There’s a whole other side of South East Asia, an arena of extreme sports for adventure travellers and thrill-seekers. Would you dare to explore some of these sports to get your adrenaline running and your heart pumping?
South-East Asia is renowned for its ancient ruins and temples, warm weather and low prices. But there is another side to this region – extreme sports – travel activities that will get your heart pumping and make you feel alive.
We are talking about adventure activities where daredevils jump from cliffs as high as 40 feet, leap from one of the tallest free-standing towers in the world, skydiving to canyoning and abseiling.
Move aside, New Zealand because South-East Asia is now the ultimate travel destination for adrenaline junkies. Here are five extreme sports that will get your wanderlust pumping!
One of the most popular extreme sports is cliff jumping. Many people are cliff jumping because this activity does not require any equipment or special gear, just your body sailing through the air from towering heights and plunging into the deep waters below. Just make sure you know how to swim.
Thrill-seekers can jump from giant cliffs found on islands or coastal areas. Ariel’s Point in Boracay, Philippines has five platforms for cliff jumpers to choose from with the highest being 13 metres.
Canyons and waterfalls are also a great spot to cliff jump. Situated just north of Nha Trang in Vietnam is Ba Ho Waterfalls where cliff jumpers have to climb on to a number of huge boulders from which, prior to jumping, they are treated to a huge valley surrounded by clear waters. The jumping spot is apparently high enough for cliff jumpers to scream all the way down to the waters.
If cliff jumping was extreme, base jumping takes the cake. Base jumping off KL Tower in Malaysia is where daredevils risk their lives jumping off this tower of 300 metres (984.2 feet) high!
KL Tower is renowned as the World’s Base Jump Centre since 1999 and is one of the largest and most adrenaline-pumping competitions in the world. Base jumpers stand at the edge of a platform where they would see breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur city, and when they jump, only have a few seconds to pull the cord and open their parachutes.
It is a new sport among other extreme sports with only a handful of places in South East Asia that host it. Besides Kuala Lumpur, another city with magnificent highrises that can accomodate base jumps is Shanghai in China.