Trek around the world on a hiking holiday!
If you dream of trekking to Everest Base Camp but can’t find the time or just crave a hike that provides a more rewarding view than Bukit Timah hill, check out these beautiful trails. Travel search engine KAYAK.sg has rounded up six of the best places in the region to stretch your legs and take in stunning landscapes.
Maluan Mountain, Shenzhen, China
The gentle trail up Maluan Mountain benefits from heaps of beautiful scenery including clear streams, an impressive waterfall and abundant plum blossoms. In January, a sea of blue, red and white blossoms can be seen from the Plum Blossom Pavilion at the summit. The circuit from Xiaomeisha beach to Dameisha beach takes about five hours.
Fansipan Mountain, Sapa, Vietnam
An overnight train ride from Hanoi will bring you to Sapa, Vietnam’s verdant northwest corner where the misty mountains are covered in rice paddies and tea terraces. Fansipan is the highest mountain in the region and only nine kilometres from Sapa town. The terrain on Fansipan is not overly difficult but it takes three days to reach the peak.
Mount Bromo, Java, Indonesia
The dusty terrain inside Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park is other-worldly and the views are stunning. Drive to the top of Mount Penanjakan while it’s still dark for sunrise views across the valley of Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru. Next, hike up to the lip of Mount Bromo itself via a steep but manageable staircase and stare right into the steaming crater of an active volcano.
Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Lantau offers an array of hiking options from its highest peak to its giant Buddha monument and deserted beach trails. Fung Wong Shan, or Lantau Peak, is a great place to catch the sunrise. The trail is steep and challenging; you’ll reach the top in about two hours. For a longer hike, visit the famous Tian Tan Buddha at Ngong Ping first. After your climb, reward yourself with a dip in the sea on the island’s south coast. Pui O beach is a popular spot for a post-hike meal.
Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka
An early morning trek to World’s End and Baker’s Falls in Horton Plains National Park takes about a three hour round-trip from the park entrance. Aim to be at the World’s End overlook before 9am. That’s when a carpet of thick white clouds generally rolls in and obscures the sight line to tea plantations and tiny villages below. The hills of Sri Lanka enjoy a temperate, wet climate so you may find yourself wondering how you flew to Colombo but ended up hiking in the Scottish countryside.
Mount Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia
This majestic, active volcano is considered safe to visit but erupted as recently as 2010. Inside the mouth of the volcano is a lake where another smaller volcanic cone has started to form. The Senaru route is the most popular option for reaching the summit and takes about six hours. For the truly brave, handrails and ropes will help you make the steep descent into Rinjani’s crater for a hot bath.
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