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  • The Charming City of Valencia, The Charming City of Valencia, Spain

    • From: Rocio
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      Although it is not as famous as the big cities Madrid or Barcelona, Valencia doesn’t have anything to envy them. This picturesque city conserves its original charm, especially in the Old neighborhood where its Roman and Arabian influences are highly visible.

      This city situated in the cost of the South East of Spain has the perfect weather during the whole year. One of the best areas to visit is the neighborhood of ‘El Carmen’. There you can find the oldest buildings in the city, such as ‘The Central Market’ is one of the largest markets in Europe which was built between 1914 and 1928.


      Other representative buildings are ‘The Silk Exchange’ and ‘Plaza Redonda’. The first one was originally used for trading silk and it is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is characteristic of the late Gothic Architecture style, reflecting the ‘Golden Valencian Century’. Plaza Redonda is trading square that was built in 1840.

      In El Carmen, it is possible to find the best places to eat the traditional Paella and to taste the some of the best ‘tapas’ of Valencia. One of the best ways to live the city it is to stay in an apartment in ‘El Carmen’ and become a part of this charming neighborhood. If you are interested in finding a nice apartment in the city center click here.

      The ‘City of Arts and Science’ is an architectural enclave formed by different buildings such as the Science Museum Principe Felipe, the Oceanographic or the Hemispheric where it is possible to enjoy culture in a fun way. This is very recommendable for families with kids.


      Another touristic attraction that visitants can’t miss is the Natural park of L’Albufera. This large lagoon contains a huge biodiversity with a large amount of flora and fauna in danger of extinction. I recommend taking a bike from the city center to the pier of the town ‘El Saler’ and then do a boat trip to see the amazing sunset that takes place there. Once there, the town of ‘El palmar’ is a very recommendable visit. 

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  • Get your motor running: 5 grea Get your motor running: 5 great motorcycle trips

    • From: Emmsey90
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      Produced by writer, blogger and journalist Matthew Crist in association with road traffic solicitor Motor Defence Lawyers.

       It’s something that most four wheeled motorists may not understand.

      But the thrill of riding some of the most bike friendly roads in the world, just you and your “steel horse” for company, is one of the greatest experiences known to man, woman or beast.

      If the bypass on the way to work, or an evening jaunt on the expressway, just aren’t doing it for you – here are five of the most spectacular and thrilling routes available for the ultimate thrill seeker.

      Snowdonia National Park

      Starting in Shropshire on the border between England and Wales, you will ride north on a route dotted with splendid views and fascinating history. After a slow, twisty start, this route runs through a predominantly rural area with stunning scenery on all sides. On a clear day you’ll glimpse views of the magnificent Mount Snowdon, as well as its surrounding peaks.

      The area is dotted with Edward I's still imposing castles, such as Harlech and Caernarfon, the latter of which is a world heritage site. You can even get the Snowdonia Mountain Railway to the top if you’re feeling the strain after the twists and turns of the A5.

      Pacific Coast Highway, USA

      This is one of the most famous road trips going and presents beaches, cliffs, redwood forests, sleepy seaside towns and world-class dining along this snaking and undulating road that can provide thrilling sport riding and more relaxed cruising.

      As one of the best known routes in the world, expect to see plenty of other riders out there, as well as getting caught behind the usual caravans and mobile homes.

      Ceuta to Marrakesh, North Africa

      Bikers on this route venture along an exotic corridor of ancient citadels, bazaars and desert landscapes. After rolling off the ferry at Ceuta, riders travel through the wild Rif Mountains to Fez then climb the, sometimes snow-capped Atlas Mountains, to hit the Sahara at Erfoud.

      Meandering west through the Todra Gorge, the route passes palm groves and the imperial city of Marrakesh and all this historic venue has to offer. Bikers attempting to complete the loop would do well to remember it’s another 200 miles back to Ceuta via Casablanca – but well worth the trip.

      Trollstigen, Norway

      Trollstigen is a mountain road in Rauma, part of the route connecting Soggeberget and Valldal. It has an incredibly steep incline of 9% and no fewer than eleven hairpin bends, all up a steep mountain side. The road was opened on July 31, 1936, by King Haakon VII after 8 years of construction. The road up is narrow with many sharp hairpins, and although it has been widened in recent years, vehicles over 12.4 metres long are prohibited from driving the road – making it perfect for motorbike riders.

      Umbrailpass, Italy

      The Umbrail Pass, on the Swiss-Italian border, connects Santa Maria in Val Müstair with Bormio in the Adda valley. The Passo dell'Umbrail ascent is 13 km in length, which climbs over 1,000 meters. On the Italian side, it connects to the main highway, which connects the Stelvio Pass.

      Snow capped mountains. Lush green hills and incredibly clean Alpine air. It’s all here for the rider to take in on this epic journey, with plenty of places to stop and take in the breathtaking scenery. With such a steep climb, look on the Brightside - it’s all downhill once you reach the summit. 

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  • Trip Through Vietnam Trip Through Vietnam

    • From: activetravelasia
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      Michael recently returned from his trip with Vietnam Travel Plan, where he visited the atmospheric cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, lounged on the untouched island of Phu Quoc and marvelled at Cai Rang’s floating market on the Mekong river. He kept a travel diary on his trip and has allowed us to share a few snippets of his adventure..

      by THE RICKSHAW 

      ‘My interest in Vietnamese history has grown and with that interest a desire to see Vietnam has grown that should have been sated long before now. Now on my return to the UK from Indonesia via Singapore it seemed a very good time to make amends that miss.’
      Hanoi: ‘To see throngs of people at exercise in the square lightened my day at 6am.’
      Vietnam Trip- Hanoi 
      Halong bay: ‘The pleasure of almost touching heaven came as I wined and dined on glorious seafood aboard a Vietnam junk at Halong Bay. And what a sunset that day gave me to complete the unbelievable serenity.’
      Vietnam Trip- Halong Bay
      Ho Chi Minh City: ‘Ho Chi Minh City came next. Perhaps more organised and western than Hanoi, it had its moments. I crawled inside the VC tunnels at Cu Chi, looked at all their bamboo traps for searching soldiers and was mighty glad I had not been a GI caught in one of those.’
      Mekong Delta: ‘I was treated to the strange and unexpected pleasure of the Mekong Delta and the wealth of waterways and rice fields that make up this unforgettable place. The floating market at Cai Rang was amongst the liveliest of memories. I actually think that this taste of river life was something I had never seen before.’
      Phu Quoc: ‘My final days of rest were at the totally unspoiled island of Phu Quoc near the border with Cambodia’
      ‘Vietnam have just recently designated the Lotus as the national flower. They say it represents the open generous spirit and the beauty of the Vietnamese people. In my experience one can’t argue that. What a delightful way to end ones latest travels, to end in a place that seems happy and so much at peace with itself and wants the visiting world to see and share. Thank you Vietnam for making me see truism once again, even though I never need reminding about my good fortune.’

      ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like to recommend Family Adventures in Vietnam tour.With its stunning natural landscapes, millennia-old history, exciting cosmopolitan cities, friendly hamlets and mélange of cultural influences, Vietnam has it all. And there’s no better way to become acquainted with this vibrant country than by exploring it under your own locomotion and at your own pace. Walk past pagodas and temples in old Hanoi, kayak amid labyrinthine limestone outcrops in Halong Bay, bike past vibrant green rice paddies, investigate magnificent historic sites in Hue and stroll through the enchanting city of Hoi An, one of Vietnam’s architectural gems. Round out your days of discovery with meals of delicious local cuisine and stays at warm welcoming hotels.
      • Kayaking in the amazing Halong Bay
      • Biking in the majestic former capital of Hue
      • Charming ancient town of Hoian
      • Floating market of Cai Rang
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    • From: activetravelasia
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      Written by Backpacker Becki

      It took me over six hours to cycle to the jungle ravaged temple of Beng Mealea – a journey that would normally take an hour by public transport. Call me crazy, but there is something so wonderful about biking through the Cambodian countryside and avoiding the main, paved high-way routes.
      My new-found love of cycling evolved once I had moved to Siem Reap, where I bought a bike as a means to ferry myself to and from work. But then I soon realised… in Cambodia a bike is your ticket to endless exploration.
      This is when I started craving more of an adventure.My 20 minute bouts of exercise to and from work presented me with the same scenery and my random bike rides were becoming limited.
      From simple countryside outings and the Angkor Wat temple circuit to tours that last days and which get you out of the city, there is something to suit everyone, whether solo or as a family. They seem a little pricey but the cost includes the bike hire, water, some food and temple entry. Sometimes paying a small price is worth not losing your head when you are lost in the middle of nowhere with limited or no Khmer language skills!
      Out of all the day trips, I booked the one which looked most challenging and which would take me to a temple I had not yet visited – the 75km ride to Beng Mealea. Crazy is fun, right?
      I was informed that the tour would be last approximately nine hours (from 7am – 4am). I assumed this to be a few hours of bike riding, a break for lunch and the temple visit, and then a few hours to get back. Instead we set out on a ride that would take us directly to Beng Mealea around 2pm where we would later get a tuk tuk home. It was MUCH further than I thought, but with a brand new mountain bike in my possession for the day, I was ready for the challenge.
      With a mixture of awe and agony, it was an awesome day. When using public transport to get to Beng Mealea you use a lot of main roads and pass through a village area on the approach to the temple. But when biking, you quickly turn off the first main road and begin a six hour off-the-beaten-track journey that takes you through some of the most stunning Cambodian countryside; where fisherman and ox cart farmers line the green, watery flatlands and where orange dirt tracks and luscious palm trees guide the way.
      I’ve seen a whole heap of Cambodian countryside, and I spent a lot of time at work out in a local village, but this remains one of my best and most beautiful experiences yet of rural life. So much so I had to constantly stop just to take it all in and take some photos. My guide was patient and provided good insight, and for the entire journey (bar five minutes near the start) not one other tourist was in sight. Just me, my Khmer guide and the beautiful local people who waved and high-fived us throughout the journey.
      I won’t lie, at times it was tough. I got tired and felt irritable. I had to pull over near the end just to down a bottle of water and a packet of crisps just to regain a little energy! I wondered why I put myself up for a Tour De Siem Reap after spending no more than an hour on my shitty Mary Poppins style bike!
      But I did it. With a bike, you are the master of your own journey. You can choose when to slow down. You can choose when to stop and take hold of the scene in front of you. A tuk tuk or a car wouldn’t afford you with such an opportunity.
      And the temple? Well, that was truly magnificent. It’s only been open to the public in the last few years so it’s not too ’touristy’ and ruined. Yet.
      Not content with his awesome biking skills, my guide took me through a route of the temple where no one else could be found, where we climbed over toppled stones, wandered through lost corridors and swung on the branches that have weaved their way through and taken over the temple structure. We found peace at the end of a long and arduous day.
      Even if you are not a regular bike rider, try a long haul biking adventure. See a different side of Cambodia. Go see a temple you might have thought was too far out of reach. And my one piece of advice apart from drinking lots of water and taking things at your own pace? Don’t wear a white top for your mountain bike outing. It will only come back orange.

      Recommend Cycling Angkor Temples by ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA:



      • Beautiful cycling roads
      • Impressive Angkor temples
      • Boat trip on Tonle Sap
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  • Is It Safe To Ride A Motorbike Is It Safe To Ride A Motorbike In Vietnam?

    • From: acitvetraveasia
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      Written by Elise
      Of the two months we spent in Vietnam a good portion of that was riding everyday. We booked a Motorbiking the Ho Chi Minh Trail tour of Activetravel Asia. Our tour is about 3500km from Hanoi to Saigon (much to the horror of our parents!). We took our time, made many small stops in towns as well as major cities and really got a feel for Vietnam.
      Along the way we met so many travellers who were shocked, awed, surprised and inspired by what we were doing and many a times the question they all asked was ‘Is it safe?’ Every time without fail our answer was‘Yes!’.
      Motorbike tour in Vietnam
      There were of course many things that made our trip more not only safe but more enjoyable. If you’re considering doing the same thing we did or even just hiring a bike for a few days, read these 6 tips below on how to make your trip as safe as possible.
      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
      Check Your Speed
      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.
      3. Have Tea Breaks

      If you’re on the road for most of the day (we only ever tried to ride about 3-4 hours a day MAX), it is important to stop for tea breaks. Along both main and country roads there are countless teahouses that will offer you an ice-cold cup of ‘tra da’ (iced tea) for less than a dollar. Many of these places will also serve a soup or a rice dish too if you’re hungry. These stops are important so you can stretch your legs and have a bit of a break from riding, but they are also a great place to meet locals, have a chat with them and get a view into their daily life.
      4. Get A Decent Road Map

      Chekking the Next Destination
      Now while it may sound adventurous and rather ‘Bear Grylls’ of you to travel without a map, it is smarter idea to carry one with you on your trip. Not only can you decide where you want to ride to next, you can also pick and choose places a little more easily. We bought maps that were detailed, had how many km’s there was between towns and also had tourist sites for some places.
      Road signs are actually pretty good in Vietnam and many places/roads were labeled and corresponded to our map. On the off chance they didn’t, or we weren’t sure where we were going, we just pulled up somewhere and asked the locals for some help. We would show them the town on the map and then they would point us in the right direction. Everyone we met was willing and happy to help (so boys, don’t worry about asking for directions!) Not only will a map help keep you safe it is also great to keep check of everywhere you visited in Vietnam.
      5. Take Back Roads
      When you can, take the back roads to your next stop. Not only will they allow you travel slower and be less crowded, but more often than not the sights are breathtaking and the people very friendly.
      Running pretty much the entire length of the country is Highway 1. It’s busy, dusty and very fumy. However, to get to coastal towns, there are times when you’ll have to travel on this. Otherwise opt for the scenic and beautiful, Ho Chi Minh Trail. This road is very quiet, smooth and much more pleasant. Take your time and travel these smaller quieter roads, wherever possible.
      6. Don’t Ride At Night For Long Periods
      Riding at night is ok if you’re just going out to eat or visit markets etc, but try not to travel at night on your bike. Many of the roads have no streetlights, so at night it is more difficult to see what may be ahead of you. There are many dogs, chickens, cows they are constantly on the road, so running into one of them on the road wouldn’t be pleasant or safe. Also, some Vietnamese don’t travel with their headlights on which makes them harder to see. The bottom line-don’t travel at night for a long period of time.
       Now Enjoy The Freedom!
      With these tips in mind, get out there are enjoy riding through Vietnam! You now have the freedom to go wherever and whenever you’d want. Stumbling upon little towns you never thought existed or meeting some of the friendliest people in the world, will surely be an amazing experience. It is hands down the highlight of my trip so far and I know Anthony feels the same. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it just as much as we did!
      Recommend an itinerary Motorbiking the Ho Chi Minh Trail - Complete Challenge of Activetravel Asia.
      Hanoi - Mai Chau - Vinh - Huong Khe - Phong Nha - Dong Hoi - Dong Ha - Khe Sanh - A Luoi - Hoi An - Da Nang - Phuoc Son - Kon Tum - Buon Ma Thuot - Dalat - Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)
      18-day trip with 11-day motorcycling
      Motorcycling grading: Moderate to challenging
      • Stunning scenery
      • Historical sites
      • Charming ancient trading town of Hoi An
      • Relaxing in Dalat
      • Encountering ethnic minorities
      • Just you, no others travelers

