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      NATURE TOURS                                                            

      PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

      Address           : #7 D, Street 258,Phnom Penh,Cambodia

      Mobile             : (+855) 97 8638839 / (+855) 68-366616

      Skype              : va.sokhan

      E-MAIL            : naturetour83@gmail.com

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      LEISURE PACKAGES

       

      TOUR NAME                                   DURATION              CODE              TOUR FEE

      PHNOM PENH TOUR                       

      Heritage & Sites

      PHNOM PENH MORNING TOUR         4 Hours              LP –M1          $ 29.00 USD /Head

       

      Heritage & Sites

      PHNOM PENH AFTER NOON TOURS   4 Hours             LP- A2           $ 29.00 USD/Head

      Heritage & Sites

      PHNOM PENH, 1 DAY TOURS          1 Day Tour         LP-M1+A2      $ 49.00 USD/Head

      SIEM REAP TOUR

      Heritage & Traditions   

      SIEM REAP, 1 DAY TOURS              1 Day Tour        SLP-A2    $ 49.00 USD/Head

      Heritage & Sites

      2 DAY 1 NIGHT IN SIEM REAP         2 Days-1 Night      SLP1     $ 99 USD/Head                  

       

      ANGKOR HIGHLIGHTS, CAMBODIA     3 days 2 nights     LP-02   $ 109 USD / Head              

      Heritage & Sites

      ANGKOR, CAMBODIA                       4 days 3 Nights    LP-03   $ 129 USD / Head

      Heritage & Traditions                             

      FOREMOST CAMBODIA                     5 days 4 nights   LP-04   $ 159 USD / Head

      KOH KONG TOUR (SEA SIDE)

      Phnom Penh-Koh Kong                                    

      CAMBODIA – BY LAND AND SEASIDE   3 days, 2 nights  LP-05   $ 139 USD / Head

      Phnom Penh-Koh Kong

      CAMBODIA – By LAND AND SEASIDE   4 days 3 nights   LP-06    $ 159 USD / Head

      KOM PONG SOM TOUR (SIHANOUK VILLE SEA SIDE)

       

      Phnom Penh- Kom Pong Som

      CAMBODIA – By LAND AND SEASIDE 2 Days-1 Nights   LP-07     $ 99.00 USD / Head

       

      MONDULKIRI TOUR (ECO-TOUR)

       

      Phnom Penh- Mondulkiri

      CAMBODIA – By LAND TOUR          3 Days-2 Nights   LP-08        $ 109.00 USD/ Head 

      RATANKIRI TOUR (ECO-TOUR)

      Phnom Penh- Ratanakiri      

      CAMBODIA – By LAND TOUR         4 Days-3 Nights    LP-09         $ 125.00 USD / Head

      Phnom Penh-Mondulkiri-Ratanakiri  6 Days-5 Nights    LP-10         $ 209.00 USD / Head

      CAMBODIA- By Land

      Note: The above list of tour packages is limited to the most popular tours. We have many more tours to offer, please contact us for more information.        

      PROGRAM                  : PHNOM PENH MORNING TOUR 

      TOUR CODE               : LP –M1

      Place to visit : Phnom Penh City                                                                          

      Starting Time           : 8:00 AM    Return            : 12:00 PM (Min 5 person Joint tours)

      Price                          : $ 30.00 USD                     Adult

                                         $ 15 .00 USD                      Children

      Tour duration           : 4 hours

      Pick up Time             : 7:00 AM

      Payment                    : Cash in USD only

      Included                    : 1- Car with air-con

                                            2- English, Thai, Japanese, and entrance fee.

       

       

      ***** German, Spanish, French, Russian, and Italian guide subject to availability at extra charge $ 30.00 USD/ per group.

       

      PHNOM PENH MORNING TOUR

      ITINERARY:

       

      A great tour experiencing the highlights Of Phnom Penh are giving a fabulous insight to the city and its historical sight.We begin with the Wat Phnom, The place where Phnom Penh. got its name from, our tour guide will reveal the full story of this city, from there we drive along Sisowath Quay which allow you to enjoy the unique river front view of Tonle Chak tomuk,we continue our visit to the Independent Monument ,which is build for enjoy o the success in setting the country free from French colony, From hear we drive to the terrifying Toul sleng Genocide Museum, This place reveals the sad and shocking history for the Khmer in the last few decades. the final leg of our is to travel along Mao Tse Toung Blvd,Then turn to Monireth  Blvd,and continue to the famous Charles De Gaulle Blvd,Then will allow you to have a full view  of this bussy dusty Phnom Penh, back to Monivong Blvd, End Of Tours.

       

      PROGRAM                  : PHNOM PENH AFTER NOON TOURS

      TOUR CODE               : LP- A2

      Place to Visit            : Phnom Penh City  

      Started Time            : 2:00 PM                               Return            : 05:00 PM (Min 5 person Joint Tours)

      Price                           : $ 30.00 USD                        Adult

                                            $ 15.00 USD                        Child

      Tour duration           : 4 hours

      Pick up Time             : 1:00 PM

      Payment                    : Cash in USD only

      Included                    : 1- Car with air-con

                                            2- English, Thai, Japanese, and entrance fee.

      ******* German, Spanish, French, Russian, and Italian guide subject to availability at extra charge $ 30.00 USD / per group.

