Monday, April 29, 2013

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.

Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Vietnam
Biking Pu Luong Nature Reserve – 4 days (Hanoi - Mai Chau - Pu Luong – Hanoi). This trip offers 4 days 3 nights. Departed for Mai Chau witness the lush rice field, enjoy the fresh air then head to the Pu Luong- the place is considers as a place have great biodiversity. Travelers chance to closer with the Mother Nature. The beaten path will provide the great adventure for explorers. Along this trip will bring an unforgettable experience with the riding on first part of the historic Ho Chi Minh Trail and exploring the quintessential of the ethnic minority culture. The trip includes support vehicle, home stay permission, meals, sightseeing fees & entrance fee.

Biking Mai Chau, Vietnam
Biking Mai Chau - 2 days (Hanoi - Mai Chau- Hanoi).This is a 2 days 1 night tour departs from Hanoi, to Mai Chau then back to Ha Noi, stay overnight at Buoc Village. Mai Chau is known as the top fresh destination - the paradise of fog, smog and cloud. Travelers have a chance to visit a rice paddle, wild waterfall, witness the rustic beauty of this place, interact with the ethnic people, enjoy the local food,  sleep at the Thai’s silt house, learn how to weave the “ tho cam” product. The trip includes support vehicle, home stay permission, meals, sightseeing fees & entrance fee.

Summer promotion 2013:
ATA 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, free one night at a luxury cruise or at hotel, free meal at elegance restaurant and others are in listing lucky gift.

Travel Facts:
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA) offers a wide selection of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia adventure tours, including hiking and trekking, biking, motorcycling, kayaking, overland touring and family travel packages. For more information, please contact ATA for tailoring your very own tour via:

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)
Telephone: +84-43-633-9576
Fax:            +844 3573 8570
Email: info@activetravel.asia
Address: Level 2, No 17/167, Tay Son Street, Dong Da district, Hanoi, Vietnam


Performances open 2013 Ha Long Carnaval, Vietnam

The 2013 Ha Long Carnaval opened on April 27 with an arts performance in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh’s Ha Long city which was attended by local and regional leaders, as well as thousands of visitors.

This year’s theme is “The Colours of Quang Ninh – Convergence and Continuation”, featuring the traditional ethnic minority cultures.

The Dao ethnic group from Bang Ca commune, Hoanh Bo district, performed folk dances at the carnival’s opening ceremony to ask the gods for fine weather, good health and a prosperous, fortunate life.

In addition to the opening ceremony, the carnival includes stage performances and a parade which attracted nearly 5,000 amateur and professional actors and actresses, as well as a number of art troupes from China, the Republic of Korea and Laos.

Quang Ninh Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Deputy Director, Hoang Quoc Thai, said the event aims to promote the province and encourage tourists form home and abroad to visit the province and learn more about its colourful local cultures.

Source: VOV

Some ATA photos of the opening ceremony:
Over tens thousands of tourists attended Carnaval Ha Long at 27/4/2013.
Opening the festival is the dragon dances
With the theme "Colors of Quang Ninh - Convergence and spreading", this year's festival with bold traditional culture of Vietnam, combine culture of Latin America.
Traditional games of Vietnam
The girl in the Carnaval dress attracts the attention
The girl in the Carnaval dress attracts the attention
Image represent of the 5-star yacht in Ha Long Bay

Friday, April 26, 2013

Impression about Vietnam on a cycling tour.

On a cycling trip across north Vietnam, Kevin Rushby finds that….
By Kevin Rushby
Biking Mai Chau, Hoa Binh, Vietnam
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 coast and the city of Ninh Binh. If you imagine the shape of Vietnam as rather like a giant upright prawn, we were going to do a neat cross-section just at the base of the head. No day would involve much more than 20 miles – about the limit for our nine-year-old – and there was always a support vehicle to pick up stragglers. The route would, we hoped, give us a complete range of Vietnamese experiences, from tribal homestays and untouched jungle hills to fast-developing towns. 

Mai Chau was definitely at the less developed end of the Vietnamese spectrum. All around us the rice fields were being harvested by ladies in conical straw hats. Others were wafting nets to catch crickets or filling baskets with bundles of water hyacinth. In places, songbirds in bamboo cages had been hung in the shade of trees to ward off wild, food-stealing birds. The valley floor was almost completely devoted to rice, and generations of careful landscaping have left it almost flat. At the sides, perhaps a kilometre apart, the tangled secondary forest rose sharply to serrated peaks. There, at the junction of the horizontal and vertical worlds, people had built their houses on stilts. Curls of smoke rose from among them, where rice husks were being burned. 

