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Asia’s top adventure resorts

Posted in Tourism, Travel by Erineus on February 27, 2009

The reason that adventure resorts are so popular is that they appeal to almost everyone. You don’t have to be the adrenaline addict to appreciate the natural beauty surrounding these resorts. The excruciatingly mobile city life just makes you need some peace and quiet that you can only get at really remote places. But, of course, you wouldn’t wanna sacrifice comfort. That’s what these kinds of resorts are there for. Popular online travel company, Agoda, recently named the top adventure resorts in Asia Pacific region. Here are their picks:

1. Taj Safari Resort (Mahua Khoti, India)—Wildlife exploration like nature walks, elephant treks, and tiger-sightings are available daily. The resort has 12 appointed luxury village huts for guests.

2. Aman Resorts (Amankora, Bhutan)—A spiritual pilgrimage deep in the hills and valleys of mythical Bhutan, a series of five lodges that guests can visit as “pit stops” while trekking the secluded Buddhist hideaway.

3. Four Seasons (Golden Triangle, Thailand)—Situated in the Chiang Rai province, this unique tented camp facility—complete with all the luxury the Four Seasons is known for—is accessible only by riverboat. It lies amid a bamboo jungle right at the border of Thailand, Myammar, and Laos (thus called Golden Triangle).

4. Elephant Safari Park Lodge (Bali, Indonesia)—It’s all about elephants at this lodge. Guests are encouraged to take part in caring for the creatures—from interacting with them, feeding them, and even bathing them.

5. Freedom Inn Niseko (Hanazono, Japan)—Majestic views of mountains, streams, and volcanic peaks, winter activities and a refreshing dip at the hot springs to cap it off are what this Japanese retreat offers.

6. El Nido Resorts (Palawan)—A tropical resort surrounded by 45 islands and islets for its guests to hop around, El Nido is a prime destination where nature is the appetizer, main course, and dessert. But, of course, you already knew that!

7. River Kwai Jungle Raft (Kanchanaburi, Thailand)—Not only can guests be one with nature, they are also expected to be one with the locals. The Mon tribes are very accommodating and they will be more than happy to let tourists watch their ritual dances and be involved in other activities.

8. Bamurru Plains Hotel (Kakadu, Australia)—A three-hour drive from Darwin, this resort somewhere in the Australian savannah has nine safari-tented suites. Quite troubling, but making perfect sense, is the fact that there are no phones, televisions, and other typical hotel “distractions.” But it’s still all “wild bush luxury.”

9. Laos Spirit (Luang Prabang, Laos)—French Colonial architecture features prominently in this resort. The eco-friendly establishment provides rustic luxury to the pristine backdrop of mountains and seemingly endless trekking/hiking possibilities.

10. Hin Tok River Camp @ Hell Fire Pass (Kanchanaburi, Thailand)—With 20 luxurious tent setups along the Kwai River, this accommodation is just a 3-kilometer walk away from the Hell Fire Pass Memorial. Activity-packed packages—including trips to historic landmarks—are available.

Queries? Visit Agoda on the Web at http://www.agoda.com or call their Manila office at 814-9565.

By Ed Biado
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=goodLife2_feb26_2009

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