By Dian Hasan | September 5, 2009
Asia offers a plethora of travel experience choices. The most challenging question choosing what type of experience you are seeking. From FIT, MICE, Medical, Business Travel, Sports, Showbiz, Shopping, Gourmet, Cultural, Wellness, to the micro-niches of Adventure-, Eco-, Humanitarian– and even VolunTourism, where you’ll find diving, surfing, birdwatching, and mountain cyclists, among the many subdivisions.
Which takes us back to Adventure Travel, that part of travel that exudes exploration, expedition, exhilaration… and excitement galore. Laced with adrenaline, enjoying the dwindling Asian landscapes that are changing fast… from pristine to precariously threatened. So let’s look at Thailand’s stunning Phang Nga Bay, near Phuket, and how to enjoy it via the unique adventure of Extreme Kayaking (as originally appeared in Playak).
By Dian Hasan | September 5, 2009
For those in the know, Asia is a fantastic travel destination in every sense of the word – covering a myriad of interests, ranging from FIT, MICE, Medical, Business Travel, Sports, Showbiz, Shopping, Gourmet, Cultural, Wellness, to the more smaller fine-tuned travel niches of Adventure-, Eco-, Humanitarian– and even VolunTourism. In short – Green Travel is here. The Asian travel landscape has evolved dramatically. And virtually all countries across the massive Asian Continent are waking up to the tremendous economic potential of Tourism. Albeit each country may have a different approach. What’s clear is that every country wants to taste the success of China, India, Singapore, Bali, Thailand, Malaysia, The Maldives & Nepal. Even the last totalitarian regime of Myanmar is looking into Tourism as a attractive economic sector to pursue.
Which takes us back to Adventure Travel, that part of travel that exudes exploration, expedition, exhilaration… and excitement galore. Laced with adrenaline, enjoying the dwindling Asian landscapes that are changing fast… from pristine to precariously threatened. So let’s look at Malaysia, one country that has successfully placed its tourism products and services in the minds of travelers, via its catchy “Malaysia, Truly Asia” tourism campaign. Extreme Kayaking anyone? Selangor River awaits (as originally appeared in Playak) .
By Dian Hasan | September 21, 2009
Move over Amazon & Costa Rica, Indonesia is the new adventure travel destination. Rugged and unspoiled, awaiting the world’s adrenaline junkies seeking Extreme Adventure! Hurry, before the cat’s out of the bag!
Lake Toba, South East Asia's biggest lake and the world's largest crater lake, makes for a great kayaking adventure. Photo: Halim
It’s a mixed blessing for Indonesia that’s attempting seriously to develop itself into a formidable travel destination in the region, as tourism is a long-term development that requires deep long-term strategy of attaining the right balance between Profit, People, and Planet. Ensuring enough basic infrastructure investment and deep-pocket tourism promotional dollars spurned by the Government, would attract private investors to develop the facilities, while benefiting the local economy and not endangering the environment that tourism touches. For now though, let Indonesia shine through her greatest gift to the modern traveler: the planet’s ultimate adventure destination. And that may not be an overstatement. We’ll look at how others – mostly adventure travelers – are enjoying Indonesia, her intoxicating natural beauty, her oft impenetrable wilderness, and the indelible culture of her warm-hearted people. Here’s a look at Extreme Kayaking in the world’s biggest crater lake on Lake Toba, North Sumatra, as appeared in Playak.