Biking Mai Chau, Vietnam
We rattled across a rusty suspension bridge and through a village. Every house seemed to lie at the centre of a perfect storm of picturesque food production. There were fish ponds and ducks. There were neat vegetable gardens filled with beans and cabbages. There were orchards of longans, rambutans and persimmon. Even the scrubbier patches were stocked with areca palms, which provide betel nut as well as support for prickly dragonfruit stems. Under the houses were recently harvested crops – rice, peanuts, taro roots and bamboo – plus all the paraphernalia of further operations: fish traps, coops and cages. What was significantly absent was any plastic litter or mess. 

Trekking & Homestay in Mai Chau
A few miles on, we left the bicycles in a hut and walked uphill to a tiny hamlet of wooden houses on stilts. Climbing the steps to one of them, we entered a traditional house of the White Thai tribe, a people who had come from Thailand several centuries ago and whose way of life seems largely unchanged. The floor was bamboo slats, worn to a glossy smoothness by years of bare feet. There was little in the way of furniture, just a huge low bed, a couple of benches and an altar for the ancestors. On the ceiling was a hand-painted tribute to Ho Chi Minh and in every window hung a chirruping bird cage. We had stayed in a similar house the previous night – the whole valley has embraced the homestay idea, giving the farmers a valuable side income. Success, however, has made some homestays more like guesthouses.
Homestay Mai Chau, Hoa Binh, Vietnam
This one was certainly authentic. Green tea was brought and served in small bowls, then a toast of rice wine.

Lunch came on a large tray: bowls of noodles cooked with carp from the pond, tofu, slivers of bamboo and other strange leaves and roots. It was a magnificent feast in a country whose cuisine is one of the high points of human culture.

On our third day, after some gorgeous mountain scenery, we had reached Vietnam's largest and oldest nature reserve: Cuc Phuong national park, a 50,000-acre area of forest slung over a stunning landscape of jagged mountains. It is home to 97 species of mammal and more than 300 species of bird, but after a six-mile trek and a 20-mile bike ride, we had spotted precisely one stick insect and heard exactly one gun shot.

Cage after cage of small furry creatures represent the last few examples of species endemic to Vietnam, most of them langurs, a long-tailed leaf-eating monkey. This is a country where tigers and elephants have been more or less wiped out and superstitious crazes for rare animal meats have sent dozens of species spiralling towards extinction, including five of the 11 species of langur. 

Cuc Phuong Jungle, Vietnam
Next day we rode into a landscape that is becoming more common in Asia: a strange melange of the traditional and natural with the newly industrialised, newly touristified. There would be achingly beautiful wetlands dotted with water buffalo and backed by jagged peaks, then a cement factory. There were sleepy, algae-encrusted Catholic churches and ancient temple gateways, then new concrete pagodas with huge coach parks. We passed fishermen in traditional hats setting bamboo fish traps and fishermen using truck batteries and electrodes. All around, limestone outcrops rose in jagged profusion, like pods of humpback whales.
The first boat in our group had entered the cave for the return trip when the woman paddling the second boat called out. There, on the top of the crags, silhouetted against the late sun, was a family group of langurs. More arrived, moving with total grace and vitality in their mountain fastness. There was, I estimated, around half the world's remaining population on display. For several minutes we all watched them leaping around, and it felt good to be with local people who were as pleased as us. Our cross-section of modern Vietnam had, I felt, ended on a suitable high note.
Eventually we left the langurs and passed back through the cave, in time to see the magical sight of thousands of egrets flying over to their roost. We sat by our bikes and watched them settle as the light faded.
Way to go
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA can provide the trip for you which include bike, hike and kayak tour of northern Vietnam, which combines Hanoi, Mai Chau, Cuc Phuong national park, Ninh Binh and Halong Bay.
The highlight
- Awesome scenery
- Tam Coc - the "Halong Bay on the rice fields"
- Homestay in Thai village
- Jungle trails

Further information
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA offers a wide selection of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar adventure tours, including hiking and trekking, biking, motorcycling, overland touring and family travel ackages. The packages and tailor-made private itineraries will take you through exotic destinations to really experience the culture, history and nature of Asia.

