SUNRISE OVER HALONG BAY
We all waited and waited for the sun to rise over the giant rock
mountains. It was nearly 6:30am before the sun peaked over the rocks.It
was a glorious magnificent sunrise.Written by Jenmodelm
Breakfast was served shortly after,
it was an Early start to the day. I couldn’t wait for coff... Read More »
Trekking in Sapa and the Hill Tribes in Northern Vietnam
After our return from Halong Bay – which I will write about in a later
blog post – we took the night train from Hanoi to Sapa, a remote town in
the mountains of Northern Vietnam between China, Myanmar, Thailand and
The landscape around Sapa is breathtaking and makes it a... Read More »
Trekking in northern Vietnam
Written by Monica S. Labels
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many
of our people need it solely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome,
charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in
one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." - Ma... Read More »
9 Stunning Landscapes of Vietnam
At just three percent of the land mass of the United States, what
most surprised me during our time in Vietnam was the diversity of the
scenery. From white sand beaches and turquoise water to black rock
forests and mountains that hug the clouds, here are some of the most
amazing landscapes w... Read More »
Enchanting Sapa through the lens of Thai photographer
During his recent visit to Vietnam, Thai photographer Anan Charoenkal
had a chance to visit Sapa and shot stunning photos of this land in the
ripe rice season.
Sapa in the harvest season.
The impressive arrays of colors.
In September, Sapa enters the new harvest.
Life is simple... Read More »
10 unique means of transport for tourists in Vietnam
Tourists are very excited to try unique means of transport, like
three-wheeler, horse-drawn carriage, elephant ride or dug-out canoe
services at tourism sites in Vietnam.
Tourists, transport, Quan Lan Island, Hue City, Co To Island
The three-wheeler is a rudimentary means... Read More »
Lao Cai’s top ten beautiful mountains
The northern province of Lao Cai is among of the localities in Vietnam with unique terrain, including many lovely mountains.
highest mountain of all is Fansipan, followed by Ngu Chi Son in Sapa.
The mountainous regions are concentrated around the districts of Sapa,
Bat Xat, Muong Khuong,... Read More »
Ultimate Road Trip: Vietnam's Northern Loop
Written by Adam Hodge
Anyone who has been to this country (and even some of those who haven't)
will no doubt be skeptical about the words "Vietnam" and "road trip" in
the same sentence. It's true: In a city like Hanoi, the traffic can
make you freeze up like an opossum. But outside of the ci... Read More »
Biking to Beng Mealea: How to see more of Rural Cambodia
Written by Backpacker Becki
It took me over six hours to cycle to the jungle ravaged temple of Beng
Mealea – a journey that would normally take an hour by public transport.
Call me crazy, but there is something so wonderful about biking through
the Cambodian countryside and avoiding th... Read More »
Showing its true colors of hill tribes Northern Vietnam
A lesser known ethnic minority market in the northern province of Lao
Cai is graced with natural colors and simple, straightforward people
More women than men buy rice wine at Coc Ly Market, which opens every Tuesday in Bac Ha District, Lao Cai Province
When I visited Lao Cai Province recen... Read More »
Five Reasons to Visit Vietnam
Written by Ellie
Having spent some time travelling in Thailand, I’m eager to visit
more of south-east Asia, and visiting Vietnam is next on my list!
After researching the country and jealously listening to recommendations
given by other travellers, I’ve come up with a list of m... Read More »
Best Summer Biking Tours in Vietnam 2013
Summer considers as the ideal time for travelers
explore Vietnam. The sky is always brighter, the scenery is more colorful, and
the social activities are more exciting. Travelling in this time, travelers
have a chance to enjoy Vietnam in active way.
Biking Pu Luong Nature
Reserve – 4... Read More »
7 best places to visit in Vietnam
With its wild jungles, fantastic street food and white sandy
beaches, Vietnam deserves to be on every traveller's hitlist. From Hanoi
to Ho Chi Minh City, there are a number of sights and sounds that draw
But it's not just all about the star turns. In a country where exotic
Asi... Read More »
Trekking Luang Prabang - Active Travel Laos
After catching a flight to Luang
Prabang we spent the first day finding an agent to trek with the
following day and in the evening we headed out to the night market to
scoff our faces before our trek.