      Read more detail at:  http://www.activetravelvietnam.com/tour.php?op=detail&tourId=33

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    • From: acitvetraveasia
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      By David Atkinson
      Motorbiking North Vietnam
      Traveling around Vietnam by motorbike, seeing breathtaking landscapes, beautiful mountain passes, interesting historical relics, colorful, friendly and happy people…makes you love Vietnam more and gives us extremely special feeling.
      I love the thrill of the open road. Shades on, foot to the floor and cruising through alien landscapes with the stereo cranked right up.
      But Vietnam was just about the last place I expected to find myself on a road trip. Self-drive isn’t really an option here.
      And, as for the State-approved backpacker bus trips, well, let’s just say that rubbing knees with the tie-dye clad hordes and eating in the tourist restaurant, where the bus driver always collects his kickback, isn’t my scene.
      Easy rider
      It sounded perfect. A way to get my engine running and get out on the highway while staying off-the-beaten-track and seeing the real Vietnam.
      Road to Northern Vietnam
      Activetravel Asia is one of the Indochina's leading adventure travel companies. They offer a wide selection of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia adventure tours, including hiking and trekking, biking, motorcycling, overland touring and family travel packages. ATA’s packages and tailor-made private itineraries take you through exotic destinations to really experience the culture, history and nature of Asia.  They have made hundreds of trips into the backwaters of the far north, building up a comprehensive motorbike guide to northern Vietnam.
      “The bikes are old 50’s designs straight out of Belarussia. They’re the backbone of the country and used by everyone to haul goods around,” 
      “They don’t go very fast, use a lot of petrol and billow out a lot of smoke, but they’ll get you anywhere,” he adds.
      “Besides, they’re very easy to fix. If you’ve got a stick and a rock you can fix a Minsk.”
      Cruise control 
      With the sun in our faces, we join the highway near Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport and start the slow climb northwards. As we progress at a steady 35km/h, overtaking lumbering trucks soon gives way to overtaking lumbering water buffalo who eye suspiciously as we file past the paddy fields.
      We stop for dinner that night in Tuyen Quang. It’s a dusty one-ass town dominated by trucker rest stops and so-called bia om or ‘cuddle beer’ outlets where the town’s two attractions make for natural bedfellows.
      As we settle down for the night in the shabby state-owned hotel, one of my fellow easy riders, Casey McCarthy from Texas, tells me why she has chosen a severe buttock buffing on a motorbike in the rain for her holiday.
      “I’d never seen a Minsk before Vietnam and, although it’s ancient technology, it’s a very easy ride,” she says. “I guess I just wanted to get away from those cattle-truck bus trips and a bike trip is the best way to see the countryside as you decide where and when you want to go.”
      The next day we’re up with the light and, after a hearty bowl of Vietnamese pho bo(a rice noodle soup with strips of beef), we’re back in the saddle and on the road for Ha Giang.
      As we stop for petrol at what looks like a roadside chemistry set, I ask Digby what kind of people are attracted to the idea of driving around rural Vietnam on a piece of Russian war-era machinery.
      “Half are motorbike riders back home or people with some previous experience but not all. I’d never ridden a bike until I came to Vietnam,” he explains, taking a little bottle of engine oil and mixing it with petrol.
      “Drive bikes and you will crash but drive slow enough and you’ll be OK,” he adds, handing over a dollar for two litres. “If we go over, we’ll just slide – unless we hit something. But it’s nothing like driving at 130km back home when you get washed up off the road”.
      Alien invasion
      Hagiang province, Vietnam
      The last 50km to Ha Giang is made up of winding country lanes. It’s a drive not best experienced at dusk when huge trucks with dazzling headlights tear around blind corners with scant regard for approaching fellow truckers, let alone a bunch of foreigners on motorbikes in dayglo jackets.
      As we make the final approach, it feels like entering a long-forgotten Wild West outpost. The locals stare at us like aliens just beamed down from another planet but Digby is used to it.
      “I regularly go to places where only a handful of strangers have ever been before. Just two weeks ago, I took a tour to a place where only three foreigners had ever visited before the new road was built,” he smiles.
      “Just as I was thinking that I’d been everywhere possible, the Vietnamese Government has launched a programme to build roads to each commune so a there’s now a whole bunch of new roads to explore,” he adds.
      “That’s why I do this. It isn’t so much a tour as a road trip where the guide is having as much fun as the customers.”
      More travel information about motorbike northern Vietnam at: http://www.activetravelvietnam.com/tour.php?op=detail&tourId=66
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  • Bike Riding Through the Cambod Bike Riding Through the Cambodian Countryside

    • From: acitvetraveasia
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      The vivid colors, open air and bicycles were all in the Cambodian countryside. The experience taught me an important and unforgettable lesson: One of the best ways to spend time exploring a new country or city is to do so through bike riding.

      Bright green fields stretched to my right and left, scattered with small wooden shacks with resting farm animals, drying clotheslines and barbed wire fences. A bright red dirt path stretched in front of me. The air was hot and extremely humid, a combined feeling of refreshing and stifling. There were no cars and no mopeds, only bikes running over the million little rocks stuck within the country road.

      Biking between green fields

      Bike riding, especially in smaller, more off-the-beaten-path destinations, allows you to go places and see things in ways that traveling in cars, trains or airplanes will never let you do. You can take your time and relax, stop where you want to and go where you want to with little hassle and with little disturbance of the area around you. You get to enjoy the open air and do a little exercising while actually interacting with the people and places that you see.

      Biking Cambodia
      Bike riding may be a little more time consuming than other modes of transportation, but the experiences you have while doing so will almost certainly be more memorable than staring out a window. This is what I discovered when I made proficient use of bicycles in one of Cambodia’s smaller, southern coastal towns. I spent the better part of a day bike riding through dirt paths, past cow herds led by dogs and little children, and along stretching rice fields and salt flats.

      I ended up having the most memorable experience of my whole trip- Angkor Wat temples, Tuol Sleng and Killing Fields all included.
      River at Kampot, Cambodia
      My destination was Kampot, an old French colonial hangout now suffering from the same poverty afflicting most of the rest of Cambodia. The town is very small, and doesn’t attract near the number of tourists or ex-pats as Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, but it’s all the better for it.

      Kampot has one of the country’s finest ensembles of old colonial architecture, but I admittedly didn’t spend much time in the city center. We went to the farming fields and shacks of poor farmers who have undoubtedly seen very few Westerners in their day.

      Most of the scenery was the homes of local farmers, the dirt road and rice fields: an accurate depiction of how so many Cambodians live their daily lives. Gone were the pothole-filled roads left un-maintained by corrupt government officials. Gone were the hoards of mopeds and vehicles cruising down the main roads. Gone was even the slightest hint of visiting tourists to the region.

