Our Facebook

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.

Conquering Fansipan Vietnam to be the champion

Fansipan is the highest peak of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, so it is called the “Roof of Indochina” while the local people call it Huasipan, which means large tottering rock.

Motorbiking Ho Chi Minh Trail, Vietnam - an unforgettable travel adventure

Riding a motorbike from the North to the South of Vietnam was an amazing experience. Now, while I didn’t ride the motorcycle on myself (Anthony did an amazing job!) it is still something that will remain with me for the rest of my life.

Discover Vietnam by cycling

People who had traveled to Vietnam agreed that it was an interesting experience in general, but the bicycle tours definitely brought more adventurous excitements.

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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Vietnam Expedition 2008: 14-day Trek & Home stay in Cao Bang Area - Northern Vietnam


Vietnam Tours > Vietnam Expedition 2008

Vietnam(ATV) Expedition - What is that?

For the ultimate in off-the-beaten-track travel experiences it's difficult to beat going on an ATV expedition. If you embark on our expeditions you will travel through the Vietnam's most hidden places with extreme environments. ATV expeditions aren't easy going and they are most definitely not for a traveler that likes their creature comforts - but it's precisely this fact that makes going on an ATV expedition such an exciting prospect. Going on an ATV expedition gets you away from the usual tourist trail and enables you to see some incredible places few other people ever get to see.

ATV organizes the expeditions in order to test its operation, itineraries and services. After 2 expeditions to the place, basing on expeditors' feed back, ATV will refine the program and promote the place to public. Thus ATV does not aim at making profit from the expeditions but running the trips with small mark-up on net rate to cover organizing fee.

Part of ATV expedition operating philosophy is to respect the communities in which we operate. We do this by acting in a manner that is environmentally, socially and economically responsible. On the expedition participants would do a charity event in order to support the community. The cost of this charity event would be totally funded by ATV.

The expedition
• Join-in group
• Guided expedition
• Outdoor activities
• Charity event
• 2 departures a year
• Small group
• Fully supported
Your will have
• Fun
• Real expedition
• Real adventure
• Lowest rate
• Discount on other trips with ATV
What we expect from you
• Your feedback
• Your suggestion

Expedition program:
14-day Trek & Home stay in Cao Bang Area - Northern Vietnam
This area offers breathtaking views and interesting subcultures. The North East mountainous areas of Ba Be Lake, Cao Bang and Lang Son offer opportunities for rugged jeep rides and stunning trekking routes. It is the least traveled area of the north and is ideal for more hardy travelers craving a glimpse of some of the more remote ethnic minority people.
Highlights of the this expedition experience in Cao Bang include stunning trek across mountain ranges, interesting home stay in different tribal villages and beautiful cruise on Ba Be Lake.

Rough Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi. Welcome dinner. Group meeting & Trip briefing (D)
Day 2: Transfer to Cao Bang. Overnight in hotel. (B)
Day 3 - 10: Trek over an area of rugged-mountains, Home stay in different tribal villages & Charity event. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Transfer to Ba Be Lake. Overnight in National Park. (B,L,D) Day 12: Boat trip on the lake. Transfer to Hanoi. (B)
Day 13: Free at leisure. Free spa treatment. Farewell dinner. (B,D) Day 14: Departure
Click to order detailed itinerary
Start date
Finish date
Place available
16 Dec 2007
29 Dec 2007
9
Join now
06 Apr 2008
19 May 2008
10
Join now

Trip Notes
Duration: 14 days, 13 nights Group size: Minimum 6 persons Maximum 12 persons
Depart from: Hanoi End at: Hanoi
When: May & December Activities: Trekking, Home stay, Cruise, Cultural expedition & Charity event
Trekking grade: Challenging Transport: Chartered bus, Chartered boat, Walking
Accommodation: 3-night hotels, 10-night home stays
Tour guide: English speaking guide from Hanoi
Support crew: Local cooks, Porters
Equipments provided: Trekking poles, Sleeping bags, Gaiter, Maps, T-shirt of the expedition logo. See the ATV Gear list.
Meals: As indicated in the itinerary (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner)

Food All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. While in big towns we will enjoy Vietnamese cuisine in fine restaurants. Once we travel away from big towns, the emphasis will be on healthy and nutritious fresh local produce.