We set off on a
bumpy and dusty road in the back of a van with two other men (Tony from... Read More »
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Written by Mikey
So, the big one: Angkor Wat! Travis, Mike and Tracey have all been
telling me it’s an incredible sight and that Siem Reap is incredible
too. I must say, I was pretty sceptical. I’m the kind of person who will
visit the Eiffel Tower, look at it for about 2... Read More »
Culture – Fire Walking in Red Dao Village
On a recent trip to Sapa,
it was beyond my wildest dreams that I would find myself in an episode
of National Geographic. After all these years of tourism to Sapa, it is
very uplifting to find some villages so unaffected by tourism and
retaining rich culture and traditions.
After arrivi... Read More »
MOTORBIKE TRAVELLING IN MOUNTAINOUS AREAS IN VIETNAM
When coming to Vietnam, beside big cities’ well-known tourism
destinations, many foreign travellers love spending their time chasing
the wind on the road of the wildly mountainous areas by motorbike. We
tell you How and Why!
Motorbiking at the moutain in the North Vietnam... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
WHY ANGKOR WAT IN CAMBODIA IS SUCH A MAGICAL PLACE.
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... Read More »
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 na... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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 coo... Read More »
Luang Prabang Trekking_The great outdoor side of the ancient city
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
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... Read More »
Top Biking Adventures in Vietnam
As a country with every terrain imaginable, Vietnam offers a memorable bicycling adventure for any and all peddlers, regardless of experience or condition. The flat expanse of the Mekong Delta grows to rugged mountains in the central expanse and then blends into the widest variety of difficulty nort... Read More »
Mai Chau among top ten fresh destinations
Mai Chau, a small town in the northern mountainous province of Hoa Binh, Vietnam was named one of the top ten "fresh" Asian destinations.Mai Chau was described as "a semi-isolated village in Vietnam...surrounded by limestone cliffs and green rice paddies, populated largely by members of the ethnic W... Read More »
Discovering Pu Luong Natural Reserve
The houses-on-stilts nestled between the mountains, the yellow terraced fields and green primitive forests., white cloud around…making a natural and wild picture dream. That is scenery you may see when arriving Nature Reserve (NR) Pu Luong.
Located in the two districts of Quan Hoa and... Read More »
Stunning trek in Laochai and Tavan village, Sapa,Vietnam
Trek-outside of Sa Pa Day 2 Sunday, December 30, 2012We wanted an easy walk, so we trekked to two villages, up and down the local hills through the rice paddies of Lao Chai and Ta Van Village. We went to firstly Lao Chai village, 6 km from the centre town, where the H'mong people are living. The tre... Read More »
Lucky Adventure Travel Indochina – Summer Promotion 2013
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA has launched "Great summer holiday with lucky travels" for summer promotion 2013 in Vietnam, Lao, Cambodia. The program applies for all customers request tour on website from 25 March to 30 September 2013. Variety gifts such as discount up to 15% on tour request, free city tour, fr... Read More »
Tips on biking to Angkor Wat
Having biked to Angkor myself, there are several things that I think could make your biking experience more enjoyable.1. Make sure you get the right type of bike for youThis is probably the most important thing. I used one with multiple gears and a basket in the front. To me, these two things helped... Read More »
Some tips for female travelers in Indochina!
The International Women's Day is coming! It is time for you to the woman whom you admire and respect through show your love, gratitude and appreciation.On this occassion, ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA wishes all female travelers in this world: "Wishing you'll get everything to take the world in your stride. Hap... Read More »
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA recommends for customers when riding in Vietnam
Vietnam is a frontier destination and a motorbike ride on a motorcycle through its rugged mountains is an unparalleled adventure. Be amongst the first to explore a land steeped in natural beauty and rich cultural heritage and experience face-to-the-wind just what this wonderful country has to offe... Read More »
6 Tips for Riding Safely A Motorbike In Vietnam
1. Forget What Road Rules You Already Know
Riding a motorbike in Vietnam (or any vehicle in South East Asia for that matter!) is very different to what you may be used back at home. The first thing you should know is that while road rules do exist, when on the road they cease to exist-if you ge... Read More »
Vietnamese cuisines stir the world in 2012
Bringing rice and bacon, an omelet with Vietnamese flavour in the final round of the MasterChef US, has won blind girl Christine Ha the championship. Vietnamese cuisines also set many records in 2012.
