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From the Back Seat: Memories On A Motorcycle

08/06/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

From the Back Seat: Memories On A Motorcycle
Riding a motorbike from the North to the South of Vietnam was an amazing experience. Now, while I didn’t ride the motorcycle myself (Anthony did an amazing job!) it is still something that will remain with me for the rest of my life. Each day we were faced with new challenges and amazi...

Adventure travel to the North of Vietnam, why not?

07/24/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Adventure travel to the North of Vietnam, why not?
North of Vietnam is a region of high mountains and beautiful mountain valleys. Travelers to Northern Vietnam have opportunities to explore the life of hill tribes, and plenty of adventure activities – hiking, mountain trekking, motorbike tours and many others. Why travel to the North of V...

Is It Safe To Ride A Motorbike In Vietnam?

07/19/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Is It Safe To Ride A Motorbike In Vietnam?
Written by EliseOf the two months we spent in Vietnam a good portion of that was riding everyday. We booked a Motorbiking the Ho Chi Minh Trail tour of Activetravel Asia. Our tour is about 3500km from Hanoi to Saigon (much to the horror of our parents!). We took our time, made many small stops in to...

WHY ANGKOR WAT IN CAMBODIA IS SUCH A MAGICAL PLACE.

07/12/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

WHY ANGKOR WAT IN CAMBODIA IS SUCH A MAGICAL PLACE.
BY NISA What defines a magical place? For me, this is an easy answer: It’s a place with which I associate positive thoughts, calmness & strength. I’m not an esoteric person but when it comes to Angkor Wat, it almost feels like there’s some sort on energy in the air. IMPORT...

One day to explore Sapa Bac Ha market

07/12/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

One day to explore Sapa Bac Ha market
Visitors to Sapa should not miss Sapa Bac Ha market, a famous highland market throughout the Northwest regionAlong the way, visitors will see the high mountain, the terraced fields and encounter each ethnic group laughing gurglingly and leading horses to market to sell. To keep up with the market, t...

Riding Vietnam's mountainous north

07/11/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Riding Vietnam's mountainous north
LEE ATKINSON We're on an eight-day motorcycling tour of north-eastern Vietnam, riding Honda XR250 trail bikes across the valleys and over the mountain passes of Ha Giang province and through the wild, remote and rarely visited mountainous frontier lands along the Chinese border, where roads are narr...

Sapa, Vietnam in my tour

07/02/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Sapa, Vietnam in my tour
Sapa is considered the second destination of Vietnam after Halong Bay. This town is located in the Northern mountainous area with the endless terraced field and interesting experience to visit the ethnic villages. You can easily catch up with the heavy rain and storm. However, with me – Jeremy...

Useful tips when climb up to the top of Indochina: Mount Fansipan in Vietnam

06/28/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Useful tips when climb up to the top of Indochina: Mount Fansipan in Vietnam
So finally I’ve decided to do that trekking trip to the top of Mount Fansipan, the peak of three countries in former Indochina (Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia), located in the North of Vietnam, in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Trekking up to the top of the highest mount to hug that triangle met...

Vietnam Caving & Home Stay_Unforgetable experience

06/27/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Vietnam Caving & Home Stay_Unforgetable experience
Reviewed by Pretty-Rough-Ranch, Eustace, Texas on Trip AdvisorI worked online with Miss Candy at ActiveTravel Asia to create a 3 day tour in the middle of our month long trip to Laos and Vietnam in January, 2013. From my first contact to managing changes occurring during the last moments of our tou...

Mountain Biking Dalat, Vietnam’s Adventure Town

06/26/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Mountain Biking Dalat, Vietnam’s Adventure Town
By NICKSOWARDS3 Adventure travelers, take note: Vietnam has some great mountain biking. Mountain Biking DalatYou’ll find it Dalat, a mountain town in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, a 6-hour drive from Saigon, or an 8-hour bus ride, the way many travelers get there. Known for it’s co...