      One thing that remained, however, and which we experienced very often in Cambodia, was a personal and genuine friendliness from the families and children we passed by. Excited children constantly greeted us with shouts of “hellloooo!” both up-close and from afar, and their parents often smiled and waved to us as well. They welcomed us to their land openly and without reservation, furthering the sense of belonging I was already beginning to feel.

      Children in Cambodia
      All these elements together created a scene that was calm and a beauty that was sprawling. Even through the heat, the humidity, and the physical exertion, it was all a profoundly calming experience; being alone and isolated from the city crowds and pollution exhaust, being able to breathe and take in the vivid, stretching colors with little interruption. Those images, feelings and interactions all combined to give you a complete sense of being grounded and connected there, to the land and the people and the history of the whole place. Seeing the locals and their homes and a small piece of their lives, so far removed from my own, created both a feeling of isolation and a sense of belonging I’ve never felt before, but now believe every traveler should experience.

      My path took me a total of about 10 miles and left me sore, bruised, tired and dirty. Yet if given the chance to do it over again, I would take it in a minute.

      The next time you ponder renting a car or buying a bus ticket, be a little more adventurous and head to the bike rentals instead. Don’t be lazy. The experience outweighs the extra effort tenfold.

      By Karina Schroeder

      The truly adventure travelers can find out all things Cambodian at: http://www.activetravelcambodia.com/tour.php?op=detail&tourId=70

      ACTIVETRAVEL CAMBODIA (ATC) is member of ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA offers a wide selection of Cambodia adventure tours, including hiking and trekking, biking, motorcycling, overland touring and family travel packages. ATA’s packages and custom itineraries will take you through exotic destinations to really experience the culture, history and nature of Cambodia. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy an unforgettable active vacation. 
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  • Tips on biking to Angkor Wat Tips on biking to Angkor Wat

    • From: acitvetraveasia
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      Having biked to Angkor myself, there are several things that I think could make your biking experience more enjoyable.

      1. Make sure you get the right type of bike for you

      This is probably the most important thing. I used one with multiple gears and a basket in the front. To me, these two things helped a lot during those tired moments on the road. 
      The gears let me go at my own pace and according to my energy level, while the basket in front took the load off my back. I put my backpack in the front and just looped it around the steering bars as a precaution. 
      2. Have an idea of what you want to see
      Considering the huge size of Angkor Archeological Park, you should pick and choose which temples you’d like to see. Trying to see many temples by tuktuk consumes a lot of energy, and it is doubly so when seeing many temples by bicycle. So know your limitations and be picky. It’s much better to enjoy the temples in leisure than to try and cram in everything with an already tired body.
      3. Bring extra clothes for changing

      Because you will no doubt sweat like you never have before. In addition to the actual physical exercise of biking, you will have the added factor of the famously hot Cambodian sun. Your clothes will most likely become drenched with sweat, and you should bring a change of clothes if that bothers you. There are many toilets scattered around the park that you can use to change.
      4. Bring enough water
      The keyword is enough, because there is no need to oversupply yourself with bottles of water when there are many Angkor vendors who sell them. Two small bottles of water run for $1, and if the shopkeepers take pity on you they will sell a big one for the same price. Things are a little bit more expensive in Angkor than in town, but you can bargain down as usual.
      5. Plan to have lunch in Angkor
      When people visit the temples by tuktuk, most of them go back to Siem Reap for lunch and siesta. If you are biking, consider spending your lunch time at the park, instead of biking to town and then back again to Angkor. 
      There are many cool places to have lunch: the temples, the Angkor Wat moat, or even the air conditioned restaurants. There are huge numbers of restaurants available, primarily near Angkor Wat and Bayon, with most offering Cambodian dishes. For a more Western fare, head to the Angkor Café right across Angkor Wat. They have pasta, sandwiches, ice cream, etc. 
      6. Visit the less popular places
      When going by tuktuk, the drivers already have a set plan and route. Trying to change that will most likely cost you additional dollars and create confusion. Biking is a great time to visit the less visited sites, because you can go wherever you want and stop whenever you want. Some places you might want to visit are the Angkor Thom gates or the Buddhist Wats in the area.
      7. Head to the temple in the morning, head back in the late afternoon.
      Biking in the morning when the sun is still mild is so enjoyable, and it doesn't have to be too early. 7 a.m. is a good time to start. Just know that by 10 a.m. or even 9 a.m., the sun will start to beat down hard. 
      In the late afternoon, at around 5 p.m., the sun will start to mellow and this would be a great time to head back to town. Everything (the temples, the tree lined roads, etc.) will look so pretty at this time. 
      Should you bike on your first visit to Angkor Wat?
      As a matter of personal choice, I think biking is a great way to see the Angkor temples, but I wouldn’t say it's a great way for first timers to see the temples. If it’s your first time visiting Angkor, going by tuktuk is, I think, your best choice. That way you will get to see more temples in a more relaxing way. 
      When your legs are already so tired from biking, you will be less likely to climb up the Phimeanakas temple or roam around the Prasat Suor Prats. This means you’ll miss out on some of the must-do temple activities. 
      But of course, the final decision whether to bike or not, first time or not, is entirely up to you.
      So in short…
      The whole point of biking to Angkor Wat is to enjoy it, which is why I think a good level of fitness is a must. 
      If you’re too tired to pedal and still have 15 kilometers more to go, you’re going to start ignoring the temples and start focusing on how to survive the day. This is fine, because that in itself is an interesting experience, but just know that the focus then will no longer be the temples, which is what you came halfway across the world for.
      Go to Angkor Wat, Cambodia - A Quick Review

      Angkor Wat, Cambodia is located near the town of Siem Reap. It's been listed under UNESCO's World Heritage site since 1992. Preservation has been done constantly in order to keep it in great condition. 
      Go to Siem Reap Tourist Attractions
      As the base town of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap tourism is growing rapidly. See for yourself the many activities you can do and the places you can see while staying in Siem Reap.
      Recommended Cambodia cycling tour by ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA

      This 3- days cycling tour brings you to explore Siem Reap in Cambodia, not only its highlighted Angkor Complex, but also small local villages, markets, pagodas, to have an opportunity to interact with local passers-by and immerse in Cambodian cultures.
      • Beautiful cycling roads
      • Impressive Angkor Wat


      Details program are available here
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  • Prague – Vienna Cycle Tour Prague – Vienna Cycle Tour

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      Last September I joined a cycle tour in the Czech Republic. The tour took us from Prague in Central Bohemia to the rolling hills and charming medieval and Renaissance towns of South Bohemia and then through the gently-sloping vineyards of South Moravia. Some riders then cycled on to Vienna, whilst others chose to return to Prague. For many non-Czechs the countryside of the Czech Republic is unknown, secret, and undiscovered. This tour is a wonderful opportunity to discover what lies beyond Prague, a city that is deservedly visited by millions of people every year.


      We were a very diverse group. Our party consisted of seven Australians, a British couple, a couple from Brazil, a New Zealander, an American, and our Czech guide, Jiri (George) and driver, Jindrich (Henry). And me – I’ve been living and working in Prague for six years, but I’ originally from London, UK. Age-wise, collectively we covered every decade from early thirties to (almost) seventy. As those who have been on tours like this before, there is a camaraderie amongst cyclists that transcends continents and ages.


