Paragliding in Thailand

Paragliding in Thailand is considered to be one of the most exhilarating experiences that are added to the best tour packages for Thailand bucket list of adventure enthusiasts from across the globe. You can indulge in this exciting activity under the strict supervision of experts with years of experience using high-quality gear.

Thailand is gifted with the best of natural elements starting from pristine water bodies to verdant lush green forest patches as well as sky-touching buildings to ornamented gardens. Chumphon, Khao Pang is an amazing paragliding site that is popular for its verdant plains and magnificent mountains.

Sik Hiu, Khao Sadao is undoubtedly one of the best cross country flying sites in Thailand, with the take-off area being situated in the middle of a 5 km bowl-shaped south-facing ridge. Petchaburi, Khoa dan, which is known for its beautiful countryside side and flatland with Khao Nang Phanthurat in cha-am which is about 40km away, being easily visible. Loey Phu Rua is known for its North Winter Winds adding thrill to the activity.

Thailand is known for its relishing the experience, the excitement of sailing over water is definitely a must-have experience and has successfully attracted tourists from all over the world, the moderate climate condition, cool breezy air and the feeling like a bird in the sky, the adrenaline rush you feel while being in the sky is truly unmatchable. You will also be able to get a view of the hidden gems of Thailand from the sky. 

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Which are the best places for paragliding in Thailand?

1. Chumphon, Khoa Pang: Located at 270 meters Chumphon, Khoa Pang is one of Thailand's highest paragliding destinations, with its verdant plains and magnificent mountains. Because of its closeness to the sea, this location has a very steady wind direction, which adds to its visual appeal as well as makes it easier for the novices to try out this water sport for the first time. Thailand Paragliding costs roughly 100 baht (approximately INR 200) on an average.

Location: Na Kratam, Tha Sae, Chumphon, Thailand
Best time: October to May

2. Sik Hiu, Khao Sadao: Sik Hiu, Khao Sadao is a popular Thailand paragliding destination. Especially in April, this place offers the most breathtaking views. It has a large take-off field, a 5 kilometer bowl shaped mountain crest, and a 200 meter take-off height, all of which combine to make this place ideal for a long soaring experience, and makes it appealing to all the tourists.

Best time: March through September

3. Petchaburi, Khoa Dan: The Petchaburi, Khoa Dan is a new addition to this list of greatest paragliding locations in Thailand as the take-off point is on a privately owned hill. With the beautiful countryside flat lands on one side and the rising boulders on the other, the experience is unrivalled. Hence, even if it costs a little more, it is still worth it. The elevation is 290 meters above sea level and the cost of flying is 100 baht each day plus the additional charges.

Best time: October and December

4. Loey Phu Rua: Loey Phu Rua is one of the fantastic Thailand paragliding sites and the finest place to enjoy the north winter winds. During gliding season, the majority of the terrain is steep and covered in a thick blanket of clouds. You may make the most of your soaring experience by taking off at an altitude of 800 meters.

Location: Phu Ruea District, Thailand
Best time: November through April

5. Phim Mateo Cape, Phuket: Phim Mateo Cape is a beachfront location in Thailand that offers the joy and excitement of gliding over water. The fascinating fact about the most popular paragliding places in Thailand is that you can land anywhere. You can just splash your way to safety in the water. Here you may partake in some of the world's greatest paragliding experiences. Paragliding at this location costs roughly 100 baht (around INR 200).

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Best time: October through May

6. Khao Son: Khao Son, at an elevation of 219 meters, is one of the best paragliding places in Thailand. It is a hidden gem which makes it even more desirable. However, the wind directions here are extremely unpredictable. Hence, it is advisable to visit here only if you are an experienced paraglider. If you are a novice, it is advised that you visit the Khao Son with a local or a professional.

Location: 62 Khlong Sok, Phanom District, Surat Thani 84250, Thailand
Best time: May through October

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When is the best time to visit Thailand for paragliding?

