August 31, 2010

How to Find Indochina and Vietnam travel Deals

Travel Plan
If you don't have an idea for where you want to go in Vietnam and Indochina, you can simply search Google by keyword, "Vietnam travel tips" or “Indochina travel tips”. You will see many travel tips supported by local Indochina & Vietnam tour operators and travel agencies. Visit their website you can find many interesting travel guide, tips and information for all destinations in Vietnam and Indochina. However, if you have the favorite destinations such as Halong Bay, Sapa, Hoi An, Hue, Mekong Delta, Angkor Wat or Luang Prabang. You can search more specific such as "Halong Bay travel tips". You will find many Halong travel tips and deals with variety prices of depend on tour operators.

Other ways, you should find travel suggestions, tips, experience and information about Indochina & Vietnam in some famous tourist sites like TripAdvisor, Loneyplannet. In addition, you should visit the site of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism: vietnamtourism.com. The web provides useful information about the country and people of Indochina and Vietnam. Here you also find traveler’s reviews in the list of leading local tour operators and travel agencies as well as most of the tour is available in Vietnam. You have many options with great culture, cruise and golf tours in wide price range.

Discovering the flavor and beauty of Vietnam’s UNESCO sites

The author chose 4 UNESCO sites in Vietnam for his discovery : Halong bay,Hanoi, Hue,and Hoi An. These sites is beautiful and peaceful.

A golden sunrise illuminated the Old Quarter’s ancient dwellings draped in fuchsia bougainvilleas. It also lit the Thu Bon River, where the small fishing boats had just pulled up to shore. It was 5:30 a.m. as I approached the central marketplace, where I experienced the tastes, sounds, and energy—the real life of the local people. Vietnam’s gem-city of Hoi An was just awakening.

Hoi an, VietnamStreet of lanterns, Hoi An, Vietnam

Greeting the Day
Women in conical straw hats with bright smiles balanced long poles over their shoulders. Their poles were heavy with hanging baskets stuffed with vegetables, fish, and even live geese, as they scurried along the dirt pathways. The endless array of baskets filled with herbs covered the ground in a blanket of greenery, while pungent fish and spice aromas permeated the air.

August 27, 2010

Exploring the Ho Chi Minh Trail, Vietnam

The Ho Chi Minh trail, made famous as a supply route for the North Vietnamese in the Vietnam War with America, is actually a network of trails and dirt roads roughly paralleling the Vietnam/Laos border.

Motorcycling on Ho Chi Minh trail, Vietnam

These trails were originally developed during the resistance movement against the French and were used to move troops and supplies during both conflicts.

There is no “official” Ho Chi Minh Trail because it is a loose network of trails, and there are no official tourist opportunities available on the trail, but the trail is available for hiking or biking as a traveler sees fit.

Danang is a good place to start. Flying into Danang will help you get your bearings in this country, and someone will help point you in the right direction. Going to villages to the west of Vietnam is your best bet, but understand that nothing official has been set up regarding the Ho Chi Minh trail. There are no museums or cultural exploration sites, nor are there marked trails or visitor’s centers. Renting a mountain bike and exploring the trails on your own is your best bet to experience the Ho Chi Minh trail.

August 20, 2010

Discover Cambodia’s Hidden Treasures

Once the site of horrible crimes against humanity, Cambodia is a beautiful country with a rich culture and a people who, in spite of the tragedy only a generation ago, are warm and bouncing back with incredible hope and life. From the stunning outline of the Angkor Watt complex to the scenic coastlines and deep jungles, Cambodia has a lot to offer an adventurous traveler.

Angkor Temples, CambodiaAngkor Temples, Cambodia

You can explore sprawling rice terraces, visit quaint villages and learn about a resilient people determined to move forward from the days of the Killing Fields and reclaim their spectacular and diverse country. However, with poor infrastructure and a tourism industry still in its infancy (unlike neighboring Thailand), Cambodia can still be a logistically difficult place to explore on your own. That’s why signing up for a small group adventure tour could be the perfect way to explore this beautifully rich and diverse country.

So, ok, I know what you are thinking. “A travel tour? Isn’t that what old people do?” The answer is no. You certainly won’t have to worry about venturing around Cambodia next to blue-haired Edna and her husband Bob.

In fact, these tours have you on trains, boats, cyclos, riding elephants and traveling on foot, adventuring through remote and spectacular areas of the country. The truth is travel tours have come a long way since the days of giant air-conditioned buses and old ladies. Today there are tours designed specifically for the independent, adventure traveler.

August 12, 2010

Top 5 adventure destinations in Vietnam

According to Bootsnall travel network, there are 5 adventure destinations Vietnam recommended for tourists to travel.

Vietnam seems to be one of the new hotspots in Southeast Asia. Vietnam’s new slogan is “it’s a country, not a war”. Currently Vietnam is experiencing a massive influx of tourists not only interested in it war history, but also interested in the immense amount of soft adventure trips available throughout the country.

Below are a few of our favorites and recommendations:

HALONG BAY

Halong bay, VietnamHalong bay, Vietnam

Often touted as Vietnam’s number one tourist destination, Halong Bay, literally means “where the dragon descends into the sea.” This is an area of more than 3000 islands, where tourist come to swim, explore, and visit a natural, scenic areas recognized in 1994 on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. This is a scenic area not to be missed!

August 09, 2010

Travels Through Cambodia: Angkor What?

Lisa Lubin traveled through Cambodia with many cities as: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat and she had exciting experience.