      Our First Day:        Prague to Ceske Budejovice by mini-bus

                                  Ceske Budejovice to Cesky Krumlov by bike


      After collecting everybody from their hotels on a quiet and overcast Prague Sunday morning, we group of strangers, soon to become brave companions of the trail, gathered together in the cellar meeting room of the tour company to introduce ourselves and to receive a full briefing. We were given a detailed itinerary for each day, a safety briefing and a small glass of slivovice (a local plum brandy that some people quite like).


      Then it was outside to hitch up the bike trailers to the mini-buses, check on helmets and water-bottles, and on to Ceske Budejovice. After a two and a half hour drive, we parked up in the city centre and everyone was allocated their bikes for the week. The bikes are already pre-selected for individual size, weight and experience by the company. Some people had brought their own pedals and these were quickly fitted by the ever-helpful staff.


      Ceske Budejovice is of course the home of the Czech Republic’s second most famous beer, Budvar or Budweiser. It is an old town with a lot of green spaces and a very large Renaissance square, where we took the first of many group photographs.


      We made our way through the town and down to the River Vltava (Moldau), the same river that runs through Prague. It was a great way to start, riding along the flat cycle path following the river to test out the comfort and settings of our bikes. After a while, we reached a rocky outcrop – our first hill! After climbing above the river, we coasted down a winding forest path to the small settlement and large monastery of Zlata Koruna (Golden Crown) founded in 1263. Here was a chance to stock up on a well-deserved bowl of soup and plate of sausage.


      After suitable refreshment, the last stage of the day’s short ride was down to the fairy-tale chocolate-box town of Cesky Krumlov, dominated by the second-largest castle in the country built on sheer rocks which rise up from the river. It is spectacularly beautiful and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  George gave us a tour of the town, but sadly it was raining quite hard at this stage, so we were very glad to arrive at our hotel. The luggage had already been delivered to our rooms and we had time to freshen-up before dinner.


      Dinner was in a lovely medieval restaurant where the food was prepared on an open fire. We sat at long wooden tables and had a chance to get to know each other better. However, what really bonded our group together was the next stop in a lovely crowded pub with a piano player who took requests. I’d like to think that our lusty singing of old standards was enjoyed by the locals as much as it was by us.


      Kilometres cycled:   27


      Second Day:Cesky Krumlov to Trebon


      After a fine and hearty breakfast, we gathered in the courtyard of the hotel to reacquaint ourselves with our bikes and make some final adjustments to them. And so we set off. It’s a long climb out of the valley of Cesky Krumlov, nestled on a bend of the river, where in high summer canoeing and rafting are very popular. We rode along paved cycle tracks and forest paths before stopping at a village restaurant for lunch. It was quite a strenuous day’s cycling and some of our valiant company took respite in the mini-bus for the more hill sections. The mini-bus is never far-away and is stocked up with water, fruit and energy bars.


      I should add that the day was quite testing; not only because of the distance and terrain, but it was also quite cold and raining, so it did test the morale of the group. However, the week’s forecast was good and the outlook was for sunny weather. Some of us rode the mini-bus into Trebon, while others pressed on through the mud and rain to arrive later.


      After a welcome shower, we met for a meal in the hotel restaurant, which was served with élan and charm by our hosts. Some opted to take a walk around the town afterwards to take in the Renaissance square, the Marian column, the charming castle and a local hostelry to taste the renowned local brew.


      Kilometres cycled:   61


      Third Day:    Trebon to Telc


      Trebon has been the centre of the Czech fish industry for five centuries. Over this time many fish-ponds and man-made lakes have been developed to produce carp and other fish. Carp is a traditional Christmas meal in the Czech Republic. It is a flatter area of South Bohemia, so a good chance to get in some faster cycling along paved forest paths. It was raining lightly and misty but this added to the mystique of riding through the dark, silent pine forests of Central Europe. All very atmospheric, all very Brothers Grimm.


      After about 25 kilometres we left the woods and the land began to undulate through fields. We met up with Henry and the mini-bus for snacks and refreshments, and to mend a couple of punctures.


      We pushed on through the rain. This was the most gruelling day, the furthest to cycle, nearly 80 kilometres and the second two-thirds were fairly hilly. We stopped for lunch at a country pub-restaurant, but otherwise it was head-down and concentrate on getting to Telc and South Moravia.


      The town of Telc is another UNESCO World Heritage site. It has a breath-takingly beautiful and extensive square, consisting entirely of Renaissance buildings from the 16th century, decorated in the typical brightly-coloured and sgraffitoed style of the time. It’s a great photo opportunity.


      We stayed in a very fine hotel not far from the main square, which had been a large farm and dairy complex. The tasteful reconstruction provided spacious rooms and a fine restaurant which served an excellent and well-deserved dinner.


      We were all pretty tired after this day, but we went to bed knowing that the following days would be sunny with temperatures rising to 25 degrees Celsius. Indian summer weather!


      Kilometres cycled:   78


      Fourth Day:  Telc – Vranov


      This was a shorter day than the day before but we had some hilly country to tackle as we followed the spectacular rocky and wooded valley of the Dyje river, which flows into the Danube.


      By mid-morning the sun had begun to shine and the temperature to rise. We rode through sun-dappled forests and fields and stopped at a large 17th century convent complex, where we stocked up on snacks and looked around the old buildings perched on top of a hill with lovely views of the Moravian landscape we were to cycle through.


      In the afternoon, after lunch in a country village restaurant where some of our party were brave enough to assay the delicacies of the bull, we cycled through deeply-forested paths with short steep climbs and satisfyingly long downhill runs.


      We passed the 11th century castle Bitov, high on an outcrop of the river, and climbed up to take a short tour of the castle. It was extended during the 15th to 17th centuries and had a fine library and impressive collection of hunting weapons: bows, crossbows and guns.


      A short distance away is another castle called Zornstein (Angry Rock). This is a quite different structure to Bitov, having been abandoned in the Middle Ages and largely derelict. It is however an impressive ruin of medieval fortifications. There were fine views to be enjoyed from this historic vantage point over the blue skies and green forests of the winding valley of the River Dyje.


      From Zornstein, it was a short ride down to the river and along the bank to Vranov.


      Kilometres cycled:   44


      Fifth Day:     Vranov to Znojmo


      This was also a shorter day in terms of distance, but again there were some tricky hills and off-road forest tracks to be negotiated.


      However, we did have the chance to tour the castle which sits upon a rocky crag that dominates the small town. The castle was modified extensively in the Baroque style in the 18th century and so offered a completely different style to the previous day’s visits. It really was a most impressive place giving an insight into the opulent way of life of the aristocracy during Hapsburg rule.


      After the informative tour, we saddled up again and rode out of Vranov towards the major wine-producing town of Znojmo. This was another enjoyable day during which we mostly followed the border between the Czech Republic and Austria. The trails pass through forest and paved tracks in an area which had been off-limits for forty years during the days of the Iron Curtain. The natural habitat is therefore unspoiled. 


      The last section of the ride was quite taxing as we had to climb up away from the border towards Znojmo, situated on a steep hill above the river Dyje. It is a impressive sight with several ancient spires and towers rising above the houses perched on the hillside.


      After the steep ascent, we were pleased to arrive at the hotel, beautifully modernised with glass staircases, large rooms and comfortable beds.


