Jagged rock pinnacles shoot out of the jungle at Mulu National Park in Borneo

Our favourite adventure holidays

Asia is an adventure holiday wonderland. We’re talking about everything from biking and boating between Laotian fishing villages to proper, top-of-a-mountain, deep-in-the-jungle trekking in the heart of Borneo.

Adventure means different things to different people. Is your definition swimming in underground rivers to yawning caverns under Vietnam’s Phong Nha National Park, or remote multi-day trekking expeditions in Myanmar or Cambodia? For some it’s night safaris in the Laos mountains, others family adventure holidays in Vietnam. We can take you deep into Borneo’s “Lost World” or to the peak of the highest mountain in South East Asia.

Ranging from day trips to multi-day expeditions, the itineraries, tours and experiences below are some of our very favourite adventures across Asia.

Our top itineraries for adventure-seekers

A selection of itineraries to take you off the beaten track and into the wilderness

$3,500
Activity
Adventure
Culture
Scenery
Wildlife

Wild, remote, and truly off the beaten track – this one’s for the real explorers among you.

$4,500
Activity
Adventure
Scenery

Hike through the most spectacular scenery in Vietnam and Laos as you travel from hectic Hanoi to laid-back Luang Prabang.

$2,700
Activity
Active
Adventure
Scenery

If you’re never happier than when hiking, biking, caving and exploring, this adrenaline-fuelled itinerary was designed for you.

$3,800
Activity
Classic
Adventure
Culture
History
Scenery

Discover languid rivers and ethnic minority villages in the forests and farmland of little-visited northern Laos.

$2,900
Classic
Active
Adventure
Cruising
Culture & History
Scenery

Experience two unique but intertwined cultures as you cruise along the Mekong from northern Thailand to Laos.

$2,800
Activity
Classic
Adventure
Culture
Relaxation
Scenery

Mix buzzing cities, tropical jungles and pristine beaches on this journey through the cultural and natural wonders of Northern Malaysia.

Top destinations for adventurous travellers

Our favourite adventure travel destinations in Asia

Northern Vietnam

Deep in the limestone mountains southwest of Hanoi, Pu Luong’s landscape of rippling rice terraces and thatch-roofed stilt villages is so perfect we’re tempted to keep it all to ourselves.

Borneo

Above ground, hike to giant, razor-sharp pinnacles and rugged mountain peaks; below it, marvel at helictites and rock corals in one of the largest cave systems in the world. Mulu National Park is a geological wonderland.

Borneo

Rising 4,095 metres over Borneo and surrounded by rainforest, Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea, and the national park that surrounds it is among the most biodiverse regions on the planet.

Central Vietnam

Covering nearly 3,000 square kilometres of jungle-covered mountains, beautiful and unspoilt Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park conceals some of the most spectacular caves in the world.

Borneo

Often referred to as Borneo’s “Lost World”, the Maliau Basin’s hostile geography has kept the rest of the world out for 130 million years. Its isolation has allowed a cornucopia of endemic species to thrive undisturbed.

Cambodia

Asiatic black bears, Malayan tapirs, pileated gibbons and perhaps even the elusive Indochinese tiger: Botum Sakor National Park is a haven for Cambodia's endangered mammals.

Laos

A visit to Laos is all about the wild and untamed beauty of the mountains – and it doesn’t get much wilder and more untamed than this. Covering nearly 6,000 square kilometres, Nam Et-Phou Louey provides a haven for endangered animals.

Laos

Si Phan Don, or the 4,000 Islands, is landlocked Laos’s answer to the coast: laid-back, palm-fringed, and lush beyond belief, this riverine archipelago is the ultimate place to relax.

Top adventure experiences

Our favourite guided tours and excursions for thrill-seekers

Nong Khiaw
Active
Adventure
Scenery

Imagine kayaking to remote villages of silk-weaving workshops, picnicking by the river on the fringes of the jungle, swimming in pools created by thundering waterfalls, and then returning to your guesthouse to watch the sun set over some of the most otherworldly scenery Asia has to offer.

Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area
Adventure
Scenery
Wildlife

If you want a real adventure (and we’re talking the old-fashioned kind, complete with creepy crawlies, strenuous exercise, and lots of sweat) this one’s for you.

Banding Island
Adventure
Scenery
Wildlife

You can’t just pitch up at a rainforest and head off on your own. That’d be silly. You need a really fantastic tour with an expert nature guide – and that’s exactly what this is.

Maliau Basin
Adventure
Scenery

So remote and isolated that half of it has never been explored, the Maliau Basin is a tantalising prospect for anyone with a remotely adventurous bent. Where else in the world can you trek through some of the world’s oldest rainforest, on trails that only a handful of humans have ever trodden?

Danum Valley
Adventure
Wildlife

Exploring Danum Valley is an experience we’ll never forget. Miles upon miles from anywhere, surrounded by rainforest that’s never been logged, settled, or interfered with in any way, this is one of the richest natural wonderlands on Earth.

Mulu National Park
Adventure
Scenery

Challenge yourself with this guided five-day expedition into Mulu National Park, combining cave exploration with two of our favourite treks.

Mulu National Park
Adventure
Scenery

Mulu National Park is home to some of the most impressive subterranean landscapes you’ll ever see.

Nong Khiaw
Adventure
Scenery

There aren’t many trekking locations more impressive than Nong Khiaw, and this challenging route up the “100 waterfalls” is one of our favourites.

Kota Kinabalu
Active
Adventure
On the water

Whitewater rafting is one of the most exhilarating ways to see the Bornean jungle, whether you want heart-pounding drops and tricky manoeuvres, or a more relaxed ride through the forest.

Popular questions

Things we're often asked...

How fit do I have to be for a hike?

It depends on the hike! We offer treks of varying intensities and durations, ranging from leisurely half-day hikes in the countryside to multi-night adventures through jungles and up mountains. In general, a moderate level of fitness is required for any trek, especially since the weather will probably be a lot hotter and more humid than you’re used to. If you’re unsure whether a certain trek is appropriate for your fitness level, you can always speak to one of our consultants for details on specific routes.

Are there any activities which are better at certain times of year?

Many activities are heavily dependent on weather and other seasonal conditions, and this often means that they’re only available (or advisable!) at certain times of year. If you’d like to know more about the best season for a certain activity, just get in touch with one of our travel consultants and they’ll be glad to talk you through your options.

What will the accommodation be like?

Most of our overnight adventure experiences come with very basic accommodation — it kind of goes with the territory! This might be a homestay, a jungle camp, or even a hammock outside a cave. Expect to bathe in the river (if there is one), go to the bathroom behind a tree (or in a temporary camp toilet), and eat simple, hearty food whipped up by your guides over a campfire or portable stove. It’s not luxurious, but roughing it is the only way to see some of the most spectacular wild places the world has to offer. Just remember to pack a spare battery for your camera!

Do I need a guide to go hiking in Asia?

That depends. In South Korea, there are many hiking trails that are well signposted and easy to follow independently. In most of Southeast Asia, however, you will almost always need a guide. Your travel consultant will be able to discuss specific routes and requirements with you when planning your trip.

Do I need to bring any special equipment?

If you’re planning an adventurous trip, you’ll probably want to pack a little more than you normally would. Some decent hiking shoes, a full set of waterproofs, hiking poles (if you use them at home), high-energy snacks, sleeping bag liners and mosquito nets are all sensible to bring. Any specialist equipment you need, such as climbing harnesses or caving helmets, will be provided by our local partners. If you book any adventure experience with us, we’ll provide you with a full list of what you’ll need to bring from home.

Do I need to do some training in advance?

For our multi-night adventure experiences, whether trekking or cycling, we recommend that you’re experienced in the activity before you arrive. However, we also offer plenty of half-day and introductory experiences that require no prior knowledge, and where you’ll get a grounding in the basic techniques before you start. These include caving, paddleboarding, kayaking and rafting, and many of them are also suitable for families.

View over Nam Et Phou Louey - Dominique Le Roux

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