25 OF THE BEST HIKES  IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Kuang Si Trail is a moderate 2.3 kilometer loop-trail located in Luang Prabang, Laos. It is famous for its collection of beautiful turquoise blue waterfalls alongside the trail, a Bear Rescue Sanctuary and the top view over the breathtaking Lao countryside.

Kuang Si, Laos

Si Phan Don means the 4,000 islands. It is located on the Mekong River across Laos and Cambodia’s border. Hiking in Si Phan Don Islands allows you to see Southeast Asia’s widest waterfalls - Khone Phapheng, take Mekong boat trips, spot the endangered Irrawaddy Dolphins, experience Laos’ serene village life and untouched tropical wilderness.

Si Phan Don Islands,  Laos

Oudomxay Province, in the mountains of far northern Laos, is home to 14 different indigenous ethnic groups. From Muang La, you can take a trip into the lush mountain landscape to visit some of these groups in a 5-hour hike that takes you through Lao’s spectacular, virtually untouched wilderness.

Oudomxay, Laos

The Cameron Highlands is famous for a spider web of steep, tropical trails through tea plantations. Its highest peak is Gunung Brinchang, at 2,000 meters above sea level, offering an amazing spot for viewing sunrise and sunset. Starting from the edge of Brinchang, the 5-hour hike lets hikers immerse in the highland’s greenery and offers ample chance of spotting rare birds and plants.

Cameron Highlands,  Malaysia

Reputed as the oldest tropical forest in the world (about 130 million years old), Mount Tahan is considered a tough trek. The trail offers a mix of flat and steep sections, with plenty of ridges, river crossings, slush and ravines and staying overnight in tents to keep things interesting. Guides are mandatory.

Mount Tahan,  Malaysia

Kinabalu (4,094 metres) is the fifth highest mountain in SouthEast Asia and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich ecology, dense rainforest full of endemic plant and animal species. The combination of incredible scenery, lush rainforest and relative accessibility make it one of Southeast Asia’s most famous hikes.

Mount Kinabalu,  Malaysia

Bako is the smallest national park in Malaysian Borneo, yet it offers 16 color-coded jungle trails, from full-day and overnight hikes to leisurely jungle walks. Bako offers the best hikes in Southeast Asia for spotting not only proboscis monkeys but other animal species such as silver leaf-monkeys, wild boar and mouse deer.

Bako National Park,  Malaysia

Kawah Ijen is an active volcano standing at nearly 2800 metres high on the Eastern side of Java, Indonesia. It is known for its blue fire, acidic crater lake, and labour-intensive sulfur mining. The hike includes steep slopes, rocky and slippery paths. The peak offers amazing sunrise over the 1-kilometre-wide bright turquoise lake.

Kawah Ijen,  Indonesia

Bromo volcano, standing tall at 2329m, is the most iconic and the most hiked mountain in Indonesia. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The mountain beckons, despite having the entire top blown off and a crater spewing off-white sulfurous smoke.

Mount Bromo,  Indonesia

Mount Batur (or The Kintamani Volcano) is an active volcano and a very popular hike in Ubud, Bali. It is a difficult trail that requires a guide service to hike. The mountain surrounds the 13-square-kilometer Batur caldera lake. Penelokan is a popular stopover which serves as a vantage point at the southernmost part of the crater rim.

Mount Batur,  Indonesia

Mount Agung is an active volcano in Bali, Indonesia, which rises up over 3,000 meters above sea level. The peak of Agung volcano is the tallest point on the whole island. On the slopes, you’ll find Besakih, the most important Hindu temple on the island.

Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia

The trail is an excellent place to see Myanmar’s local life up close. This trek can take 2 or more days. Starting out in the hill town of Kalaw, this journey takes you through rolling mountain landscapes and small villages with sight of wandering buffalo; farmers working on rice paddocks and tea plantations and kids playing on the streets.

Kalaw to Inle Lake, Myanmar

MacRitchie Reservoir and TreeTop Walk Loop is a 12.9 kilometer moderate loop trail showcasing the last bits of Singapore's primary forest. The TreeTop walk is the highlight of the park, with a total length of about 250m and the highest point at 27m from the forest floor.