Luang Prabang Trekking_The great outdoor side of the ancient city

06/20/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Luang Prabang Trekking_The great outdoor side of the ancient city
By BARRY Northern Laos is famous for its natural beauty: rolling green hills and mountains interspersed with rice fields and countless water buffalo. From the moment we arrived in South East Asia, a trekking adventure through the countryside and staying with a local tribe family was top of our list...

Kayaking Travel Great Tonle Sap Lake – Unforgotten experience in Cambodia

06/19/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Kayaking Travel Great Tonle Sap Lake – Unforgotten experience in Cambodia
Siem Reap isn’t known for its water sports, but one enterprising local has now made it possible to kayak down the more undiscovered parts of Tonlé Sap lake. The Tonle Sap Lake (otherwise known as the Great Lake) is a combined lake and river system in Cambodia. It is the largest fresh wa...

My stunning kayak in Halong Bay, Vietnam

06/18/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

My stunning kayak in Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam was one of the destinations that I most wanted to visit in Southeast Asia, and I finally made it there last week! I kayaked on the still, glassy waters of Halong Bay which was breathtaking, calming and humbling. Gliding peacefully and quietly on the water of this world heritag...

Four Vietnamese places among Top 25 Asia Destinations

06/17/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Four Vietnamese places among Top 25 Asia Destinations
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An and Halong are four of the Top 25 Travellers’ Choice Asia Destinations recognized by the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor. Hanoi is rated fourth on the list while HCM City, Hoi An and Halong rank 15th, 17th and 25th, respectively. “The ch...

Hanoi Named the Cheapest Destination in Asia

06/13/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Hanoi Named the Cheapest Destination in Asia
The capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi has just been named the cheapest city in Asia and the second cheapest city in the world!Hanoi, VietnamThe respected TripAdvisor TripIndex for Summer 2013 compares costs across 49 cities in Europe, Americas, Africa, Oceania and Asia. In the comparison are a 4 star h...

Laos selected as World Best Tourist Destination for 2013

06/12/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

 Laos selected as World Best Tourist Destination for 2013
Laos has been selected by the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) as the World Best Tourist Destination for 2013. Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Bosengkham Vongdara hosted a press conference on May 8 to announce the award, according to the Lao News Agency KPL. The World Bes...

Halong Bay_ one of 25 top destinations of the world for kayaking.

06/12/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Halong Bay_ one of 25 top destinations of the world for kayaking.
In 2002, National Geographic Adventures Journal News voted Ha Long Bay one of 25 top destinations of the world for kayaking.Kayaking is considered the best way to fully feel the majesty of Ha Long Bay and discover the cliffs with a huge number of wonderful rock tops, dales. Although kayaking has bee...

Angkor Wat One Day Guide: The Best of Angkor

06/12/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Angkor Wat One Day Guide: The Best of Angkor
One day in Angkor. Guidebooks recommend spending at least three to get the most out of it. I chose to do it in one, and a one-day Angkor itinerary, while not optimal, is absolutely possible. I put together this one-day guide to Angkor for people who appreciate temples, but don’t live and di...

Discover the Charm of Vietnam with Charmingvietnamtravel.com

06/11/2013 Hoan Kiem Travel Co., Ltd

Discover the Charm of Vietnam with Charmingvietnamtravel.com
Charming Travel Co. Ltd is a full travel service agency.We offer Vietnam Tours and Halong Private Cruises. We specialize in customizing tours for individuals, families and groups to anywhere in Vietnam and other selected Indochina destinations...

5 TIPS FOR PLANNING A SOUTH EAST ASIAN MOTORBIKE TOUR

06/10/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

5 TIPS FOR PLANNING A SOUTH EAST ASIAN MOTORBIKE TOUR
Many adventure travelers says there’s no better way to see a country than getting on a motorcycle and going on a tour. There is a silence on a motorcycle, even amid the low rumble of the engine. The wind on your face and the new smells. A leisurely pace through the countryside and the ability...