Address: Level 2, No 17/167, Tay Son Street, Dong Da district, Hanoi, Vietnam
Hotline: +84 902 24 3637
Tel: +84-43-633-9576
Email address: info@activetravel.asia

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Motorcycle Adventure in the Mountains of Vietnam

 By Joseph Ferris

My Minsk motorcycle
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, friendly and adventure, I suggest choose motorcycle tour through the mountains northern Vietnam.

In the countryside of northern Vietnam the Minsk motorcycles rule the roads. I went to Sapa, Lao Cai, the beautiful French Hill station. Sapa is a popular destination and most backpackers on the train to northern Vietnam will be heading there. Not to be missed are some smaller mountain towns to the east of Sapa. One rainy morning I visited a hillside market located only four miles from the Chinese border. The Minsk can easily handle the rough terrain of northern Vietnam. I swiftly passed by the stuck Land Cruisers and found them still waiting on my return. After spending a few days in the eastern tribal region, I drove to Sapa, and a few days later continued west along the Dien Bien Phu loop road.

The scenery on the trip is amazing. The town of Sapa sits perched on a dramatic mountain valley. A short drive from Sapa is Mt. Fansipan. With an elevation of 3143m, the peak of Mt. Fansipan was shrouded in the clouds as I drove over the pass.

Ethnic Minorities in your way
There are many colorful ethnic minorities living in the mountains along the loop road. In Sapa, the girls from the local ethnic minorities will offer to guide you on hikes to their villages. These girls speak English amazingly well, learned only by listening to the foreign tourists. I never went along on one of their hikes, but it was reported to me to be a great experience. You will encounter many other different ethnic minorities along the way, each with their own style of distinctive and colorful traditional dress. This area of Vietnam is well off the beaten track. As you travel through the mountains you can rest assured that the ethnic minorities will be dressed in their costumes not to satisfy the demands of a mass tourist industry, but because of tradition.

The southern half of the loop journey passes through the more industrialized hinterland of Hanoi. At this point there are more options for how to return to Lao Cai. I chose to go north of Hanoi, throw away the map, and navigate by the sun until I met with the northbound route back to Lao Cai. I reached the mountains south of Lao Cai with only minor trouble, getting lost only a few times, and enduring two days of rain. Although there is not much to see in this area, the people are very friendly.

I stopped frequently to dry off, warm up and drink coffee with the local people. At one rest stop, the owner of the small cafe served me tea and then ran off to fetch her daughter. The daughter was home on vacation from college in Hanoi, and would practice her English by acting as our interpreter. Initially I was not so sure if her husband felt the same. He later appeared dressed in his old NVA militarily jacket. Giving me a hard stare and a stern look he asked me that if being an American, I was afraid that the Vietnamese would kill me. Through his daughter I told him of course not, and that I considered the Vietnamese to be the nicest people I had ever met. He broke out in a big smile and proudly declared, “very good!” The rest of the family also seemed very pleased by my answer and we had a pleasant afternoon of talking, eating fruit, and waiting for the rain to stop.

The entire family rushed out clapping and cheering in disbelief. I assume they had given me up for dead and banked my deposit. That night they fed me, let me take a shower, and arranged my train ticket back to Hanoi. Those two weeks had been amazing, and probably the biggest influence for why I regard Vietnam as my favorite county and I continue to daydream about future trips.

Practical advice for a successful motorcycle adventure

For the perfect trip, you should prepare both the physical and mental carefully. To be back home intact, you should follow some rule of Vietnam like riding on the right of road, turn on the signal when turn right or left, move slowly at intersection, school, and hospital. You also can refer adventure tours of trust travel companies to be less risk such as ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA, which have 7 years experience in operating motor biking tour.

Motorcycling Experience – A Fantastic Way to Travel Vietnam

In the eyes of foreigner, traffic in Vietnam is always crazy. Dare to say lunacy, brave to learn the rule of madness. For sure, travelers will gain the unforgettable experience.

Nothing more, nothing less, 3 days on motorbike enough for travelers to taste the first part of fabled Ho Chi Minh trail. Riding along the beautiful winding road following the bank of Ma River travelers will have insightful vision about Vietnam. 
Motorbiking the Ho Chi Minh trail
Pretty thought that travel is a great opportunity. Especial in Vietnam, a small country is totaling different from Western culture. By a motorbike, travelers can explore every corner, have a chance to learn Vietnam history, change the way to see the world, realize the meaning of globalization. 

