Asia’s 5 highest bungee jumps

Asia’s 5 highest bungee jumps

The highest bungee jump in the world is in Asia. Here’s where to take the plunge
Asia’s 5 highest bungee jumps
The mother of all bungee towers might leave you hanging and screaming for more -- or just screaming. (Photo by Darcy McCarty)

1. Macau Tower, Macau (233 "don't soil yourself" meters)

Asia’s 5 highest bungee jumpsA group of jump junkies pose on the Macau Tower

Let us paint the picture, you’re at the top of the 233 meter high Macau Tower, looking down -- way, way down -- at the pavement. The twisting wind threatens to knock you off the edge. Jump and you’ll have conquered the highest bungee on the planet. A terrifying day trip from Hong Kong, yet not even the biggest gamble in town. Check out this video of the jump. (Largo da Torre de Macau, Macau, tel: +853 2893 3339)

2. Bhote Kosi River, Nepal (166 meters)

Asia’s 5 highest bungee jumpsBhote Kosi River in Nepal boasts Asia's second highest bungee plunge.

Three hours from Kathmandu, the calm countryside flutters with Buddhist flags. But what fun is "calm" when there's the option of hurling oneself off a 166 meter suspension bridge with jagged rocks and raging rapids below? (The Last Resort, P.O. Box 14431, Thamel, Nepal, tel: +977 1470 0525)

3. Cheongpung Land, South Korea (62 meters)

Asia’s 5 highest bungee jumpsThe highest jump in Korea with a rope can be found at Cheongpung Land. Don't forget the catapult.

Cheongpung Land is a theme park for masochists. The highest bungee in South Korea simulates diving from a springboard into a lake. If your knees aren’t too rubbery afterward, there’s a two-person catapult and giant pendulum swing next door. (San 26 Gyo-ri, Cheongpung-myeon, Jechon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do, Korea, tel: +824 3648 4151)

4. G-MAX Reverse Bungy, Singapore (60 meters)

Asia’s 5 highest bungee jumpsSingapore's G-MAX Reverse is expert at causing people's stomaches to do unattractive things. (Photo by <a href="" target="_blank">madaboutasia</a>)

Bungee jumping was banned in Singapore until 2003, when the government decided to encourage more risk-taking. G-MAX’s reverse bungee opened the floodgates: the three-person steel capsule shoots up a tower at 200 kilometers per hour. (Clarke Quay, 3E River Valley Road, Singapore, tel: +6338 1146)

5. Pattaya Bungy, Thailand (56 meters)

Asia’s 5 highest bungee jumpsA rope, gravity, and you in Pattaya.

At Thailand’s highest bungee, the scare factor is sharpened by the creaky, rusting crane you must climb by foot. There’s a lagoon below to break the fall, but the plastic bags floating on the surface aren’t exactly reassuring. (248/10 Moo 12, Thepprasit Road, Nongprue, Bang Lamung, Chonburi, Thailand, tel: +038 300 608)

La Carmina writes about Harajuku pop culture and all things spooky-cute. She is the author of three books about Japanese pop culture and food, including "Cute Yummy Time" and "Crazy Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo" -- for which she did all the photos and illustrations. Both books were released in October, accompanied by a U.S. major city book tour.

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