July 27, 2012

ATA kicks off the New French Market With Séjours Indochine


In recent years, ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA has increasingly co-operated with some French Tour Operators and French customers; therefore ATA have decided to open new French Market named “Séjours Indochine

Specialist of adventure tours in Indochina from 2006, including tours and activities motorcycle, bicycles, kayaking, trekking and grottoes discovery in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA has increasingly co-operated with some French Tour Operators and French customers from France, Switzerland, Canada and other countries. ATA is pleased to announce its new French Market named “Séjours Indochine” with official website at www.sejoursindochine.com, in order to better serve its French-speaking clients and to respond to its French-speaking markets which is in constant growth these recent years.

July 25, 2012

Floating markets – The essence of the Mekong Delta



The Mekong Delta is renowned for its floating markets which are typical of the Phung Hiep and Cai Be districts.


On arriving in the Delta, you can travel by motorised boat to visit the Cai Be floating market, and experience the colourful trade of goods between their vessels.

The farmers from around the region bring their goods, mostly consisting of fruit and vegetables, to the markets to sell them to local dealers. These dealers then distribute the products to shops in the neighbouring towns and to wholesale dealers from larger towns.


As the adjacent image indicates, wholesalers trade from the larger boats by hanging their produce from a pole. This way, buyers on the smaller boats can easily see where they have to go to purchase the goods they need. In this example we see a vegetable market.

On the floating markets you not only find people buying and selling fresh produce, but you will also find floating restaurants, bars, gas stations, and many other stores. Canals in the area are simply the easiest and fastest means of transportation.

July 19, 2012

Have you known Ma Pi Leng pass-peak beatifull in Viet Nam?


Ma Pi Leng pass'peak is one of the 4 highest peak in Viet Nam. It is located between Meo Vac Commune and Dong Van in Ha Giang province. It is a 15-kilometer canyon road above the Nho Que River, which weaves its way like a silver ribbon through limestone ravines. Standing here, you will have a great view from the summit with Nho Que river winding. It is amazing feeling before you discovery other beautiful culture in Ha Giang like Mong people, Dong Van rock plateau...



Ma Pi Leng pass' peak is named Cong Troi (Heaven's Gate), is the best place for tourists in Vietnam travel to enjoy a panoramic view of the valley below.
The pass' peak is aptly named Cong Troi (Heaven's Gate), and is the best place for tourists in Vietnam travel to enjoy a panoramic view of the valley below, particularly on a late afternoon when you can see a beautiful sunset overlooking the river.

Ma Pi Leng is at the height of nearly 2,000m above sea level. The construction of Ma Pi Leng (which takes the form of a crouching horse) began in the 1960s and was said to be done almost entirely by the H’mong people.

July 17, 2012

The Colorful Lantern Town of Hoi An, Vietnam

Rows of shop houses spotting Chinese tiled roofs and yellow stained walls line the narrow alleys. Red lanterns hang from rusty ceilings, while creepy lalang tree branches hang from above. Red-and-green rickshaws stand alongside the traditional five-foot way and local ladies wearing conical straw hats amble along the streets balancing baskets of fruits on their shoulders. By the river banks, old men float on their crumbled wooden boats, waiting for the catch of their day.

This is Hoi An, an ancient city oozing old world charm, offering time travel for the curious ones. Set along the Thu Bon River, Hoi An was an international trading port back in the 17th century – Chinese, Japanese and European traders used to converge here, their traces now seen from the eclectic architecture in the Old Town. In the 18th century, Hoi An was considered to be the best destination for trading in all of Southeast Asia. Japanese believed the heart of all of Asia, referring to the dragon, lay beneath the earth of the city. Thanks to appropriate measures, the architectural styles in Hoi An have been extremely well preserved, thereby earning the town  UNESCO World Heritage status.


Once here, it’s easy to see why. Hoi An’s beauty is obvious: from the 17th century edifices to the hectic market and calm river banks, the city has an inimitable flair. Naturally it has attracted hordes of tourists, but thankfully

July 12, 2012

Adventure Things To Do in Laos


Laos travel is not only beautiful, but also jam packed with adventure activities.  I’m a selective adrenaline junkie, and sports such as rock climbing and tubing in Laos get me going.  However, suggest jumping out of an plane, and expect me to run for the hills.  Southeast Asia travel continues to be incredibly rewarding and adventure things should try are listed below

Rock Climbing in Vang Vieng
Whether you are a novice or a pro, Vang Vieng has a rock for you to climb.  I had only tried this once before, tucked up safely in an indoor arena. This was completely different and infinitely better. Laos has some stunning landscapes and in Vang Vieng, limestone cliffs border the town and make for perfect climbs.
With a friendly guide who spoke just enough English for him to answer my burning questions: “Yes, the harness was safe” and “No, you will not fall”, I boldly had a go and heaved myself up the rockface.  There were no markers indicating where you go like an indoor arena, this was free for all, grab on and go.  I tried three climbs (5A-C) with the difficulty intensifying each time and though failing to make it to the very top, I loved every second.

Needless to say my sporty boyfriend whizzed up every wall and even surprised the instructor by trying one of the more advanced 6A ones.  What made this challenging

July 06, 2012

Motorcycling in Vietnam's Central Highland

There's something undeniably sexy about seeing Vietnam by motorcycle. Regardless of your level of riding experience, a trip by motorbike is doable if you're determined and patient. 

The Central Highlands route is still considered way off the beaten track; you'll encounter few English speakers and will need to brush up your Vietnamese (or acquire a phrasebook). It's a rewarding experience that can astound and inspire.


Who will you ride with: are you a solo rider, will you ride in a group, or perhaps you're more inclined to ride as a passenger with a touring company? Routes are known in advance, hotels are taken care of, and plenty of rest stops are made. If you opt to do the trip yourself, be prepared to spend more time organising logistics