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.
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.