Sandboarding and desert dune adventures in Central, South-East, and East Asia.

Haeundae Sand Festival returns to Busan in May 2022

The largest celebration of sand art and recreation in South Korea is returning this year after a halt due to the covid pandemic. The Heundae Sand Festival will take place from May 20th to May 23rd in Busan, officially signalling the start of beach season in the country. Every year…

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Sandboarding in Yemen

Famous for its unique vegetation and wildlife, much of which cannot be found anywhere else in the planet, Socotra Island is a unique place on Earth, known as the pearl of Yemen and of the entire Arabian region. Ras Erissel, the eastern cape of the island, is also home to milky…

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Sandboarding in Oman
Sandboarding at Wahiba Sands, Oman. Photo courtesy of Andries Oudshoorn.

Sandboarding in Oman

Oman is an authentic and wonderful country full of interesting places to visit, and sandboarding can be practiced on the magical dunes of the Omani desert. The area known as Wahiba Sands or Sharqiya Sands, located in the Eastern Sand Desert, is like an ocean of regular dunes that seem…

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Sandboarding in China

Sandboarding (滑沙) is growing in popularity in China, where it is sometimes referred to as "sand skating"(滑沙场). In recent years there has been a boom of facilities dedicated to this sport all over the country, particularly in desert areas, but also some seaside beaches. You can ride the dunes of…

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Sandboarding in Indonesia

Indonesia is a great destination for sand surfing, which can be practiced on the massive Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo sand-hill near the city of Yogyakarta on the main island of Java. The Parangkusumo Sand Dunes are a very popular and easily accessible tourist attraction for they are the only location in…

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Sandboarding in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Sands Sandboarding. Rafsworldtravel.

Sandboarding in Saudi Arabia

With its golden dunes and vast sand sea, Riyadh's desert in Saudi Arabia is one of the most beautiful sandboarding destinations in the world, and one of those things that must be experienced at least once in a lifetime. There are many options for desert tours from the capital which…

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Sandboarding in the Philippines
La Paz Sand Dunes, Ilocos Norte. Photo courtesy of Ricky Artigas.

Sandboarding in the Philippines

You can sandboard in the Ilocos Region in the north of the Philippines, specifically in the Ilocos Norte province. There are many sand dune systems close to the province capital, Laoag City. Enjoy a spectacular view of the sunset from the La Paz sand dunes after a day of sand…

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Sandboarding in Jordan

Jordan is a country famous for its huge rock valleys, canyons and desert landscapes. If you are looking for sandboarding thrills, you will be able to enjoy some rides on the soft sand in the incredible Wadi Rum Protected Area near Aqaba, about a four hour drive south from the…

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Sandboarding in Mui Ne, Vietnam
Mui Ne Red Sand Dunes. Photo courtesy of Martin Fisch.

Sandboarding in Mui Ne, Vietnam

Sand dunes may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the wonderful landscapes of Vietnam, but the south of the region is actually a popular sandboarding spot where you can enjoy surfing on stunning red dunes. Formerly a fishing village, the seaside town of…

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Sandboarding in Iran
Varzaneh Desert. Photo courtesy of Petri Lyytikainen.

Sandboarding in Iran

Iran is home to two major deserts where sand surfing can be practiced: The Dasht-e Kavir, which stretches from the south of the Alborz Mountains to the central region, and the Lut Desert or Dasht-e-Lut, in the south-east, a UNESCO world heritage site and the hottest place in the world,…

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