Top 10 Multi-Sport Vacations in Asia
From Bali to Bhutan the exotic far east opens up some of its secrets as you journey off the beaten path on elephants and canoes to explore the Tibetan plateau, ancient monasteries, karst mountains and remote hill tribes.
- Ladakh, India
This northern state known as "Little Tibet" features deep gorges, snow mountains, ancient monasteries and plenty of adventure. Mountain bike through the fertile valleys and high altitude moonscape, raft down the Zanskar and Indus River and enjoy rugged mountain trekking on a monastery trail camping along the way.
The ancient and isolated mountain kingdom of Bhutan is perfect for hiking and biking as traditions remain intact and the landscape undeveloped. Hike to ancient monasteries and dzhongs, pedal through virgin pine forest and visit untouched villages.
Long regarded as the ultimate trekking destination, there are actually a plethora of other sports you could try as well. Consider canoeing on Lake Pokhara, mountain biking to nearby waterfalls, rafting on the white water of Trisuli River, or taking a jungle safari in Chitwan National Park.
- Rajasthan, India
The colorful desert state of Rajasthan is replete with adventure activities. Take a jeep safari to the Tiger Reserve of Ranthambore, hike the ruins of the mysterious fort inside the Ranthambore game reserve, an elephant ride through the pink city of Jaipur or camel safaris into the desert near Jaisalmer.
Turn your next trip to China into an adventure experience. Hike the Great Wall at Simatai or stroll the alleyways or hutongs of old Beijing, hike the Huangshan mountains, bike the back roads of the Li River region or enjoy a cruise on it through incredible karst hills.
Mountain biking in northern Pakistan takes on new meanings in the rarified air. Bike from Dir into the Kalash Valley, try your luck at trout fishing at Phunder Lake, continue on to the Khunjerab Pass and hike over a glacier to remote villages.
- Bali, Indonesia
The perfect place for an adventure vacation with green rice terraces to pedal, exquisite bays and sunken ships to snorkel, dense jungle to raft through and volcanoes to hike.
Slip into a sea kayak and paddle amongst the cliffs of Halong Bay, hike amongst hill tribes, mountain bike through remote villages or even foot it through old Hanoi.
Get physical on your next trip to Thailand riding elephants, boating the borders of Laos and Myanmar, and hike to ethnic groups residing in the hillsides.
- Sumatra, Indonesia
Surf, snorkel, dive and hike your way through this jungle covered island in the Indonesian archipelago. You can dive in the pristine waters off Pulau Weh, surf the fabulous break on Nias Island, hike a volcano, visit orangutans in pristine forest habitat or kayak the fabulous stretches of Lake Toba.