There are the tourist experiences everyone does in South East Asia. Tubing in Vang Vieng, petting tigers in Chiang Mai, partying in Khao San road.
Then there are the experiences even the most adventurous don’t get to experience. The ones people talk about around a dinner table and the whole room goes quiet to listen in.
Here are 18 of the most radical adventures in South East Asia.
When you begin to approach Nam Et, signs for tigers start appearing every few km along the roads. In this jungle reserve there is a hike most tourists never even hear about.
Local guides take you into the heart of the jungle and give you a pretty extreme tour including a boat ride into the jungle and a night safari.
The Mekong is among the largest rivers in the world and is extremely important to the economy of the countries it flows through.
Starting in Tibet and ending at the South China Sea in Vietnam, the Mekong is a monstrous river that rarely sees foreigners travelling down save for a few long tail taxis.
There are a few stories of travelers who have ran the entire river...very few.
This is definitely among the most challenging adventures on this list. Son Doong Cave is the biggest cave in the world. You could air lift an entire Manhattan city block into the cave and it would fit with room to spare. Access to the cave is extremely limited and has a two year waiting period assuming you can afford the entrance fee.
Perhaps the ultimate adventure for lovers of there area is to move to the region and start a business. Starting a business in South East Asia is not about doing it for the money. There are other regions in the world where making a buck is much easier.
Starting a business here is about having a passion project and building up the area for both the locals and future tourism.