Besides stunning islands and beaches, Southeast Asia is home to a number of spectacular mountains. If you are a trekking enthusiast, it is recommended to start the journey to explore following 7 climbing spots in Southeast Asia including Mount Rinjani (Indonesia), Cameron Highlands (Malaysia), Sapa (Vietnam), Mount Fansipan (Vietnam), Banaue Rice Terraces (Philippines), Bromo volcano (Indonesia) and Mount Kinabalu (Indonesia).
1. Mount Rinjani, Indonesia
Mount Rinjani, which is the second highest volcano in Indonesia, becomes a typical image of Lombok island. With the height of 3,726 meters, this natural wonder is more dangerous than Kota Kinabalu, which is considered the most famous mountain in Southeast Asia.
With steep slopes and eroded soils, Mount Rinjani promises to bring thrilling and emotional challenges. Besides adventurous experiences, Mount Rinjani will give you a wonderful holiday with the beautiful scenery. Moreover, this is home to tens of thousands of types of tropical plants.
2. Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
The Cameron Highlands of Malaysia is well known due to its delicious tea and beautiful landscape. Endowed with the cool climate, Cameron is an ideal land for growing tea. Besides, this is a good site for visitors to take a rest and escape from the typical hot weather of Southeast Asia.
However, Cameron Highlands is not a national park provided with useful maps and signposts. This site is suitable for those who love climbing mountains and adventure traveling. In fact, the whole area is still unspoiled, covered with kilometers of winding trails and spreads across tea plantations and high mountains.
3. Sapa, Vietnam
Owning the magnificent landscape and towering mountains, Sapa nearly has all the things that a hiking enthusiast expects to explore. In addition, this land has various trails suitable for different kinds of tourists, from those who have a half-day trek to visit Yao and H’mong ethnic villages to the people who go trekking for four days up to the highest summit in Vietnam. Furthermore, the weather in Sapa is cool at every time. Sapa is also the residential area of ethnic minorities with diverse cultures.
4. Mount Fansipan, Vietnam
Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and also regarded as “The Roof of Indochina”. With an impressive height of 3,143 meters, Fansipan is an extremely steep mountain; this trekking site is only for veteran mountaineers. Normally, it takes at least 3 days to climb up and down the mountain.
To reach the top of Fansipan, you need to spend a lot of effort. However, when conquering this summit, you will experience a memorable feeling of a winner.
5. Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines
Built 500 years ago, Banaue Rice Terraces was the representative of the culture and the lifestyle that are quite separate from modern technology and the current world. Located at the foot of majestic mountains, Banaue receives the considerable care from indigenous communities. It is certain that trekkers will gain unforgettable and enjoyable mountaineering experiences.
6. Bromo volcano, Indonesia
If you are a real mountaineer, you are advised to arrange a trip to Indonesia and conquer Bromo volcano, one of the most beloved mountains in Indonesia. It only takes about 2 hours to get to the summit of Bromo.
From here, you get the opportunity to watch the active volcano with white wisps of the smoke of sulfur. To completely enjoy the trip, you climb up the Mount Batok located nearby at dawn to admire the sunset behind Bromo Mountain.
7. Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia
In reality, Mount Kinabalu is not the highest mountain in Southeast Asia. This honor belongs to Hkakabo Razi in Myanmar at a height of 5,881 meters. However, at an altitude of 4,095 meters, Mount Kinabalu is really an attractive tourist destination where you can see a picture of a breathtaking panorama of nature.
You should spend 2 days arriving at the top of Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia. On the second day of the journey, we need to get up from the early morning to climb the mountain and enjoy the stars so that you will feel as if you touched “the Southeast Asian roof” at dawn.
Hope that the above-mentioned sharing about climbing spots in Southeast Asia will be useful for the trekkers who intend to have a trip to Southeast Asia to go on adventurous journeys.