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Lucky Adventure Travel Indochina – Summer Promotion 2013

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA 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.

How to find safe travel in Halong Bay

Having read the news about tourist boat sunk in Halong Bay, Vietnam some days ago, ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like to give out some advices about how to travel safely and enjoyably in Halong Bay.

Cruising Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay looked picturesque and was sunny and warm. Indochina sails, Ha Long bay , Vietnam We got up early today as we need to catch the bus for our trip to Ha Long Bay, about 3 hours west of Hanoi.

Kayaking and Cycling in a World Heritage Bay

Halong Bay is one of the most spectacular, and therefore heavily 'touristed' attractions in Vietnam. Kayak on Ha Long bay, Vietnam .

A Look into Beautiful Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay has been declared a UNESCO World heritage site and it really deserves the designation. It is one of the most exciting unusual places I have been to in my life.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Vietnam gains attention in photo contest

Many photographers have turned their lenses towards Vietnam and its unique landscapes for the 26th National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.The contest is still accepting submissions, attracting the participation of thousands of photographers, both professional and amateur, from around the world.
Two young women in Mui Ne - Ng Yeow Kee
As of June 2, 100 out of just under 9,000 entries were taken in Vietnam. Subjects range from landscapes to everyday life scenes.

Official categories include travel portraits, landscapes, sense of place and spontaneous moments. The deadline for the submissions is June 30.

The first prize will be a paid eight-day trip for two people to Alaska. The second place winner will receive a free trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, while the third-prize winner will be treated to a visit to the coast of Maine.

Photos sent to the contest taken in Vietnam:

Ox racing festival in An Giang Province - Son Nguyen
Son Doong Cave in Phong Nha - Ke Bang - by Chris Miller
Linh Phuoc Pagoda in Dalat - Chiara Cristoni

“First kiss” - Stephanie Hamilton
Two little boys in Ha Giang - Antonin Laroche
Hoi An after rain - Janine Griggs
“Imperial City Kitty” - Janine Griggs
“Hoan Kiem Lake Morning Tai Chi” - Janine Griggs
“Golden Sunrise” - Wally Santos
“Banana Lady” - Helen Dittrich
“Hanoi Light Bulb” - Paul Lackner
“Mankind's gift to nature”, taken in Thai Binh - Mauricio Corridan
An elderly man in Hoi An - Andrew Macdonald
“Christmas Angels” - Sai kit Leung
“The House of Fertility Gods” - Simon Goei
Sunset in Hoi An - Benjamin Ce
Ha Long Bay on a rainy day - Horst Grasser
Sources: dtinews.vn

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like to recommend Motorcycling adventure in Northern Vietnam tour.The mountainous area of Northern Vietnam has long been famous for its beautiful scenery and great diversity of ethnic minorities. With our adventure motorcycling trip you will make a big loop to experience all the bests that area can offer. Starting in Hanoi you will explore Northwest before jumping into Northeast, back to Hanoi after a day relaxing in Ba Be Lake. The perfect itinerary and the support crew ensure you get the most out of the trip in terms of comfort, enjoyment and adventure. Along the way we encounter dramatic landscapes and sweeping panoramas as the rural population goes about its business. Highlights include the terraced valleys of Sapa, beautiful Ban Gioc Waterfall and many different colorful minority groups. 
Highlights: 
  • Stunning scenery
  • Stunning Pha Din Pass and Tram Ton Pass
  • Terraced valley of Sapa
  • Ban Gioc Waterfall
  • Babe Lake
  • Colorful ethnic minorities

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Kayaking Halong Bay - Some tips for a memorable journey

By Annie
I was motivated to write this post for anyone who may be planning a trip to Halong Bay and might find it as confusing as I did. There is a huge amount of information about Halong Bay on the internet and a large proportion of it is contradictory. After spending a couple of evenings reading reviews I was convinced that no matter what we did there was a good chance we'd have a terrible time and spend the whole trip wishing we'd chosen something else... it almost made me want to cut it out altogether.

Can I just say, if you're thinking about going to Halong Bay and feel the way I felt, don't give up! Halong Bay is AMAZING and completely worth the time and effort to plan.  Having said that, do put some time and effort into choosing what tour you do, as this will make a big difference to whether you come back raving about your trip or warning others not to make the mistakes you did.

Halong Bay
There are literally hundreds of boats floating around Halong Bay every single day, catering to all interests and budgets.  But to find the one that caters to you, you need to know what it is you are looking for.  That means:

1. How much do you want to spend?  
Of course, everyone's budget is different, but I recommend spending a bit extra and going for a mid-range boat.  Remember you are going to be stuck with it/on it, spending a little bit extra for a bit of comfort, good food, is probably worth it.

A tip: If you like a bit of luxury, consider upgrading.  We chose a mid-range cruise and upgraded to a suite which I personally thought was better value than the basic cabins on the more expensive boats.