Paragliding in Thailand is open all across the year but it is ideally during the months from October to March/April because the wind supports the sport. Remember that when it comes to Paragliding the wind is extremely important and in Thailand the months from April onwards are monsoon, which means rain and thunderstorm.

Thailand Paragliding in the slightly cooler months is best and the tourists can enjoy the most of good weather and glide from a good height.

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How much does paragliding cost in Thailand?

Paragliding in Thailand costs about 400-800 Baht on an average but this largely fluctuates depending on the time duration, the place where you are doing paragliding, etc. Paragliding in Thailand price also depends on the quality of the operator.

There are some operators who provide an enthralling experience with better heights, equipment, etc. so it is important that you consider these factors too.

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Is it safe to do paragliding in Thailand?

Paragliding in Thailand is actually very safe and you should ensure that you pick a vendor or provider who has a good rating. There are a lot of vendors providing paragliding services across the country and most of them are reputed and ensure the safety of travellers.

Being a tourist-based economy, the safety of the tourists is paramount for them and hence you can be assured that you will get good service. But do check if the Paragliding in Thailand cost includes insurance and gets you safety gear to ensure that risks can be minimised.

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How is paragliding done?

Thailand Paragliding is done the same way like the rest of the world and you can pick from different options. While parasailing is still popular there are umpteen mountain regions that provide you with an extremely good paragliding experience. Usually the process involves the tour operator or vendor picking you from your hotel and taking you to the paragliding spot.

A guide will assist you in the rider and you can also take pictures, etc. Drop-off is also included in the package one you complete the sport.

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What is solo paragliding & what is tandem paragliding?

Paragliding in Thailand also includes tandem paragliding which is basically free dying too including a foot-launched aircraft. There is not much of a difference between paragliding and tandem paragliding — which is ideally designed to help carry two people.

In tandem paragliding an instructor and a passenger are strapped into the harness. Usually the paraglider is in the front and the guide on the back when it comes to tandem flights.

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What is the minimum age to do paragliding in Thailand?

There is no minimum age for Thailand Paragliding but there are restrictions on the weight. This is implied because if a rider or glider is underweight there is a risk that the harness could be loose, which is a potential threat. In the same way, an overweight rider may also pose a risk because of excessive weight.

It is for these reasons that instead of age restrictions the weight is more of a concern. Also, very small children rather than ones below 10 years are generally not allowed for the sport.

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What type of clothing is required to do paragliding in Thailand?

When doing Paragliding in Thailand it is important that you wear comfortable and sensible clothing. This means that girls should avoid wearing dresses that may flare up or get stuck in trees or other places during the right. Ideally, you should wear comfortable pants, flat shoes and clothes that are skin-hugging. There is no norm or particular dress code otherwise but it is advised that you adhered to these simple regulations.

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Can one capture his video while paragliding in Thailand?

Most vendors do not allow you to carry your own camera or phone but they have provision for recording the same. Usually, the instructor will carry the camera and would record the same for a nominal amount. Once your ride is over, you can take the video recording from the vendor or they can also email the same to you.

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What are the important things to keep in mind while going paragliding in Thailand?

- Wear the right kind of clothing, refrain from wearing short or tight-fitting clothes as chafing may be caused by the harness.
- Wear long sleeved, long trousers and right kind boots for a smooth drift.
- If you are a beginner you can also take a paragliding course to sharpen your skill.
- Always hire a guide or instructor for supervision during the sport.
- Maintain safe distance from other paragliders.
- Check if your equipment is working properly or not
- Make sure you are paragliding in the right weather conditions. Avoid gliding during rain showers or cloudy days with less visibility.

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Is there any age and weight limit for paragliding in Thailand?

Paragliding in Thailand can be done by physically healthy people weighing from 25kg to 95 kgs. They should be mature enough to take instructions and act accordingly. The age limit for most sites practising paragliding is above 18, although minors can fly but with a parent or guardian's allowance.

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