The tropics are notoriously good for working up a sweat, so if you’re a fitness junkie, there’s no better place to get warmed up. Boasting a unique amalgamation of wildlife, terrains and culture, there are many trekking trails in Southeast Asia that offer everything from pristine dense rainforests, to mist-enveloped mountains.
But the views aren’t the only thing that’s rewarding on your journey — there’s the people you’ll meet along the way. Because tribes are still very much prevalent in the remote regions of Southeast Asia, the trek becomes an immersive experience into the lives of these indigenous people. Some companies such as World Expeditions even organise homestays with them, where you’ll live, eat and interact with the locals.
Trekking is also a fantastic way to burn calories without knowing it. Depending on your body weight and terrain, you can burn between 440 to 550 calories per hour. Intensive trekking sessions can also increase metabolism, and you’ll see extra calorie burns that last for as long as 14 hours after you’re done. If you want to see results, ditch the park and tackle some rocky grounds instead.
Because MacRitchie is too mainstream, we’ve picked out 5 of the best trekking trails in Southeast Asia to take your hiking to the next level.