Adventure

We have had the opportunity while living in Thailand to try out a wide range of excellent activities. I have found many of them through Trip Advisor and/or the recommendation of friends. I figure I should share the wealth. 🙂

Biking Adventures

  • Chiang Rai Bicycle Tour, Thailand ~ We did the Untouched Golden Triangle Tour. The area around Chiang Rai is beautiful, and we stopped at an interesting variety of sights (Golden Triangle, House of Opium, Mae Sai market, etc.). We also had an extremely tasty lunch (included), and Mr.B, our guide, was entertaining.
  • Cycling Sukhothai, Thailand ~ Mom and I did the Historical Park Tour. They promote eco-tourism, you get to see the beautiful countryside, and our lovely guide (Mem) was extremely knowledgable when it came to the temples in the park itself. Highly recommend.
  • Grasshopper Adventures, Thailand ~ We did the Countryside Tour from downtown Bangkok out to Bang Kruai. It was a great way to get out of Bangkok and see some of the local countryside. We liked that tour so much that a few months later we did the City to Shore Tour as well! Biking plus train plus coastline plus seafood lunch – fabulous.
  • Soksabike, Battambang, Cambodia ~ We did the Full-Day Local Industries tour. Our guide, Phearon, was wonderful, and took great care of us. They promote eco-tourism, and are trying to help rebuild rural industries in the area. We visited a rice paper making production, a rice wine factory, an odiferous fish paste factory, a location where they were drying bananas, and a weaving cooperative, among others.

Boating Adventures

  • Indochina Junk, Halong Bay, Vietnam ~ Along with Sean & Shorna, we did the two-day, one-night cruise on the Dragon Legend boat. This tour was great because it spends the majority of the time in Bai Tu Long Bay, which is just as gorgeous as Halong Bay but significantly less crowded. The rooms were great, the food was good, and the views were beautiful.
  • Shampoo Cruise, Mekong River, Laos ~ We took the two-day river cruise from the border crossing at Houay Xay downstream to Luang Prabang (Comfort Level). Given my love of boats, I was a huge fan of floating down the Mekong, and we made some interesting stops along the way, including the Pak Ou caves. Highly recommended if you like boats.

Crafting Adventures

  • Ock Pop Tok, Luang Prabang, Laos ~ We did the one day, Natural Dye and Weaving Class. We learned how to make natural dyes, spin thread onto bobbins, and wove a two-color placemat. Also, the included Lao lunch at Ock Pop Tok was delicious!

Diving Adventures

  • Big Blue Diving, Koh Tao, Thailand ~ Orestes and I did our SSI Beginning & Advanced Open Water certifications with Big Blue. They were very organized, and instructor, Jen, was awesome. The whole operation was large enough that they had multiple boats, but not so large that it felt impersonal. Koh Tao is also an awesome place to go diving.
  • Scuba Dawgs, Koh Chang, Thailand ~ We did two dive trips with Scuba Dawgs, one to visit the local dive sites, including the HTMS Chang wreck, and one out to the National Marine Park. Of the two itineraries, I liked the local sites more. The coral was more colorful, and I love wreck dives! As a company, Scuba Dawgs were a solid choice; if you’re doing fun dives, be prepared to set up your own equipment (my brain did a quick panic before I remembered everything!).
  • Scuba Fish, Koh Lanta, Thailand ~ We’ve been diving with Scuba Fish twice now, out to Koh Haa multiple times, and to Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. On both occasions, we hadn’t been diving in over a year, and they took good care of us. Plus we saw our first whale shark, and a manta ray! Would definitely dive with them again.

Food Adventures

  • Bangkok Food Tours, Bangkok, Thailand ~ We did the Yaowarat (Chinatown) Night Foodie Walk, but there are several other tours available. It was a great way to explore a neighborhood, learn a little history, and try new foods. We’ll be trying another area with them in the future!
  • Highlight Wine Tours, Blenheim (Marlborough), New Zealand ~ We did a half-day afternoon tour and I cannot say enough about how awesome the customer service was. David, the owner, was super helpful and accommodating after we had a last minute change of plans. The vineyards he took us to were great, and he was extremely knowledgable about the area. Also, Marlborough is just gorgeous. Highly recommend!
  • Loy Nava Dinner Cruise, Bangkok, Thailand ~ We took Orestes’ mama and her entourage on this dinner cruise along the Chao Praya River in BKK. The cruise includes a multi-course dinner that was pretty tasty, an optional wine package (which we got, of course), light entertainment, and the chance to see all the sights by the river at night. Great to take visitors on.
  • Thai Farm Cooking School, Chiang Mai, Thailand ~ Great cooking class to take if you’re in Chiang Mai, highly recommend. Class takes place on their organic farm outside the city, you got to make five different dishes, all of which were delicious. Super helpful and entertaining chef/leader, and free transport to your hotel.

Nature Adventures

  • Legendary Black Water Rafting, Waitomo, New Zealand ~ Such a cool experience! We did the Black Labyrinth Tour – three hours of exciting, chilly, underground fun. No rafts involved, just wetsuits and inner tubes. Our guides, Hannah and Demi, were super energetic and fun, and floating through the caves with the glowworms was amazing.
  • Sapa Sisters, Sapa, Vietnam ~ Sapa was amazing!! We did the two-day trek, including an overnight in a home stay. Our guide, Tung, was hilarious and knowledgable. She found paths without another soul on them, and great vistas for photo opportunities.
  • Sunflower Cafe & Tours, Mae Hong Son, Thailand ~ Sunflower can arrange a wide variety of treks, from one day to a full week out in the jungle. We did the one day Nature Walk due to time constraints. We were the only ones on the tour, so we got to set the pace, ask questions, and stop for photos whenever we wanted. After a nice trek that included lunch, we visited a rural wat with great views.

Misc. Tips

  • Amorosa Bar @ Arun Residence ~ Great place for late afternoon drinks after visiting Wat Arun in BKK. After 5pm you can grab a snazzy cocktail and watch the sun set behind Wat Arun – not too shabby.

 

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