Travel websites and articles often mention the myriad choice of things to do on a holiday in Southeast Asia's top island destinations, but the sheer range of options means its impossible to fit every type of activity and experience into a single trip. With such a vast array of possibilities on offer in places like Phuket, Koh Samui and Bali, it now makes more sense to focus on the things that suit your passions and interests the most precisely.
Whether you're an adventure lover, health seeker, foodie or party animal, finding exactly the right type of holiday is not always an easy task. The world's most popular tourist destinations maintain their success through variety, which means the choice of vacation experience on offer in these locations is vast and varied — sometimes to the point of bewilderment.
Accommodation options are a good example of this diversity. On an island like Phuket or Koh Samui, the choices range from simple fan cooled bungalows to six star hotels and on to expansive private luxury villas with every conceivable facility and service, all personalised to the last detail.
This range has inspired a whole new approach to holiday bookings, with the smartest travellers picking their lodgings based on the exact type of holiday experience they're looking for, which is why private villas have become a preferred choice. Similarly, when choosing holiday pass times, niche activities have seen a rise in popularity.
Here are some unique ways to pass your day in paradise
Most people love snorkelling and plenty learn to dive, but how about power diving? With the SEABOB, you enjoy watersports at the speed level that suits you best. Glide slowly along the surface, dive down to follow the fish or even power up to speeds of 20km above the water and 16km below the surface and know what it feel like to be a dolphin. You can try this and other thrilling marine toys at Water Edge Sports on Koh Samui and many private villas also come with their own toys; everything from kayaks to jet skis are available right on your beachside doorstep.
A trip to Thailand or Bali is made all the more delightful thanks to the local food. The menus in Thailand, in particular, offer a journey through taste that inspires plenty of visitors yo learn how to cook this popular cuisine. There are plenty of cooking courses available in all the main tourist areas but some go the extra mile, including a trip to the local market to help identify and select ingredients, and lessons from professionals that give you more than the basics. On Phuket, Blue Elephant Cooking School is one of the most established choices on Phuket, or for the ultimate bespoke cooking class you can also arrange for lessons in the litchi of your own private rental villa.
Health and spa
Thai and other forms of massage are now well known around the world not only as an excellent way to relax, but also as traditional healing arts with health benefits that include everything from easing muscle tension to helping blood circulation. Inspired by these ancient practice, the spas in Southeast Asia now offer a shoe host of treatments to complement a massage, allowing you to spend anything from a couple of hours to an entire day or even your whole holiday indulging in beneficial therapies that will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. Wellness centres like Kamalaya on Koh Samui or TPSWC on Bali offer a full range of treatments, or villa guests can also arrange to enjoy massage and other therapies in the privacy of their private holiday home.