Siem Reap weather: When is the best time to visit?

06/08/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Siem Reap weather: When is the best time to visit?
Enthusiastic travel agents will tell you there is never a bad time to visit Siem Reap. Which is sort of true, as long as you are flexible with how you spend your precious time once you get here. Ignore the climate stats at your peril or you could well find yourself unable to do the very things that...

ACROSS NORTHERN VIETNAM ON TWO WHEELS

06/07/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

ACROSS NORTHERN VIETNAM ON TWO WHEELS
By David Atkinson Motorbiking North Vietnam Traveling around Vietnam by motorbike, seeing breathtaking landscapes, beautiful mountain passes, interesting historical relics, colorful, friendly and happy people…makes you love Vietnam more and gives us extremely special feeli...

7 ways Hanoi is unlike any other Asian city

06/06/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

7 ways Hanoi is unlike any other Asian city
Roadside breweries, moped madness ... there are so many ways to fall in love with Vietnam's capital. No. 1 reason Hanoi is awesome to visit: Locals know how to deal with snap-happy tourists. Traveling in Southeast Asia can get a bit samey-samey after a while. It’s all temples, heat...

4 Cambodian temples that aren't Angkor Wat

06/05/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

4 Cambodian temples that aren't Angkor Wat
Unlike the UNESCO site at Siem Reap, you can have these ancient beauties all to yourself. The square stone walls, lion sculptures and octagonal towers of Sambor Prei Kuk are fighting a losing battle against the jungle. The square stone walls, lion sculptures and octagonal towers of S...

Family Adventures: Discover the greatest temples Angkor Wat

05/29/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Family Adventures: Discover the greatest temples Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is one of the most beautiful and fascinating places on the planet. Made by the Khmer kings in a process that lasts almost 4 centuries, this magnificent area has been abandoned and hidden by the forest. Re-discovered by a French man about 150 years ago, Angkor Wat is ready to become one of...

An unforgettable exploration of the great Mekong Delta, Vietnam

05/28/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

An unforgettable exploration of the great Mekong Delta, Vietnam
The Mekong is a long river that stretches through the borders of 6 countries in Southeast Asia. I’d already travelled on the Mekong crossing from Thailand into Laos, so it was pretty cool to continue the journey on the same river through another 2 countries. The border formalities on the...

How to take the perfect trip to Vietnam

05/23/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

How to take the perfect trip to Vietnam
From the island-studded seas of the north to the meandering waterways of the south, Vietnam is a country defined by the diversity of its land and the resilience and generosity of its people. ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA shows you how to take the perfect trip to Vietnam. Halong Bay: best for coast Th...

Bike Riding Through the Cambodian Countryside

05/22/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Bike Riding Through the Cambodian Countryside
The vivid colors, open air and bicycles were all in the Cambodian countryside. The experience taught me an important and unforgettable lesson: One of the best ways to spend time exploring a new country or city is to do so through bike riding. Bright green fields stretched to my right and left, sc...

Why You Need to Visit Vietnam

05/21/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Why You Need to Visit Vietnam
If you only have time to explore one country in Southeast Asia, choose VIETNAM! Let’s admit it, when it comes to travel, Vietnam gets a bit of a bad rep. Before coming here all I heard were stories of travel scams, robberies, aggressive touts, and warnings that I’d be treated like a w...

How to act like a local in Vietnam

05/16/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

How to act like a local in Vietnam
The French have their berets, Russians wear their fur hats and Moroccans don the fez. In Vietnam, the conical hat is the head wear of choice. This sturdy, wide-brimmed topper is well suited to a country where rice farmers endure both fierce sunshine and pelting rain out in the fields.Along with the...

Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam offers escape from humdrum city life

05/13/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam offers escape from humdrum city life
For the first time in months, I concentrate on breathing the clear fresh air, relax and feel my tense muscles unclench. Finally, I can hear myself think and am alone, surrounded by nature and centuries of evolutionary miracles. Such a welcome break from the buzz of Hanoi. The sound of birdsong di...

Exploring the largest floating market in Mekong Delta, Vietnam

05/10/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Exploring the largest floating market in Mekong Delta, Vietnam
Apart from Cai Be and Phung Hiep, Cai Rang in Can Tho City is one of the three most popular and biggest floating markets in the Mekong River Delta. It is a great place for tourists in Vietnam to enjoy exciting atmosphere during the early morning market hours. The Cai Rang Floating Market, the lar...

Trekking in the hidden land of Phongsali, Laos

05/09/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Trekking in the hidden land of Phongsali, Laos
Traveling in Asian cities is an undeniable thrill. The food, the nightlife, the chaos and the people make wandering through Asia’s big cities like Hanoi and Bangkok an endless maze of discovery. But, for many of us, experiencing the true soul of a country means getting out of the cities and ge...

5 Reasons Why You Should Travel In A Kayak and Travel in Halong Bay, Vietnam.

05/07/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

5 Reasons Why You Should Travel In A Kayak and Travel in Halong Bay, Vietnam.
Kayaking is not just one of the most adrenaline-pumping sports, but it is also a way to greet the natural beauty and exult on the sea and rivers. Traveling to nearby places using a travel kayak can serve you multiple purposes. It can drop you to your desired destination, and it can also give you tha...

Some tips when trekking in Luang Prabang, Laos

05/01/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Some tips when trekking in Luang Prabang, Laos
Visiting Luang Prabang in Laos wouldn't be complete without a tour to the countryside.There are waterfalls, biking trails and elephant shelters a few hours away from town but if you have no interest in such things, I'd recommend paying a visit to some nearby hill tribe villages.Three major tribes li...

Rhododendrons blossom on the way to conquer Mt.Fansipan, Sapa, Vietnam

05/01/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Rhododendrons blossom on the way to conquer Mt.Fansipan, Sapa, Vietnam
Tourists to Sapa this at this time, On the way to conquer Mt.Fansipan, the “roof of Indochina” with the height of 3143m above sea level, you have the opportunity to catch many flowers blooming red rhododendron mountain side. Scientists have discovered an area of 3,143-metres in the Hoan...

Impression about Vietnam on a cycling tour.

04/26/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Impression about Vietnam on a cycling tour.
On a cycling trip across north Vietnam, Kevin Rushby finds that…. By Kevin Rushby We were on a cycling trip that would encompass homestays and national parks, taking us from the Mai Chau valley some 100 miles south-west of Hanoi and close to the Laotian border, south-east towards the coas...

Temple hopping in Cambodia: Stories in stone

04/25/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

 Temple hopping in Cambodia: Stories in stone
A sigh of relief and excitement enveloped me as the plane touched down in Ho Chi Minh. I didn't have a concrete plan other than getting to Siem Reap. But I knew I was going to have the grandest time.I was with my friends and we were in search of a memorable adventure. We dropped the mainstream route...

Tad Fane _A picturesque twin set of waterfalls

04/24/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

Tad Fane _A picturesque twin set of waterfalls
Tat Fane is at the edge of the 1100-sq-km Dong Hua Sao NPA where the trekking trails are the best and perhaps the only way to get into the park.Just past km 38 along the road to Pak Song is Tad Fane -- a picturesque twin set of waterfalls spilling 200 metres down into a deep gorge, located in the ju...

A Motorcycle Adventure in the Mountains of Vietnam

04/23/2013 ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)

A Motorcycle Adventure in the Mountains of Vietnam
By Joseph Ferris Vietnam is my favorite country. Lots of people “backpack” through Vietnam this way without ever actually strapping on a backpack. Of course, many people enjoy this style of travel and leave Vietnam satisfied, but if you would like to experience a more authentic, friend...