top 5 asia marathons

Top 5 Asia Marathons

As we look towards the London Marathon this weekend, we at Wendy Wu Tours have discovered the wide range of Asia marathons you can take part in.

From epic cities to serene landscapes, make your next marathon not only a bucket list challenge, but one you’ll remember for a lifetime.

And if running is not your thing, we’ve paired up each of these marathons with fantastic tours which include walking and hiking these epic places!

The Great Wall Marathon

great wall marathon

When: 20th May 2017
Where: The Great Wall, China

Coming up to its 18th year, the Great Wall Marathon is the ultimate marathon challenge.

great wall marathon ascent

It’s widely recognised as the most gruelling of all the Asia marathons, where up to 3,000 runners will conquer the Great Wall’s 5,164 steps, reaching elevations of over 500 metres from the start line! The route cruelly leads you to climb the Great Wall both at the start and at the end of the race, as well as traversing undulating hills and passing small villages along the way.

end of the great wall marathon

Running on both restored sections of the Great Wall and the more picturesque parts which are now crumbly remnants of what once was, as well as dirt tracks through local villages, conquering the Great Wall Marathon is the ultimate victory of a lifetime.

Watch a video of the Great Wall Marathon:

Trek the Great Wall

Experience sunset on the Simatai section of the Great Wall and trek for up to six hours from the Gubeikou to the Jinshanling section on our active A China Adventure escorted group tour.

If you’ve booked a tour with us already, extend your China trip with a Great Wall Hike!

The Tokyo Marathon

tokyo marathon

When: 25th February 2018 (provisional)
Where: Tokyo, Japan

One of the top marathons in the world, the Tokyo Marathon is the next event to try after running the London or New York equivalent.

Sensoji Temple, Tokyo

10,000 runners take to Tokyo’s famous streets to complete the course, passing through some of the cities most famous areas including Shinjuku, Asakusa and Ginza. It gives you the opportunity to experience both old and new, from the city’s awe-inspiring skyscrapers to its stunning Buddhist temples. A flat route, it’s definitely less of a challenge than some of the marathons we have chosen, but it’s one of the most iconic Asia marathons nonetheless!

Walk Tokyo’s Streets

Witness the fusion of past and present when you explore Japan’s capital on our Trails of Japan escorted group tour. Experience traditional Sumo Wrestling, the crazy Robot Restaurant and try Japanese drumming in a Taiko class.

The Bagan Temple Marathon

bagan temple marathon

When: 25th November 2017
Where: Bagan, Burma

Bagan is the jewel in Burma’s crown. Home to over 2,000 magnificent stupas, temples and crumbling pagodas, this marathon is not only a feast for the legs but one for the eyes!

bagan temples

The Bagan Temple Marathon starts at the ancient Htilominlo Temple, which was constructed in 1211AD. The route takes each runner through Bagan’s wondrous plains where temples can be seen at every angle. As you run through this striking landscape on old dirt roads, the route will take you through traditional villages where locals will cheer you on.

running at sunrise

The heat and dust of this marathon is a challenge, but the atmosphere as you travel from old to new Bagan is one you’ll be talking about for years to come.

Watch a video of the Bagan Temple Marathon:

Explore Bagan’s Delights

See the beauty of Htilominlo Pagoda and more when you spend 3 nights in mystical Bagan on our Hidden Treasures of Burma escorted group tour. Spend 17 memory-filled days exploring untouched Burma.

The Angkor Empire Marathon

angkor empire marathon

When: 6th August 2017
Where: Angkor Archealogical Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia

When Cambodia decided to create its first full marathon in 2014, they of course picked the best place for it: Angkor Wat.

angkor wat in siem reap

Running a route which takes in many a UNESCO Heritage Site including Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm and Pre Rup, this marathon is sure to delight. The race begins and ends at the front of Angkor Wat, and with the race beginning at 4:30am, you’ll get to experience that famous sunrise that everyone always gets up for (as well as miss the heat of the day!).

Of all the Asia marathons, it’s a great opportunity to run a personal best as the route is nice and flat. Unless you stop to take some photos of course!

Discover Angkor Wat

What better way to see the world famous Angkor Wat Complex than from the back of a traditional tuk tuk? Discover its magic on our Vietnam and Cambodia Discovery tour.

If you’ve already visited Vietnam, then our Around Cambodia escorted group tour spends 15 days exploring solely Cambodia.

The Halong Bay Heritage Marathon

halong bay marathon

When: 25th November 2017
Where: Halong Bay, Vietnam

What better way to experience the views over Halong Bay than by running one of the newest Asia marathons along the coastal route of Vietnam’s most famous sight?

halong bay

The Halong Bay Heritage Marathon provides incredible views over one of the world’s best natural sights. The route takes you through coastal paths and fishing villages before running over the Bai Chay Bridge, the longest single span bridge in Southeast Asia. The magnificent views will be ones you’ll remember as you cross the finish line on this lush corner of Vietnam.

Cruise Halong Bay

Spend 2 days and 1 night discovering the utter beauty of Halong Bay on our Reflections of Vietnam escorted group tour.

Alternatively, our 5* luxury Classical Vietnam escorted group tour spends 3 days and 2 nights cruising along Halong Bay on deluxe boat.


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Image Credit: Japan Times, Just Run Lah, Great Wall Marathon Website, Bagan Temple Marathon Website

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