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For anyone who is looking for some fun in the sun, Southeast Asia is usually top on the list of holiday destinations. With its year wide tropical climate that also boasts plentiful amounts of rainfall, Southeast Asia is every kayak enthusiast’s dream destination. In today’s article, we look at the top 5 spots for exploring Southeast Asia by Kayak, so get your paddle ready and read on to find out more about kayaking in Asia!

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Best places for kayaking in Asia

There are so mnay places that are perfect for you next adventure in a Kayak and as we have said Asia is one of the top spots. While we have only 5 on the list here today these top 5 places in Asia for kayaking will have you planning your holiday in South East Asia immediately.

Pulau Ubin – Singapore

The modern city of Singapore probably isn’t the first destination that comes to mind when you think of the ultimate kayaking adventure in calm and blue waters. While this may ring true for mainland Singapore, a short trip away from the hustle and bustle will find you arriving at Pulau Ubin. Pulau Ubin is an island situated in the northeast of Singapore and is the perfect getaway for anyone who is looking for some peace and serenity. 

Home to stunning marine life such as manta-rays, otters and dolphins, a kayaking adventure at Ubin offers the best opportunity to explore this quaint little island that you won’t even believe is a part of Singapore. The Ubin kayak expedition spans approximately 15 kilometres long and takes anywhere between 5-7 hours to complete. 



Komodo Islands – Indonesia

Komodo National Park is situated 500 kilometres from mainland Bali and is easily accessible via plane, boat or ferry. Home to the mythical Komodo Dragon, this area boasts stunning volcanic hills, forests and savannah. Komodo’s surrounding waters of mangrove shrublands, seagrass beds and coral reefs are famous for diving, and you guessed it, kayaking. Paddle along as you witness fascinating marine life in the form of turtles, whale sharks and dolphins before ending the day with a feast of Tapa Kolo and Ubi Nuabosi — all traditional local foods in the area. 

Ha Long Bay – Vietnam

If you’re a sucker for an amazing sunrise or sunset, Ha Long Bay is a spot in Vietnam that you definitely don’t want to miss on your kayaking in Asia adventure. Often referred to as Vietnam’s most beautiful sights, the Ha Long Bay has even been declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994.

Sunset at Halong Bay Vietnam. All boat cruises include kayaking

Famous for its crystal clear emerald green waters, you’ll be able to kayak your way through hundreds of limestone islands, hidden caves and natural tunnels. Don’t just stop at kayaking, though — the Ha Long Bay is also the perfect destination for scuba diving, rock climbing and hiking. 

Set off on your epic kayak adventure with our detailed guide on how to get to Halong Bay from Hanoi

Langkawi – Malaysia

Situated 450 kilometres north of Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of modern mainland Malaysia. Dotted with mangrove forests, local flora and fauna and crystal clear waters, Langkawi is a destination best explored on a kayak.

The clam waters of Malaysia off Langkawi are excellent for Kayaking

Start your journey at Kilim River, and enjoy the pleasure of witnessing some fiddler crabs, herons, kingfishers and mudskippers as you make your way to the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. Those who are interested in environmental sustainability can also sign up to learn about fish farming and its effects on the ecosystem. Langkawi would have to be one of the best places in Asia for a kayak adventure.

Considering spending some more time in Malaysia? Visit Penang for some epic food, sights and culture

Mergui Archipelago – Myanmar

If azul blue waters and a quiet adventure in lush green nature is what you’re in search of, then the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar should definitely be added to your holiday bucket list. Home to over 800 amazing islands, Mergui is one of the few places in Myanmar that has been well kept out of the tourism radar. This makes it the perfect place for anyone who is looking for the ultimate relaxation experience where you’ll be able to admire mangroves, breathtaking coastlines and a variety of other hidden treasures on your Kayak. 

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And there you have it — the top 5 destinations in Southeast Asia for anyone who is looking to explore its tropical scenery via kayak. We hope that this article has inspired you to add a few of these spots to your list on your next kayaking adventure! Take care, and safe travels!

We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to go Kayaking in Asia. There are many great spots to do it and countries like Vietnam, Malaysia and so on offer so much for travellers For more amazing ideas on where to holiday through our Singapore and Indonesia Destination Guide Page for more brilliant inspiration.


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How to explore South East Asia by kayak

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