MacRitchie Reservoir, Singapore

Known as "The Roof of Thailand", Doi Inthanon National Park covers an area of 482 km² in Chiang Mai province, north of Thailand. It is part of the Himalayan mountain range and is famous for its stunning nature trails, lush rainforests, breathtaking viewpoints, rushing waterfalls, and the twin pagodas sitting at the summit.

Doi Inthanon,  Thailand

Doi Chiang Dao is Thailand’s third tallest peak, accessible via a fairly easy drive 1.5 hours from Chiang Mai and surrounded by mountain after mountain in every direction. It is an incredible 230-250 million year old limestone massif in the Daen Lao Range.

Doi Chiang Dao,  Thailand

Phu Chi Fa is considered the best sunrise viewpoint in all of Thailand. The viewpoint runs along the Thai and Laos border, offering expansive views over the rolling mountain hills far into the Laos countryside. Hiking Phu Chi Fa provides an incredible opportunity to witness the sea of mist from above.

Pu Chi Fa,  Thailand

Fansipan, Vietnam’s highest peak and “the Roof of Indochina”, at 3,143m above sea level, is a very steep, rugged mountain in the Hoang Lien Son range. The ascent can be made in one day (between 6-8 hours depending on your pace) by those in good physical condition. It is possible to make the return trip to Sapa on the same day by cable car.

Mount Fansipan, Northern Vietnam

Son Doong, the largest cave in the world, is an arduous, one of a kind trail with length of 25km jungle trek, plus 7km caving in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (Central Viet Nam). On a 4-day subterranean journey you will pass through 5km of gigantic cavern; see stalactites up to 70 meters high; walk through underground forests; rope-climb, scramble and wade through multiple streams.

Son Doong Cave,  Central Vietnam

Lang Biang, a symbol of eternal faithful love, consists of the two highest peaks of the Lam Vien Highland (Viet Nam): Lang Biang (2,167m) and 2,287m high Bidoup Ban, the mountain is famous for its spectacular nature, unparalleled views of the whole area of Dalat City, the forest, the rivers and houses of tribal people.

Lang Biang,  Lam Dong, Viet Nam

Mu Cang Chai is a western district of Yen Bai Province (Northern Viet Nam). Its fabulous rice terraces are one of the most extraordinary landscaped sites in Southeast Asia. The terraced fields spread out more than 23 square kilometer, at a height of 1,000m above the sea level in Hoang Lien Son Mountain Foot.

Mu Cang Chai,  Hoang Lien Son,  Viet Nam

As the largest religious site in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat (or the Angkor Complex) is a promising destination for hikers. It is located within a 400 square kilometer national park and is a perfect mix of adventure, history, culture and beautiful landscapes. Every wall, column and lintel is decorated with stone carvings that have survived the ages.

Angkor Wat,  Siem Reap, Cambodia

Yeak Laom Lake is a natural, almost square-shaped lake, situated in the middle of a mountain in Ban Lung District, Cambodia. The volcanic crater has conveniently formed a stunning hiking trail around its border, displaying picturesque mountainous scenery, the daily life of local hill-tribe people and a charming bird sanctuary.

Yeak Laom Lake, Cambodia

Located on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, these 2,000-year-old rice terraces carved on the side of a mountain look like they came straight out of the nature wallpapers on your desktop. Despite its UNESCO Heritage status, a hike through the rice terraces is a rather arduous one with endless stairs.

Batad Rice Terraces, Philippines

As the highest peak in Luzon, the Philippines (2,926 meters above sea level), Mt. Pulag has one of the richest biodiversity in the country, including vast forests full of pines, moss, and grass. It is a mountain worth climbing, both for its challenging trails and its natural beauty. The climb to the summit is moderately difficult and takes about five hours each way.

Mount Pulag,  Luzon, Philippines

Towering at 2954 meters above sea level, Mount Apo is the highest mountain and volcano in the Philippines. It is a natural park and a key biodiversity area, a sanctuary for countless wildlife species – plants, animals and microorganisms. Mount Apo’s summit is the hardest mountain to hike in the Philippines. You will hike through mystical lakes, lush jungles, rocky mountain sides, and a vertical section of volcanic boulders.

Mount Apo,  The Philippines

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