5 unique treks in South-east Asia

5 unique treks in South-east Asia

This article was originally published on the flight comparison site Skyscanner.

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From active volcanoes to ancient rice terraces, Skyscanner has uncovered the most unique treks Southeast Asia has to offer. Time to put on those hiking boots and start exploring

1. Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines

Rice terraces are a common sight in Southeast Asia, but nothing compares to the spectacular Banaue Rice Terraces in the Philippines, which tower thousands of feet above sea level.

These 2,000-year-old terraces were carved into the mountains by ancient indigenous communities, making this a once-in-a-lifetime trekking experience.

As you wind your way through remote farming villages and emerald rice paddies, soak up the breathtaking views of this mystical landscape. Banaue is an 8 to 9-hour bus ride from Manila, so make sure you plan for at least 2 or 3 days to visit the terraces.

2. Mount Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia

What could be more thrilling than climbing an active volcano? As the second highest volcanic peak in Indonesia, Mount Rinjani is the ultimate challenge for hardcore adventurers.

The volcano's rugged majesty is worth the trip alone, but nothing can prepare you for the jaw-dropping beauty of its cobalt blue crater lake. Less intrepid travellers can do the shorter 2-day trek to the crater rim, where they'll still be guaranteed spectacular views.

The best time to climb Mount Rinjani is during the dry season, from April to November. To get there, fly to Lombok or grab a ferry from Bali. Now's your chance to go on that big hiking adventure!

3. Gunung Mulu National Park, Borneo

If you only visit one national park in Southeast Asia, make it this one. Gunung Mulu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its abundant natural wonders and stunningly diverse wildlife.

Where else could you explore the world's largest underground cave, or watch millions of bats take flight at dusk?

Many people come here just to see the famous geological formations known as the Pinnacles - ethereal limestone spires jutting out of the park's lush vegetation.

But be warned: the Pinnacle Summit Trek is quite arduous, and not for the faint of heart! The easiest way to get to the park is by flying to Mulu, usually with a stopover in Kuching.

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