Southeast Asia is home to beautiful sceneries where you can have your most unforgettable adventures. Being mountainous countries, you can easily find a fascinating peak to conquer. You can even choose your trails from the easiest to the challenging ones so read on. The following are 5 Great, Easy but Beautiful Hikes in Southeast Asia.
Mt. Pulag in the Philippines
Mt. Pulag is the third highest mountain in the Philippines (2,922 meters above sea level) just after Mount Apo and Mount Dulang-Dulang but this is the most preferred by travellers because of its close proximity to the capital, Manila. A bus ride away and you’re good to go for your adventure compared to the other 2 which are located down south. Not a lot of planning is needed since the climb takes 1 to 4 days depending on the trail. The summit features seas of clouds rolling on the mountain edges of the Cordilleras.
Mt. Kinabalu in Malaysia
Being the tallest mountain in the Borneo (4,095.2 meters above sea level), Mt. Kinabalu is popular for its diverse flora and fauna that changes in nature as the altitude rises. You can find trees that thin out and give way to shrubs near the summit while beautiful stones and fabulous views slowly come into view. The most convenient way to get there is to get a pre-arranged transportation especially if you are staying in Kota Kinabalu. April is the most convenient and safest month to climb. The summit is reached within 2 days or less depending on your experience.
Mt. Bromo in Indonesia
Mt. Bromo (2,329 meters above sea level) is part of the 2 mountain peak of the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park in East Java, Indonesia. Getting there is quick and easy due to the popularity of the park so public transport is advisable but you can easily hire pre-arranged tours for convenience. Mt. Bromo’s peak is akin to an alien landscape featuring the unearthly moonscape of a caldera known as the Sea of Sand (Pasir Lautan) where climbers are greeted by the steamy sight against the backdrop of Mount Semeru. Hiking to the top takes 90 minutes tops from the tourist centre but caution is taken seriously since this is an active volcano.
Doi Inthanon National Park in Thailand
Standing at 2565 metres above sea level, Doi Inthanon National Park is the tallest point in Thailand. Its breathtaking summit is popular for many things like caves and waterfalls but The King and Queen Twin Chedis stand out due to its cultural significance. To get there, booking a tour is advisable and it usually takes 2 to 3 hour drive to reach the top.
Sapa (1500 meters) is located in northern Vietnam along the border with China. It is famous for its picturesque town seated atop the mountain’s rugged scenery. The village is a 4 hour hike with the help of a tour guide. This is the best place for scenic photography, misty mountains against the backdrop of fascinating rice terraces. The natives are nice and helpful and they also sell souvenirs to the tourists. You’ll be surprised that the mountain features 4 seasons in one day, chilly winter in the early morning, spring time after sunrise, summer in afternoon and cold winter at night. Getting there is quick and easy by trains or buses.