The Royal Thai Army has opened up its hitherto offlimits training camps to visitors, offering both sporting activities such as riding, golf, and sharp-shooting, and adventurous activities modelled on military basis training.
Mengrai Maharaj Camp
Activities including rock climbing, jungle trekking and survival courses are available at the units listed here. All are supervised by qualified and experienced Army men. Participants must be physically fit. Fees vary but arrangements must be made in advance. For more information, contact the Royal Thai Army's Tourism Promotion Working Committee, tel: 0 2297 5715-8. Fax: 0 2682 8702.
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Muang District, Chiang Rai Tel: 0 5374 4218
Activities: Tawerjump from 34 feet. For groups of 100 or more.
Pratu Pha Special Warfare Training Camp
40 Moo 4, Ban Dong, Mae Moh District, Lampang Tel: 0 5322 5941-2 ext 3387
Activities: One-day and two-day military-style jungle trek. Hiking to a limestone cliff with the largest collection of prehistoric paintings ever discovered in Thailand, believed to be 3,000-5,000 years old. Transfers to and from Lampang train station available.
Army Pack Division
Ban Don Kaew, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai Tel: 0 5329 7478
Activities: Hiking and camping for groups of 10-50. Scenic hiking trains are covered on foot and on mule and horseback. Food and lodgings (bungalow or tent) are provided for a small fee.
Sri Song Rak Camp
Muang District, Loci Tel: 0 4281 1939-41 ext 2152 Activities: Tower jumping from 34 feet.
Muang District, Phitsanulok Tel: 0 5524 5046-51 ext 3650 Activities: Tower jump from 34 feet.
Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy
Khao Cha-ngok, Nakhon Nayok
Tel: 0 3739 3010-4 ext 62960-1
Activities: Bike tour, inland canoeing, hiking and camping, rock and artificial cliff climbing. Food and accommodation (barracks type to air-conditioned suites) provided at reasonable rates.
Army Special Warfare Training Centre
Muang District, Lop Buri
Tel: 0 3641 2192
Activities: Military-style jungle trekking for groups of 30-60. Tower jump from 34 feet for groups of 30 or more. Parachute from balloon. Jungle survival demonstration, for groups of 30 or more. Pistol shooting course.
Khao Chon Kai Military Training Camp
Khao Chon Kai, Kanchanaburi
Tel: 0 3458 9237
Activities: Walk rally, tower jump, camping, jungle survival demonstration, for groups of 30 or more.
Ban Suan, Muang District, Chon Bun Tel: 0 3828 6881
Activities: Military-style jungle trekking. Pistol shooting course.
Aphai Borirak Camp
Sri Nakharin Sub-district, Phattalung Tel: 0 7461 1641
Activities: Obstacle course modelled on Reserve Officers Training Course and comprising 12 stations. For groups of 100 or more.
Sichon Special Warfare Training Camp
Sichon District, Nakhon Si Thammarat Tel: 0 531 2739
Activities: Soft adventure programme consisting of towerjumping, artificial cliff scaling, jungle survival training, firearm training, obstacle course, jungle trekking and camp fire.
Ingkayuth Boriharn Camp
Nong Jik District, Pattani Tel: 0 7343 1434,
0 7343 1443, 0734 3339 ext 4311
Activities: Tower jump from 34 feet. For groups of 15 or more. Make reservation at least a day ahead.