8 Unusual Attractions to Try Around Asia, If You Dare
Dare to do something different.
At some point after you've done your share of eating and shopping in a foreign country, it's likely you'll get the itch to try out something new. These days, it's easy enough to hop on a plane thanks to seat sales, so why not take it up a notch by challenging yourself to seek out new adventures? Here are some places you shouldn't miss the next time you map out your itinerary.
Aside from shopping, Hong Kong is great for night hikes and junk boat parties. It's a great way to mingle with the locals and other tourists while you experience the city. Another option is to go on a tram tour which lets you catch a breathtaking view of HK from above. Trams cost about HK $2.30 per adult and HK $1.20 per child, perfect for those who want to see the city from a different perspective. Check out their routes on the HK Tramways website.
Challenge: Conquer your fear of heights on the 3.5 mile-long Npong Ping Cable Car which is suspended high above the ground. It has glass floors so you get to have a clear view of everything below.
Thailand is a great place for food lovers. You can try their four-hour Chiang Mai food adventure by bike where you can taste traditional northern Thai food. You can choose a half- or full-day tour where prices may vary depending on your age; if you're up for it, you can even dine with the locals—by request, that is.
Challenge: Try eating at a restaurant with an exotic menu. Silkworms, anyone?
While most tourists would probably visit Namsan Tower to see the love padlocks or stroll thru Myeongdong for some shopping, why not let out your inner child and visit Lotte World? If you're traveling with kids (and have some extra cash), you can check in at the Lotte Hotel.
Challenge: South Korea is the place to be if you're into minimalist tattoos, so for a more permanent reminder of your trip, maybe you can finally get inked!
If you're feeling a little adventurous, visit the Macau tower and go bungee jumping from 338 meters up; but if that's too much for you, try the aerial walk activity on the glass floor of their rooftop instead.
Challenge: Take a selfie while doing the aerial walk.
Tired of the crowded streets of Tokyo? Head down to Nara Park where herds of deer roam freely. It's the perfect way to unwind and be one with nature. If you want to fully indulge in their culture, you could also watch a legit sumo wrestling match (know how to book your tickets here) and tour the city at night.
Challenge: Visit the Alcatraz ER themed restaurant where you can have a one-of-a-kind dining experience. How does a plate of brain-shaped beef sound?
Other than the famous Merlion statue in the heart of the city, you should also visit Universal Studios for a fun afternoon and head to the Gardens by the Bay at night for a relaxing dinner with a spectacular view.
Challenge: Try driving on the F1 track! Just take your pick from a McLaren 12C, aFerrari F430 F1 Spider, or Lamborghini Gallardo.
Test your courage when you visit Vietnam's Cu Chi Tunnels. It's a network of underground passageways that run up to more than 120 miles (or about 200 kilometers)!
Challenge: Take a two-hour flight, get on a boat, and swim in Halong Bay (in your swimsuit, of course!). Just make sure you stay safe and that you can handle the temperature of the water.
Just like the Philippines, Indonesia is made up of many islands, making it an ideal place for anyone wanting to find solace in silence. There are also plenty of adventures to have while you're there, whether you're into surfing, diving, or just a relaxing bike ride.
Challenge: Go scuba-diving or surfing in Bali. Diving schools are located at Padangbai, Tulamben, and Nusa Lembongan. Remember, it's never too late to learn!
This story originally appeared on Femalenetwork.com.
*Minor edits have been made by the SPOT.ph editors.