Unique Travel Experiences in Southeast Asia

Nana Team
9 April, 2020

A unique travel experience doesn’t always have to be bungee jumping or skydiving off a plane. If you are eager for your next unforgettable getaway, you should check out Southeast Asia. This region offers some of the most unique travel experiences in the world! Take a look at these recommendations when you are planning for your next trip – we guarantee that you’ll have a trip unlike anything else! 

Spend a Day with Elephants in Thailand 

Riding elephants is a unique experience that comes to mind when we think about Thailand. However, we found out that riding these majestic mammals are actually harmful to them. That’s why we’re so happy to have come across an ethical alternative: spending a day at one of these Elephant Jungle Sanctuaries instead!

Change into your bathing suit, as you’ll be getting wet during your close encounter with these elephants. You’ll also be offered traditional Karen tribe clothes to wear, which makes the experience more unique. Play, feed and bathe with the elephants as a photographer captures these memorable moments.

These sanctuaries are also conservation centres, so aside from playing with these lovable animals, you’ll also learn more about elephants as a species and why we need to protect them. All in all, a fun and educational visit! 

A Night of Mystique with Fireflies in Malaysia 

Malaysia is not just a country full of good food and amazing sights, but it is also home to firefly habitats. Visit the Kota Tinggi Firefly Park for a mesmerising firefly river cruise. As night falls, you’ll be drifting down the calm waters of the Johor while listening to stories about this historical river.

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And then they will appear – thousands of fireflies flashing in the darkness, akin to a galaxy of stars in the night sky. How these little insects can put on such a synchronised and beautiful light show is truly one of nature’s mysteries.

These little green orbs of light against the shades of pink and orange of the setting sun is a truly magical sight to behold. After the cruise, you can write down your own wishes onto a sky lantern and let them loose into the night. The park also offers a range of great dishes for dinner after your journey down the river. A truly fulfilling experience in Malaysia! 

Go Diving or Snorkeling in Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia 

Sipadan Island is the only oceanic island in Malaysia, loved and protected for its clear waters and biodiversity. Going diving or snorkeling around the waters of Sipadan is a rare opportunity that you should take on your next trip to Malaysia, as only a limited number of diving permits are offered each day to protect the environment.

Swim among a variety of sea creatures such as sea turtles, stingrays, sharks and barracudas. Ensure that you are getting the most out of your trip by staying in luxury chalets and villas in nearby islands, such as the Mabul Water Bungalows and the Mataking Dive Resort. All these accommodations are perfect for couples and families. A tranquil tropical getaway! 

Marvel at Ancient Bagan from the Sky in Myanmar 

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bagan was the capital of the ancient Pagan Kingdom. The site is dotted with thousands of temples, pagodas and monasteries, built since the 11th century. What better way to marvel at these long standing structures than from the sky? 

Balloons over Bagan offers a hot air balloon experience to ensure the best sight of the city. Enjoy a panoramic view of Bagan as the wind takes you gently over these sacred buildings. Any photos that you take from the hot air balloon will definitely be stunning.

Enjoy a complimentary breakfast with sparkling wine after your trip in the air. A trip to Myanmar is not complete without this unique experience! 

Zipline through the Nam Kan National Park in Laos 

Feel like Tarzan as you journey through the canopy of this Laotian jungle! This is one for adrenaline junkies, as you will be swinging across the jungle at high speed! With 15 kilometres of zipline installed across the canopy, you will zipping from tree to tree and from mountain to mountain.

You will also get to explore the diverse range of animals such as gibbons and flying squirrels as you hike through the National Park. If ziplining isn’t exciting enough for you, you will be staying in the world’s highest tree houses at night halfway through the park!

This experience is definitely not for the faint hearted, but we encourage you to go on this exciting challenge if you dare. Offered by The Gibbon Experience, this is a travel and conservation project in one. So in participating in this exhilarating journey you are actually helping out with protecting the animals and plants within this National Park. An unforgettable but valuable journey indeed! 

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