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If your typical holiday consists of doing the same old sightseeing, shopping and feasting routine, it's time to try something new. Embark on a mancation and rediscover the adventurer in you. Wear some comfortable shoes, switch off your smartphone and get ready to explore.
1. Bike Around The Kingdom Of Bhutan
Forget traffic jams, skyscrapers or computers when you're in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Instead, soak in the beautiful Himalayan landscape and culture by riding around the country on a bicycle. The Uma Paro Bhutan, part of the COMO group, offers a 7-night adventure holiday package that will get you up close and personal with nature as well as local sights and people.
This Himalayan biking adventure will bring you on cultural rides in the Paro, Punakha and Haa Valleys, negotiate huge mountain descents, freewheel on easy river valley circuits and the chance to take on off-road trails, including the first designated mountain bike trail in Bhutan from the highest road pass in the Kingdom (Chele La 3,998m). This could be the best adventure on two wheels you'll ever experience.
How to get there:Drukair (www.drukair.com.bt). Direct flights from Singapore to Paro start from September 2012.
Where to stay: Uma Paro Bhutan, part of the COMO group. Starts from USD$3,533 ($4,417) for single occupancy for the 7-night biking adventure package. Details.
Photo credit: COMO Hotels and Resorts
2. Experience Golden Falls In Iceland
Come face to face with Iceland's most famous, and beautiful, waterfall at Gullfoss. It is nicknamed "Golden Falls" due to the golden sheen you'll see when sunlight reflects off the water's surface (when it's not during winter). This scenic waterfall plunges 32m down a steep canyon, carrying glacial water from a glacier lake about 40km north of Gullfoss.
Gullfoss waterfall is located in the popular tourist route called the Golden Circle. This is a 300km loop from the capital of Reykjavik into central Iceland and back. Other attractions to check out are the Þingvellir National Park and geysers in Haukadalur.
3. Brawl In Bangkok
Cheap shopping and good food are the popular reasons Singaporeans keep flocking to Bangkok, Thailand. But this popular holiday spot is also home of Muay Thai, the martial art form that has boomed in popularity over the years. Ditch Chatuchak market and instead, glove up at a local Muay Thai training school, such as the Fighting Spirit Gym (www.fightingspiritgym.com). Its programme incorporates traditional Muay Thai training with Western-style strength and conditioning exercises, like using kettlebells and flipping tyres. An hour-long beginner’s lesson includes skipping rope, learning the various drills in Muay Thai and repeatedly practising them with a trainer.
Where to stay:Sathorn Hotel. Average nightly stay $69.83 per night.
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4. Become Indiana Jones In Ecuador Fancy a chance to raft in the Amazon River? Or climb over 20,000 feet (6,096m) of volcanoes? You'll get your wish in Ecuador where adventurous blokes can channel their inner Indiana Jones and explore this really fascinating South American destination. There's a diverse option of activities you can try, from exploring the La Cordillera del Condor, a mountain range that stretches from Peru to Ecuador, to trekking in the Cotopaxi National Park, where you can start the day by exploring one of the world's tallest active volcanoes (Cotopaxi, 19,347 feet).
There are also tours available of the Amazon jungle, including visits to the indigenous people living there, and a visit to the Galapagos Islands where you can snorkel with sea lions, turtles and sharks. Even if you're not looking to venture too far away, the Ecuadorian city of Banos is known as adventure capital! Book yourself a rapelling trip, bungee jumping, off-road biking, hiking and more. Check out Active South America for some really exciting itineraries.