Southern Thailand evokes images of tropical beaches, secluded islands, and swaying palm trees. The iconic scenes are so well known that it’s regularly top of the list for an exotic beach vacation, but did you know there is much to see and do beyond island hopping and basking in the sun? Read on to discover some of our other favorite highlights to enjoy in Southern Thailand beyond the beaches.
Kayak Khao Sok
Khao Sok National Park is full of captivating discoveries for an eager active adventurer. This incredible nature preserve is blanketed in the world’s largest evergreen forest and lined with impressive limestone karsts.
A great way to experience a slice of this Southern Thailand gem? By kayak! Paddle down the Sok river as you’re guided gently onwards by the current. Because you’re headed downstream, you can conserve your energy and keep your eye out for bright Kingfishers and shimmering fish along the way.
Get a Taste of Monsoon Valley Vineyard
What pairs better with an active holiday than a wine tasting? You may be surprised that such a hot and humid climate produces delicious wine, but once you have a sip you’ll happily get over the initial shock.
Monsoon Valley is located in the picturesque countryside of Southern Thailand, and features medium-bodied, fruit-forward wines that are the perfect post-ride indulgence. Sample shiraz and colombard as you learn more about the tropical wine making process.
Hike Sam Roi Yot
Sam Roi Yot National Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan province is home to Thailand’s biggest freshwater wetlands. In the park, mountains line the horizon and colorful birds flit through the trees. One of Sam Roi Yot’s biggest draws is Phraya Nakhon Cave, a sacred site that features a Buddhist shrine in the glow of sunlight that filters through a perfectly positioned hole in a cliff. Hiking from the beach up through the jungle to the cave makes the experience even more magical.
Cycle the Coast
Perhaps the most unforgettable way to get the full Southern Thailand experience is from the seat of a bicycle. When you hop on a bike, you get to explore at a pace that is both slow enough to allow for open-mouthed gazing and fast enough to cover some ground.
There are hills in the south of Thailand, but nothing too strenuous. The riding in this part of the country features plenty of smooth, winding streets and backroads through villages and lush jungle to keep you entertained. Pedal through fruit and rubber plantations by the southern beaches, or approach Prachuap Khiri Khan on a bicycle, where you’re greeted by dramatic limestone karsts and the wide-open expanse of sea. Cycling is the ideal way to incorporate movement into your days as you explore the wonders of Southern Thailand!
Southern Thailand With Grasshopper Adventures
At Grasshopper Adventures, we have crafted two distinctly unique tour experiences allowing you to see the highlights of Southern Thailand the way that suits you best. If you enjoy exploring with like-minded travelers, make your way by bike from Bangkok to Phuket on our guided group tour. You’ll visit national parks, snorkel with gorgeous sea creatures, and sip Thai wine along the way.
If solo adventure is more your speed, pedal across Thailand from coast to coast on a self-guided cycle tour. As always, our team of experts have carefully crafted a special route, and provide turn-by-turn navigation gear to guide you along the way. Travel light as we take care of daily luggage transfer and all your equipment. Leaving you free to enjoy points of interest and food highlights found in the Grasshopper App, as you bike, sip, hike and kayak Southern Thailand.