These are just a sample of some of the land-based activities available. In the rainy season, many people also enjoy going north off the island and experiencing the white water rafting.
Travelling on an ATV is a fun way of seeing the local terrain. It’s hot in Phuket and hiking for long distances is not for the faint hearted. There are many tours available. After some instruction, you follow a guide along nature paths through rubber plantations, forests and rivers. Get to know the local forest workers, learn about the environment and discover local plants that you never knew existed in this unspoiled environment.
Elephant trekking can be for everyone. Going through the jungle on the back of a swaying elephant, whilst enjoying the lush tropical scenery, is always a memorable experience. These types of eco tours are becoming very popular, so you will need to book in advance.
Many of the large hotels have gym facilities and often, for a small fee, visitors may have access. These gyms will normally have well-maintained equipment. There are also many public gyms scattered around the island, with many of them having weekly and daily rates. Royal Phuket Marina and Thanyapura are especially good facilities, with great places to eat nearby.
Cycling in Phuket can be as easy or challenging as you want. If you rent in the Laguna area, it is likely that your property will include bicycles. The Laguna area is flat, has limited traffic and has plenty of places to go. For those people looking for a challenge, Phuket has plenty of hills and off-road tracks allowing you to cycle through rubber plantations, around pineapple farms and discover waterfalls.
Thai Boxing (Muay Thai)
Thai boxing is great fun to watch and to have a go at learning. Patong has several arenas and it is worth the journey to witness the passion and drama of Thailand’s national sport.
If you don’t mind the violence, a Thai boxing match is worth attending for the pure spectacle and the wild musical accompaniment of the Javanese clarinets, drums and finger cymbals, the ceremonial beginning of each match, and the frenzied betting around the stadium. Despite being a visitor, you really do get to feel like a local.