5 great places for trekking in Southeast Asia
The Banaue terraces of the Philippines are often called the “8th wonder of the world” – Photo: BusinessWorld
Southeast Asia has a diverse topography ranging from deep dense forests to towering volcanic peaks, promising to delight travelers who love adventure tours.
1, Sapa, Việt Nam
This mountainous area has everything that a climber yearns with challenging and cool climate all year round. Surrounding, lush green terraces and pristine primeval forests will add to the fun of your trip.
To get here, you need to take a train from Hanoi to Lao Cai, then take the bus for about an hour. The roads in Sapa do not require you to have climbing skills. You can even hire someone to help carry luggage.
Come to Sapa between March and May and from September to November. This is the most appropriate time because other times of the year, Sapa’s climate will be too hot or too cold.
2, Kawah Ijen, Indonesia
Kawah Ijen is an acidic crater lake on the Ijen mountain with a height of 2,799m above sea level, 26km northwest of Banyuwangi town, one of 76 active volcanoes in Indonesia.
With its large and spectacular appearance, Ijen crater is recorded with a radius of 361m, surface area is 410m2, 200m deep and has a volume of 3,600m3.
Every day, hundreds of tourists climb the Ijen volcano to see the green fire coming from the sulfur ore mine, watching the dawn slowly appear between the dense fog, and immersed in the magical emerald green of Acid lake is located in the mouth of the mountain.
Visitors take about two hours to walk up to the top of the mountain. You need to go early to see the mysterious and famous blue fire here because they can only be seen at the time just before dawn.
However, consider the safety plan because when volcanoes are active, sulfur gas flow can cause all people in this area to suffocate.
Here, there are miners who can help you pack your goods to the top of the mountain for about $ 50. Visitors should come here between April and October. At this time, the weather is dry and suitable for hiking. The remaining periods often have a lot of rain, not suitable for walking through the forest.
3, Banaue terraced fields, Philippines
Banaue terraces date back to 2000 years at the Ifugao mountain of the Philippines, created by ancestors of Batad indigenous inhabitants. It is said that the terraces are created with very few tools, mostly by hand.
These terraced fields have an elevation of 1,500 m and an area of 10,360 km2 on the side of the mountain, which is the natural irrigation system that is the rainwater on the mountain top.
The Banaue terraces of the Philippines are often referred to as the “eighth wonders of the world” because of their incredible scale and height. Behind the main purpose of farming, the Ifigao terraced rice fields are also considered one of the greatest technical wonders of mankind, an amazing architectural masterpiece that has never been anywhere.
In general, the trails leading from Ifugao village at the foot of the terraces are quite easy, suitable for those who are familiar with the intensity of moderate exercise.
Visitors should visit this area in December to admire the beauty of the rice field. During this period, fields were not used to cultivate and turned into a giant mirror that reflected the image of the green terraced fields.
4, MacRitchie Reservoir Park, Singapore
MacRitchie Reservoir Park is one of Singapore’s oldest and most accessible nature reserves. This place was dubbed the blue pearl in the heart of Singapore thanks to its completely isolated location from the noisy urban area, all year round there were only birds singing and rustling of leaves.
Signposts scattered throughout the trail allow visitors to easily find their way through this rainforest. Along the way, you can completely find kiosks selling food and drinking water.
The length of the trails ranges from 3km to 11km. You can come here at any time of the year, but with wet weather and occasional rain of Singapore, bring more rainecoat to cover.
5, Hill of Luang Prabang, Laos
The trails surrounding the tranquil town of Luang Prabang will lead you to the remote waterfalls and villages with very distinctive beauty. The local ethnic minorities here are Khmu and Hmong very friendly but you should not take pictures without their consent. Apply for permission before taking a photo.
The trail is suitable for exploring during the dry season from November to April. If traveling between December and February, don’t forget to bring a jacket to keep it warm. You should avoid it during the rainy season from May to October.