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The Year of the Adventurous Monkey! Bring out your adventurous streak with a getaway to Thailand’s most extreme escapes

     As we have entered the new Chinese Luna year, the team at Booking.com have created a travel bucket list for 2016’s Zodiac Animal – The Fire Monkey. Ambitious and daring, the adventurous monkey is renowned for diving head first into terrain in which others would fear to tread. This year, channel your inner Fire Monkey with an escape to one of Booking.com’s top picks of Thailand’s most daring escapes. Jungle trekking in Chiang Rai, rock climbing in Koh Phi Phi, hiking through the mountains, zip lining through the Southern islands, or diving with sharks - add one of these to your 2016 travel bucket list and enjoy an extreme getaway like no other!

Trekking in Chiang Rai jungle
Trek through Chiang Rai’s jungle and discover truly authentic Northern Thailand scenery. Take a hike to enjoy Lam Nam Kok National Park’s dense flora and fauna, exquisite waterfalls and hot springs. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for a rafting excursion along the Mae Kok River on the Mekong, one of Thailand’s most unspoiled rivers. Stay close to nature and pamper yourself after your day of trekking at the Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa.

Ziplining in Khao Kheow
Explore the Thai rainforest from a unique viewpoint through the zipline trail in Khao Kheow Open Zoo. Located in the province of Chonburi, experience an adrenaline-filled getaway with 3 kilometers of woven ziplines. Only one hour from Bangkok, you’ll be able to challenge yourself to climb the highest zipline in Thailand! Bordered by the Khao Chompou wildlife sanctuary, the Khao Kheow reserve will stun you with its dense rainforest and various indigenous species. Cool your adrenaline down at Balcony Courtyard Si Racha Hotel & Serviced Apartments.

Wakeboarding in Bangkok Taco Lake
Only 30 minutes from Bangkok, enjoy watersports in Thailand’s first cable wake park at Taco Lake! Even if you are a first timer, wakeboarding is a fun experience to escape from the hustle of the capital. Be pulled around by the metal cables and try to complete the full circuit for as long as you can – you can even increase the adrenaline factor by jumping on the ramp. Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort and Spa is just right at Bangplee.  

Rock climbing in Krabi
Test your climbing skills on Krabi’s limestone cliffs around the beautiful Railay Beach. Whether you’re a rock-climbing expert or a complete beginner, there’s something for every skill level, with over 650 climbing routes through Krabi’s craggy walls. If you’ve never tried it, challenge yourself with this wonderful workout in one of the world’s best places to rock climb –the views once you reach the top will be your reward. Check out the stunning scenery and enjoy the ocean breeze at Rayavadee resort. 

Going off-road in Chiang Mai
Strap yourself in for a 4-wheel drive through the astonishing Chiang Mai mountain hills in Northern Thailand. Go off-roading with jeep, ATV or motorcycle through back-country roads and river trails, and get to visit hill tribes, snake farms, waterfalls or caves. Explore the mountain trails of Mae Rim using a dirt bike ride and feel the freedom of a full day of adventure! If you love nature, stay at Jirung Health Village. The resort’s Ruen Mai Horm Restaurant serves Thai and international cuisines using organic ingredients.

Start planning an adventurous trip and bring out your inner Fire Monkey  at Booking.com.

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