1. Christine Ha becomes MasterChef US 2012
In September 2012, Christine Ha – of Vietnamese-... Read More »
Best places to enjoy Christmas in Ha noi
Christmas is popular in Vietnam nowadays, however, only in big cities or tourist destinations, there will be a lot of activities to celebrate Christmas. From the beginning of December, all the streets in big cities are decorated with the Noel’s patterns. Besides, hotels, restaurants, shoppin... Read More »
Vietnam is home to some of the best spots in the world for adventure travel
Imagine a country where the major cities are dynamic but not polluted, the people are genuinely friendly and the rural areas are still unspoilt? Vietnam with unique climate, fascinating history, stunning coastal getaways, majestic mountains and tempting food is definitely the country for you !Your f... Read More »
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA launches “Big Save for Great Indochina Vacation” promotion for Christmas and New Year 2013.
Christmas and New Year Eve is in air, ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA’s promotion now is available for all travels who book the adventure tour of ATA.
For the sight, the sounds and the taste of an unique and special Christmas and New Year Eve in Indochina (Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia) , ACTI... Read More »
The reason why come to Viet nam
Known with many famous tourist sites with natural beauties, tranquil villages, ancient pagodas, beautiful lakes, Vietnam has been a popular tourist destination in the world. Not convinced as yet? Here are the top reasons why Vietnam should be your next destination.
Magnificent terrace... Read More »
Quang Nam's ethnic villages top attraction for motorbike tourists
The mountainous district of Tay Giang, 190km west of Tam Ky City in the central province of Quang Nam, is increasingly becoming known as a prime destination for motorbike adventures. The area offers amazing scenery and the opportunity to glimpse the lifestyle of members of the ethnic minority gro... Read More »
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA announces to launch Vietnam travel photo contest 2012 for travelers from across the world.
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA), one of the leading adventure travel companies in Indochina, has launched the Vietnam photo contest 2012 for travelers all over the world named “Vietnam in your heart is…”
The participants will have chance to win attractive awards by submitting the b... Read More »
Trying medicinal bathing with the Dao people
Medicinal bathing is a local feature of the indigenous Red Dao in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai. In Ta Phin Commune (Sa Pa District), tourists can spot many families drying herbs in their front yards.
Legend has it that on the last day of the year the Dao... Read More »
Some essential tips in Motorbike tour
1. Reasons for choosing motorbike
Motorbike is considered the best means of transportation for traveling mountainous areas due to its convenience and initiative. With a motorbike, one is free to go wherever he loves, despite all kinds of road’s condition. He can stop whenever he feels like to... Read More »
What is adventure travel?
Adventure travel often conjures up images of mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, scuba diving and four wheel driving. While these are certainly activities associated with adventure travel, adventure travel may involve something as sedate as a wine tasting Motorcycling tour in Ho Chi Minh trail, V... Read More »
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA offers new cycling tours in Vietnam for 2013
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA), one of the leading adventure travel companies in Indochina, announces to offers new cycling tours in Vietnam for 2013.
These cycling tours will focus on itineraries of Ba Khan Rustic – Mai Chau Valley, Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Cuc Phuong National Park, Hoa Binh L... Read More »
Responsible Travel Club of Viet Nam
The Responsible Travel Club (RTC) of Viet Nam is an informal group of tour operators dedicated to building responsible travel and sustainable tourism in all regions in Viet Nam.What to experience?
If you want your travel to create real positive impact and value in the destinations, and at the same... Read More »
Vietnam in top 10 cycle routes recommended by National Geographic
The road from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam is recently listed as one of the best cycle routes in the world by the National Geographic.
The prestigious National Geographic travel guide, Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips, cataloguing the most famous and lesser k... Read More »
Destination must-see in Vietnam
VietNamNet Bridge – globalgrasshopper, a popular site for international tourists, has listed the top ten must-see destinations in Vietnam.
