Top 5 Amazing Hiking Trails to Try in Asia

Top 5 Amazing Hiking Trails to Try in Asia by North Carolina lifestyle blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

There is nothing better than a hiking trip during the crisp season of early Autumn. You and your friends can take a hike on the local trails near your house, for a nice and relaxing afternoon. However, if you want to do something a little more adventurous, then you can head to the mountains for a long hiking weekend. If you want to have an unforgettable experience, then try hiking in Asia!

Asia is full of beautiful natural landscapes, from the coastal plains to heavily wooded forests. You can easily pass a serene weekend at the national park camping under the stars.

If you want to go on a trek that is a little more hardcore, then head to these Asian hiking trails. However, you should only do this if you are fully prepared. You will need to bring plenty of water, extra gasoline, best telescope and other essentials to keep yourself safe. You will also need to make sure that you are not in any of the protected reservations as this is not allowed. Outback hiking is not for beginners unless they are accompanied by a large group and an experienced guide. However, if you are ready for a challenge, then spend a couple nights out in the Asian bush for an unbelievable experience.

Be prepared, because today, we’re bringing you five amazing hiking trails every hiking fan needs to try while in Asia.

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, Thailand 

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is a coastal park with an impressive skyline of majestic gray limestone mountains. The park is packed with freshwater marshes, salt flats, caves, and beaches. There are many hiking trails that lead to the Khao Daeng viewpoint for spectacular vistas of the sandy coastline and mountains.

With a backdrop of scenic Casuarina pine trees, visitors can take a swim at Sam Phraya Beach and Laem Sala Beach. From the beaches, uphill trails lead to the famed Phraya Nakhon Cave. This is Thailand’s most photographed cave and houses the royal pavilion of King Rama V. Boat tours are available or kayaks can be rented for a bird’s eye view of the natural wildlife. White-bellied sea eagles, Caspian terns, goat antelopes and mongoose are among the splendid wildlife.

Mount Everest, Nepal 

Most visitors to Nepal will set out for base camp or to climb Mount Everest, a hiking trail every hiker dreams about.

Each year, thousands of people learn that the feeling of completing either accomplishment is unlike any other they have felt in their lives and may never feel again. Various routes exist to cater to people of all hiking and climbing capabilities.

West Bali National Park, Bali 

Capping the northwestern end of the island of Bali, this protected area accounts for nearly 10 percent of Bali’s total land mass. Forward-thinking rulers set it aside as a nature park almost 100 years ago and formally made it a national park in 1941. Within its borders lies a myriad of landscapes, from mangrove forests to arid savannas and classic rain forests. Off its beaches, protected reefs harbor unique fish and aquatic mammal species.

The most meaningful way to experience the park is by hiking its established trails with a knowledgeable guide. Routes such as the Tegal Blunder Trail offer delightful opportunities for bird watching, including the elusive and endangered Bali Starling, but if you want something more challenging the Gunung Klatakan Trail is longer and requires a bit more physical prowess, but rewards hikers with fine views of quintessential Balinese rainforest topography and wildlife.

Permits and hired guides for the park are available in Cekik or in Labuan Lalang, two villages located within its borders. For those wishing to explore marine life, boats to the nearby island of Menjangan can be chartered for a nominal fee. Here, visitors have the opportunity to scuba dive or snorkel in some of the clearest waters to be found in Bali.

Maokong, Taiwan

Hikers may also enjoy further natural pleasures at the Maokong, featuring remarkable view from its hills dedicated to tea cultivation. Formerly the most productive area for tea harvests, the local has become popular for the scenic, night views of Taipei City. On a clear day, the city is also visible from the area. Hikers and climbers find the area invigorating, utilizing the pathways from the university located there. 

The Maokong presently produces tea as well, namely the Tieguanyin variety. This is why restaurants in the local area offer tea with meals. Unique transportation methods are available via a gondola lift system, which began service in 2007. This means that of transportation connects to the city’s zoo through the metro system.

Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

Nearby Bangkok, the Khao Sok National Park is a jungle wonderland of plant and animal diversity. Sun bears, cobras, tigers, and pythons can be spotted deep in the jungle. There are many established trails, and visitors can even take to the trails riding an elephant. Rare flowers like Rafflesia dot the high ridges in a colorful splash. With porous limestone underlying the forest, the park houses some impressive caves. Visitors can swim through the caves or rent tubes at the park. River tours are popular at the park and offer great views of the park’s beauty. Mangrove snakes hanging from canopied branches and jutting karst cliffs are just a few of the unique sites along the way. The park also operates a cluster of floating guesthouses on remote sections of the lake for an overnight stay.

Wrapping it up

Gather up a few friends and drive to a secluded cove. You can have fun all weekend hiking and camping. Hikers to Asian hiking trails have at their fingertips a medley of options to experience a rich and unique landscape. Whether they are interested in something easy and relaxing or more challenging, Asia promises to leave them with indelible memories that enrich their hiking and world perspective.

Just remember to clean up your area before leaving. A good hiker always knows to leave their natural surroundings just as he found it.

[su_box title=”Just a thought ” box_color=”#abbeef”]Rebecca lives in the USA but loves hiking all over the world. Her favorite is Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. It usually takes 16 days, but she likes to slow down, enjoy mountains, the company of other adventurers and take more pictures, so it took her 28 days last time. Another of her passion is the ocean, so all short and long hikes along the ocean shore bring a lot of joy. She also writes for[/su_box]


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