The Best Adventure Destinations in Asia

Posted 13 May 2014 by

With over 44,300,000 sq km in land mass, Asia is the largest continent in the world, and undoubtedly the best place to find an adventure. Whether you want to trek past rough terrain or brave the fiercest waters, you’ll find it all here, with the right guide and tips.

You don’t even have to go out of your way to find the best adventure destinations in Asia, since many of them are popular tourist spots anyway. So if you’re game for some Asian-style thrill, then you’ll want to read on.

Starting with the trekkers, those who prefer hiking, camping, and walking long distances will love the following places:

  • Bhutan. The country isn’t just known for its high Gross National Happiness or “GNH”. Bhutan is also known to be a place where lands are just begging to be traversed. With all the beautiful landscapes in the area the routes you’ll be taking will be memorable. Note: Just remember that the Bhutan government doesn’t allow for independent travel. You’ll need the help of a group or travel agency if you want to access these routes.
  • Borneo. This is the place where many cave expeditions take place. Not only is Borneo home to 300 km of cave systems, it is also the place where you find the largest single cave chamber in the whole world. The Gunung Mulu National Park is also perfect for wildlife viewing. This is one of the best adventure destinations in Asia for the animal and nature lover.
  • Mui Ne, Vietnam. For those who want something a bit more athletic, try sand boarding in Mui Ne. Rent a sand board for around 100,000 Dong and you’ll be spending hours riding the sand dunes. Try going there in during sunrise – the view is awesome.
  • Nepal. Why not go village hopping along the mountain trails of Nepal? The Annapura Base Camp Trail is popularly known as the “teahouse” route, because it passes by villages where the trailers can visit the lodges.

But what about fun in the water? For those who love their adventures wet, here are some options from the best adventure destinations in Asia.

  • Japan. Okinawa is known as the Hawaii of Japan, which means it’s Asia’s best spot for surfing while enjoying the big waves, beautiful beaches, and very active surfing community. The waters are so vast and varied that there’s a place for all kinds of surfers of different levels.
  • Boracay. Why not try kite surfing? Of all the best adventure destinations in Asia, Boracay is the ultimate place for kite surfing, thanks to its incredibly long bay side and reliable wind patterns.
  • Thailand. Whether you want to go as an individual or with a group, there’s fun to do in the river of Pai. Here you can go paddling or rafting through all 62 miles of the river. The best times to go there are between June and next January. It’s also a good place to have a good view of the wilderness.
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