For the adventurous soul, there’s no place in the world quite like Asia. It’s cheap, it’s (almost) lawless and the choices of adventures are limitless. From diving under the sea to flying through the sky, from the rice fields in Vietnam to the deserts in India, Asia can be an adventurer’s dream come true.
These are five must-see Asia spots for the adventurous.
Diving in Gili Trawangan
Gili Trawangan is perhaps the #1 dive spot in all of Asia. It’s located off the coast of Bali in Indonesia. It’s better than Ko Tao or Ko Lanta in Thailand, second perhaps only to remote beaches in Malaysia. Gili Trawangan is not only a top dive spot, but an extremely active party spot and fun island to be on all around.
The diving is extremely affordable, one of the cheapest places in the world. Getting your Open Water PADI will cost you around $300 and a dive costs around $30.
You can see sharks, sting rays, eels, all kinds of fish, a shipwreck and occasionally even large creatures like manta rays and whale sharks.
Plan to spend at least a week on this island. Don’t be surprised if you end up staying a lot longer.
Tubing in Laos
Tubing is by far the most famous attraction that Laos has to offer. It’s in Vang Vieng, north of Laos’ capital. The main attraction centers around a giant river with bars littered alongside the river. It’s called “tubing” because you float from bar to bar on a tube.
Each bar is slightly different. Each features extensive drinking, as well as one or two attractions. These usually revolve around water.
For example, the most notorious attraction is the giant 2 story swing. You climb the swing, grab the rope and jump. You free fall until you’re near the river, then let go. A truly terrifying and exhilarating experience.
Think of tubing like an adult Disneyland with no safety standards centered around a river.
Sand Dune Racing in Mui Ne, Vietnam
If you’ve never gone sand dune racing, Vietnam is the place to do it. You rent four wheel drive ATVs for about $8 for 20 minutes. Then you just floor the gas pedal and race around sand dunes several meters tall.
Because the sand is so soft, you can push the vehicles very hard. Even if you fall or flip over, the sand cushions you so you can get right back up.
Spend a bit of time free riding, then floor it in a neck to neck race!
Swim With Glowing Plankton, Krabi, Thailand
Imagine being surrounded by an ocean full of hair-sized glowing sparkles. Everywhere you look is just glowing light blue spots, just you and nature.
That’s what it’s like to go swimming with the glowing plankton in Krabi, Thailand.
The snorkeling trips usually accompanied by a day trip. You’ll start from about mid day, snorkel in various different islands and beaches until the sky is dark. Usually lunch and/or dinner is served during the trip.
Once night sets in, you’ll go plankton snorkeling in earnest. As beautiful as the fish are during a normal snorkel, nothing compares with the sense of magic that comes from swimming with these ephemeral creatures.
Camel Riding in Pushkar, India
Asia is full of opportunities to interact with various creatures and animals. From elephant riding to snake petting, from holding beehives to hugging tigers, if you’re a lover of exotic animals, Asia has something for you.
One of the most fun and outlandish experiences you can try is camel riding in the eastern towns of India. For a mere $10 to $30, you can spend one, two or three days riding with camels and camping in the desert.
Delicious Indian food, complete with dal (pea soup) and chapatti (Indian bread) will be cooked right on the spot. It’s an incredibly fun and relaxing cultural experience.