Last Updated on April 26, 2018
To travel somewhere has a different definition for each individual person. For some people, it means discovering new cultures and traditions. For others, it means going somewhere peaceful where they can relax and boost their mood.
But for adventure lovers, it means creating experiences and risking their lives for the sake of having an unforgettable time. There are many roads out there in the world that can give you the chills just by looking at them, and that’s our goal.
Are you ready to create a new dangerous memory that will stay with you forever? Pack your suitcase and check out the most dangerous and exciting routes that will blow your mind.
The Maeklong Railway – Thailand
If they tell you that Thailand has a train that passes through a crowded market, you may not think twice about it. But when you actually see it, your heart will naturally speed up causing your childhood anxiety to be reborn within you again. The market is literally on the tracks, and the train passes by several times a day.
Whenever the train is approaching, it creates a loud noise so all the shops can take a step back to clear the way. When it passes by, they replace their goods again. However, this train is the slowest in Thailand as it goes with a speed of 30km/h.
Can you imagine yourself shopping at that market when the train passes by? The noise only will give you a heart attack.
Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport – Saba Island
It is scary enough when the plane is landing, but what about landing on the shortest runway in the world?
Saba’s airport is 45 km south of Sint Maarten Island, which is the Netherlands’ constituent country. However, with a length of 400metes, this airport is considered to be the most dangerous one for landing in the whole world since it has the shortest runway ever. One small mistake and it will be a life or death situation.
So technically it is harder on pilots more than it is on passengers. But it is still an exciting and dangerous experience to have once in a lifetime. Make sure to carry your “luck” bracelet with you, because you never know!
Jalalabad Road – Kabul
A scary road that is located nowhere and takes you to the Taliban Territory, Jalalabad Road is where you can really question your driving skills and stare at death in the eye.
It is a 65-km highway that goes between large rocky Mountains that has almost no residents. The road earned the title of “the most dangerous road in the world” very proudly. However, when you drive there, the snaky road is not the only thing to worry about. You have to worry about the narrow lanes while climbing to over 600 meters.
Plus, the drivers who won’t make it any easier since they are recklessly trying to overtake the road. Driving this highway could be, indeed, one of the scariest and most dangerous experiences of your life.
The James W. Dalton – Alaska
The highway that is also located in the middle of nowhere, The James A. Dalton, a.k.a the Alaska 11 highway, is one of the world’s most dangerous and challenging roads. It starts from Elliot Highway and ends at Deadhorse which is near to the Arctic Ocean.
This highway is surely dangerous because it is not only ridiculously long (414-mile long) it barely has 1,000 residents and 3 fueling stations. To make it even harder, this highway location goes through a harsh weather.
So, snow-covered roads and freezing breezes are something you will have to deal with, too!
Vitim River Bridge – Siberia
Vitim River is a branch of the Lena River, and it has a bridge that is 6 feet wide which can barely fit a standard car, and for the sake of adventure, you will not find any fencing or railing around the bridge. So I think you get where the danger lands.
However, this 570-meter long bridge gets frozen many times a year due to being located in one of the coldest parts of this planet, which causes it to be slippery and pretty much deadly. Maybe enjoying the river without crossing it is a good experience too, right?
Chennai-Rameshwaram Railways – India
This railway is basically cutting through the sea connecting the mainland of Chennai (Southern India) with Rameshwaram Island. It is literally built on a 103-year-old bridge and it is 2,065 meters long. While riding a train on this bridge, you will see the blue water from both sides.
For an unforgettable travel, you must take this road in order to feel like the train is magically whizzing you across the sea.
Gisborne Airport – New Zealand
Gisborne is a unique airport that has a special feature you will not see anywhere except in the eastern coast of the North Island in New Zealand. The reason is the runway has a railway line passing through in the middle of it.
Yes, trains pass through all day if that was your question, and yes sometimes you can see trains and airplanes cross paths, it is as cool as it sounds, but also dangerous. That’s why the railway authorities and the airport are always in sync to avoid any messed up collision.
Princess Juliana International Airport – Saint Martin
This one is considered as one of the world’s wildest runways ever because the plane goes right above peoples’ head who are sunbathing and relaxing on a beautiful beach. On the other hand, airplanes usually need a minimum of 8,000 feet of runway to land perfectly, but this one is only 7,456 feet.
So in order for the airplane to land, it passes over a beach with hundreds of people in it, a fence, and then a small runway. Plus, this airport welcomes the biggest planes like A747s and A340s.
So if you visited the area, you will enjoy a glorious beach, and an airplane 40 feet above you, how cool!
Did you know that Antarctica has no paved runways? It means that airplanes are landing over a large icy space and praying it won’t slip or get stuck in the snow.
Plus, in order to avoid the plane to crack the ice beneath it, it has to go through security measures and make sure the weight is right. Also, the runways must go through construction at the beginning of each season.
Imagine if the clouds were covering the sky and matching the color of the ground, everything will become one, which can create a magical view, but we still can’t deny that it is very challenging to pilots.
Zoji La Pass – India
Zoji La Pass is not only a pathway; it is the only road that keeps Ladakh people in touch with the rest of the world by connecting it with Kashmir. This road is 9-Km long in the middle of a mountain at a height of 3,528 meters, it is very dangerous and it looks like it is falling down.
The road has a large rocky mountain fence on one side and no barrier on the other side. Sometimes, even the goats walk around you in that small, dangerous road to make the experience a lot more interesting and terrifying.