Spin the globe and any country you land on in Asia is likely to offer an abundance of excellent hiking and bicycling opportunities. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast who wants such activity to be the principal focus of your trip, or you prefer a more judicious sampling of hill and dale, Remote Lands will guide you in the right direction.
From Bali to Java to Komodo, Indonesia abounds with great hiking and biking. The undulating rice terraces of Ubud, in central Bali, are perfect whether walking or pedaling, while a pre-dawn volcano hike of Mt. Batur inspires any itinerary. On Java, biking is a great way to take in Borobudur and its nearby satellite temples. More easterly in the archipelago, cruise to Komodo or Rinca island, disembark and hike to see up close the famed eponymous dragons.
Whether peninsular Malaysia or its half of Borneo, this Southeast Asia nexus offers a workout for the active traveler. Spend a day on foot in the lush Cameron Highlands, hiking amid tea plantations just a few hours north of Kuala Lumpur. Hop the South China Sea to hike Mt. Kinabalu, the highest summit between the Himalayas and Papua New Guinea, which includes the strenuous via ferrata rock-face climb. In interior Borneo, the Danum Valley Conservation Area offers hiking amid pristine rainforest and a staggering array of animals.
The rugged Himalayas offer a range of hiking and biking options, either among lofty landscapes or amid ancient cultural sites. In Nepal, bike between Boudhanath and Swayambunath stupas and other parts of the UNESCO Kathmandu Valley. For the intrepid, a three-night trek from Lukla to Syangboche is a rigorous but rewarding challenge. Bhutan's five valleys present unending chances to hike through pristine countryside with exhilarating vistas. The half-day hike to Tiger's Nest, perched high above Paro, is a must-do. And in Tibet, high-altitude hikes in the vicinity of Sera, Samye and other venerable monasteries offer you a view from the roof of the world.
Hike Sri Lanka’s Central highlands, including the evocative Knuckles mountain range, to experience what UNESCO calls “extraordinary range of flora and fauna,” including endangered species like the Sri Lankan leopard and purple-faced langur. Horton Plains is perhaps the most beautiful nature reserve in the country; a day of hiking here can include “World’s End,” a sheer precipice that drops more than 3,000 feet, and the scenic Baker’s Falls. Dambulla, in the cultural heartland, has perhaps the most exhilarating ascent of all – the 60-story climb to the top of Sigiriya, the ancient “Lion Rock” fortress.
The best hiking and biking in Vietnam awaits adventurous souls willing to go beyond the tried-and-true itinerary. Take the overnight Victoria train (or alternatively, helicopter) to Sapa, in whose lush landscape of misty mountains you can hike between hill-tribe villages, or bike around the equally unfrequented Mai Chau, a few hours southeast of Hanoi. Off the central coast, hike up through the Marble Mountains, a cluster of five mountains dotted with grottoes and pagodas that were used by the Vietcong during the Vietnam War. Cruise through the southern Mekong Delta, disembarking regularly to bike through untouched parts of rural Vietnam.
This is just a selection of the Asia hiking and biking experiences Remote Lands can incorporate into your Asia luxury holiday. Please contact us today for more information and to begin planning your trip.