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The Best Adventure Holidays in Asia

Take a leap outside of your comfort zone when you book an adventurous holiday to explore Asia with TRIPS by Culture Trip.
Joel Rabinowitz
12 Dec 2021
Have you ever wanted to go hiking and white water rafting in the foothills of the Himalayas, snorkelling with sea turtles, or spotting elephants and leopards in the jungle? These are just a handful of the incredible experiences on offer in Asia – and by joining one of these TRIPS by Culture Trip, you don’t have to worry about organising logistics yourself. Here, we’ve picked out the best adventure holidays in Asia.
1. Wildlife safaris and white water rafting in Nepal
Asian adventures don’t come much more thrilling than this specially curated 11-day trip to Nepal. As well as taking in architectural gems and delicious cuisine in the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara, you’ll hike between the hilltop villages of Sarangkot and Naudanda, traversing rice terraces and remote settlements with spectacular views of the snow-capped Annapurna mountains in the distance. White water rafting through thick jungle and rolling hills, and wild camping overnight by the Seti River, is a particular highlight – along with the opportunity to spot Bengal tigers, sloth bears, Indian leopards and one-horned rhinos on a safari in Chitwan National Park, accompanied by an experienced ranger.
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2. Desert trekking, wild camping and snorkelling in Jordan
Bring your hiking boots along for this action-packed nine-day Jordan adventure, in which you’ll trek through the rust-coloured, rocky landscapes of the Shaq al Reesh trail, wild camp under the stars Little Petra, and summit Mount Haron at sunrise. Discover the secrets of traditional Jordanian cuisine while staying with a Bedouin family, hike across the barren, lunar-like landscapes of the Wadi Rum desert valley, and wind up by the coastal city of Aqaba for a sunset cruise and snorkelling experience in the Red Sea. There’s also time to squeeze in a visit to the Dead Sea, where you can float on the intensely salty water and cleanse your skin with a mineral-rich mud bath.
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3. Mountain hiking, boat safaris and snorkelling in Borneo
Embrace the idyllic scenery and rich biodiversity of Sabah, on the Malaysian side of Borneo, on this 10-day Culture Trip adventure tour. At orangutan and sun bear conservation centres, you’ll learn about the threats these species face and the vital work being done to protect them, before continuing to the Kinabatangan River to spot an array of animals in the wild. Look out for pygmy elephants, crocodiles, gibbons and proboscis monkeys as you cruise down the river on several boat safaris. After ascending through cloud forests to reach the summit of Marangang Hill, you’ll be rewarded with dazzling views of Mount Kinabalu – Malaysia’s highest peak. Cap off your trip by snorkelling among coral reefs and tropical fish in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park.
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4. Snorkel with sea turtles and learn to surf in Bali
This 12-day Bali trip is sure to quench your thirst for adventure, including swimming in waterfalls surrounded by dense rainforest, hiking up an active volcano at sunrise, and cycling through rice fields by e-bike. You’ll then catch a speedboat to Gili Trawangan, the largest of the islands in the Gili archipelago, just off the coast of Lombok. It’s renowned as one of Asia’s prime snorkelling destinations, with calm, crystal clear water, an abundance of sea turtles, and even stone statues on the sea bed. After relaxing on the island’s pristine beaches, you probably won’t want to leave – but upon returning to Bali, you’ll have the option of learning to surf in Canggu.
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5. Waterfall abseiling, spotting elephants and white water rafting in Sri Lanka
Boasting jungle-covered mountains, swathes of lowland tropical forests and sprawling mangroves along the coast, Sri Lanka is undoubtedly one of Asia’s top adventure destinations. On Culture Trip’s 12-day tour, you’ll be accompanied by a local insider as you explore the highlights and lesser-known spots of this fascinating country, from cycling around the ancient ruins and temples of Polonnaruwa to spotting elephants on a game drive in Minneriya National Park. Bounce along the Kelani River on an exhilarating white water rafting excursion, abseil down Sandun Ella waterfall, keep your eyes peeled for leopards in Yala National Park, and, if you fancy, join an optional whale-watching tour from Kosgoda.
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