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Top Trip Ideas for Exploring Jungles in Asia

Book one of these TRIPS by Culture Trip and prepare to embark on the most authentic and thrilling adventure of your life.
Louis Rabinowitz
10 Dec 2021
How would you like to watch the sunrise from the summit of Thailand’s highest mountain? Spot Bengal tigers and rhinos in the foothills of the Himalayas? Get your thrillseeking fix by whitewater rafting and abseiling in Sri Lanka? Asia’s jungles are some of the most enthralling landscapes in the world, bearing an abundance of opportunities for adventure. Our top TRIPS by Culture Trip for exploring jungles in Asia are here to provide you with inspiration for the adventure holiday of a lifetime.
1 . Mountain hiking, waterfall swimming and meeting elephants in northern Thailand

Venture off the beaten track on this 10-day trip through northern Thailand, covering several of the country’s most incredible, lesser-known destinations. Scramble up the Bua Tong Sticky Waterfall, swim in the idyllic Pam Bok waterfall and soak in the therapeutic waters of the Sai Ngam Hot Springs. You’ll also trek through the jungle in the hills of Mae Hong Son, climb Doi Inthanon – Thailand’s highest mountain – for spectacular sunrise views, and have a chance to feed elephants at a respected sanctuary. Your trip starts and ends in Chiang Mai, where you’ll be able to gorge on delicious street food and admire the city’s vibrant street art scene.

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2 . Wildlife safaris and whitewater rafting in Sri Lanka

Did you know that Sri Lanka has one of the highest population densities of leopards in the world? You’ll have a chance to spot these extraordinary creatures in the Yala National Park on this 12-day adventure, along with elephants, monkeys, crocodiles and plenty more. Cascade down class II and class III rapids on a whitewater rafting adventure in the Kelani River while taking in the wild jungle scenery, and if you’re feeling brave, abseil down the 105m (344ft) Sandun Ella waterfall. A 4×4 game drive in the Minneriya National Park, meanwhile, offers another tantalising chance to observe elephants roaming in the wilderness.

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3 . Spotting sun bears, pygmy elephants and orangutans in Borneo

If spotting an array of wildlife is a priority on your jungle adventure, Borneo is the place to go. On this 10-day trip, you’ll visit an orangutan rehabilitation centre and a sun bear conservation centre to observe these creatures up close and learn about the threats they face from habitat destruction and poaching. Keep an eye out for pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, Borneo gibbons and crocodiles as you cruise along the Kinabatangan River, and head out on a guided night walk through the jungle. You’ll also hike through cloud forest to reach the summit of Maragang Hill at sunrise, rewarding you with spectacular views of Malaysia’s highest peak, Mount Kinabalu.

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4 . Spotting Bengal tigers and rhinos in Nepal

Although most commonly associated with the Himalayas, Nepal also boasts some of the most biodiverse jungles in Asia. After exploring the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara, visiting the hilltop villages of Nuwakot and Sarangkot, and whitewater rafting down the Seti River, this 11-day trip takes you to Chitwan National Park. Here, you’ll stay at a luxury lodge and embark on a safari drive with an experienced naturalist, with a chance to spot Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos, Indian leopards, sloth bears and bison in the dense jungle and grassy plains.

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5 . Sacred temples, traditional cooking and mountain trekking in Bali

If you’re looking for a jungle adventure with plenty of culture and relaxation, this 12-day Bali trip is just the ticket. Explore the sacred temples of Batukaru and Lempuyang, take a dip in the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls surrounded by tropical rainforest, and uncover the secrets of Balinese cruising with a cooking masterclass in the chilled-out highland town of Ubud. Arguably the highlight of the trip, along with snorkelling around the Gili Islands, is a sunrise hike to the summit of Mount Batur – a 1,717m-high (5,633ft) active volcano, which provides the perfect vantage point for mesmerising panoramas of the island.

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