1. Son Tra peninsula
Son Tra Peninsula, about 10km from the center of Da Nang City to the north-east, is a special gift of the god... Read More »
Adventure Travel on a Motorcycle
An exotic, mystical and enchanting land with remote hill tribe villages, ancient ruins, beautiful coastlines and spectacular mountain views. Now imagine how much better it is to be visiting on a motorcycle, with the wind blowing against your face, sights, sounds and smells unmuffled by rolled up, ti... Read More »
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA kicks off summer promotion 2012 - Book and get 1 night FREE at 3 star hotel
Accommodation is one of biggest concerns before traveling? It is turning to dust now with ATA’s Summer Promotion 2012
Travelers will get 1 night at 3 star Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter (Calypso Boutique Hotel) for FREE. Double room with luxury equipments and services are designed to ensure tha... Read More »
The expression of Peter about the way he became a pirate of Halong Bay
Arriving at the pier in Halong Bay to board our beautiful teak Junk was an exciting moment. I felt like I was a pirate boarding a mighty vessel to drink some rum and find me some loot..
Once we received the welcome spiel and our complementary fruity drink, we were assigned to our cabins. Our a/c ca... Read More »
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA completed the survey of responsible tourism project in Pu Hu Nature Reserve, Vietnam
The survey team spent 3 days 2 nights on exploring the jungle Pu Hu by trekking. This marked the first steps to discover and develop the potential tourism in this area.
This is the next step of responsible tourism project called “Protection of the forest and wildlife” implemented by GIZ... Read More »
Vietnam is a land full of adventurous riches
Vietnam is a place full of adventure - from cultural experiences or mountain treks, there's always some destination waiting to be explored.
According to Lonely Planet, the Southeast Asian nation is a prime location for some adrenaline-inducing thrills.
"Whether you prefer to scale the heights of j... Read More »
Mekong Delta region rated among top ten destinations in 2012
The Mekong Delta region, famous fruits gardens and romantic waterways, may be host to more visitors this year.
Lonely Planet , the largest travel guide book, has rated the Mekong Delta region among the “Best-Value Destinations for 2012 (destinations where your dollar gets you even further!)&... Read More »
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA launches New Year Promotion 2012
Human Christmas and New
Year approaching, ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA) sends to all travelers of
the faithful, heartfelt words to wish a peaceful Christmas and New Year
exuberant grace of God. With the approaching of Christmas and New Year
2012, ATA is providing discount up to 7 % for all loyalty... Read More »
Attractive eco-friendly valleys,
terraced slope attributes as well as tribes nevertheless subsequent
their own historic customs — encouraged in order to Sapa.
Situated 350kms north-west associated with Hanoi, simply timid from
Chinese language the edge may be the Lao Cai Land exactly w... Read More »
Active Travel Asia Explores Pu Hu Nature Reserve In Vietnam
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA and GIZ
(Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit in Vietnam) working
together in a survey of responsible tourism project in Pu Hu Nature
Reserve, Thanh hoa province, Vietnam.
The survey trip will be held in middle of December, 2011 by ATA
team with suppo... Read More »
Vietnam - A cultural feast
envisioned hiking to remote villages to find mountain hill tribes;
people living in indigenous villages, untouched by outside influences.Instead,
as we pulled into Sapa, in the northern part of Vietnam, a group of
Black Hmong women gathered on the side of the road as our shuttle pulled
i... Read More »
Luang Prabang: the jewel of Indochina
Just about anywhere else in the
world, a trip to the local Red Cross office would probably be a sign
that your holiday had gone badly wrong. But not in the former Laotian
royal capital of Luang Prabang,
where the unprepossessing wooden structure tucked away behind Mount
Phousi offers a sur... Read More »
Vietnam: gems of the north
is increasingly becoming a popular destination for travellers each
year. Its large chaotic cities are popular stop-offs for young
travellers, and a great place to spend a few days. However, it can be
nice to get away from the hustle and bustle, and northern Vietnam boasts
fantastic... Read More »
The first expedition to Son Doong Cave with ATA – Unrevealed stories!
