The way of the wanderer

‘In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks’. The Scottish-American naturalist John Muir – a leading figure in the establishment of National Parks movement in the US – knew well that one of the most rewarding ways to explore the world is on foot. Whether exploring the jungles of Java, following mountain trails to Himalayan temples, or navigating the red-rock canyons of the American West, hiking can be the best way to see the world afresh and capture those blink-and-miss-it moments of wonder.

Into the jungle

For those keen to explore nature in the raw, hiking through pristine jungle is the best way to come face to face with flora and fauna, whether rambling among the banyans of a Balinese river valley or finding a waterfall buried in the forests of Vietnam.

Cascades and coastlines

Hugged by rugged hills, the meditative outpost of Amanoi in picturesque Vinh Hy Bay is a gateway to the manifold natural splendours of Núi Chúa National Park. From here, guests can set out on family-friendly rambles to picnic on secret beaches like Temple Cove; explore the spellbinding rock formations of Bai Da; or attempt more ambitious treks. The most rewarding – and demanding – is the four-hour hike from Da Han village through farmland and forest to bathe at Ba Tang, a dramatic three-tiered waterfall, and one of the region’s most well-hidden treasures.

An alternative history of Angkor Wat

As much as the tendrils of the strangler fig threaten to pull apart the temple stones, the jungles of Angkor have also protected and preserved the last great remnant of the Khmer Empire across the centuries, shielding the ruins from sun and monsoon. Amansara’s expert guide provides a fresh perspective on Angkor Wat, shifting the focus from the mysteries of the archaeological site to the secrets of the forest that shroud it. Follow hidden trails through the lost city and discover the medicinal herbs, rare fruits and indigenous wildlife of the Cambodian jungle – shaded by ancient trees that seemingly stretch into the sky.

Climbing Mount Abang

Surrounded by rice terraces and tropical forest, Amandari is the starting point for countless treks, ranging from gently inspiring to vigorous and challenging. Take an early-morning jungle wander and trace the river route along the path of the Ayung valley, passing ancient banyan trees and Bongkasa village; or embark on a guided ascent up Bali’s third-highest mountain. At 2,150m, the magnificent Mount Abang takes around 2.5 hours to climb, rewarding the effort with spectacular views across East Bali, the volcanic peaks of Mounts Batur and Agung, and the cloud-crowned stillness of Lake Batur.

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