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Top 3 Southeast Asian Outdoor Adventure Destinations

Southeast Asia is often associated with laid-back beaches, bustling cities, and great nightlife. Yet, Southeast Asia is also home to some excellent destinations for adventure travellers. These are just three places to consider for your next Asian adventure holiday.

1. Explore the Forests of Borneo

Borneo is said to be the third largest non-continental island in the world. It’s divided into three main parts, occupied by Brunei, Indonesia, and East Malaysia. Malaysia hotels, like hotels elsewhere, can offer exceptional levels of convenience and comfort.

  • Brunei. Brunei administers two smaller portions of Borneo on the northwestern coast.
  • Kalimantan. Indonesia occupies the central and southern regions of Borneo.
  • East Malaysia. The Sabah and Sarawak sections of the Borneo are administered by Malaysia.  

Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei, and Kalimantan are all very easy to reach by air. Borneo is home to several international airports. Like the Doha hotels and hotels elsewhere, Borneo is home to a range of accommodation including hotels, resorts, guesthouses, and backpacker’s accommodation.

Borneo is a dream destination for outdoor travellers, with a huge range of activities perfect for getting closer to nature.

  • Visit the Tanjung Putting National Park, Central Kalimantan. Tanjung is just one of the many national parks to choose from on Borneo. You can go for a river cruise, take a tour to see the orangutans, and go hiking in the amazing rainforest.
  • Go scuba diving off East Sarwak or any of Sabah’s unearthly islands.
  • Try mountain climbing, golf, river rafting, fishing, or caving.

2. Bike Through Thailand

Thailand is home to more than 66 million people. With a geographical area of more than half-a-million square kilometres, hospitable and friendly people, and a diverse range of attractions, Thailand is a great destination for keen travellers seeking to explore its untouched villages and amazing cuisine. Some of the best beaches in the world are located in Thailand.

Motor bikes are more common than cars in some parts of Thailand. For a self-sufficient holidaymaker, they’re one of the best ways to travel independently while getting close to the local culture. They’re easy and inexpensive to rent; travellers can find mountain bike and motor bike rental shops in most cities and other popular locales.

What to do and see:

  • Start in Bangkok to get to know the country’s rich culture and history. Famous temples, museums, and historical buildings are just some of the popular destinations in Bangkok.
  • Don’t miss visiting some of Thailand’s wonderful beach resorts. These include Hua Hin, Pattaya, Phuket, Ko Samui, Ao Nang, Rai Leh, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Chang, Ko Kut, Ko Samet, and Ko Lanta.

3. Take a Vietnam Hiking Trip

Like Thailand, Vietnam is home to some very beautiful beaches. However, with its abundance of national parks and reserves, Vietnam also offers some great trekking opportunities for the outdoor adventurer. Whether it’s a half-day trek or a six-day hike up Fansipan (the tallest mountain in Indochina), trekkers will be rewarded with incredible scenery and an opportunity to get close to the unique fauna.

While there are many nature reserves and parks, these are some popular destinations for trekking:

  • Sapa, Bac Ha, Cao Bang in Northern Vietnam.
  • In Central Vietnam there’s Bach Ma National Park.
  • Cat Tien National Park and Pleiku in Southern Vietnam.

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