2. How long do you want to go?
There are basically two options here: 2 days/1 night or 3 days/2 nights. In my view, you absolutely should go for the 3 day/2 night option, you won't regret it. If you do go for 2D/1N, be aware that you will spend less than 24 hours actually on Halong Bay.  The first day you will make the four hour trip from Hanoi and arrive at the boat after 12 noon, after spending overnight on board, you will then disembark at around 11 am before making the four hour trip back to Hanoi while asking yourself why you didn't go ahead and do the 3 day tour.  On most boats the 3 day tour does the same itinery as the 2 day tour, with an extra full day added in the middle where you will get the whole day exploring some of the further out areas, away from the tourist hordes.

3. How many people do you want to go with?
How many people do you want to share your tour with?  In my opinion anywhere up to 30 people is good, but I would steer clear of the huge boats.

4. What do you want to eat?  
It may sound silly, but you are going to be stuck eating what they give you for two or three days.  The quality of the food will largely be determined by your budget, however there is quite a range of options depending on the boat.  Some are predominantly buffets, however there are others (like ours) that serve you individual courses, or even ones where you can choose your main course from a menu.  This is especially important if you have special dietary requirements.  I've read so many reviews from non-seafood eaters or vegetarians saying that, although they specified their requirements when booking, there were very few options for them.  The Boy doesn't eat seafood so this was a key factor for us when choosing a boat and I have to say that the team on our boat did a brilliant job of providing a variety of tasty non-seafood options for him.

5. Where do you want to go? 
In broad terms there are two basic options: Halong Bay (to the west) and Bai Tu Long Bay (to the east).  Both are spectacularly beautiful, however, Ha Long Bay has many more boats giving you many more options, whereas Bai Tu Long Bay has less boats making it less busy and less crowded.  Many people also claim that the Bai Tu Long Bay is cleaner.  If you go to Bai Tu Long Bay you will miss out on seeing some of the more famous caves but you might get to visit some more untouched caves. Most boats provide a description of where they go on their website so check it out.  We opted for Bai Tu Long Bay because we didn't fancy the idea of being shuttled through various sites with hundreds of other tourists, and we were very pleased with our decision.  If you'd prefer to go to Bai Tu Long Bay, check out some of the boats listed at the end of this post.

A third option is a tour that spends one night on Cat Ba Island.  These tours are generally less expensive than the other options, however, be careful to check out not just the boat but also the accommodation offered on Cat Ba to make sure it fits your requirements.

6. What's included? 
 Do you want to go Kayaking? If so, many boats charge extra. Does the price include transport from Hanoi and pick up from your hotel? Also, depending on the boat there may be extra activities offered on board such as cooking demonstrations or squid fishing.  It's worth finding out exactly what's offered and what extra charges there will be.

7. Do your research
Most boats have a website so check it out.  Also, look for reviews but be aware that many reviews are posted for a Company rather than a boat so double-check that the review is actually about the boat you are looking at.  For some reason, a lot of people seem to post reviews for the wrong boats, so read carefully. Also beware of suspiciously good or suspiciously bad reviews, fake reviews are not unheard of.

A good travel agent can be very helpful.  Make sure you tell them what's important to you and then ask for recommendations.  If you've found some boats yourself, run them by the travel agent to find out if there's anything you should know.  In particular, agents will know the age of most of the boats and the size of the cabins.  They can also get extra information from the boat for you if needed.

8. Booking
Book early. Of course there are some good deals offered to last minute customers, but booking early will give you a better chance of getting the boat you want.  The popular boats do sell out.

Make any special food requests.  (Keep in mind that most boats offer a predominantly seafood menu so if you don't like fish and seafood speak up now.)  Also be clear about what you can eat (e.g., no seafood but fish is fine, or no seafood and fish but meat is fine).

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like recommend Kayaking Halong Bay tour.Halong Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, covers an area of 1500 square km. with more than a thousand limestone peaks soaring from its crystalline emerald water. The calm sea provides an ideal location for sea kayaking as we paddle through a maze of islets amid dramatic natural scenery. With our modern kayaking equipment, we are able to maximize on speed and maneuverability as we explore the open sea and the many hidden lagoons and stalagmite caves that are difficult to access by any other means. After a day of paddling we unwind on our boat and enjoy dinner. This tour offers longer kayaking expedition of Halong Bay. We will paddle amongst islets, visit hidden caves, lagoons, unspoiled beaches, floating fishing village and talk with local fishman. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ha Long Bay, one of the "world's most dramatic coasts"

Famous for its numerous islands rising from the emerald water, caves with amazing stalactites and unique animal life, Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh has been listed among the world’s top 10 most impressive coastlines by the US Huffington Post Magazine. 

