacular. The limestone cliffs at Tonsei Beach, at the Krabi River mouth down in the southern region is a great place for the beginner or the well seasoned pro, as many people return year after year. Courses are available catering for all abilities and owing to the island nature of the surrounding area of Andaman Sea, snorkelers are well catered for too. Tonsei Beach is easily reached from Phuket.

Taking a few days jungle trekking in Chiang Mai in the north, along the Ping River, which shares more spectacular landscape vistas with some of the highest mountains in Thailand, is the perfect place to view preserved cultures amongst the many hillside tribes and village people (tribes include: Hmong, Akha, Lisu and Karen.) Local custom, costume and craft as experienced by these friendly and peaceful people is a truly unique and candid study for any westerner. Being fit is helpful but elephant treks are also available.

March 06, 2010

Salawin river, Mae Hong Son province, northern Thailand
Hike & Hilltribe village homestay to Salawin river, Mae Hong Son

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