Thailand is a jewel of Asia. With its many beaches and forests, towns and temples, Thailand is an all time favourite for tourists around the world.

Thailand’s nature is a main draw for visitors. Trekking in the mountains and forests is a main activity especially in the mountainous north, while beaches are well known in the east and south.

Given these great natural advantages, it might seem surprising that orienteering is still nascent in Thailand as of the late 2010s. But the sport is growing fast—the Thai Orienteering Federation was admitted as a member of the International Orienteering Federation in January 2019.


Over New Year 2020 Thailand will be hosting a three-day Thailand International Orienteering Championship in Chiang Mai. Come experience the forest sport in Thailand’s northern city!


News and updates

  • 3 exhilarating hiking destinations in Asia for your travel bucket list
    by oresaasia on 28 June, 2020 at 11:18

    We orienteers love outdoors—what’s better than exploring the world with orienteering and hiking? Get these places in your bucket list and explore them when these places open up to tourists again: 1. Hong Kong Turns out, the financial centre of East Asia has a lot of nature to offer. From the easiest hikes around Victoria

  • Featured new venue for 2021: Nan, Thailand
    by oresaasia on 1 June, 2020 at 22:43

    ORIEN.ASIA will release its new 2020/2021 calendar very soon. One new venue will appear on the map of world orienteering: Nan, in a remote part of northern Thailand. A region of nature and culture Nan is an ancient city near the border of Thailand with Laos. Historically its own kingdom, it was associated with the

  • #AsiaCityRace entry starts!
    by oresaasia on 25 January, 2020 at 00:17

    Explore Asian cities with urban orienteering! #AsiaCityRace entry has now started with #SIN, scheduled for 10–12 April in Singapore. Early bird entry available until 10 March. Save more with combo entry, which brings you to #SIN #HKG #BKK with 9 races at once! Discover Asia with culture and style. Explore #AsiaCityRace and register NOW!

  • 3 places to enjoy in Chiang Mai over the New Year
    by oresaasia on 28 December, 2019 at 01:28

    This article is written in conjunction with the Thailand International Orienteering Championship. Chiang Mai is an interesting place. For starters, it was historically the centre of a kingdom called Lanna, only to be gradually assimilated into Siam/Thailand during the past 250 years. Lanna was historically and culturally distinct from Siam; it spoke its own language

  • Thailand International Orienteering Championship pre-race bulletin!
    by oresaasia on 21 December, 2019 at 22:59

    Thanks for the wait—it’s finally out—read it here! And it’s one week left! Limited on-the-day tryout spots (non-race) are available for 599 baht (Students 199 baht). Come while spaces last! (Tryout on 29 Dec is free at Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel!) Read the bulletin. Stay tuned for more Chiang Mai and Asia related posts!


Useful information

  • Airport:
    • Bangkok: Suvarnabhumi (BKK) for most long-haul flights, Don Mueang (DMK) for Asian low-cost carriers
    • North: Chiang Mai (CNX), Chiang Rai (CEI)
    • East: U-Tapao (UTP) for Pattaya
    • South: Phuket (HKT), Hat Yat (HDY), Krabi (KBV)
  • Electric plug: Thailand has both A/B (North American) and C/F (European) sockets. Most sockets accept both types of plugs. Power supply is 230V/50Hz
  • Currency: Thai Baht (THB)
  • Public Transport with cities
    • Bangkok: metro (MRT/Skytrain), bus
    • All cities: minibus, taxi, tuk-tuk
    • Some other cities such as Chiang Mai have started urban bus systems
  • Intercity transport
    • Train
      • Available to most major cities (sometimes with a bus transfer e.g. to Phuket)
      • Overnight sleeper trains available to Chiang Mai, Hat Yai/Padang Besar for Malaysia, Nong Khai for Laos, Ubon Ratchathani
      • To Cambodia via Aranyaprathet
    • Bus
    • Domestic flight
Phi Phi Islands, Krabi Province (near Phuket)