November 21, 2012

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 group Co Tu, who make up the majority of the district's population of 13,000. 

                                    

Mark Wyndham, who runs a motorbike adventure tour company based in Hoi An, said the mountainous district had managed to preserve the original infrastructure and lifestyle of highland villages.
"Many foreigners who come to explore the region love this tour. The roads are easy to drive on since the province has developed infrastructure projects in mountainous areas, so international visitors can drive on their own from Hoi An to dozens of destinations in the central region," said Wyndham. "We are equipped with 45 motorbikes, scooters and off-road motorcycles to give adventurers as many options as possible. Our guides will even carry tourists if they do not want to drive themselves!"
A two-day trip through Dong Giang and Tay Giang districts is an easy option for motorbike adventures in the central region, he added.

November 16, 2012

21 things to do in Cambodia


Cambodia is totally wonderful. It’s smaller than it’s neighbours and it’s just getting back on it’s feet after a pretty hectic time with the Khmer Rouge and all. But this doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to do. Here is a list of  21 things to do in Cambodia – must see places and activities in Cambodia in no particular order.
1. Catch a Tuk Tuk
Cambodia has probably the world’s best tuk tuks. They’re essentially little cushioned chariots pulled around by a guy on a motorbike. Tuk tuks give you a chance to sit back, relax and take in the view of bustling street scape of little ole Cambodian.  Plus it’s much cooler than walking.

2. Have a drink at foreign correspondent’s club
The FCC in Phnom Penh sits on the river bank and looks out at the mighty Mekong River. Sitting on the FCC balcony at the end of a stinking hot day (which is most days) is the perfect way to cool off and unwind. It also helps that drinks are cold, strong and half price everyday 5-7pm. They also serve food which is pretty tasty.

November 13, 2012

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 best travel photo of their holiday experiences in Vietnam.

This contest is aimed to encourage participants share their unique photos and unforgettable memories taken in Vietnam. The photo must show their impressive experiences that made holidays in Vietnam to be the time of their lives.


The prize will based on the amount of LIKE on each photo and photo’s evaluations by ATA experts. The highest prizes for the winners are TWO great tours on Halong Bay cruise (3 days/2 nights) for 2 persons at Oriental Sails Cruise and Halong Emotion Cruise

Entrants can send their photos to event@activetravel.asia  with title and a short description of where and how the photo was taken. Photos must be original works of the participants along with the entrant’s name, email, address, phone number.

All photos will be review by the ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA, photos which are eligible with the terms and conditions of this competition will be posted on ATA’s Facebook Fan page, and ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA Blog & Vietnam Adventure News.

This competition will start from November 12, 2012 to January 31, 2013 and the awards will be announced on January 10, 2013.

PRIZE
The highest prizes:
The second prize is a two day cycling tour of ACTIVE TRAVEL ASIA for photo that has the amount of LIKE ranked highest after the first.

Incentive prizes: Five coupons, each worth $50 will be awarded to five senders of submitting first photo to the contest.

For more information about Terms and Conditions to join the contest, please visit our official photo contest website at http://blog.activetravel.asia/p/activetravel-asias-photo-contest-2012.html and the Fanpage www.facebook.com/Active.Travel

About ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA): launched in Vietnam in 2006, one of the Indochina's leading adventure travel companies, offers a wide selection of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia adventure tours, including hiking and trekking, biking, motorcycling, kayaking, overland touring and family travel packages. ATA’s packages and tailor-made private itineraries will take travelers through exotic destinations to really experience the culture, history and nature of Asia. 

About Halong Emotion Cruise: The best way to discover the natural beauty of the bay is onboard Halong Emotion, designed to give you the best service you could possibly wish for. Halong Emotion combines charm and great comfort to meet the growing demand of travelers looking for luxurious cruises in the Bay

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November 07, 2012

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 boiled leaves from the forest for medicinal bathing before welcoming the new year in. As this practice proves both effective and salubrious, a majority of Kinh people have considered it a unique feature of Red Dao culture. Each barrel of water usually contains at least 10 types of herbs, even up to 120. Every bathroom has a wardrobe to keep personal belongings and visitors feel quite relaxed to bathe in the typical wooden tubs filled with hot water and the aromatic smell of different herbs.