Angkor Wat, CambodiaAngkor Wat, Cambodia

Phnomh Penh was a hot city with the same Southeast Asian mix of tuk tuk and motorbike drivers. The city has come a long way since Pol Pot and had a lovely riverfront lined with many European alfresco cafes where you could sit under a refreshing fan and sip an iced latte.

But the primary tourist stop on most travelers’ agendas in Cambodia is Siem Reap, home to some of the world’s most amazing and best preserved temples some that are nearly one thousand years old.

August 03, 2010

Taking it easy motorcycling on the historic Ho Chi Minh Trail, Vietnam

Motorcycle adventures are gaining popularity among young, adventurous Vietnamese and foreign travellers. No stops, no fixed schedules, just jumping on the bike and going- these are just some of the reasons why people are opting for motorcycle travel, especially motorcycling on Ho Chi Minh trail, over traditional train and bus journeys.

Motorcycling tour on Hochiminh trail, Vietnam Motorcycling tour on Ho Chi Minh Trail, Vietnam

Tired of the scorching heat in the city? Why not grab a motorcycle and drive off in to Viet Nam's beautiful, cool countryside?

I bumped into Nick Villa (New Zealand) and George Marjak in Ha Noi one afternoon when they had just returned from a bike tour along the former historic Ho Chi Minh Trail. After living in Viet Nam for six months and understanding a bit of Vietnamese, the two young foreigners decided to take a spontaneous adventure on their rented Minsks, rather than booking an ordinary tour.

The legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail was the supply line used by North Viet Nam soldiers to link the north with South Viet Nam during the American War. Soldiers, ammunition and supplies were carried by hand, bicycle and lorries for thousands of kilometres through the otherwise impenetrable jungle that covered Viet Nam's mountainous border with Laos.

If relentless bombing did not stop him, it took a North Vietnamese soldier as long as six months to make the gruelling trek down the narrow jungle path that was the trail. Today, you can speed along the same route at 100km/hour, past peaceful hamlets and stunning mountain scenery. "I was very emotional as we drove along the road filled with so much history," Villa says.

The trail has been transformed into a highway, more than 1,200km of which are open to traffic. It begins at the gates of Ha Noi and ends at the doorsteps of HCM City. In between, the route passes battlefields like Khe Sanh and the La Drang Valley, skirts tribal villages in the rugged Central Highlands and offers easy access to some of the country's top attractions — the ancient royal seat of Hue, the picturesque trading port of Hoi An and long, sandy white beaches that seem to go on for days.

With a map, two bikes, and bags packed with jungle essentials such as: clothing, Wellington boots and first-aid kits, the two Germans started on their journey. They began on the outskirts of Ha Noi, where the journey was quite easy and peaceful at first. On the first day, there was nothing but a calm, smooth road and the sunset on the horizon. As they made their way through the city of Da Nang, Villa and Marjak visited the Non Nuoc tourism site where they met Pham Van Hung, a motorcycle and dirt bike tour guide who leads trips along the trail.

Taking advantage of their chance meeting, the two foreigners began their real adventure the next morning. As they passed through Pa Hon Village (Dong Giang District) they could not help but admire the stunning views. They took pictures of every little detail of the ethnic village, and asked Hung to take their pictures too. One thousand snapshots later, they left picturesque Pa Hon.

At midnight, they arrived at Prao, a mountainous town in Dong Giang District. Even though it was late, they still found the strength to wander around the town.

"I like to drench myself in the secluded atmosphere of the mountains, and in every detail of people's lives here. You can only enjoy these things by travelling like this. I love the spontaneity, I love that I can stop wherever I want, which I cannot do with a strict schedule on a booked tour led by a guide wearing a tie. My guide on this trip is not so bad either," Marjak shared.

The next morning, they continued their adventure from Quang Nam to Thua Thien – Hue.

I also met up with a Dutch couple Marcus Kamp, 33, and Bree Angelique, 28, who recently returned from their own journey along the HoÀ Chi Minh Trail in the opposite direction as the two Germans, from Hue to Quang Nam. They each had a dirt bike and went with two tour guides named Duong Tien Hung and Le Van Son.

On the first day of the trip, Kamp and Angelique enjoyed the fresh air under the trees along the A Roang – A Tep Pass between the two provinces while listening to their guides introduce the fascinating tales of Cong Troi (Heaven Gate) and of this legendary road during the war. They stopped in Ta Vang Village (Tay Giang District). Kamp could not help sharing his emotions: "The strange feeling when we set foot in the traditional village of the Co Tu ethnic group was amazing. It definitely boosted our enthusiasm for the bike trip."

They explained that they met about a dozen expats who were also travelling on bikes during their two day trip along the trail. All of them were ecstatic about the amazing views of Truong Son Mountain and the surrounding jungle. What amazed them even more was the life and culture of the people they met along the way.

Marco Bouwer, a 31-year old German tourist who rode the trail shared: "We are really relaxed and comfortable in nature, away from the heat and traffic that overwhelm the cities. Also, the people were friendly and curious. We often caught them looking and laughing at us, which in a way was pretty funny. We didn't mind."

If you find yourself in the mood for a spontaneous adventure, you do not have to get online to plan your journey alone. The tour guides these travellers met along the way said they work in a group of about 20 people. They each worked on their own in the past, but eventually they came together and launched a website to promote their business. They all agreed on one fair price for their services and they share in the business.

They speak English and can help in virtually any situation. They grew up here, so they have thousands of stories to tell you along the road. For just a little cost a day, you can enjoy a reliable companion and a wonderful adventure on the historic trail.

Source: VNS

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Motorcycling the Ho Chi Minh Trail - Half Challenge
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