Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Adventure Travel Holidays in “Laid-Back” Laos

The People’s Democratic Republic of Laos is a quiet place, where travelers can experience adventure travel holidays without having to fight with huge crowds or hurry from one hot spot to another. This small South Asian country is off the beaten track of the Asian tourist and is usually overlooked in the much sought-after attractions of Burma or Myanmar,Vietnam, Thailand, and the rest of the once Khmer dominated region.

However, don’t be fooled by it’s quietude – this ethnically diverse region, which has approximately 50 indigenous ethnic groups, and many different types of cultural, religious and natural beauty spots to offer the visitor, also has plenty of really interesting, heart racing Laos adventures outdoors to offer.

View  of Luang Prabang
Laos North - once the capital region of Laos, this is a mountainous area, with plenty of hill tribe villages, dense forests, and good trekking spots. The trail of Ban Nalan is a 2-day hike through splendid countryside; the nature reserve in Bokeo is the only remaining region of the elusive Gibbon.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

6 Tips for Riding Safely A Motorbike In Vietnam

1. Forget What Road Rules You Already Know
Riding a motorbike in Vietnam (or any vehicle in South East Asia for that matter!) is very different to what you may be used back at home. The first thing you should know is that while road rules do exist, when on the road they cease to exist-if you get my drift! Forget trying to indicate, using your mirrors or going the speed limit-it just doesn't happen. At first this may take some getting used to but after a while it works. So many times we would see Vietnamese on their Moto’s pulling out of a road onto a major highway without even looking! It’s just a given that everyone moves around them or out of their way. Now while I’m not saying you should never look when pulling out (a lot of things you’ll still do instinctively) but rather you need to flex your rules to how the Vietnamese do things. For example, while Anthony was riding, if we needed to cross lanes, merge, turn or even slow down I would just stick my hand out (either left or right depending which way) and give it a little shake. Who needs indicators when you have a good old hand wiggle! The thing is, it worked. People knew where we were trying to go. It might seem a little awkward at first, trying to adapt but after a while their driving becomes second nature.

2. Keep Up With The Flow Of Traffic
This is probably one of the most important things you can do whilst on a bike. When you first get on, you make feel like you want to go slow (because it feels safer) but in all honesty, doing that will get you into an accident. In larger cities-because there are so many motorbikes-there is an ebb and flow to the traffic. Keeping up with this so called ‘pulse’ makes it easier to move on the road. If you’re travelling on major highways, always keep to the very edge of the road and try and go about 60km/h. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to go any faster and going slower is likely to cause more accidents.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sapa Vietnam, great trekking, the way others don’t

To get rid off an usual path, travelers will be experienced the fantastic feeling with an astonishing landscape throughout a challenge trail and actively relishing the quintessential of the colorful mosaic of ethnic minorities along the adventure activities organized byACTIVETRAVEL ASIA.

Undeniable that Sapa, located at North West of Vietnam, having an exotic attraction with the majestic splendor scenery, a notable France architect, and the unique custom. Specially, the mountainous terrain which contributed for this place become more well- known with the highest peak Indochina (approximately 3143m above sea level) and challenge trail, enticed thousand adventurers every year come to explore its inhospitable geography and the hill tribal culture .      

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Vietnam one of attractive destinations for tourists in 2013.

Vietnam ranked second in the list of attractive destinations for foreign tourists in 2013, according to a recent survey conducted by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA).

                                                                          Ha Long Bay

The results were announced at the USTOA’s annual conference in Hawaii on December 25.

Myanmar, Vietnam, and India are three most-favoured destinations, followed by Peru, Cambodia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Ecuador.

In the USTOA’s 2012 survey, Vietnam tops India, Ecuador, and China in the list of emerging tourist attractions.

Since the beginning of this year, Vietnam has welcomed more than 6.6 million foreign visitors, up 9.6 percent over last year.

The USTOA consists of major travel agents and tourism service providers around the globe.