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Outdoors fun on holiday in Thailand

Written by Fiona December 26 2013

For the active holidaymaker, Thailand can be a great option. My guest blogger reckons that Phuket is one of the best destinations with scuba diving, snorkelling and climbing on offer. Phuket is Thailand’s largest island. It is 48 km long by 21 km at its widest, and is in Southern Thailand, on the Andaman Sea coastline.

Phuket. Pic credit: ruifernandes on Flickr

Phuket. Pic credit: ruifernandes on Flickr

Getting to Phuket

Getting to beach resorts in Thailand can  sometimes add to the stress of the beginning and end of your trip. However, that looks set to change as Phuket Marine Office Chief, Phuriphat Teerakulpisut, has proposed that sea taxis could provide an airport transfer journey from the airport at Phuket to Patong Beach in around 25 minutes on a speedboat or 40 minutes on a tour boat.

Furthermore, if the transport by water in Phuket from the airport to Patong Beach proves to be a success, it’s likely that new routes to other beaches in the area would be introduced in the future. As well as making life easier for the tourists, using boat services would improve the traffic congestion for locals, too.

Fun activities in and around Phuket

Scuba-diving in Phuket: The Andaman Sea is perfect for scuba-diving, whether you’re a beginner looking to qualify for their PADI certificate or you have years of diving experience. The water is crystal clear and warm, and there are some amazing reefs and rock formations to explore. Added to this, the marine life is spectacular. You can take diving day trips or cruises or register for a course at a dive school.

Snorkelling in Phi-Phi: Only about 50 miles south of Phuket, you’ll discover the beautiful islands of Phi Phi Ley and Phi Phi Don. There are dramatic views all the way around of sheer cliffs plunging into the calm, clear waters and these islands make an ideal location for snorkelling thanks to the existence of so many shallow coral gardens.

Climbing in Krabi: There are plenty of places where you can climb in Thailand and don’t worry if you’re a novice, you can easily find a climbing school. In Krabi, you’ll find bolted sports routes around Railay Beach with different routes suited to different amounts of climbing experience.

One of the oldest routes here is called 123. This is because when it was first climbed the rope limit was 50m so the climb required three pitches. When you reach the top, all your efforts in climbing will be well-rewarded with some stunning views out to sea and there’s a cave at the top to explore.

If you’re planning a trip to Thailand or other parts of Asia soon, then check out travel articles in Freedom Asia’s blog, which is a treasure trove of information on things to do and places to visit, as well as news of upcoming events.

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