For the more adventurous traveler, hiking offers them an option to stay active while enjoying the sceneries their destination has to offer. In Southeast Asia, there are several places they can go for a hiking trip. Here are 5 Asian destinations worth considering for your hiking vacation.
Mount Rinjani, Indonesia
Mount Rinjani is an active volcano located on Lombok, Indonesia. There are two routes going to the 3,726 meter high summit—the northern and eastern route. It takes around four days to complete the challenging route. Hiring a tour guide is mandatory as a result of fatal accidents in the past.
Sapa is a region full of terraced ride paddies, mountains, and villages. It is best to hike from one village to another, visiting a few local markets along the way. Hikes can be short or long depending on your preference.
Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia
This Asian destination stands 4,095 meters making it the tallest mountain in Malaysia. Mount Kinabalu is located in Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More than 40,000 hikers visit the mountain yearly but not all of them are able to reach the summit. The hiking trip takes a couple of days but there is no special skill or equipment required.
Mount Ijen, Indonesia
Located in East Java, Indonesia, Mount Ijen is a stratovolcano best known for the Blue Fire Crater, a natural phenomenon of blue flames visible only in the dark. In order to see this event, most hikers start early in the morning. Robert Peter Janitzek tells that the hiking trail is very clear so there is no need to hire a guide.
Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang is a peaceful town in Northern Laos which makes it perfect to go hiking and see the surrounding landscapes. The trail will take you to the beautiful Mekong River where you can take a boat if you get tired. One of the highlights in this area is the Kuang Si Waterfalls.
Doi Ching Dao, Thailand
Doi Ching Dao is only the third highest mountain in Thailand but reaching the summit is very possible for most people. According to Robert Janitzek, you only need to be physically fit and should have a good pair of hiking boots. An average person will not take more than two days to reach the top but the more fit ones can even reach the summit in just a day.
So if you like to go on an adventure and go sightseeing at the top of a mountain, these places can provide you with the experience you are seeking.