Southeast Asia is a slice of heaven truly. Deep cerulean oceans fringed with luxuriant verdant forests, atavistic temples and colossal skyscrapers — old yet new, if I may be pardoned for the paradox. The possibilities are endless, and I personally consider Southeast Asia as the best destination spot to have some incredible adventures,without damaging your pockets too much.
Here are five amazing adventures you should not miss on your trip to Southeast Asia.
1. Rock Climbing in Vang Vieng, Laos
Vang Vieng was previously well known for drunk-tubing across the river. People would consume a lot of alcohol from riverside bars and jump on an inflatable tube to drift across the river.
However, that questionable scene has changed and the focus has now shifted to an array of exhilarating sports, ranging from kayaking to zip-lining. Surrounded by towering limestone mountains, it seems like a no-brainer to opt for a climbing tour!
Adam’s Climbing School is the most well known company in the area to provide several set routes and climbing courses that range from half-day to even three days. Personally, rock-climbing the magnificent karsts in Laos with Adam’s has been a truly unforgettable experience for me.
2. Quad biking in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Imagine racing into the beautiful Cambodian sunset on your ATV. If you do not mind getting a little dirt on yourself, you could ride down muddy terrains to explore the province’s paddy fields, sacred waterfalls, secret temples, and the quiet countrysides for as low as USD 30. It is a one of a kind experience indeed!
3. Surfing, Indonesia
I would go as far to say that the Disneyland of surfing is Indonesia. Located in the Indian Ocean, the Indonesian archipelago has one of the best wave-rich zones in the world, with thousands of reef passes, reef points and beach breaks scattered across its many islands. With consistent swells year-round, it offers world-class waves to anyone who’s brave enough to ride it.
The first surf spot that comes to my mind is Bali, of course. Kuta serves the beginners, but if you want a challenge, go for the massive swells of Padang Padang or left-hand reefs in Uluwatu.
4. Parasailing in Boracay, Philippines
Always wanted to fly? How about getting a bird’s eye view of the pristine, white sandy beaches of Boracay island? This is your chance. Get strapped to a parachute dragged by a speedboat, and soar up high. You have fifteen minutes to make your aviation dreams come true, and you could extend it if you don’t mind spending a little more.
5. Kayaking in Ha-Long Bay, Vietnam
Serene waters, tranquil waves, and peaceful scenery. What more could you ask for? Imagine kayaking through the clear water, rowing past magnificent cave systems, and trailing your fingers across stone stalactites! There are various kayaking services available, but make sure you check the safety and quality provided by them to avoid potential scams!
Overall, Southeast Asia is a wonderful melting pot with people from various walks of life. The culture and ethnicity that every single one of the countries bring to the region is incredibly rich. Don’t wait to explore what these enriching, breathtaking spread of lands have to offer!