From hiking up Mt Fuji in Japan to cycling trips in China, these Asia adventure travel destinations offer an adrenalin rush of a lifetime.
There are many different areas in Asia that allow your inner adventurer to go wild! Asia is known for having some of the most beautiful sites in the world, and for also having some interesting and delicious cuisines. These Asia adventure travel destinations offer diverse activities that will appeal to every thrill seeker and put a different spin on your vacation.
Thailand: Ziplining across tropical rainforests
Ziplining isn’t anything new. It’s been around for years and there are a bunch of outfitters that allow you to zip across small parks, or even inside. However, ziplining in Thailand is a whole other experience. Here, you can go ziplining across tropical rainforests and almost be as high as the trees themselves. Once you’re flying through the forests, you’ll be able to see and hear the exotic wildlife that lives there.
Many of the ziplining courses in Thailand are away from major cities and are closer to villages and hill tribes. One of the most popular ziplining companies, Flight of The Gibbon, has the longest zipline in Asia. It is located next to Mae Kampong Village offering half day tours from Chiang Mai. People lead a more traditional way of life here, so it can prove to be an authentic travel experience.
There are also ziplining tours on offer from Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui.
Vietnam: Camping in the World’s Largest Cave
Go on an adventure in Vietnam and explore the world’s largest cave: Hang Son Doong. Located in the UNESCO-listed Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam’s Quang Binh province, there are multiple activities to do in this three million-year-old cave such as trekking, climbing, and the most interesting activity, camping. Yes, you can camp up to two nights in the world’s largest cave! This is an experience like no other. Who can say that they slept inside the world’s largest cave?
Indonesia: Hiking Volcanoes
Believe it or not, Indonesia is actually home to the most volcanoes in the world! Some of these are perfect for hiking or trekking such as Mount Agung, Mount Batur, Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen. Each mountain has their own unique sights and character.
Mount Agung’s highlights are the Besakih Temple, or the Mother Temple, which is Bali’s largest temple on the volcano’s southern slopes. This volcano is still pretty active and last erupted in February 2018. From here you can see beautiful sunrises and there are fewer crowds here making it a more relaxing visit. Mount Batur is supposedly the more difficult hike but the most rewarding. Mount Agung is actually on the other side of this mountain! This volcano has not erupted since March 2011.
Mount Bromo is a volcano with a view. This volcano is more active compared to the last two volcanoes since it has had minor activity since its last eruption in November 2016. The hike on this volcano is not very difficult so you’ll be able to reach the top in no time and can see beautiful sunrises and other volcanoes.
Mount Ijen is definitely one of the more beautifully pleasing volcanoes. Known for its crater, visitors get to see a turquoise sulphuric lake inside the volcano and at night can see blue sulphur flames. This is the world’s most acidic lake and the fumes can be harmful so do take caution. Its last eruption was in June 2016 and has had no activity since.
Japan: Hiking Mount Fuji
Mount Fuji is one of the world’s most popular mountains, and Japan’s most prominent. Standing at 3776 meters tall, climbing this mountain is definitely worth a try. From the distance, Mount Fuji already looks beautiful. But being able to see it up close is a whole different experience, especially on clear sunny days.
There are official climbing seasons: July to mid-September. During this time, the mountain is usually free of snow, the weather is clear, and public transportation is easier. It is recommended to hike during the official climbing season. During the off-season, it can get dangerous as the temperatures can drop to zero or below and there are higher risks of avalanches. If you need a guide then there is always one for hire.
South Korea: Skiing on Mount Hella
Mount Hella is located on Jeju Island, a small island in South Korea. It is the highest mountain in South Korea and is actually a dormant volcano made mostly of basalt. The weather in Jeju Island is rather fair, and even though Hallasan Mountain is part of Jeju Island, it has its own unique forecast. You can experience rain, or fog, with little warning. During the winter time, this translates to a lot of snow and ice.
During the time that Hallasan Mountain is covered in snow, you will get the change to go skiing on the mountain. To ski on the mountain means to take a little hike up the mountain and travel through its captivating frozen art. During the winter time, everything is covered in snow, making it an actual winter wonderland.
Philippines: Shipwreck Diving
Philippines offers various incredible spots for shipwreck diving. What makes this so intriguing is the historical factor aspect – the ships that have sunk in the Philippine waters date back to World War I, or even further back. Ready to find some interesting treasures?
There are several locations where different ships can be found: Coron Island, Subic Bay, and Malapascua. At Coron Island, you can find The Irako and The Akitsushima. The Irako was a Japanese supply fleet that sunk in 1944 that included freighters, a seaplane tender, and gunboats. The ship itself is still largely intact. The Akitsushima was a so-called seaplane tender that featured a large crane that was used to lower planes into the water, where’d they take off. There are details that remain intact, such as some of the gun placements. There is speculation that there may be live ammunition so be careful!
At Subic Bay, there is the USS New York and El Captain. The USS New York was built in 1891 and served in WWII. This area is more for experienced divers. El Captain was an American freighter that launched in 1919 and attracts many marine species. This trip is definitely one of the more shorter dives since it only takes about five minutes to get to from land.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Pioneer at Malapascua. The pioneer was another WWII wreck and the dive is not for the faint-hearted. Make sure to book this area beforehand because it is only open a few days a month. Although it can be difficult to get to, the wait is definitely worth it. There is more marine life here, including sharks.
Laos: Offroad Motorbike Tours
Motorbike tours are one of the greatest ways to experience Laos and explore what the country has to offer. On these motorbike tours, you’ll be able to see how rural ethnic groups in remote areas, as well as mountains, live. You can ride a motorcycle or a 4×4 to experience Laos and can travel at your own pace. This is one of the best Asia adventure travel experiences for those who prefer to travel solo and want to go at their own pace.
Malaysia: Climbing Mount Kinabalu
Located in Sabah, Malaysia, it is protected as Kinabalu Park, a world heritage site. This mountain is the highest in Malaysia and allows climbers. The main entry point is from the Park Headquarters, approx 92 km on the Kota Kinabalu – east coast highway at 1,520m above sea levels.
Spots are very limited, however, as they only allow 137 climbing permits per day. If you are interested in climbing this beautiful mountain, it is recommended to book an appointment beforehand. Mountain guides are always present when climbing Mount Kinabalu, whether you are experienced or not. This ensures your safety and that your climb goes smoothly.
Cambodia: Trekking Mekong River
Being able to go trekking on the Mekong River, world’s 12th longest river and one of the world’s richest biodiversity areas, is an experience of a lifetime. You won’t be traveling alone, but with people who know the area better than anyone, the hill tribe people in the Northeast. The walk is approximately 107km and is not a difficult one at that. The path is a little rocky but somewhat flat.
Cycling is a great way to travel and explore in different areas, especially in China. There are bicycles everywhere and it’s a wonderful way of exploring the area while going at your own pace. The landscape of China is perfect for cycling. You can combine hiking and biking for the Great Wall of China, of course. Yangshuo offers spectacular cycling opps.
There are plenty of bridges and even paths made for just cycling, whether you are traveling, going to work, or just wanting to go on a little exercise. Not to mention that you’ll get to witness both modern and traditional architectures. While China is one of the most industrialized places in the world, it also remembers their history and tradition.
Go experience these Asia adventure travel destinations for a vacation of a lifetime!