Expect close encounters with blacktail barracuda and the gentle whitetip reef shark
Craving an adventure but don’t have the time to go gallivanting around the world? Sate your inner-adventurer with one of these mini adventures in Asia, easily achievable in a long weekend
Take An SUP Through The Indonesian Jungle
Sumba Island is one of the most isolated islands in Indonesia and as such remains relatively untouched. Embark on a river paddle boarding trip through the jungle, passing remote and untouched villages. Trek to waterfalls and villages which are comprised of traditional Sumba pointed thatched roofs. You may even be lucky enough to invited into the village elders’ hut where monkey heads adorned the ceiling.
Take me there: Tucked between the trees of this remote island are the 21 luxury villas within three estates which make up the idyllic beach retreat Nihiwatu.
Go Off-Roading In Cambodia
Want to go off the beaten track and explore parts of Cambodia that many tourists don’t venture to? The answer – hire a motor bike, as Travel by Lightfoot editor, Claire, discovers. Leaving the city behind, a guide will lead into the jungle and into rural Cambodia, the Cambodia that everybody should see. Pass farmers in the fields planting rice, temples that aren’t found in the guidebooks, and local children running alongside you. Not one for the faint hearted, expect obstacles such as riding across bamboo bridges, up mini-waterfalls and through waist-deep water.
Take me there: For the ultimate experience stay in a local farmer’s house. However if you’re not quite ready to sacrifice your home comforts, go from Siem Reap and stay in Belmond La Residence D’Angkor, located on the banks of river and close to the famed Angkor Wat complex.
Try Heli-Skiing In Niseko
With a yearly snowfall of over 1500 cm, you can expect fantastic snow conditions in Niseko. Once you’ve had your fill of skiing, or are looking to take your skiing up to the next level, we highly recommend trying your hand at heli-skiing. Only a few companies in Niseko organise this so it can book up fast, but for adrenaline junkies it’s well worth booking in advance. Niseko has perfect heli-skiing terrain – steep and blessed with consistent snowfall, cold temperatures and lack of sun, meaning guides can usually find the perfect powder.
Take me there: After a long day on the slopes nothing is more rewarding than soaking in a spa tub and warming your feet in front of a roaring fire. The nine-bedroom Kimamaya by Odin does just that, and heli-skiiers will love the massages to soothe those weary limbs.
Climb Kota Kinabalu In Borneo
If climbing in the Himalayas is high on your wish list but you just don’t have the time, scaling Mount Kinabalu could be just the ticket. The tallest peak in Borneo’s Crocker Range. Mount Kinabalu stands at 4, 095 metres above sea level and takes around six hours to climb. Rising early the next morning to start your descent, you be will be rewarded with spectacular sunset views across the range. If you have time after your climb, spend a couple of days on Sipadan and Mabul Islands. Relax in your over-water wooden chalet and enjoy the fantastic diving. Your experienced guide will help you navigate the azure waters. Expect close encounters with blacktail barracuda and the gentle whitetip reef shark.
Take me there: Relax before your climb at the Meridien, located in the heart of Kota Kinabalu. Afterwards head to Kapalai Dive Resort for some downtime and diving.
Go White Water Rafting In Bali
See another side of Bali by white water rafting through some of the country’s most stunning scenery. A well-trained private guide takes you through river runs, down dramatic drops and under spectacular waterfalls, guaranteed to give you an adrenaline boost. While suffers flock to Bali to tackle the swells, those looking for an adventure shouldn’t overlook the river rapids.
Take me there: The best rafting can be found on the Ayung River. Stay at the COMO Shambhala Estate near the artists’ town of Ubud. You’ll start your rafting experience by one of the Estate’s waterfalls, past the gardens and down the Ayung River. Relax afterwards at the award winning COMO Shambhala spa.