The home stay Home stay in remote villages is simple in term of bedding condition and toilet. We will sleep on beds or floor with sleeping bags.

ATV tour guide The tour will be led by one of our tour guides who are experienced in guiding trekking tours in Vietnam. He has been carefully trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by the government. In addition, he has been trained in first-aid by SOS International and he knows how to deal with difficult situations. You will have a great time traveling with him.
The trekking day A typical trekking day start at about 8.30 am after breakfast. Lunch times can vary depending on the terrain. We aim to reach the next overnight stop by 4.30 or 5. During the trek we will have short breaks for rest, snack and photographing.

What to bring Trekking boots, sun block, hat, anti-insect repellent, sunglasses, sleeping bag (optional), rain coat, toiletries, original passport.

Note on client safety We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

Booking Conditions

Reservation should be made at least 20 days prior to departure. Depending on the number of participant we would work out the final trip cost and inform participants about the final trip cost per person then.

Confirmation should be made at least 15 days prior to departure. A deposit of 50% of the total trip cost should be made at the time of confirmation.

If you fancy the idea of going on a real expedition and have any question you would like to discuss with someone in person then why not give one of ATV's team of expert travel advisers an e-mail.

Vietnam Tags: vietnam travel, vietnam tours, Vietnam biking tours, Vietnam trekking tours,Halong bay kayaking tours,Vietnam motorcycle tours, Kayak Halong Bay, Halong Bay Kayking tours, Fansipan trekking tours & Sapa Travel, Trek Mai Chau , Kayak Cat Ba, Vietnam cruises, Vietnam holiday

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Vietnam travel: Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Phu Luong Nature Reserve (a new adventure tour in Vietnam)

Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Alternative site name(s)
Phu Luong
Province(s)
Thanh Hoa
Area
17,662 ha
Coordinates
20o21' – 20o34'N, 105o02' – 105o20'E
Distance(s)
From Hanoi: 180 km
Eco-tours
Trekking, Mountain Biking … Contact us for more information

Topography and hydrology

Pu Luong proposed nature reserve is located in Quan Hoa and Ba Thuoc districts, in north-western Thanh Hoa province. To the north-east, the nature reserve is bordered by Mai Chau, Tan Lac and Lac Son districts, Hoa Binh province. The proposed nature reserve lies along two parallel mountain ridges, that run from north-west to south-east, and are bisected by a central valley. This valley contains several human settlements and a large area of agricultural land, and, hence, is not included within the proposed nature reserve.

The two mountain ridges in the proposed nature reserve have starkly contrasting landforms, based on their different substrates. The smaller, south-western ridge is made up of mostly igneous and metamorphic rocks, and consists of rounded forested hills and wide, shallow valleys. The larger, north-eastern ridge is composed of heavily dissected limestone karst, and is a continuation of the limestone range that runs from Cuc Phuong National Park to Son La province. Elevations in the proposed nature reserve range from 60 to 1,667 m.

The hydrology of the limestone ridge is complex, and there is little or no permanent surface water. On the south-western ridge, surface water is more common and streams are much less seasonal. However, the main drainage features of the proposed nature reserve are located in the central valley. This valley is not continuous but has a saddle at its mid-point, which forms the watershed between two small rivers. One of these rivers flows north-west along the valley, and joins the Ma river, which runs to the west and south of the proposed nature reserve. The other river flows south-east along the valley, and joins the Ma river further downstream.

Biodiversity values

The primary forest at Pu Luong nature reserve is classified as closed evergreen tropical seasonal forest. Five major subtypes occur as a result of local variations in underlying substrate and elevation: lowland broadleaved forest on limestone (60 to 700 m); lowland broadleaved forest on schist/shale and clayey sandstone (60 to 1,000 m); broadleaved submontane forest on limestone (700 to 950 m); coniferous submontane forest on limestone (700 to 850 m); and broadleaved submontane forest on basalt (1,000 to 1,650 m). The nature reserve also supports a range of secondary vegetation types, including secondary forests, bamboo, scrub and agricultural land.

The results of recent botanical work at Pu Luong indicate that the nature reserve supports a diverse flora, with at least 1,109 vascular plant species documented at the site. From a conservation perspective, three primary forest subtypes found at the site may be considered particularly significant. The first, primary lowland forest on limestone and schist/shale, occurs near the eastern border of the site, in the Co Lung area. Primary forest in the area extends from 60 to 1,000 m, and, at the lowest elevations, supports very high plant species diversity.

