Adventures in Southeast Asia
From bungee jumping into water to snorkeling among coral reefs, Southeast Asia has plenty to offer in the way of adventure.
Visiting the Islands of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Ha Long is an incredible bay in northern Vietnam. The area is considered a natural wonder of the world and is made up of 1,969 individual islands. While some of the islands are inhabited by people others are free of human life. Tours between the various land masses of the archipelago are available in the area, allowing visitors to see this unique collection of islands on a boat cruise. Also available are cave visits and kayaking.
Bungee Jumping in Chiang Mai, Thailand
The city of Chiang Mai, in the north of Thailand, owes its historical significance to its location close to several major trade routes along the Ping river. Today, however, tourism is the region’s main business, with almost 2 million foreign holidaymakers a year visiting the area. One of the main attractions in Chiang Mai is the 50 metre high bungee jump. Surrounded by jungle, the vantage point from the jump offers visitors a very pleasant view, before they hurtle towards the ground from the purpose built platform. If the bungee jump alone is not exciting enough, a specially extended rope allows jumpers to plunge into the pond below.
Tubing in Vang Vieng, Laos
One of the most popular activities in the tourist hot spot of Vang Vieng, Laos, is tubing. Rumours, however, abound that the activity is no longer available in the area. These reports surfaced after a government crackdown following safety concerns, which resulted in the removal of the many of the more dangerous courses, but the activity remains prevalent, although drinking alcohol while participating is no longer permitted. Tubing generally involves careening around the Nam Song river in a tractor tire inner tube. For those not too keen on taking on the rapids, diving and swings are also available.
Scooter Hire (across the region)
Such is the devil may care attitude across Southeast Asia, even everyday activities can turn into an adventure. This is true with scooter hire. Hotels and travel agencies often have the vehicles available for rent and charge around $5 for 24 hours riding, with a little extra for optional insurance. A passport is normally request as a deposit, so it is important to make sure the venue is reputable. Once the red tape is out of the way, customers are free to enjoy their scooters out on the open road, as well as those less open routes in the inner cities.
Snorkelling in Krabi, Thailand
Krabi, on the west coast of southern Thailand, is home to picturesque beaches with areas of coral reef, underwater cave formations and marine life including leopard sharks, turtles and dolphins. There are plenty of companies in the area that offer the chance to swim amongst these natural features, with snorkeling and scuba diving available. For those completely unfamiliar with either activity, there are diving schools located near to the coast.
Andreas Ambarchian is a freelance journalist from England. He writes about a variety of subjects including travel, wildlife and sport. He wrote this article on behalf of Tucan Travel, specialists in adventure tours all over Southeast Asia.