      Kilometres cycled: 40


      Sixth Day:    Znojmo to Mikulov


      For me this was the finest day for cycling. The weather was beautiful, warm and sunny, and the terrain was gentle passing through undulating wine-growing lowlands.


      We had a long lunch at a traditional pub-restaurant and passed by the only section of preserved pre-1989 defences with fences, originally electrified, tank defences and a cleared, and previously mined, dead zone. It was quite creepy to see the physical embodiment of the ‘Iron Curtain’ and difficult nowadays to understand how peoples could have been so brutally divided after the Second World War.


      About 15 kilometres before Mikulov we stopped at a small wine-cellar, little more than an underground shelter, where the proprietor talked us through his current production and we tasted Burcak, the deceptively first fermentation of the grape juice. It was interesting to see the small scale of the production, but it is clear the the best of the wine never reaches the export market.


      Feeling refreshed, we pushed on through the glorious afternoon sunshine to Mikulov which we could see jutting out of the surrounding plains from far away. We had our farewell dinner in a restaurant adjacent to the hotel and then repired to a wine bar for prize-giving and valedictions.


      Kilometres cycled:   70


      Seventh Day:                   Mikulov to Vienna

                                  Mikulov to Vratice – Lednice area


      Mikulov is a charming small town with a population of about 8,000 which was at one time a major centre of Jewish trade and scholarship. It is very interesting and thought-provoking to walk through its square with its pretty church and then through the adjacent Jewish quarter with its 15th century synagogue.


      After breakfast, our fellowship was broken. Eight of our party had planned to end their tour in Vienna and they set off with George guiding. After a day’s ride they were driven the remainder of the distance to Vienna and delivered to their hotels by the ever-reliable Henry.


      The rest of us spent an enjoyable day riding a circular route from Mikulov to Valtice and Lednice. This area is another UNESCO World Heritage site and is thought of as the most architecturally valuable region in the country. This was a great day’s cycling to end the tour. We cycled along deserted roads to Valtice through the heart of Moravia’s prime wine region. We paused in Valtice to have a look at the impressive chateau and then pressed on to Lednice. The route took us through the forested parklands of the Lichtenstein family which are studded with ostentatious monuments including the Temple of the Three Graces and a shrine to the patron saint of hunters, Saint Hubert. After lunch in Lednice, we went to walk around the glory of the neo-Gothic chateau.


      Then it was back to Mikulov along a series of ribbon lakes following the border to meet up with the driver, Tonda, who drove us back to Prague and delivered us to our hotels, safe, sound and tired after a most enjoyable cycle tour through some of the finest countryside and towns that the Czech Republic has to offer.


      Kilometres cycled:   47


      Total kilometres over the week:  367

      Guided Group Tour by: www.bicycle-tours.cz

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  • ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA recommends f ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA recommends for customers when riding in Vietnam

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      Vietnam is a frontier destination and a motorbike ride on a motorcycle through its rugged mountains is an unparalleled adventure. Be amongst the first to explore a land steeped in natural beauty and rich cultural heritage and experience face-to-the-wind just what this wonderful country has to offer.
      Motobiking Vietnam
      Riding in Vietnam is not for the feint of heart. It has the second highest rate of traffic fatalities in the world and is the second most dangerous place on earth for motorcyclists, just after India. There are approximately 40 traffic fatalities per day in the country. The way people ride in Vietnam is very different from yours : no rules! To ensure an authentic taste, make sure to ignore any Traffic Rules you know. This should help to achieve a fine balance between two-wheeled fun, fine roads, beautiful landscapes and complete and utter chaos.
      1. Do and don't

      These following rules are practical and informal:

      - The traffic looks very crazy at first, but it’s not that bad. It’s like a river and when you are in it you have to flow. First rule is no rules.
      - Larger vehicles have right of way. Avoid anything bigger than you and slow down.
      - Use signal and the most important thing is the horn. People don’t care about the noise of horns.
      - Use both brakes at the same time with more back brake as if you apply more front brake it slips
      - Our guides were born and grow up in Vietnam, so they understand Vietnamese traffic. Follow the guide, ride behind him for safety.
      Do not:

      - Speed limit in Vietnam is very low (25-80km/h). Don’t break the speed limit.
      - Don’t ride on one wheel (free wheelie).
      - Animals are everywhere in the country or mountain roads. Dogs and chickens are the most then come water buffaloes, cows, pigs and horses…If you kill a dog or a chicken don’t stop, cry and feel sorry, it’s not your fault. Slow down and don’t hit water buffaloes, cows, pigs and horses, simply they are too big!
      - Do not drink and drive.

      - Be careful with spilt oil from trucks and buses at curves on the mountain roads, extremely slippery and we have had at least four small accidents related to this matter.
      - Your guide leads the group and he gives you hand/body language if there are big pot holes, trucks, blind curves or any danger. He can see you in the mirrors and if you want to stop use the signal or simply pull off but be careful with riders behind you. If you got lost, just stop and wait for someone to find you or call us.
      - If the police stop you (this rarely happens), your guide will not come back. He will wait for you, out of sight up the road. Just keep talking English or whatever you want and they’ll soon give up and let you go in less than five minutes.
      - If a bike is technically broken, we will replace with the same type of bike or the next available model.
      2. What to bring:

      You don’t need to bring everything with you on the trip, pack essential things in a small bag (medium size, max 10kg) and put it on the back of the bike.
      Here are items we suggest for motorcycle touring:
      - Clothing: rain gloves, Wellington boots (rubber boots for rainy season from April to September), summer gloves, balaclava, T-shirts, socks & underwear, long sleeved shirts, turtleneck shirts, extra jeans, a light jacket, leather chaps, zip-lock bags, riding boots, bandannas, sunglasses, goggles, and contact lens solution.
      - Personal items: basic toiletries, emergency cash, sunscreen and earplugs.
      - Emergency items: a first aid kit, emergency contact number, list medical conditions, list medications, a flashlight, chargers and a duct tape.
      - Miscellaneous: a small towel, a bath towel, trash bags, camera and cargo net…and probably some gifts for children.
      3. Group Size

      Motobike Vietnam
      The maximum group size for rides in the north is from 5 to 8 people per group (limited to 6 motorcycles), riders or pillion passengers. This will enhance your experience and ensure a high degree of personal attention. Rides down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, however, can accommodate much larger groups because we use a support vehicle at your request (extra fees applied). Small groups enable us to trek into remote areas with minimal intrusion to the local cultures. Riding in a large convoy with all the inherent complications and delays is just not our way.
      The best group size is from three to four riders, not too many and not too little. More people means more fun but too big a group means less information the guide can provide as he needs to take care of your safety. Our largest group ever was 12 riders but we divided into two groups and two guides came on the trip.
      Recommended Vietnam motorcycling tours by ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA
      - Motorcycling Northwestern Trails

      Discover Vietnam’s rugged and scenic northwest and its people first hand. By taking to the roads and riding from the capital Hanoito the remote area of the northwest we can see life as it truly is for the Vietnamese. 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 ofSapa, challenging roads, stunning scenery and many different colorful minority groups.
      Stunning scenery
      Challenging roads
      Stunning Pha Din Pass and Tram Ton Pass
      Terraced valley of Sapa
      Colorful ethnic minorities
      Details program are available here
      - Taste of Ho Chi Minh Trail

