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Five Unforgettable Outdoor Pursuits around Asia

kitesurfing school in Boracay, Philippines
Boracay, Philippines
surfing Bali
sunset surfer Bali
Clear Mui Ne Beach Kitesurfing Vietnam

Five Unforgettable Outdoor Pursuits around Asia

story by: Jo Wedlock

Kiwis love our outdoors and more and more we are turning to holidays that involve more than just a traditional ‘fly and flop’ or ‘shop’. We love exploring new places, getting out amongst the locals and experiencing the best that each location can offer.

Asia is as diverse as it is vast: perfect for exploring the outdoors and pursuing some more physical holidays! The label ‘Asia’ covers so many different countries and different types of culture, it is impossible to narrow this down completely. However, here is a ‘best of’ list of five breathtaking outdoor activities around Asia.

As always, it’s much better to speak to a House of Travel specialist so you can identify exactly what you want to get out of your holiday and they can help you plan all the ideal activities and places to visit to personalise your trip. 

Boracay Island, Philippines - Kitesurfing
Boracay, a small island in the Philippines, is famous for being one of the world's top destinations for relaxation, but it’s also emerging among the top destinations for kitesurfing and other water activities because of its long beaches, consistent winds and tropical waters. It’s further to travel than other kitesurfing destinations, but it also has lower prices and less crowded beaches. Best of all there are heaps of fun things for the non kitesurfers in the travelling party such as diving, golf, sailing, yoga and renting a motorcycle to explore the island.

North Vietnam - Mountain Biking
Because of the mountainous nature of the Northern region of Vietnam, it’s an amazing place to visit and bring your mountain bike (or hire one in Hanoi) and explore off the beaten track. You can either do this yourself, or get your bearings by joining a cycle tour for a few days before heading off on your own.

Bali - Surfing
Surfing in Bali is a dream for many. Whether you are an experienced surfer or wanting to learn, there is definitely a surfing holiday in Bali to suit you. Surf the swells of the Indian Ocean which is amazing and warm for us Kiwis! From nice and easy beach breaks, to the points that just seem to reel off down the line, lasting forever, into some gnarly reefs that throw you intimidating slabs.

Phan Rang (Mui Ne Beach) Vietnam - Kitesurfing
Vietnam has some of the best kitesurfing you’ll find in Asia. Like a lot of things in Vietnam it has the benefit of being cost efficient and a great experience of a different culture. Look forward to two huge reefs, massive waves, flat water and most importantly, extremely reliable wind that is often around 30 knots.

Northern Thailand - Trekking 
For outdoor lovers, the Northern part of Thailand is one of the best places to pack your boots and head for a bit of trekking. This region includes the country’s tallest mountain, numerous waterfalls and jungle trails, which can be enjoyed by hiking or floating on a raft.

What’s your favourite outdoor pursuit in Asia?

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