This trip is so exciting when travelers learn how to control the Honda. This vehicle is suitable with the condition of countryside or no road in Vietnam. Be masterful on Honda and relishing the freedom along the road, Halong Bay on the rice field, Mai Chau, minority village will be surprised travelers by the rustic beauty, the breathtaking scenery, the fresh air.

For the perfect trip, travelers should prepare both the physical and mental carefully. To be back home intact, travelers should follow some rule of Vietnam like riding on the right of road, turn on the signal when turn right or left, move slowly at intersection, school, and hospital. Travelers will be less risk by the full support of ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA, which have 7 years experience in operating motor biking tour.

The best time to travel by motorbike is from September to June. Especial, in April flights are generally moderately priced. The cost of tour is also supported by ATA. Moreover, Travel in this time; travelers chance to attend various festivals.


Summer promotion 2013:
ATA 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, free one night at a luxury cruise or at hotel, free meal at elegance restaurant and others are in listing lucky gift.

Travel Facts:
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA) offers a wide selection of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia adventure tours, including hiking and trekking, biking, motorcycling, kayaking, overland touring and family travel packages. For more information, please contact ATA for tailoring your very own tour via:

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)
Telephone: +84-43-633-9576
Email: info@activetravel.asia
Address: Level 2, No 17/167, Tay Son Street, Dong Da district, Hanoi, Vietnam :



Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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 north near Hanoi.

Traffic and Bicycle Laws
Along with standard laws like not causing traffic problems by racing or zigzagging, Vietnam has few laws targeted specifically toward the bicyclist. It is important to remember not to carry cumbersome loads, carry children over age seven with you or ride more than two abreast. No sort of helmet or lighting is required, but bicyclists are not allowed to ride with open umbrellas. One can only guess what happened to make this law.

Common Trips
For those interested in adventure and active trips, there are some routes that will take you through and explore the backcountry while providing some modicum of modern amenities. ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA - one of the travel companies offering cycling tours in Indochina - is received good reviews of adventure travelers.

Biking Mekong Delta
The easiest of these is around the Mekong Delta. With a terrain nearly devoid of any rise, these trips are easier, but by no means less scenic, than the others. Traveling through the expanse of rice paddies dotted with the occasional copse of trees, the rider will be joined by children cycling to or from school or women returning from the market. People in the villages will be pleasantly surprised to see a foreigner riding into town and a circuit from Ho Chi Minh to any of the surrounding villages is an easy ride. With the flat terrain and abundance of villages it is easy to take a trip of any length, whether only a day or two weeks, a rider can tour without backtracking.

Biking Mai chau, Hoa Binh province
The northern area allows for more wooded scenery while still allowing for easier trips. For the more adventurous, the northern area provides a greater degree of difficulty through the hills surrounding Hanoi. This trip offers a great opportunity to see the two area of outstanding nature beauty; the North West highlands of Mai Chau and the limestone mountains of Ninh Binh. Biking is a great way to see this fascinating and visually stunning part of Vietnam, offering both physical activity and the unique opportunity to observe a way of life that has changed little over the centuries. As we ride in Mai Chau we encounter Muong and White Thai minorities and are guests in their traditional stilt houses allowing us to see firsthand how these minority peoples live. In Ninh Binh we explore the beauty of “Halong Bay on the rice fields” on bikes.

Biking Ho Chi Minh trail
A new trip for the adventurous would be along the historical Ho Chi Minh trail. The so-called Ho Chi Minh Trail is one of the most renowned legends of the American War. The complicated road system winds along the Truong Son Range, which that facilitated movement of soldiers and war supplies from North Vietnam to battlefields in South Vietnam. Now the historic trail is being turned into a highway and hotels and towns are springing up speedily beside it. The route is incredibly beautiful with new mountain views around every corner, very little traffic, and virtually no tourists.

Weather
Weather in Southeast Asia is a big consideration and it is recommended to go from Late September to December or March to late May. The weather in the southern area of Vietnam stays warm and humid averaging 26°C with its rainy season from June to September. BE WARNED: Vietnam sees monsoonal rains starting in June, peaking in August and tapering down in September. This season varies depending on location; Hanoi in the north generally has a rainy season that peaks earlier while Ho Chi Minh City may not see its rains slack until early October. Vietnam, especially central Vietnam, often floods and can hold up a trip for a week before the waters recede.

