Cycling in the countryside around Battambang

Our favorite active vacations 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 vacation in Asia, from cycling in the countryside to mountain hiking in Vietnam, and we’ve collected a few of our favorite active trips and experiences below. They include snorkeling 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 travelers

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

Top destinations for active travel

Our favorite places in Asia to get the blood pumping

Action-packed guided tours and excursions

Our favorite active tours and hands-on experiences

Bowl of curry noodles with chopsticks and lime to garnish

Morning/afternoon class at Pantawan Cooking School

Chiang Mai

Heavily influenced by Laos and Myanmar, northern Thai — or Lanna — cuisine is totally different from Thai food as you know it.

At Pantawan you won’t just whip up some dishes, you’ll learn about the local food culture, hear personal stories, and get tips on how to use your newfound skills back at home. Begin with a tour of the local fresh market, then cook your own curry noodles, spicy laab or mango sticky rice back at the school’s beautiful gardens.

Trekking in Pu Luong

Trekking in Pu Luong

Pu Luong

With its picture-perfect rice terraces rippling down mountainsides and thatch-roofed stilt houses clustered in valleys, Pu Luong’s scenery is the stuff of pure romance — and there’s no better way to experience it than on a guided trek.

Our favorite route is a two-day hike which begins at a suspension bridge over the Cham River and winds through the mountains, passing minority villages and bamboo waterwheels built by the locals to irrigate their rice terraces. We can plan treks to suit any fitness level, from laid-back and gentle to positively punishing, so don’t let your walking appetite hold you back from experiencing the magnificent Pu Luong countryside.

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 travelers 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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