3 Popular Sports in Thailand

May 1, 2012 by

Local Recommendations, Things To Do, Tours & Activities

Thai Kickboxing

Thai Kickboxing. Photo courtesy of KellBailey via Flickr.

As is well known, rock climbing, cliff jumping, swimming, snorkeling, spelunking, trekking, kayaking, scuba diving and countless other sporting activities are all popular in different parts of Thailand. The following is a short course on some of the most prestigious pursuits that newcomers to the country might be either unfamiliar with or unaware of the opportunities that exist for them in Thailand.

1. Yachting

Thailand is an excellent destination for travelers interested in exploring its pristine waters, beautiful islands and marine and national parks situated on or near the water by boat. The most noteworthy yachting events include the King’s Cup Regatta (the peak event in the Asian Yachting Circuit’s season), the Andaman Sea Rally (which has been attracting participants to compete amongst the 572 islands in the area since 2003), and the Koh Samui International Regatta (a raucous, 6-day sailing event that includes pit stops for rounds of golf at the Koh Samui Country Club).

2. Thai Kickboxing

Not interested in combat sports? The Thai’s are, and if you’re interested in Thailand, you shouldn’t miss an opportunity to join the throngs of frenzied enthusiasts and gamblers that fill the stadiums all over the country to observe the phenomenal sport of Muay Thai. In Bangkok, the largest and most popular venues are Lumpini and Ratchadamneon Stadiums.

3. Golfing in Thailand

Many travelers to Thailand may be surprised to learn that the country is widely considered to be the premier golf destination in all of Asia. Along with numerous tourists, the sport is also popular with Thais from all levels of society. A profusion of world-class courses are located in Phuket, Koh Samui, Khao Yai, and Pattaya and elsewhere.

- John Reality

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