The hot season will see temperatures averaging 30°C, with the south staying warm all year round and the north seeing winter trends averaging 15°C. Depending on the time of year, it would be advisable to take a jacket to keep off the chill, especially if riding in the highlands, and a hat to protect against the sun.

Other Considerations
Visas must be applied for at least six months prior to entry date. Tourist visas are granted for one month, but may be extended after arrival in Vietnam, and only allow one entry into the country. Tourists must fill out arrival/departure papers and declaration papers, keeping both with the passport at all times. It is also recommended having a few extra passport-size photos with you as local authorities may request these and it is always a good idea to stay on the good side of authorities.

With over two-thirds of its roads unpaved and those paved roads sporting an abundance of potholes, the road conditions almost require a mountain bike.

The lush landscapes and warm hospitality provide anyone with a good biking tour of Vietnam. Take the time to look around and smell the proverbial “roses”.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Winner Announcement Week 3 (8/4-13/4/2013)

Winner announcement week 3
A huge congratulation to ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA‘s lucky travelers in summer promotion program 2013.

Here are the winners in week 3 (8/4-13/4/2013):

1. FREE: Airport pick-up in Dong Hoi, Quang Binh
Harvey Burdett, ATVR008 
Tour: Son Doong cave discovery

2. FREE:  01 meal in restaurant for two travelers
Ms. Jim, ATVR009 
Tour: Trekking Sapa
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Bicycle Tour Exploring Rustic Beauty in Mai Chau, Vietnam

Mai Chau is the ideal place for travelers who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of a daily life.  This trip will naturally follow the rural rhythm. Two days on bicycle it enough for travelers to discover the quintessential countryside.


Mai Chau, Vietnam
Mai Chau considers as one of top ten fresh Asian destinations. Approximately 135km from Hanoi, it is surrounded by rice paddy and limestone cliffs.

The combination of the lush countryside, breathtaking scenery with the soundtrack of birdsong, wind blowing, and gurgling irrigation streams. Definitely, the inner peace feeling will be fulfilling in the soul of travelers.

It is too regrettable to leave this place, if travelers don’t try to use the bicycle. On two wheels, travelers ride on small road head to the village of White Thai ethnic minority.

The journey will star from Pom Coong to Buoc village, about 35km. Along this loop, travelers chance to witness the daily life of local people to understand how indigenous people work in the field, how weave “ tho cam” product.

Taste the local dish likes rice cooked in bamboo, grilled meal, and corn wine. It made by White Thai women. Sleep at stilt house. Enjoy the traditional dance. Make friend with local people. For sure, it will bring surreal experience.

The best time to travel Mai Chau is from September to April. Especial, in April flights are generally moderately priced. The cost of tour is also supported by ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA’s summer promotion. Travel in this time, travelers chance to attend the “Thanh Minh” holiday - the biggest holiday present people pray for death people.


Summer promotion 2013:
ATA 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, free one night at a luxury cruise or at hotel, free meal at elegance restaurant and others are in listing lucky gift.


Travel Facts:
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA) offers a wide selection of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia adventure tours, including hiking and trekking, biking, motorcycling, kayaking, overland touring and family travel packages. For more information, please contact ATA for tailoring your very own tour via:

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)
Telephone: +84-43-633-9576
Hotline: +84 902 24 3637
Email: info@activetravel.asia
Address: Level 2, No 17/167, Tay Son Street, Dong Da district, Hanoi, Vietnam. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

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 Valley, Hoa Binh, Vietnam
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 White Thai tribe..."

These destinations all had high growth rates and attracted many foreign travellers as well as increasing amounts of vacationing locals.

Ethnic people in Mai Chau, Hoa Binh, Vietnam
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 White Thai tribe...Vibrant, verdant green rice paddies surround the town on all sides, and dramatic hills rise up on either side of the valley. The town itself isn't particularly stunning, but it's when one gets out into the countryside or head up into the hills that the breathtaking views get better around every corner. There are also several interesting markets to check out, as well as some nearby caves."

With many foreign tourists, Mai Chau is the interesting ideal for trekking trips or cycling options to discover the natural beauty of the region and exotic culture of minority groups.