      This trip offers a stunning motorcycling route with great exploration of nature and culture of northern Vietnam. The trip is organized for first time rider and easy adventure.
      Awesome scenery
      Homestay in villages
      Beautiful quiet road
      All inclusive
      Details program are available here
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  • Ba Be Trekking Ethnic Culture Ba Be Trekking Ethnic Culture Villages

    • From: khuongvn
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      This is a new form of The B Tourist Vietnam (Ba Be Center Tourism) has a new organization to bring the convenience for tourists or other travel  agencies  who free traveling alone by car, bike, or by local buses.  “How to get to Ba Be national park?” Please contact us for suggestions.
      Tour code: BB09
      (First night  arrive Ba Be national park, sleeping in Mr Linh home-stay)

      Day 1 : Ba Be lake  Boat trip.(B, L,D)

      Wake up at 8 am and enjoy the quiet surroundings with the ethnic minorities.
      8h15: Have breakfast in the lake-shore restaurant
      8h45: Start the tour of Ba Be Lake on the boat. You will go along the lake towards the fork of the river to visit the Puong cave, then go down Nang River to the waterfall located by Tuyen Quang province.
      then visiting the Dau Dang waterfall to have a sensation of cold of nature, you will have lunch at the nearly by restaurant, the house of Mr pirate (Ong Hien ). After the lunch you will finish of the tour by visiting Fairy pond (Tien pond ) and An Ma temple where entombed a war dead .
      At the end of the tour you will be brought back to the lake-shore restaurant in the preparation for dinner.
      It is depending on your mood, there will be light entertainment from the local people who will share the music of the village.
      (Over night the same homestay)

      Day 2: Trekking .(B, L,D)

      8.30am after breakfast a local guide will take you on a trek to Pac-Ngoi village walk along the stream edge to view other village in the Quang-Khe area and visit Hua-Ma cave.
      When you arrive at Hua Ma you will be server lunch at the entrance of the cave.
      After lunch you will have the opportunity to explore the caves and the trek within the forest to visit the big tree 100 year old. (Trekking 24km)
      Come back your home-stay at 5 pm

      The local guide will take you on trekking to Costco village, and the continue upland to Khau Qua village, then towards Red Dao village and stay in Nam Cuong area, there you will have lunch before heading back to visit Na-Phong cave in Bo-Lu village, you will be then end the tour by heading back to the lake-shore restaurant for dinner.
      (Over night the same home-stay , Mr Linh house)

      The facts
      Physical activities:

      Hiking and trekking with:
      - 3 - 6 km trek on Day 1.
      -  8 – 12 km trek on Day 2.
      From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot.
      From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.

      - boat & kayak.
      Local Guides:
      Our experienced and friendly Tour Guide(s) clearly about Ba Be national park forest speak excellent Tay Language .
      They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.

      - 2 breakfasts.
      - 2 lunches.
      - 3 dinners.
      We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, at local restaurants, markets or homes.
      We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.

      - home stay (3 nights).
      A clean and comfortable home stay with mosquito nets provided.

      Tour price:please contact us

      Tour price includes: Home-stay, local guide. private boat trip, meals in the itinerary (B ; L ; D),all sightseeing tickets.

      Tour price excludes: Personal expenses, tips and gratuities, travel insurance, other services not mentioned above, beverage.



      For further information, don’t hesitate to contact us:.


      (+84) 1676 161 008









      Head office: No. 03, Lane 150/141, Giap Nhi Street, Thinh Liet  Ward, Hoang Mai District, Hanoi, Vietnam

      Tel: (+84) 4 3 6425 420

      Fax: (+84)4 3 6425 421


      Website: http://thebtourist.com 


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  • Ba Be National Forest 2 Days T Ba Be National Forest 2 Days Trek

    • From: khuongvn
    • Description:

      This is a new form of The B Tourist Vietnam (Ba Be Center Tourism) has a new organization to bring the convenience for tourists or other travel  agencies  who free traveling alone by car, bike, or by local buses.  “How to get to Ba Be national park?” Please contact us for suggestions.
      Tour code: BB08
      (First night  arrive Ba Be national park, sleeping in Tuan Linh home-stay)

      Day 1 : Move-upland Na Nghe village
      After waking up, you will have breakfast at 8am.
      8:30 am, local guide will take you to visit Coc Toc village and continue going on foot to upland and stop in Na Nghe village (Cash Dao peoples) then have lunch there.
      In the afternoon the guide will take you to visit the mountains, valley and the stilt houses, School of the Cash Dao children. Then, you will have dinner with the local people and stay all night at their homes.
      ( second night on Na Nghe village, home stay of Mr Hoa is Dao ethnic  people )

      Day 2: Ba Be Lake boat trip & Kayaking
      After having breakfast with the local people of Na Nghe village, you and your guide will say "goodbye" to the Cash Dao peoples.
      8:30 am. Go through trail with your guide to visit Nam Dai village then go down the forest to visit Dau Dang waterfall which is within two provinces Bac Kan and Tuyen Quang then lunch in a restaurant near the waterfall. When you finish the lunch, you will have a boat tour up the river to visit Puong cave where inhabits over 1000 bats with 18 generals and famous with a lost of stalactite and stalagmite. The boat will go on the Nang river which runs through the cave into Ba Be lake. After visiting the Fairy pond and the An Ma temple, you will return the lake-shore restaurant by kayaking boat. Stay in the home-stay.
      (thirst night evening coming back Ba Be lake, sleeping in Tuan Linh home-stay)

      Note: If you want to come back Hanoi, possible booking a bus direction from Ba Be Center Tourism ( our office )

      The facts…
      Physical activities:

      Hiking and trekking with:
      - 15 - 17 km trek on Day 1.
      -  8 – 12 km trek on Day 2.
      From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot.
      From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.

      - boat & kayak.

      Tour Guides:
      Our experienced and friendly Tour Guide(s) knowing about Ba Be national  forest speak fluent Tay language .
      They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.

      - 2 breakfasts.
      - 2 lunches.
      - 3 dinners.
      We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, at local restaurants, markets or homes.
      We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.

      - home stay (3 nights).
      A clean and comfortable home stay with mosquito nets provided.

      Tour price: please contact us


      Tour price includes:

      + Home stay
      + Experienced local guide.
      + Private boat trip
      + Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
      + All sightseeing tickets.

      Tour price excludes:
      + Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
      + Travel insurance
      + Beverage
      + Other services not mentioned above.
      + Tip for Tour guide & Boat man.

      What to take:
      + Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes. Take a small day pack for hiking and trekking.
      + It is essential to bring your passport on this trip. We also recommend packing: insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat...



      For further information, don’t hesitate to contact us:.


      (+84) 1676 161 008









      Head office: No. 03, Lane 150/141, Giap Nhi Street, Thinh Liet  Ward, Hoang Mai District, Hanoi, Vietnam

      Tel: (+84) 4 3 6425 420

      Fax: (+84)4 3 6425 421


      Website: http://thebtourist.com 


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  • Virginia Beach Boardwalk Virginia Beach Boardwalk

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      There is a bike path and a huge cement walking area all along beach front.

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  • Quad Runner Excursion in Sinai Quad Runner Excursion in Sinai From Sharm

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      Want to do something different? Take the family in quad biking across the Egyptian desert, pick up from your hotel by air conditioned vehicle and drive to the Motorbike center where the adventure starts after a brief guide on how to use the motor bike safely, then you you will be taken on an amazing adventure across the desert towards the Sinai Mountains, there are plenty of open plains where you can open the throttle and you will also relish negotiating the dunes, valleys and canyons. An experience lasts for around 2 hours that you'll never forget, you will also witness the local Bedouin life, then drive back to your hotel.

