Ride the waves in Bali:
Known as one of the best surfing spots for beginners, the gentle whitewash of the waves and plentitude of surf schools in Seminyak will ensure everyone can get that adrenaline rush. Bali Green Surf is one of the leading schools around, offering private lessons and surf camps, with each lesson tailored to specific capabilities. If you’re keen to explore, they can take you to different surfing spots around Bali like Serangan, Canggu and Jimbaran, while helping you pick up skills and techniques.
Recover after a long day of being pummeled by the waves at The Seminyak Resort & Spa where you can enjoy ringside seats to one of the world’s best sunsets – iced coconut martini in hand naturally.
Get your own catch of the day in Vietnam:
Still somewhat off the beaten track, the once sleepy fishing village of Quy Nhon is the place to head for a real taste of Vietnam. A deep sea fishing expedition organised by AVANI Quy Nhon Resort & Spa is one of the nicest ways to immerse yourself into local life.
Venture out into the ocean and experience life on the water from the local fishermen’s point of view as they teach you how to fish the traditional Vietnamese way. The waters here are teeming with barracuda, mackerels, snapper, squid, marlins, squid and bass, which means a bite is virtually guaranteed.
The hotel will pack lunch and beverages, but be sure to save some space for the freshest – and most rewarding – fish BBQ you’ve ever experienced.
Go Wake Boarding in Thailand:
You may not associate Bangkok with watersports, but you’re in for an extreme thrill at the perfectly glassy Taco Lake, about 40 minutes from the city centre (near Suvarnabhumi airport). What sets this activity apart from run of the mill wakeboarding is that you’re not towed by a boat, but by metal cables attached to motors that pull you around instead. Completing a full circuit is a brag-worthy workout in itself, but – if you’re feeling gutsy – you can utilise the ramp installation to bust out some major air.
Float along a river in Vang Vieng, Laos:
Tubing – that wild activity of floating down a river in a rubber tube – is what originally put Vang Vieng on the map. It was briefly stopped by the government when reckless pursuits like unregulated zip lines and ‘death slides’ got out of control, but it’s recently been reintroduced on a smaller, safer, more sensible scale. For around AED20, you can hire a rubber ring at one of the many riverside shops before launching yourself into the Nam Song river at Viva Vang Vieng bar.
You can stop off en route for refreshments, before popping back into your rubber ring and continuing your meditative float downriver. The valley is bordered by striking karst formations; lie back and take it all in across the five mile stretch.
Run for your life in Ubud:
With its heart-stopping views, a jog across Campuhan Ridge in Bali’s scenic Ubud is like no other run. A paved path through hilly, tropical vegetation meets a sea of rice paddies, to open up into a local village, in this holistic haven of a destination. Luxury villas dotted on both sides of the track, with their infinity pools dangling off the cliffs, provide further eye candy.
Start early (ideally before 7.30am) at Warwick IBAH villas on the main road. Follow ‘Going to the Hill’ signs, turn left and walk around the walls of the Pura Gunung Lebah Temple before getting started on your undulating run towards Karsa Kafe. A round trip is around 9km – you can catch a breather at one of the art galleries set up by local artists – and if you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the highest volcano in Bali, Mount Agung.