Recommend Biking tour or Trekking tour in Mai Chau  by ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA

Trekking Mai Chau 
Trekking in Mai Chau
This trip offers a great combination of cultural expedition and trekking. We trek for three days through the spectacular scenery, visit remote and stay overnight in local homes where we have the chance to get to know these hospitable villages. From the mountainous region of Mai Chau, we travel back to the nation's capital, Hanoi.

Highlights 
  • Awesome scenery
  • Homestays in villages of ethnic minorities
  • Beautiful trails
Biking Hidden Paths of Mai Chau & Ninh Binh

Biking in Mai Chau
This trip offers a great opportunity to see the two area of outstanding nature beauty; the North West highlands of Mai Chau and the limestone mountains of Ninh Binh. Biking is a great way to see this fascinating and visually stunning part of Vietnam, offering both physical activity and the unique opportunity to observe a way of life that has changed little over the centuries. As we ride in Mai Chau we encounter Muong and White Thai minorities and are guests in their traditional stilt houses allowing us to see firsthand how these minority peoples live. In Ninh Binh we explore the beauty of “Halong Bay on the rice fields” on bikes.

Highlights
  • Awesome scenery
  • Tam Coc - the "Halong Bay on the rice fields"
  • Homestay in Thai village
  • Traditional foot massage

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Active Trip to Pu Luong on Biking - Vietnam Nature Reserve

Gain the exciting feeling, new experience, taste the local food at the remote place. Why not?  Let’s trip in Vietnam be natural. Less fuel, closer with Mother Nature, more active exploration,  all of this will make a trip completely and unforgettable.

           Biking in Pu Luang nature reserve

Pu Luong Nature Reserve considers as a place have great biodiversity. Moreover, Pu Luong has ideal terrain for the adventure activities such as biking and climbing.

Otherwise, Mai Chau is another the places for travelers explore. This place will surprise visitor cause of the rustic beautiful vista. The lush terrace filed, water buffalo, friendly local people and the gorgeous meal are the quintessential thing of this place.

The beaten path provides great adventure for travelers. With Westerners, it will be an unforgettable experience. By biking on the village road at Mai Chau, Hin village, climbing the limestone mountain, overnight at Thai’ homestay, travelers have more things to learn.

Biking through bad traffic to learn how to survival. Deal with the pothole, crappy roads increases the biking skill. Climbing through the remote mountain create a chance for travelers learn from nature, witness the gorgeous view, and study daily life of ethnic minority.

Ensure that 4 days the time travelers spend on trip isn’t waste. To make the trips more perfect, travelers should work out before trip start. This trip is not for people who don’t have endurance.

Notice that the summer in Vietnam is normally (30 to 40 degree) hotter and more humidity than Western. Especially, with adventure trip, travelers don’t forget the trekking boot, sun block, hat, snack, bottle water, sunglasses, flashlight and anti insect when go through the forest.


Travel Facts:
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA) offers a wide selection of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia adventure tours, including hiking and trekking, biking, motorcycling, kayaking, overland touring and family travel packages. For more information, please contact ATA for tailoring your very own tour via:

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA)
Telephone: +84-43-633-9576
Hotline: +84 902 24 3637
Email: info@activetravel.asia
Address: Level 2, No 17/167, Tay Son Street, Dong Da district, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Winner Anouncement Week 1 (25/03- 31/03/ 2013)

A huge congratulation to ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA‘s lucky travelers in summer promotion program 2013.

Here are the winners in week 1  (25/ 03- 31/03/2013):
Winner Annoucement week 1
1.  Discount up to 15% on the total cost.
           Isidoro Mazzoni, ATVR005.
           Tour: Trek Fansipan

2.  Free 01 night hotel for two people (shared room):
            Simon Chapman, ATVR 001.
              Tour: Family Adventures in Vietnam

3.  Free airport pick-up or drop off (one way)
            Hayley Windle,  ATVR003.
             Tour: Family Adventures in Vietnam

4.  Free 01 package cruise for 2 persons on Halong Bay (2 days 1 night)
           Alfonso Carreras, ATVR006
           Tour: Trekking in Pu Luong Nature Reserve

5.  Free 01 meal in restaurant for two travelers
          Malanie, ATVR004.
          Tour:  Biking Mekong


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