Halong Bay
"Vietnam's Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO-recognized wonderland of over 3,000 whimsically-shaped islands jutting sharply out of the tranquil green waters," writes the magazine. 
Halong Bay
"Aside from sheer visual splendor, Ha Long Bay is also home to countless caves, many offering privileged views of the surrounding islands, and a wide variety of endemic wildlife. Your best bet to thoroughly explore the nooks and crannies of this magical coast is to buy a bunk on one of the local boats, which regularly take excursions to key points in the bay," it stresses. 

Kayaking Halong Bay
From the magical bays of Southeast Asia to the rugged, red coasts of North Africa, the Huffington Post Magazine also honoured Cape Town in South Africa, Lofoten Islands in Norway, Krabi in Thailand, Amalfi Coast in Italy, Twelve Apostles in Australia, Legzira in Morocco, Cap Blanc in Mauritania, Los Gigantes in Spain and Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.

Source:VNA

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like to recommend Kayaking Halong Bay 3 days tour.This tour offers you a great chance to discover Halong Bay, the wonderland of karst topography with 3,000 limestone and dolomite islets sprinkled over an area of 1,500 square km. The calm sea provides an ideal location for sea kayaking as we paddle through a maze of islets amid dramatic natural scenery. With our modern kayaking equipment, we are able to maximize on speed and maneuverability as we explore the open sea and the many hidden lagoons and stalagmite caves that are difficult to access by any other means. As with our other kayak tours, this tour offers flexibility in activity levels while still combining the best of sea kayaking. Designed with this in mind it is a good tour for both novice and experienced kayaker alike with a little more time to spare.

Highlights :




  • Amazing limestone formations
  • Inclusive junk for overnight
  • Beautiful and different kayaking route
  • Support boat all the time
  • All meals included

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

SUNRISE OVER HALONG BAY

Written by Jenmodelm

We all waited and waited for the sun to rise over the giant rock mountains. It was nearly 6:30am before the sun peaked over the rocks.It was a glorious magnificent sunrise.

Sunrise from the boat…a lovely sight.
 Breakfast was served shortly after, it was an Early start to the day. I couldn’t wait for coffee.Each got one fried egg and as much dry white toast as we wanted.

After breakfast we had to be checked out of our rooms by 9am so the boat men could get ready for the next tour. We were stopping by the floating village. We were greeted by the sound of blasting techno dance club type music coming from somebody’s shack. It was so odd. We got in groups of four and ladies came in small wooden row boats to take us around the small village of 300 people; the biggest floating village in halong bay. They even had a little floating primary school. Most parents don’t want their children to go to the city to get more education because it costs money and they want them to stay and hell fish.

The wooden houses floated on large ice chest sized styrofoam or big blue plastic tanks the size of a beer keg. Few people smiled or waved. I think there’s mixed feelings of tourists snapping away photos and strolling through their little village. They have to get at least one tour group a day– minimum. It’s low season here I’m Vietnam too. Our tour guide also said some local people are not so thrilled about the tourists visiting and have been doing so for the last sight years now. The people moved from the mainland to the floating villages because there is more fish available out in the open waters, they don’t have to pay taxes and they prefer the lifestyle.

After seeing the floating village we had two and a half hours back to the mainland. While most people took refuge in the shade I relaxed on the Sundeck soaking in the suns rays and view. Even though our boat went very slow and the scenery was similar I enjoyed soaking as much of it in as I could. I was so relaxed I failed to put sunscreen on my tummy.

A local  fishing boat in the bay
Once back on the mainland we had a quick transfer to our ethnic travel van and an hour drive north towards the Chinese border. We would depart from another Fishing port to our next destination. A small long skinny island with essentially no tourists but ourselves.We had seafood lunch on the boat. Always so good.

A local rows a boat in the bay. Many locals still live and work on the water in the bay.
We were able to kayak one more time, although this time much less impressive than the first. There were no large rock formations or caves to go under.Instead it seemed we were kayaking in a big lake. It was strange to think it was still actually the ocean. We went for a quick swim and jumped off the boat being careful not to get stung by any jellyfish.

Kayaking is a great way to get up close.
The boat continued on for another hour and we sat on the roof of the boat watching the sun set. It was glorious. The sun was just a bright orange ball. Like a Japanese sun in Vietnam. It was really stunning.We arrived at the pier and it was nearly dark. Two tuk tuk scooters picked us up to our homestay.

Sunset in the bay left a golden glow. A great reason to do an overnight junk boat.
I was surprised to get my own room. Unlike the homestays in sapa where mattresses are set side by side, our tour guide said that ethnic travel paid for this family’s Home to be extended into.More of a guesthouse. They wouldn’t make any Money for three years to pay off the house,Thereafter they would make money from it. The family is retired, so they seemed happy to be doing it.