The second significant primary forest subtype, primary coniferous submontane forest on limestone, is restricted to a few peaks within the uplands of the Co Luong area and supports outstanding plant diversity, particularly with respect to lithophytes and epiphytes. The globally threatened conifer Pinus kwangtungensis forms a conspicuous element of the flora within this forest subtype.

The third significant primary forest subtype is primary submontane forest on basalt, which occurs on the upper slopes of the south-western mountain ridge within the proposed nature reserve. The primary forest on these upper slopes is characterised by very high plant species diversity, including several nationally threatened conifers.

With regard to the vertebrate fauna of Pu Luong, a total of 84 mammal species (including 24 bat species), 162 bird species, 55 fish species, 28 reptile species and 13 amphibian species have been recorded at the nature reserve to date. Pu Luong nature reserve is an important site for the conservation of the globally critically endangered, endemic primate, Delacour's Leaf Monkey. The population at Pu Luong has been estimated to number 40 to 45 individuals, making it one of the largest known populations in Vietnam.

Knowledge of the invertebrate fauna of the proposed nature reserve remains rudimentary. However, recent surveys conducted at the site indicate that its insect fauna includes at least 158 species of butterfly and 96 species of land snail, including 12 snail species possibly endemic to the site. Most promising perhaps, the botanical uniqueness and natural isolation of certain forest formations at the site suggests that the proposed nature reserve has strong potential to support high levels of invertebrate endemism and, quite possibly, new taxa to science.

It is likely that Pu Luong has strong faunal and floral affinities with Cuc Phuong National Park, which is situated to 25 km to the south-east, along the same limestone range. However, the higher elevations at Pu Luong and the presence of more extensive areas of evergreen forest means that Pu Luong can be expected to support a number of species that do not occur at Cuc Phuong. Indeed, the results of recent survey work conducted at Pu Luong nature reserve indicate that this is in fact the case.

Other documented valuesForest in the proposed nature reserve has a role in protecting the watershed of the Ma river, the largest river in Thanh Hoa province. Just as importantly, the forest has an important role in protecting the water resources of local communities. Already, water is scarce during the dry season, because of the limestone geology of much of the area. Therefore, forest loss would be expected to increase periods of drought, leading to reduced agricultural productivity.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Adventure Travel Guides, Adventure Travel Tips

Adventure travel guides

For some travelers, taking city tours, visiting museum, and lying out on the beach just isn´t enough. These active travelers want a trip filled with adventure; one that´s off the beaten path. Adventure travel is a specialized type of travel that isn´t filled with the typical tour buses and bed-and-breakfasts. Adventure travel engulfs a more exploratory sense of the word "travel". Adventure travelers would rather hike up a mountain, trek through a jungle, or ride white water rapids than sit in an air conditioned bus and be chauffeured from place to place for the whole trip.
However, adventure travel requires travelers to have basic knowledge about the types outdoor activity they will be going to take part in. Active Travel Vietnam offers tips of hiking, kayaking, biking... that can help to make your adventure travel enjoyable and safe.

Hiking Travel Guides - Tips and safety suggestions for people who are new to hiking but still want to get out and experience hiking

Kayaking Travel Guides - Kayaking is a fun sport. View our experts’ tips to get what you need for a great kayaking experience with us

Biking Travel Guides - Best way to see Vietnam. What you need to know to get started mountain biking with safety and great funs

Motorcycling Travel Guides - Tips on motorcycle tours in Vietnam - the best way to see the hidden lands

Overland Travel Guides - Tips on traveling amongst Indochina countries. How to cross borders and more…

Family Travel Guides - Fun holiday with children, family adventure… all you should know before your family hit the road.

