Cycling Through Wonderful Indonesia

If Cycling is your cup of tea, then Indonesia is your answer for your perfect Cycling holiday.  The islands’ imposing lush mountains, blue lakes, white sand beaches, transparent aquamarine seas and green paddy fields, altogether form the perfect countryside to cycle through,   both for leisure or as challenging course.  While the warm and friendly welcome […]

Thailand’s Sophisticated Array of Soft Adventure

Thailand, Krabi, Thaiwand wall, man climbing in rock wall

Thailand’s well-deserved reputation as a world class tourism destination with a highly varied product assortment (nature/culture/beach/adventure/entertainment) geared to all walks of life, is corroborated when you take a closer look at the wealth of soft adventure opportunities on offer, countrywide. Whether it’s snorkelling, surfing or scuba diving you are interested in; jungle trekking or bungee […]

Finding Your Face: Climbing Southeast Asia

Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur

My first climbs were a means to an end…jumping into a waterfall pool in central New York’s Finger Lakes region. Tourists know this glacier-gouged region for its vineyards and Cornell University, but local kids sneak down farm paths to free climb 20-40 meter walls with plenty of holds and deep water as a net. In […]

Inside the Kingdoms Walls: Climbing in Thailand

Thailand, Krabi, Railay Beach, man climbing in rock wall

Considering a trip to Southeast Asia?  The entire region provides a great destination for all types of mountain climbing.  However, for a rich and abundant choice of warm climate sports climbs, and some of the best bouldering in the world, many local and international climbers head directly to Thailand. To get your body stretched out […]

A Road Trip in Tropical Paradise

Landscape of tropical island . Horizontal image.

The opening riff of Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” is on repeat in my mental iPod as palm trees blur by, brilliant green against a tropical sky. I’m trying to remember the words to the second verse as my motorcycle speeds up the scenic coastal road on my way to Indonesia’s Lombok Island. Sure, a […]

A Diving High Off Hon Mun Island, Nha Trang

diver swimming among a school of fish in the caribbean sea

The island of Hon Mun near Nha Trang was set aside as a protected area by the government in 2003 – good thing too, as the 350-plus species of coral and colorful nudibranch specimens now thrive under the enforced absence of fishermen. In the fishermen’s place, divers now explore the depths under Hon Mun, finding […]

Soft Adventure in Vietnam

Fansipan mountain hills valley with forest trees. Panoramic view at Sapa, Vietnam.

Vietnam tourism policy is geared towards promoting its abundantly available nature (N) and culture (C) products, next to increasingly more developed and accessible beach (P) facilities. Not counting backpackers who travel the country extensively and have time aplenty, due to the shape of the county and long distances between major tourist attractions, the average overseas […]

Southeast Asia’s Most Thrilling Mountain Treks

Slopes of Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia. Image courtesy of the Malaysia Ministry of Tourism, used with permission. Bitter sub-zero temperatures, oxygen tanks and frostbite – these hazards of hiking in the mountains elsewhere in the world simply don’t exist in Southeast Asia. Don’t get us wrong, many of the trails around Southeast Asia’s highest peaks offer […]

Off the Beaten Path: Trekking in Luang Prabang

Hikers trekking in a forest together

Luang Prabang may be Laos’ most avidly-visited tourist destination, but tourists only need to step out to the surrounding countryside to go off the beaten track into some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. As you tread the local countryside paths, you’ll also venture into villages populated by Luang Prabang province’s three main […]

Soft Adventure in Singapore

Young tourist exploring city

Crossing the border between Malaysia and Singapore, I wondered what the city state possibly could have on offer, after just having experienced the abundance of nature and culture based soft adventures in Malaysia. Sure, familiar watersports were to be expected (e.g. sailing, kayaking, swimming, skiing) and probably a few well-kept routes for cycling fanatics. But, […]