What does “adventure” mean to you? To some, it might be seeing themselves conquering great peaks. To others, it’s immersing in an unfamiliar culture. Whatever your interests are, there’s an adventure for you. That’s the joy of travel. Here are 5 adventure trips in Southeast Asia that worth a try. Get out there and test yourself.
Covered a vast area of more than 44,750 hectares, Ba Be National Park is the gem of the Vietnamese northern mountains. This place remains underappreciated and largely undiscovered by visitors - an opportunity for people who want to see themselves as true adventurers. Whether it’s the majestic mountain ranges of the National Park to trek or home to the amazing rock formations of Puong cave to explore, beautiful Dau Dang waterfall to climb, or the 450-million-year old terrain of Ba Be Lake which you can discover from a wooden longboat, or Pac Ngoi village where you can learn authentic ethnic minority culture and have dinner with the local - Ba Be National Park is one of Southeast Asia’s most fascinating place.
Bagan ranks high on the list of great. The precious treasure of Myanmar has thousands of brick stupas and shrines, rising from the forests’ embrace, on the eastern bank of legendary Irrawaddy River. You can hardly guess their age because hundreds of them were from 800 to 1,000-year-olds but they are still well preserved. Choose either to absorb the panorama view of the powerful ancient Kingdom by drifting on a hot-air balloon over the site or to ride a bike through the magnificent Buddhist city to satisfy your venture.
There are a few places that capture the beauty of the ocean than Koh Samui. The second-largest island of Thailand is home to vibrant corals and a wide range of marine species: a perfect place to start your adventure to the underwater world. Jackfish, fusiliers, barracuda, batfish, butterflyfish, angelfish, and parrotfish are popular residents. Turtles, green turtles, and hawksbill turtles are not rare to see. Less well known but just as attractive are the elephants. Samui has some of the best ethical elephant sanctuaries where visitors can feed, bathe, and walk with these gentle giants.
Cambodia is a small country but a huge history. Yes, great Angkor Wat doesn’t need to introduce: it’s the main impetus for many travelers to visit the country. There are countless temples of different sizes and scales creating the largest religious structure in the world. They were constructed during the 12th Century AD at the height of the Khmer Empire. Being on the ground and getting close up with the enormous Buddhist temple complex is pleasing. But flying over them in an iconic helicopter is far more spectacular. It offers a totally different perspective seeing Angkor - A once in a lifetime experience.
Kuang Si Waterfall is one of the biggest attractions in the Luang Prabang. Surrounding by lush jungles, the fall drops from the 200ft height into spectacular pools before flowing downstream. There are trails allowing you to climb up to the top so make sure you bring your good footwear and prepare to be surprised by how beautiful and fairy the fall is. If climbing takes your breath away, you can find yourself enjoying the clear water on the pool as other visitors. You can also make a day by bringing a picnic lunch and share it with friends at the shelters near the pools. There is a bear rescue center nearby where you can see, feed, and donate the brown bears.