Dinner was served at 7 and we helped to make fresh spring rolls with thin rice paper. Afterwards they were fried and ever so fresh and hot. Soo good! I also noticed that our leftover rice from lunch was being dried on the roof of the boat. They used it to make this amazing popcorn- tasting dried rice with corn. Never had anything like it.

After one beer at dinner and a full belly I was sapped. I called bed time at 9. Took a shower and Crashed just a little before 10.

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like to recommend  Kayaking Halong Bay tour. Halong Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, covers an area of 1500 square km. with more than a thousand limestone peaks soaring from its crystalline emerald water. The calm sea provides an ideal location for sea kayaking as we paddle through a maze of islets amid dramatic natural scenery. With our modern kayaking equipment, we are able to maximize on speed and maneuverability as we explore the open sea and the many hidden lagoons and stalagmite caves that are difficult to access by any other means. After a day of paddling we unwind on our boat and enjoy dinner. This tour offers longer kayaking expedition of Halong Bay. We will paddle amongst islets, visit hidden caves, lagoons, unspoiled beaches, floating fishing village and talk with local fishman. 

Highlights: 




  • Amazing limestone formations
  • Inclusive junk for overnight
  • Beautiful and different kayaking route
  • Support boat all the time
  • All meals included

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

5 Reasons Why You Should Travel In A Kayak and Travel in Halong Bay, Vietnam.


Kayaking is not just one of the most adrenaline-pumping sports, but it is also a way to greet the natural beauty and exult on the sea and rivers. Traveling to nearby places using a travel kayak can serve you multiple purposes. It can drop you to your desired destination, and it can also give you that much-needed thrill and revelry.

Here are some top reasons why you should travel in a kayak:

Kayak
i. Exciting: If your life is short on excitement, then you can try this method of traveling and see your hormones flowing heavily. With kayaking in your schedule, you would find new vigor in your boring life and would be able to work with some added energy.


ii. Affordable: Travel kayak is very affordable and can be bought without making any major investment. They come in different sizes and if you need a single or double person one, then you can get them at just a small budget. 

iii. Observing the sea life: While traveling with kayak, you can observe the sea or river life and learn a lot about ecology. You are bound to zip through some really rhapsodic and photogenic corners where your heart would skip a beat in exhilaration.


iv. Easy to handle: Most kayaks which are manufactured these days are very easy to handle and offer complete convenience. Being light and user-friendly, they make for perfect allies during such adventurous journeys. 


v. Rediscovering the zest of life: If your spirits are sagging and your morale is going down, then you can rediscover that lost zest by trying this adventure sport. With travel kayak, you are bound to get goose bumps all over your body. 


So where can you travel kayak in another country, such as Vietnam. We recommend you a great and suitable destination for kayak: Halong Bay_one of New Seven Wonders of the World. Halong Bay is famous for its natural beauty and thousands of limestone islands and islets. When you are on board, you admire the majestic beauty of the Bay but when you GET closer to the limestone islands, discover the beauty yourself, you admire its nature. But… how to get closer? The best way is joining kayaking activity .

Some images about kayaking activities in Halong Bay we guess you'll enjoy it:

Many kayaks for rent

Kayaking in Halong Bay

Kayaking in floating village
Kayak in Lan Ha Bay
ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA provides you with high quality traditional sea kayaks and equipment, delightful meals, kayak technique instruction, and an overall ecstatic time in paradise.

If you would like to know more,  you can visit: http://www.activetravel.asia/ata_adventure/kayaking/

Have a good journey!

Monday, April 29, 2013

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, March 22, 2013

Lucky Adventure Travel Indochina – Summer Promotion 2013


ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA 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. 

ATA's SUMMER PROMOTION 2013
Escape to learn from difference. Instead of staying at home, let’s trek through the jungle closer with wildlife, actively ride on bike or motor along the legendary trail to hotspots, the remote place in Vietnam, Lao , Cambodia to live like local people,  enjoy the amazing  food, learn new language, experience in  rich culture, gain the historic knowledge. Leave everything behind to see the life in the different way. Why not?  

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like to assist all customers to travel in period between 01 May 2013 and 30 September 2013. Just have fun and get luck by request tour on website – get ticket number. Customers chance to receive summer promotion 2013. Each Monday ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA will announce lucky people via website, social network channel. 

Customers have right to get the summer promotion 2013, following the Terms & Conditions:
  • The offer applies for all customers send the request and book tour with ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA from March 25th to September 30th, 2013 for travel period between 01 May 2013 and 30 September 2013.
  • The offer applies for all request of package tour (from 2 days more), cannot be applied to airfares, travel insurance, extra accommodation…
  • The promotion is only valid for request & booking tour in Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia.
  • The request applies for booking which is not too different from the original request in terms of location, activities, duration.
  • The prizes are not transferable and cashable.
  • End of promotion time, the prizes will be no longer available.


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: +844 3573 8569
Fax: +844 3573 8570
Email: info@activetravel.asia 

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