February 29, 2012

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA kicks of summer promotion 2012

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. Deluxe room with luxury equipments and services are designed to ensure that you will have the unforgettable trip with ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA.

In case you cannot visit Hanoi or you would like to arrange accommodation on your own, we are delighted to offer a dinner for 2 people at every destinations on your tour.

Besides, we have just deciced to add more option by adding 75 minutes massage body at Touch Hanoi Spa. By choosing suitable massage treament, we aim to help travellers feel relax after active time of running, trekking, or ridding on road.  

This promotion is valid for bookings from May 01, 2012 to Sep 31, 2012, applied for tours which cover Vietnam in its itinerary and price for over $500. 

Summer promotion provides all adventure lovers real experiences in Vietnam without concerning about accommodation, food, and activities. 

We hope to meet you there!

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA, offers a wide selection of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia adventure tours, including hiking and trekking, biking, motorcycling, kayaking, overland tours and family travel packages. Our tour packages and custom itineraries will take you through exotic destinations to really experience the culture, history and nature of Asia. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy an unforgettable active vacation. We run the most adventure tours available in the area. Our active trips are designed for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts

February 28, 2012

Tram Chim becomes 2000th Ramsar site

Tram Chim National Park in Dong Thap Mekong Delta Province has been recognized by Ramsar Convention as the 2000th Ramsar site of Wetlands of International Importance in the world.

Ananda Tiega, general secretary of the Ramsar Convention, has just informed Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the recognition, says Nguyen Duc Tu, Water and Wetlands Coordinator of the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Vietnam.

The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, and has continued to provide a national framework for wetland preservation ever since.

The convention embodies the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the "wise use", or sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories.

The Tram Chim National Park has become the country’s fourth Ramsar site after Xuan Thuy Natural Wetland Reserve in the northern province of Nam Dinh, which was recognized in 1988; the Bau Sau (Crocodile Lake) Wetlands and Seasonal Floodplains in Cat Tien National Park, selected in 2005; and Ba Be National Park in Bac Kan northern province, recognized in 2011.

Tram Chim covers an area of 7,588 hectares, which is home to 130 species of plant, 100 species of vertebrate animals, 40 species of fish, and 147 types of water birds – of which 13 are listed as endangered.
The most distinguished resident bird is the Sarus Crane (Grus antigone), which has been recognized as threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red Book.

Source: Tuoitrenews

How to survive when your luggage is lost

There’s nothing worse than waiting at the luggage reclaim carousel after a long vacationflight and realising that your baggage is a no-show! Follow our tips for how to survive when you become parted from your luggage.

Choose wisely – Don’t opt for a standard black suitcase that 99% of other travellers have; go for something brighter and more noticeable. Or customise your black baggage with ribbons, stickers or sew-on patches.

Insurance – Make sure you have adequate travel insurance that covers you against luggage loss.

Swap clothes – Swap a couple of changes of clothes with your traveling companion and if your luggage does go missing, at least you have a change of outfit.

Essentials – Keep any medications and travel essentials with you in your hand luggage to avoid any inconvenience.

Check in – When you are given your baggage identification labels at check in, keep them in a safe place as you may need them later!

What to do if your baggage is lost

Seek help – Head to the baggage service area where staff will take all of your details and ask to see the baggage labels.

Wait – Your details will then be stored on a central database and you may get access to a baggage tracking website.

Chase – Be persistent in contacting the airline and in most cases you should be reunited with your luggage pretty quickly. Make sure the airlines have your full accommodation address so your bags can forwarded to you with no delay.

Claim – If your baggage doesn’t appear you might be able to claim from your own insurance or from your airline. Check the individual policies.

When traveling

 Shop local – If your luggage is lost or delayed for a while then go shopping locally to replenish your clothing supplies. Hit the local markets and department stores to create your new local capsule wardrobe.

Don’t stress – As long as you have any medication required and other essentials from your hand luggage, just try to enjoy your holiday and don’t get stressed!

Source: Puretravel

February 27, 2012

Motorbiking in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is home to some of the greatest adventures on earth. Throw a motorbike into the mix and you will have the time of your life. Here is our guide to a two-wheeled adventure in the Mekong region.

Vietnam and Laos: Sublime scenery from mountain to coast

To kick off, the infamous HoChi Minh Trail has been upgraded into a major highway that runs along the spine of the country and offers some sublime scenery. The stretch from the old US airbase of Khe Sanh north to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is a beauty, including a wide section that was apparently a secret jungle landing strip for MIG fighters during the war.

February 10, 2012

Beach gems tucked away in Lan Ha Bay

Lan Ha Bay is part of the Halong Bay community but unlike its more famous neighbor it boasts some amazing sandy beaches. 

Tourists take a kayak trip in Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba Island.

Located east of Cat Ba Island, a World Natural Heritage site which is famous for its dreamlike and fresh beauty, tourists cannot ignore a pit-stop here when visiting Haiphong Province.

Lan Ha has an astonishing 139 sandy beaches. Some of them are tucked between giant rock mounts and thus are more quiet spots without big, crashing waves and are ideal places for a quiet swim.

The bay is over 7,000 hectares wide, of which 5,400 hectares is managed by Cat Ba National Park. This is a peaceful bay with 400 islands and islets of varied sizes.

The bay is endowed with limestone mountains which give the sea small islands and islets as well as fascinating caves. Some caves have wonderful stalactites in diverse colors and shapes in Ham Rong, Do Cung and Ca grottoes. 

There are also hundreds of rocks in various shapes such as Guoc Islet (shoe) or Doi Islet (bat).

Diving to admire colorful corals is a must in Lan Ha with Van Boi and Van Ha beaches, Sen, Cu and Khi islands as good choices.Tourists can also drift along canyons and small islets by kayak or wooden boats. There are also some pearl farms in Cat Dua Beach to discover.

Lan Ha Bay also features a scattering of fishing villages which are also must-see places for travelers to learn more about the daily life, culture and customs of fishermen.

Source: SGT
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February 07, 2012

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA completed the survey of responsible tourism project in Pu Hu Nature Reserve, Thanh hoa province, 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