On 28th Sep, 2011, carrying the
eager to explore the grandeur of nature, the first travelers together
with ATA’s product manager – Mr. Tony Tran had launched the discovery to
Son Doong Cave, the biggest cave in the world.
Accompany with the group is Mr.
Ho Khanh who found the S... Read More »
Mai Chau Homestay Trek Was So Much Better Than I Ever Imagined
"A buddy and I did 10 days in
Northern Vietnam and wanted to get a few days of hiking in. We opted for
ATA's 4-day Mai Chau Homestay. Mr. Hai picked us up at our backpacker's
hostel with a private car and driver. Mr. Hai was very knowledgeable,
had a great sense of humor, and spoke great Eng... Read More »
Vietnam: ethnic tourism among the valleys with no name
A typhoon had blown in during
the day. White rain clouds lay like a boiling sea in the valleys,
creating the illusion that the twisting mountain pass was an ocean road.
As our vehicle turned a blind corner we came across a gaggle of
motorcyclists, caped against the rain and gawping over the... Read More »
Four seasons in Sapa, Vietnam
The four seasons are distinctly felt in Sa Pa, Vietnam when nature changes her costume.
The four seasons are distinctly
felt in Sa Pa when Nature changes her costume. Spring in the season of
pear, peach and plum flowers. Summer comes blooming with Gladioli,
Pancies, Dahlias, Sun-flowers... Read More »
Bike Tour of Vietnam
On the first day of our bike tour of Vietnam, we took them for a spin to brave the chaotic traffic of Hanoi.
It was pretty intense riding alongside dozens of motor bikes and cars
and other bicycles. Plus the inhaling of constant exhaust fumes kinda
makes you feel like you’ve smoked a p... Read More »
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... Read More »
A very good trip with Active Travel Asia
Our first trip with Active travel was the Sapa valley trek homestay with ecolodge option. Everything was handled very professionally for this by Active Travel Asia.
We were picked up by an agent at our hotel exactly on time and they
actually escorted us right onto our train for our night trip... Read More »
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA announced to launch travel writing contest 2011 for travelers from across the world
participants will have a chance to win special out-door trips by
sharing their best holiday experiences in Indochina (Vietnam, Laos &
ASIA, a leading adventure tour operator in Indochina, has launched a
travel writing contest 2011 for travelers fro... Read More »
Vietnam Cat Tien National Park Recognized Global Biosphere Reserve
On 30 June 2011, the United
Nations added 18 new sites to its global list of biosphere reserves,
bringing the total to 581 in 114 different countries, the UN
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported.
Cat Tien is the new name of the former Dong Nai Biosphere Re... Read More »
Riding Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh trail
The mountain paths of the legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail offer visitors to Vietnam an adventurous alternative to the well-worn coastal route - especially if you travel on the back of a motorbike
was more like a hamlet than a village. A simple collection of stilted
wooden houses perched on the... Read More »
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA organizes the first trip to discover Son Doong cave for travelers
At the end of Sep, 2011, the
first trip for travelers to discover SON DOONG, the world’s largest cave
will be implemented by ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA. Mr. Ho Khanh, who is the
first person to find the entrance to cave will be the tour leader of
this adventure group.
The lucky tourist group... Read More »
Tram Chim National Park – a green island of red-headed cranes
If you visit Tram Chim National Park in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap during the time of day when the highest tides occur, normally from August to November, you can take a motorboat ride through forests rich with plants and flowers and green cajeput trees.
Tram Chim National Park is an... Read More »
Seduced by Luang Prabang, Laos
traveled here for four days: my wife and the girls plus my wife’s mom
and husband, visiting from America. It was the last leg of their
three-week visit to Southeast Asia and it didn’t disappoint.
Speaking with Andrew, the owner (who’s originally from Melbourne) he told me... Read More »
Cambodia off the beaten track
Mention you’re going to Cambodia and chances are you’ll end up comparing notes on the glorious temples of Angkor, among the most awe-inspiring – indeed, mind-blowing – monuments ever conceived by the human mind. It is hardly surprising that so many travelers from around the g... Read More »
NHK TV to broadcast Son Doong cave reportage - The largest cave in the world
NHK World TV will broadcast on June 25 a 3D scientific reportage on
Vietnam ’s Son Doong cave, which is classified as the largest cave in
TV’s broadcast will reach 60 countries around the world, according to
the Foreign Affairs Department of the... Read More »
Green stamp on jungle style
In a country best known for its temples, Jane Dunford finds a floating ecolodge that's a gateway to a pristine environment.
