Cycling in the countryside around Battambang

Our favourite active holidays in Asia

Forget lying on a sunlounger — if you’re the kind of person who likes to get their blood pumping and their hands dirty, you’ve come to the right place.

There are all kinds of ways to get active on holiday in Asia, from cycling in the countryside to mountain hiking in Vietnam, and we’ve collected a few of our favourite active trips and experiences below. They include snorkelling Malaysia’s coral reefs, swimming in the cool, blue pools of Kuang Si Falls, and kayaking on Tonlé Sap Lake — but they also encompass hands-on activities that don’t require you to work up a sweat, such as trying out traditional crafts with Cambodian artisans, or playing boules with the locals in Luang Prabang.

In the end, whether you’re stand-up paddleboarding or picking vegetables on an organic farm, what our activity-focused trips are really all about is getting to grips with culture and nature by getting involved.

Our top itineraries for active travellers

A selection of itineraries packed with active tours and hands-on experiences

Top destinations for active travel

Our favourite places in Asia to get the blood pumping

Action-packed guided tours and excursions

Our favourite active tours and hands-on experiences

Kayaks on the beach at Ang Thong Marine Park

Kayaking and snorkelling in Ang Thong Marine Park

Ko Samui

Encompassing 42 jewel-like islands in the Gulf of Thailand, Ang Thong National Marine Park is a wonderland of dense jungle, hidden waterfalls and sandy beaches so brilliant they almost hurt the eyes.

As far as we’re concerned, the best way to discover this natural playground is with a full day’s island-hopping by speedboat, with plenty of stops to feel the sand between your toes, trek to mountain viewpoints, and swim in warm, clear waters among coral reefs darting with fish of all colours, shapes and sizes. Stop for a delicious buffet lunch on the shores of Ko Pha Luay, then spend the afternoon chilling out beneath the palm trees, swimming, or perhaps heading back out on the water for a kayaking adventure to some of the more remote corners of the marine park. If you ask us, that’s as close to a day in heaven as you’ll find on Planet Earth.

Popular questions

Things we're often asked...

I like the look of one of your cycling experiences, but I can’t ride a bike. Is there another way I can participate?

In most cases, yes. We often recommend sightseeing by bike because it’s a great way to explore places that are difficult to access by car, but we can often offer some form of local transport as an alternative. Tuk-tuk, remorque, or riding pillion on a scooter are all possibilities, depending on the location. It might mean slight changes to your route, but you’ll still get to see the quieter, off-the-beaten-track bits of the countryside.

Are the included activities private or shared?

We offer a mixture of private and group activities, and most group activities can also be booked privately at an extra cost. However, for many of these experiences, joining in with fellow travellers is part of the fun!

Do you include insurance to cover these activities?

No, you’ll be required to obtain the correct travel insurance before you depart.

In South Korea, where we’ve included bike or car rental, insurance to cover the bike or car will be included.

How fit do I need to be?

That depends entirely on the activity. As a rule of thumb, we recommend a moderate level of fitness for all our activity themed trips, though many of the cycling and walking tours included are very gentle and flat. If you’re not sure from the description whether an activity is for you, chat to your travel consultant and they’ll be glad to advise.

Cycling along the banks of the Thu Bon River near Hoi An

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