Khung Wiman Beach
A day with clear skies, the wind blowing moderately, waves crashing into the cliffs of Khung Wiman Beach, is a great time to be floating above the sea on the colourful engineless wings of a parachute. Open your eyes to a new point of view with paragliding.
The Khung Wiman beachfront area, besides being known for its long curved beach, also has a two lane street that runs along its length thought to be the most beautiful in eastern Thailand. There is also an area in which the mountain slopes into the sea, creating beautiful scenery and calming atmosphere.
It is shaded by a variety of beach vegetation, such as beach sea-oak. Moreover, the breeziness of this location is highly suitable for paragliding, since the activity depends upon a good headwind and warmer land surface air temperature to lift you off the ground. Also the spacious field will allow you to set up your parachute above your head while the high cliff helps block strong gusts of wind before you run into the head wind and launch.
Under the parachute, over the sand, see the narrow curves of the bay and the view of the pines along with the emerald sea sparkling in the sun. To your side you can see the green mountains and admire them while being cooled by the breeze as if you were in a land of happiness.
Know before you go: The best time to fly is from November to May. Flying with an instructor for leisure takes roughly about 1-2 hours. There is a learning program for beginners to paragliding with experienced instructors. The course takes about 10 days before you get your first flight with the instructor.
Recommendation: You must reserve beforehand. Strictly follow instructions and check wind conditions before every flight.
From Chantaburi town, take Highway 3 (Chantaburi – Rayong) and continue on Highway 3399 until you reach the beach. However, you need to contact the Thaiglider Club for an appointment.
GPS Location: N12° 36.31’, E101° 52.46’
Contact: Thaiglider Club, +66 2895 8879, www.thaiglider.com
TAT Rayong Office: +66 3865 5420 to 1, +66 3866 4585
Tree Top Adventure Park, Koh Chang
For those without fear and love the feeling of adrenaline, then the “Tree Top Adventure Park” is the place for you. Two acres of greenery at the seashore near Bai Lan Bay has been transformed into a place to test the bravery inside of you with tree top adventures unlike any other place.
There are more than 30 soul-stirring activities; swinging like Tarzan, crossing rope bridges, skating, climbing and gliding down a sling rope at the height of 20 m. The difficulty levels are ranged from easy to extremely difficult.
Before playing in any of the stations, please pay attention to the staff’s explanation and introduction on the steps and how to use the equipment, so we can have fun with the right procedures. The staff would be there for us throughout the whole activity, so you can be confident that it is 100% safe.
Since we all know the rules, it is now time for some suspense. For those who are not daring enough, it is recommended that you should take the easy stations first; such as climbing rope walls, or crossing wooden bridges which are not too high. Then be prepared for the most daring station; swinging on a rope like Tarzan from one tree to another.
The most highlighted station is to glide down a metal sling at the height of a 7-storey building; about 20 m high and about 150 m long. This adventurous trip is more than just fun, but it is also considered to train your concentration, too. This place has no genre or age restrictions; all are welcome to join in the fun!
Know before you go: First round in the morning runs from 9.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon and the second round runs from 2.00 – 5.00 p.m. Only a traveler taller than 140 cm is allowed to participate.
Recommendation: When you are in an activity, you should be conscious at all times to avoid mistakes that might get you into danger.
Please: Follow the guidelines for your own safety.
You can catch a local bus or arrange the time to be picked up from the hotel with the Tree Top Adventure Team.
GPS Location: N11° 59.64’, E102° 17.825’
Contact: Tree Top Adventure Park, +668 4310 7600, treetopadventurepark.com
Facilities & Services: Tour guide, parking, food and restroom.