I am, it's fair to say, in the middle of nowhere. This is the Tatai River, east of Koh Kong, in the southern reaches of Cambodia's Cardamom Mountains. Halfway between Bangkok... Read More »
Vietnam where I saw the most beautiful
In your eyes, where the place Vietnam
most beautiful? Our questions are foreign photographer responded with
these images upset: the picture angle is so simple that with them –
people from a distance – that’s where most Vietnam features. And more
beautiful images are to carr... Read More »
Active Travel Asia Launches Great Vietnam & Cambodia Summer Promotion 2011
Active Travel Asia
(ATA) is offering Great Summer Promotion 2011 in Vietnam and Cambodia.
These promotions are guaranteed by luxurious adventure tours, add-on
values and reasonable prices.Active
Travel Asia kicks off Special Summer Promotion 2011 covering all kinds
of adventure tours inclu... Read More »
A 'Junk' Trip in Vietnam
hunkered in the doorway of an office building as gray clouds moved in,
threatening to break open above me. Piles of luggage were stacked in the
doorway, but I held tightly to my backpack. As a solo traveler making
my way through Vietnam, I had yet to let someone else touch my bag, the esse... Read More »
From the Back Seat: Memories on a Motorcycle in Vietnam
Riding a motorbike from the North to the South of Vietnam was an amazing experience.
Now, while I didn’t ride the motorcycle on 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 a... Read More »
Luang Prabang: The Epithet of Laotian History, Culture and Nature
Formed at the convergence of the famous Mekong and Kahn rivers in Laos, the town of Luang Prabang
is the archetypal product of when colonial and traditional architecture
collide. Groomed in pristine fashion, one would think he is the first
to discover this exotic landscape.Palm trees line the... Read More »
A Look into Beautiful Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay has been
declared a UNESCO World heritage site and it really deserves the
designation. It is one of the most exciting unusual places I have been
to in my life.Halong Bay
-Halong meaning “Descending Dragon”- is named after the thousands of
island with bizarre rock for... Read More »
Sapa ranked among top ten places to walk
Town in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai has been voted one
of the world’s top ten spots for walking by popular travel guide Lonely
other greatest places for walkers are the Grand Canyon in the US,
Aoraki/Mount Cook Village in New Zealand, Lake Distric... Read More »
Journey down the Mighty Mekong
Mekong is one of the world’s major rivers, weaving together the land
and indigenous cultures of Tibet, southern China, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. It’s also one of the best ways to get around in Southeast Asia.
In Laos (http://www.activetravellaos.com/),
a journey dow... Read More »
Trekking in Laos, the Forgotten Land
Leaving behind overwhelming and often brusque China, we were delighted to find pure, green, untouched Laos awaiting us.
is a forgotten land. Like most, I didn’t know much about it before
setting foot in the country. I knew it was at one time French occupied
and that it usually earn... Read More »
Walking through Vietnam
In December 2010, my 12-year old son Oliver and I went to Vietnam - the first outside Europe to a destination in a developing country.
arrangements were excellent throughout and the planning nothing short
of brilliant. There were no mishaps or last minute changes of plan,
all eight hote... Read More »
Vietnam: A journey from past to present
If Hanoi is the grand old dame of Vietnam
and Ho Chi Minh City is the brash young floozy, then Halong Bay, Hue
and Hoi An are the alluring mistresses you encounter along the way. Here
landscape, architecture, culture and cuisine work their seduction via
subtle charms rather than sensory over... Read More »
Active Travel Asia promote tours to Sapa - the Cloud city of Vietnam
Nestled among the
Hoang Son Lien Mountains, Sapa is an excellent gateway to the H'mong and
Dao villages that dot the landscape of VietnamThe first thing travelers should know about Sapa is that it is one of highlands in Vietnam
- 1,600m above sea level. That means a leisurely stroll to the nea... Read More »