There are plenty of ways to incorporate exercise into your villa holiday in Thailand, whether using the on-site facilities or heading out into the tropical surroundings on islands like Phuket and Samui.
Thai cuisine is world renowned for its spicy kick, but with lashings of coconut cream in your Thai curry, all washed down with a chilled glass or three of Thai beer, pretty soon your holiday indulgences will start to show – on your waistline.
If you want to keep the holiday calories at bay, it is easy to incorporate some exercise into your daily routine. Whether you prefer a gentle swim, a spot of yoga or some hard-core cardio; the options for an active stay are vast and varied.
Below are five suggestions to get the blood pumping.
Train in your villa
If you are spending your vacation at one of Thailand's superb private rental villas, there are no excuses for skipping your daily exercise. Many villas come with their own private gyms, which are fully equipped with everything from cross trainers to rowing machines. If you prefer a gentle swim to pounding the treadmill, then make the most of your villa’s private pool by swimming a few laps every morning. Alternatively, if your villa has beach access, a morning run through the surf is a great way to begin the day.
Keep on Running
If you are a serious runner, half an hour’s jog on the beach is not going to satisfy your need to burn calories. More committed joggers can actually train and time their trip to enter one of Thailand’s marathons. The Phuket marathon, which takes place on June 7th
2015, is a popular event which attracts runners from across the world every year. The course meanders through pineapple and rubber plantations, and weaves through many of the island’s small villages.
If the thought of running for 26 miles under the hot Thai sun is too much, why not opt to take part in a triathlon instead? Thailand's triathlons attract a variety of age groups and participants from across the globe. Featuring a swim, a bike ride and a run, such an event is not for the faint of heart, and requires plenty of training beforehand. Phuket, Koh Samui and Hua Hin all host triathlon events, so fitness freaks can choose their challenge.
Fit on Wheels
Fitness fanatics who prefer to keep lean by cycling have a wide choice of stunning routes to choose from on the Thai islands and bike rentals can be organized through the villa manager. Serious cyclists will also be delighted to learn that the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) are now in talks with Tour de France organisers to bring the world’s most famous cycling event to the Kingdom. According to Thawatchai Arunyick, governor of the TAT, officials aim to bring the event to Thailand by 2016. Bike lovers will surely be counting down the days until the yellow jersey arrives in the Land of Smiles.
If you want to immerse yourself in a daily fitness routine, why not head to one of Thailand’s Muay Thai fitness camps? Thai boxing training offers even the hardiest of gym goers a challenging routine. On the Thai islands, the fitness day starts early with intensive training sessions, often followed by a run on the beach or through the jungle, before boxers head back to the gym for two more hours of roundhouses, jabs and upper cuts.