The best scenic Asia canoe trips offering mild adventure yet gentle enough for beginners and novices.
Tipping a canoe and going for a swim is considered part of the fun of canoeing. It's a normal occurrence and not viewed as an emergency or incident to be concerned about. When canoeing in a group with an experienced leader, the group pitches in to help recover the swimmers and boats.
Some of the canoes trips in Asia use sit on top kayaks with a slightly wider hull where paddlers sit higher up from the bottom. Most sit-on-tops are built for recreational paddling, beginning paddlers, novice canoeists, and for people who have flexibility problems with the traditional kayaks.
Our choices of the best scenic canoe trips are geared towards the beginner and novice canoeists and are navigated over flat water or Class I rivers and lakes.
Phang Nga Bay, Thailand - Take the cave explorer tour and navigate through the scenic Phang Nga Bay, that was the host of the James Bond Movie - Man with a Golden Gun. This is a national marine park with many islands, limestone cliffs, sea caves, and Hongs. The Hongs are open, cliff-lined tidal lagoons with access to the open air by stalactite tunnels. Along the way you can enjoy secluded beaches and stop off for a refreshing swim.
Aleenta Resort & Spa
Phang Nga, Thailand
This 30 room resort is minutes away from the dramatic Phangnga Bay, set directly on the beach by the Andaman Sea. The modern design and clean lines allow the original philosophy of "outside-living-in" to continue and have already glazed a number of architecture magazines around the world.
Ang Thong National Marine Park, Thailand
Canoe this island rich scenic archipelago featuring, hidden lagoons, sandy beaches, and hidden lagoons that were host to the Leonardo Di Caprio film "The Beach". The islands also offer excellent snorkeling and fishing. There are several tour operators on the island of Koh Samui where you can book day trips by tour boat or speed boat as well as by canoe, kayak and sailing tours.
Note: The Ang Thong National Park is closed for the rehabilitation of nature resources every year From 1 November - 23 December
Sandalwood Luxury Villas
Koh Samui, Thailand
This 10 room secluded resort is situated on a hillside amongst lush tropical gardens. Each villa has its own unique charm and features a balcony or terrace from which you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Gulf of Siam.
The Ba Be Lakes, Vietnam - Led by an experienced guide, your journey will take you to stalactite-filled caves, and out into the turquoise colored, scenic lakes with bamboo lined, limestone cliffs, in sight of Dau Dang waterfall. Along the way you will see the Tay people living in villages in stilt houses and traveling and fishing in wooden canoes. The trip from Hanoi is 6 hours by car, and very few people in Ba Be speak English. Suggest arranging your trip with a tour guide.
Kerala River, India - Begin your journey from Alappuzha, and paddle the backwaters of The Kerala River where you will see scenic lagoons, lakes, canals, and estuaries. Canoe rentals are readily available.
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