There are many Thailand recreation opportunities and almost endless entertainment possibilities for visitors to Thailand.
If you enjoy sporting events, animals, amusement rides, theatrical performances, or simply taking a bike ride through the
park, there is a wide selection of recreation opportunities and entertainment venues ideal for families, lovers, or sports
Thais are a fun-loving people. Nationwide, boxing stadiums, race and golf courses, tennis and squash courts,
billiards halls, opulent nightclubs, gourmet restaurants, discotheques, concert halls, teahouses, cocktail lounges,
amusement parks, bars, museums, theatres, art galleries, massage parlours, zoo logical gardens and cinemas
lure pleasure seekers throughout the year. Thailand's English-language newspapers carry daily listings on concerts,
exhibitions, displays and cinematic offerings. Complimentary weekly tourist publications such as This Week, Explore Pattaya.
etc., contain additional information with emphasis on dining and nightlife attractions. Beer bars, cocktail lounges
and pubs are mostly concentrated in the Sukhumvit, New Petchaburi and Silom Road areas.
Amusement and Theme Parks
Bangkok has plenty of amusement parks for when the kids are getting restless. At one time, all the city's
amusement parks were outdoor, but with the boom in the retailing industry many more are now built indoors,
as an adjunct to department stores and shopping centers is likely to enjoy include:
Situated at km.7 of Rangsit-Ongkharak Road, houses a European style plaza, miniature land of major world legends,
and exciting playing machines.
Open daily from 10.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m. On holidays it is open until 7.00 pm.
Admission fee is 450 Baht per person.
Siam Park City
Located in suburban Min Buri on Sukhaphiban 2 Road, this water amusement park contains a man-made sea with towering
slides. Satellite attractions include a children's playground, aviaries, open zoo and botanical garden.
Open daily from 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Admission fee is 490 Baht for adults and 300 Baht for children.
The Pattaya Park
Located at Chomthian features a large water park with giant sliders and a tower with a revolving restaurant,
which offers a panoramic view of Pattaya. Visitors can enjoy many instruments, which offer excitement and a great fun.
Open daily from : 10.00 a.m. - 06.00 p.m.
Admission fee : 490 Baht for adults and 300 Baht for children.
International and Thai Sports
Golf, soccer, boxing, badminton, tennis, bowling and snooker figure prominently among international sports enjoyed by Thais.
Indigenous games and sports include world-famous Thai boxing, takro, kite-fighting and boat racing. International sports the
visitor is likely to enjoy include:
Deep-Sea Game Fishing
Bang Sare Fishing Club, just south of Pattaya, is the principal centre for fishermen seeking marlin, king mackerel,
tuna, sharks and other denizens of the Thai Gulf. Major fishing centres on the Indian Ocean coast include Ranong and Phuket.
Thailand was a natural choice for developers and designers to build some premier golf clubs and courses.
Novices benefit from reasonable prices, while experienced golfers enjoy the spectacular weather and challenging courses,
including the hilly Santiburi course on Koh Samui.
A mere thirty minutes from Bangkok, Chonburi is home to more than 30 courses, and Kanchanaburi and Hua Hin
feature world class courses just a few hours further from the capital. Thailand contains courses designed by Nick Faldo,
Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player and featuring settings including the mountain surrounded greens of
Chiang Mai and the beach views of Phuket.
Nowadays even the most exclusive golf clubs in Thailand, such as the Blue Canyon Country Club, are freeing up tee times
for non-members to play. Golf packages are more common than ever and Thailand is increasingly becoming a top destination
for travelers looking for great courses, great prices, and great service.
Weekend races, each averaging 10 races, can be seen at Bangkok's Royal Turf Club and Royal Bangkok Sports Club.
The 2.4 kilometre Bira International Pattaya Circuit regularly features local and international motor and motorcycle racing.
In Bangkok a cruise is a great way for tourists to see the city. The Chao Phraya River is a major transportation
artery and features numerous options for travelers to sightsee via boat; it’s incredibly convenient as well; most
boat services connect to the BTS Silom line at Saphan Taksin station and visit sightseeing attractions up and down
the river, including the Chao Phraya’s most celebrated sight, Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn).
In addition to daytime cruises to see the sights, there are a number of dinner cruises where Thai food is served.
These dinner cruises are also major attractions in Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya, which is just upriver from Bangkok:
a journey which serves as a fascinating cruise of its own.
Around Thailand's beaches and island there are innumerable opportunities for getting aboard a boat for a single or
multi-day adventure. From Phuket, boats provide day trip service to Phan Nga bay, Koh Phi Phi, and even the Similan
Islands. From Koh Samui, day cruises combine snorkeling and lunch around Koh Nang Yuan, the postcard-perfect three
islands connected by narrow strips of sand. Renovated Chinese Junk ships and other posh sailing vessels are also
available to sail upon either for a single day’s outing or a longer, more exclusive romantic holiday.
Even the smaller islands allow you to hire long tail boats for the day and make your own day trip, cruising
between beaches and nearby islands.