      Price Includes:

      • Hotel Pickup & drop off service
      • All transfers by Ac modern van
      • Desert Safari tour guide
      • Test drive before the tour starts
      • complementary Bedouin tea with ment
      • All services charges and taxes

      Price Excludes:

      • Personal expenses
      • Tipping Kitty

      Tour requirements:

      • Sun Glasses and Hat
      • Comfortable Clothes
      • Bottle of Mineral Water

      Sharm Quadrunner Trips, Excursions, Quad Bikes Tours in Sharm

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  • a bike ride to La Jolla Beach a bike ride to La Jolla Beach

    • From: marianda
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      we biked from Pacific to La Jolla beach and was about to turn around...we were told to go up the hill for the view. before heading back..it was worth it :)

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  • A trip to WeiZhou Island A trip to WeiZhou Island

    • From: j123456
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      Although it looked like a cloudy day today in BeiHai city, the weather got better after we had arrived at Weizhou Island by water. One hour later, we reached the destination. We spent three days and three nights there. At about 5 clock in the afternoon on the twenty second of November, we landed on the island and at 5 pm on the 25th, we left. In the three days on the island, we sleep till waking up each day, sometimes stroll around nice scenic spots, are in a daze for a little bit, walk for a while, have a bike ride, pick up shell, and walk the dog. What is important is that we had fresh seafood to eat. What a leisurely and comfortable vacation. 
          About the accommodation on the island, it seems that we didn’t have many choices but Youth Hostel called ZhuZai Ba is our only choice and since we all know about hostels, we then made the decision to stay. Spending a night at a fisherman’s family was never considered, because we know nothing about its environment and something like that. We contacted with the boss there on the Internet to reserve a room, but since we were not sure on which date we would land on the island, we just made an oral contract with him. Anyway, “since it’s in a dull season, there are rooms anytime” the boss said. Having bought sea passage tickets, we started out.
          The ship having arrived at the dock, we met up with the rider of the tricycle and got on. After a while, we began officially landing on the island.
          After that, it’s when the sun goes down. Putting down our luggage in the hostel, we rushed out. Across a road, it’s a beach and we saw the sunset on the WeiZhou Island.
          Afterwards, dinner had been reserved in advance, before we had dinner together. The younger sister of the boss AHong is charge of cooking meal for us. She went to the market , bought some seafood like fish and crab and cooked for us. Her cooking skill was so good, with the GuangDong style, that we liked it very much and ate all. Since she has a good cooking skill, we decided to stay here for the rest of the days.
      in the morning of the following day, we had steamed bun with soya-bean milk and went to the market to buy some seafood. After that, we give it to AHong to cook it for us. For each meal, it’s different . crab is stemmed or sometimes fried with yolk or green onion. For fish, it’s stemmed sometimes and some other time braised in soy sauce. Shell is stemmed or sometimes fried. If we go out to have a fun and are late for buying food, we can give her a call to ask her to do it for us. At night, we reserved a seafood barbecue as our night snack and it’s so delicious.
          Moreover, There are about ten thousand residents living on the WeiZhou Island with one fifth of believers, where there are two churches, the catholic church and the chapel of Our Lady. Church is the symbol of missionaries.
      The chapel of Our Lady of France is a small typical church with the gothic style of Europe, with three floors of a square bell tower in front engraved with the three words Chapel of Our Lady, and an oblong house of god and two floors of a small building behind the tower. And perhaps because of the small-sized church located at a remote place, few people go there.
          The symbolic church on the island is the catholic church, which is already a scenic spot where there were so many people inside without tranquility and holy, and a few of buses parking by there. Finally we met up with our team group, and took some photos and left before the next group of people came.
           The church with a hundred years history, a gothic architecture in the renaissance of France was built with the corallites on the island, composed of the church, Men and women monastery, hospital, priest building, and mother and baby room.
          The Volcano Park is an important scenic spot on the island where there is a lighthouse guiding the way of the fishing-boat. Standing under the lighthouse, we can see the whole view of the South Bay.
         The Crocodile Mountain Park is where marine abrasion and volcanic lava often happen. Walking along the sea, we can see the pelelith. On that morning, the weather was bad, very cloudy. I ran into a group of children who was sketching a beautiful view.
         Located in the east, The Sesame Beach is also called the Colorful Beach, where it’s optimum to watch the sunrise. It got famous because of its white and black sand. And we can also catch some crabs in the evening.
         It’s really an unforgettable experience.

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  • Holidays in the New Forest Holidays in the New Forest

    • From: Stephen_Smith
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      When many of us think about a holiday we think about packing a suitcase, going to the airport, getting on a plane and arriving on an exotic island somewhere. But have you ever thought about not getting on a plane and perhaps driving down the M27 to take a holiday in The New Forest?

      Well, perhaps you should because holidays in The New Forest have plenty to offer. Whether you are looking for relaxation, history, adventure or discovery you'll be spoilt for choice.

      Take a look at our guide of staying in the UK and enjoying some New Forest fun.

      Cycle experience
      The New Forest has a network of over 100 miles of off road cycle routes perfect for a weekend break or holiday.

      Cycle ExperienceWith an extensive choice of cycling routes, The New Forest is a fabulous place for budding cyclists. It offers quiet country roads and cycling routes for those wanting to improve fitness and stamina, while taking in the stunning landscape and historic villages.

      The cycle routes are also ideal for families wanting safe off road routes. Along the way you will see animals including ponies, pigs and deer and you will experience the open heathland and sheltered woods with restaurants, pubs and tearooms to pop into along the way.

      Horse riding
      Whether you are a seasoned rider or a beginner, horse riding in The New Forest is one of the best ways to explore the area with over 3,000 ponies roaming the landscape. The New Forest also offers accommodation solutions for people wishing to discover the area with their own horse.

      WalkingThe New Forest is home to 193,000 acres of unspoilt heathland and ancient woodland. With 143 miles of track, visitors are free to explore this National Park by foot as well as bike or horseback.

      The New Forest offers endless walking routes that will twist and turn through vibrant areas, imposing woodland and bubbling streams and when your feet get tired you can stop off at a pub to enjoy some food and re-charge.

      Wherever you go on holiday it's always nice to buy yourself something and to bring something back for the unlucky ones that didn't get to holiday with you. The New Forest has an array of gift shops where you are sure to find the perfect souvenir. If not, you can visit one of the town markets with stalls selling everything from clothes to gifts.

      Confectionery always makes a nice gift too, so why not visit the Chocolate Studio or the Burley Fudge Shop for some handmade and gift wrapped chocolate and fudge.

      Spa treatment
      Holidays are about relaxing and taking time out. The best way to do that is to be pampered. If you want a manicure, pedicure, facial or massage, you will find a range of spas that offer luxurious treatments and tranquillity. Heaven.

      Water Fun
      Water Fun

      If you love or have ever wanted to try sailing, canoeing or windsurfing, water sports on the coast of The New Forest or inland waters is the best place to do it. There are also indoor pools at all health and leisure centres, which boast some of the best indoor sport facilities in the South.

      About the author:
      This article is written by Stephen Smith is a consultant of Travel, vacation, holiday. For more information about Devon holidays, please visit: hoburne.com
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