The Leave No Trace Principles - The Leave No Trace Principles of outdoor ethics form the framework of Leave No Trace's message

more adventure guides

Vietnam Tags: vietnam travel, vietnam tours, Vietnam biking tours, Vietnam trekking tours,Halong bay kayaking tours,Vietnam motorcycle tours, Kayak Halong Bay, Halong Bay Kayking tours, Fansipan trekking tours & Sapa Travel, Tours, hotels, holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Halong Bay cruises, Halong Bay junks, Cruises in Halong Bay, Junks in Halong Bay, Hoi An Hotels & Resorts , Saigon Hotels , Hanoi Hotels , Halong Hotels & Cruises , SaPa Hotels , Hue Hotels , Nha Trang Hotels & resorts, Phan Thiet Hotels & Resorts , Phu Quoc Hotels & Resorts, Hanoi Tours & daily excursions , Halong Bay Tours & daily excursions , Sapa Tours & daily excursions , Hue Tours & daily excursions , Hoi An Tours & daily excursions , Saigon Tours & Mekong daily tour , Nha Trang Tours & daily excursions , Trek Mai Chau , Kayak Cat Ba, Vietnam cruises, Vietnam holiday

Vietnam Travel Guides, Vietnam Travel Information


Vietnam country guide and travel information

XIN CHAO Vietnam…

Vietnam is a country most people have heard of but until recently few had had the opportunity to visit. It was not until the early 1990s that the first intrepid travelers started arriving. Things have come a long way in the past decade and visitors from all over the world are now discovering what a hidden gem of a country Vietnam is. Brilliant green rice fields, bustling city streets, thatched bamboo huts, grand colonial buildings, exotic temples and pagodas, deserted sandy beaches, breathtaking mountain scenery, conical straw hats, colorful ethnic minorities, graceful women in ao dai tunics, delicious cuisine, great out door activities luxurious hotels and resorts and more, much more, it’s all here in Vietnam.


The two great metropolises of the country are the elegant capital city Hanoi and thedynamic, economic powerhouse Ho Chi Minh City. Since 1993 UNESCO has declared five World Heritage Sites in Vietnam, four in central Vietnam and one in the north. The four sites in central Vietnam are former imperial capital Hue, the historic trading port of Hoi An, the centre of the former Cham Kingdom, My Son, and Phong Nha Caves. The fifth World Heritage Site is the spectacular natural wonder that is Halong Bay in northern Vietnam.


Highlights of Vietnam:
A legendary of the Ho Chi Minh Trails
Vietnam's Former Battlefields

Vietnam City Guides
Vietnam travel information, including Beauty spots, Transportation, Dining, Entertainment, Shopping and much more...

Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City
Hoi An
Phan Thiet - Mui Ne
Central Highland
more >>

Vietnam Travel Tips
"When in Rome do as the Romans do". Things you need to know when travelling in Vietnam.

Air access
Climate in Vietnam
Don’t leave home without…
Food & Drinks
Health care
Overland to Vietnam
Visa to Vietnam
more >>

Culture and Customs

Meet and Greet Vietnamese
The Vietnamese Ao Dai
Typical Vietnamese Foods
Vietnamese Handicraft Villages
Vietnamese Language and Learning Vietnamese
And much more >>

National Parks & Nature Reserves
A comprehensive guide to National Parks and Nature Reserves in Vietnam.

North Western
North Eastern
Red River Delta
North Centre Coast
South Centre Coast
Centre Highlands
South Eastern
Mekong Delta

Beaches in Vietnam
What you need to know when preparing for your beach escape holiday in Vietnam. White sand beaches, watersports, beach resorts. read more >>

Vietnam Tags: vietnam travel, vietnam tours, Vietnam biking tours, Vietnam trekking tours,Halong bay kayaking tours,Vietnam motorcycle tours, Kayak Halong Bay, Halong Bay Kayking tours, Fansipan trekking tours & Sapa Travel, Tours, hotels, holidays in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Halong Bay cruises, Halong Bay junks, Cruises in Halong Bay, Junks in Halong Bay, Hoi An Hotels & Resorts , Saigon Hotels , Hanoi Hotels , Halong Hotels & Cruises , SaPa Hotels , Hue Hotels , Nha Trang Hotels & resorts, Phan Thiet Hotels & Resorts , Phu Quoc Hotels & Resorts, Hanoi Tours & daily excursions , Halong Bay Tours & daily excursions , Sapa Tours & daily excursions , Hue Tours & daily excursions , Hoi An Tours & daily excursions , Saigon Tours & Mekong daily tour , Nha Trang Tours & daily excursions , Trek Mai Chau , Kayak Cat Ba, Vietnam cruises, Vietnam holiday


Twitter Delicious Facebook Digg Stumbleupon Favorites More