Top Ten Adventures on a Shoestring

Mountain Biking and Sea Kayaking Thailand
Wooden Boat in Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
Cruising on a boat through Phang Nga Bay, Thailand (Sami Sarkis/Stickbyte/Getty)

2. Mountain Biking and Sea Kayaking Thailand
Just north of Phuket, the majestic Phang Nga Bay and Phang Nga Province are an outdoors lover's playground. David Williams, owner of Paddle Asia, takes full advantage of the surroundings to offer a slew of paddling and mountain-biking options, from one to ten days. A four-day combination starts with a two-day bike loop just across the bridge into Phuket. You'll bike through rubber and oil-palm plantations, across rice paddies, up and down old growth forest on singletracks and secondary roads, stopping to swim under waterfalls and in hot springs. Your reward is the chance to sea kayak for two days in one of the most spectacular settings for the sport. Phang Nga Bay is known for its jagged limestone rock formations that shoot up from the water. You'll paddle around islands, through mangrove channels, and inside caves, picnicking on remote white-sand beaches. Cost of the four-day trip is $600 including lodging, meals, equipment, and a PaddleAsia T-shirt.'s Thailand Vacation Guide

Boston-based writer Stephen Jermanok has authored or contributed to 11 books on the outdoors, including Outside Magazine's Adventure Guide to New England , Discovery Channel's Backcountry Treks , Discovery Channel's Paddlesports , Outside Magazine's Guide to Family Vacations and Men's Journal's The Great Life . His latest book is New England Seacoast Adventures . His many adventures appear in National Geographic Adventure , Outside , Men's Journal , Forbes FYI , Travel + Leisure , Hooked on the Outdoors , and Backpacker . He can be reached at

Published: 29 Jun 2009 | Last Updated: 4 Dec 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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