Scuba Diving / Snorkelling
Thailand offers some of Southeast Asia's finest diving opportunities in Gulf waters around Pattaya, Sattahip, Rayong's
Samet island, Trat's Koh Chang Marine National Park, Chumphon and Surat Thani's sparkling archipelago which contains the
beautiful Samui island and Angthong Marine National Park: and in the Andaman Sea on Thailand's Indian Ocean coastline around
Surin, Similan, Phuket and Phi Phi islands, and Tarutao Marine National Park near the Thai-Malaysian maritime border.
Professional dive shops in Pattaya and Phuket teach neophyte divers. Snorkeling opportunities abound throughout Thai waters.
Tennis, Badminton and Squash
Numerous opportunities are found in leading Bangkok and resort hotels. A list of courts where visitors are allowed can
be found in the Bangkok Telephone Directory's Yellow Pages.
Windsurfing have become extremely popular on most of Thailand’s touristy beaches and islands. From Pattaya to Phuket
windsurfers is can be spotted throughout the year, as weather conditions along the two coasts provide generally good
conditions year round.
This developed as a form of self-defence during the Ayutthaya period (13so-17sv). Boxers are forbidden to wrestle or bite.
However, they may kick, shove and push and unreservedly use bare feet, legs, elbows and shoulders, besides fists, to batter each
other into submission. Thai boxing is featured throughout the week at Bangkok's Ratchadamnoen Stadium (Monday, Wednesday.
Thursday and Sunday) and Lumphini Stadium (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday).
This sport is traditionally played by a loosely formed circle of men who use feet, knees, thighs, chests and shoulders to
acrobatically pass a woven rattan ball to each other, endeavouring to keep it airborne, and eventually kick it into a
basket suspended above their heads.
During Hot Season months, particularly March and April, opposing teams fly male Chula and female Pakpao kites in a
surrogate battle of the sexes. The small, agile Pakpao kite tries to fell the more cumbersome Chula while the male kite
tries to ensnare the female kite and drag it back into male territory.
Regattas are featured in many country fairs which celebrate the end of the annual Rains Retreat. The long narrow, low-slung
wooden boats are festooned with flags and flowers, manned by oarsmen and raced with great gusto, The most noteworthy boat
races are at Nan, Phichit, Nakhon Phanom, Surat Thani, Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani, near Bangkok.
Parks and Gardens
Bangkok's parks and gardens offer welcome respite from city heat and noise. They include: Lumphini Park at the northern end
of Silom Road, and bordered by Wireless and Rajdamri roads. Lumphini Park is popular with joggers, keep-fit enthusiasts,
families and sportsmen, particularly during the early morning and late afternoon. Chatuchak Park near the Paholyothin and
Viphavadi Rangsit Highway junction at Lard Prao, on the way to Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport, is also the site of a famous
weekend market that sells almost everything made and grown in Thailand. Khao Din Zoological Garden is an artfully landscaped
enclave with an artificial lake. The zoo neighbours Ratchadamnoen Avenue's Royal Plaza, and National Assembly
Building, and contains a fine collection of African and Asian mammals, reptiles and birds. King Rama IX Park or Suan Luang
Gardens is an extensive park with fine botanical gardens deep inside Sukhumvit Soi 103 in Bangkok's eastern suburbs. The
botanical gardens were opened with private and public donations in 1987 to celebrate H.M. King Bhumibol's auspicious 60th
Theatrical events in Bangkok include Thai dance and puppet performances, English and Thai- language dramas, concerts by
visiting international artists, musical performances, and infrequently imported mimes and plays. Visitors are advised to
consult the English-language newspapers, particularly the weekly or daily calendar of events, to ascertain the times and dates of
current performances. Major theatrical venues include: Thailand's National Theatre, adjacent to the National Museum at
Bangkok's Sanam Luang. The theatre is the venue for concerts and Thai classical dramp a performances. Weekend performances of
Thai dance dramas are periodically staged. The Thailand Cultural Centre on Ratchadapisek Road, the Alliance Francaise Auditorium
on South Sathorn Road, the AUA Language Centre Auditorium on Rajdamri Road, the British Council Centre in Siam Square, and
the Goethe Institute on Soi Attakarnprasit, off South Sathorn Road, also stage theatrical and musical performances. The Hotel
Siam Intercontinental periodically stages British plays, mostly comedies, from London's West End, with accomplished British
actors. The KAD Performing Arts Centre in Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, includes the lavishly- equipped KAD Theatre
with a seating capacity of 1,550 and the KAD Playhouse, with a seating capacity of 500. The KAD Performing Arts Centre is
geared towards staging imported full-scale theatrical and musical productions from abroad, performed in the original
language, and original Thai dramatic and musical productions.
Locater on Phetchabun Road. The theatre hosts modern dramas.
Chalerm Krung Royal Theatre
Located on Charoen Krung Road (New Road) near the Old Siam Plaza. That dramas and
plays are usually held while Khon or Thai musical dance drama is a special event that is staged occasionally.
Near Wat Rakhang, Thon Bun. Renowned for its lavish productions,
this outdoor theatre has gained popularity through its modern adaptations of classical Asian literature,
with each play demonstrating an ingenious blend of various theatrical techniques. Showtime is on Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday.
The National Theater
Located on Na Phra That Road next to the National Museum.
Thailand Cultural Center,
Located on Ratchadaphisek Road, is a fully integrated venue for social education and cultural activities.