       

      PHNOM PENH AFTERNOON TOURS

      ITINERARY:

       

      A great discovering tours of the rich Khmer Arts.Architecture and culture.The tours start at about 2.30 PM We head to silver pagoda ,which is located within the royal palace terrain, in addition you will also have a chance to discover the Royal Palace .From there we continue our tour to visit National Museum ,a red and elegant looking building ,which is located outer to the East of Royal palace .you will surprise  with the Amazing Khmer Arts, that have been collected from all over the country, which are available on display in this Museum, lately we continue this tour along the beautiful Chak Tomuk river,side to Visit the Ounalom monastery, back to your departure point and the tour end here ,End of tour.




      PROGRAM                  : PHNOM PENH, PHNOM CHISO AND TONLE BATI 1 DAY TOURS.

      TOUR CODE               : LP-M1+A2

      Place to Visit            : Phnom Penh & Tonle Bati

      Started Time            : 8:00 AM            Return : 05:00 PM (MIN 5 Person Joint Tours)

      Price                           : $ 49.00 USD    Adult

                                            $ 29.00 USD    Child

      Tour duration           : 7 HOURS

      Pick up Time             : 7:00 AM

      Payment                    : Cash in USD only

      Included                  : 1- Car with air-con

                                     2- English, Thai, Japanese, and entrance fee.

                                     3- 1 lunch at local restaurant.

      *******German, Spanish, French, Russian, and Italian guide subject to availability at extra charge USD 30 / per group.

      ITINERARY:

      Today excursion will allow you to observe Other precious Heritage of the Khmer Empire.The tours start at 8:00 AM in the morning heading toward Ta Keo  Province along national road number 2 .the tour will stop first

       Tonle Bati, which is the home to two 12th century temple Ta Prohm temples and Prasat Yeay Peo build close to Bati lake by the king Jayavarman VII .Tonle Bati is the Beautiful lake is Popular among locals for its breezy and tranquil atmosphere.Tonle bati is 42 Km south of Phnom Penh,takes about 1 hours by car.we have lunch at Tonle Bati floating house before continue our tour to Phnom Chiso and other 20 km fro Tonle Bati ,Phnom Chiso is a hill top with many building from difference eras including the temple of Suryagiri from 11 century ,Enjoy tremendous view over the surround plains. On the way. Back we visit another famous temple of prasat Neang Khmau,which is not far from Phnom Chiso.Transfer back to departure point ,tour end here.

       

       

      PROGRAM 4              : SIEM REAP-ANKOR THOM-BAYON –SIEM REAP

      PACKAGE TOUR 1 DAY TRIP IN SIEM REAP

      TOUR CODE               : SLP-A2

      Place to Visit            : Siem Reap & Angkor

      Starting Time           : 8:00 AM                               Return            : 05:00 PM (Min 5 person Join tours)

      Price                           : $ 49.00 USD                        Adult

                                            $ 29.00 USD                        Child

      Tour duration           : 7 hours

      Pick up Time             : 7:00 AM

      Payment                    : Cash in USD only

      Included                    : 1- car with air-con

                                            2- English, Thai, Japanese, and entrance fee.

                                            3- 1 lunch at local restaurant.

      *** German, Spanish, French, Russian, and Italian guide subject to availability at extra charge$ 30 USD / per group.                                                                                                                             

      Excluded                 : Cambodia Visa Fee, air-ticket and airport tax, Personal Expense, Sorft drink, Tip Guide and Driver

      ITINERARY:

       

      Welcome at Siem Reap Air-Port ,Visit South gate of Ankor Thom

       ( Bayon , Baphoun, Elephant terrace, Lepe king ,Royal Palace,,

      Visit Ta Prohm Temple ,Lunch at local restaurant ,

      Visit the wonderful heritage Angkor Wat temples, Transfer to siem Reap

       Air-port for departure flight to Phnom penh.End of Tour.

       

       

       

                        

       

       

       

       

       

                                                                                                     

       

      PROGRAME               : 2 DAY 1 NIGHT IN SIEM REAP

      TOUR CODE               : SLP1

      Place to Visited        : Siem Reap

      ITINERARY:

      DAY 1- ARRIVAL IN SIEM REAP (L, D,)

      *Arrival at Siem Reap Air-port transfer for sightseeing ,

      *visit south gate of Angkor Thom ,Bayon temple complex,

      *Lunch at local restaurant ,after lunch continue tour to visit

      *Angkor Wat temple complex and enjoy watching sunset on Phnom Bakheng

      *Dinner and overnight at hotel.

      DAY 2- DEPARTURE FROM SIEM REAM(B, L,D)                                                                                 

      - after breakfast at hotel,visit Banteay Srey temple ,and Lucnh at Local Restaurant ,free time for shopping and transfer to the Air-port for departure. End of Tour.

      PROGRAM 6              : Angkor Highlights – Heritage & Sites (3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-02

      Places to visit           : Siem Reap & Angkor.

      Description

      This is a shorter tour to visit the main and most interesting sites of the Angkor area. As well as introducing you to the small and grand circuit of Angkor, including the monumental inner royal city of Angkor Thom and sublime Angkor Wat temple complex, it also covers Banteay Srei and Phnom Bakhaeng. This journey is perfect for those individuals or families who wish to discover the majesty of Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has become one of the world’s must-see ancient wonders.

      Highlights

      • Discover the stunning temples of Angkor, including stately Angkor Thom and intricate Banteay Srei
      • Experience first-hand the mysterious tree-engulfed monuments of Ta Prohm
      • See the film locations used in the Hollywood blockbuster – Tomb Raider
      • Gaze in wonder at the giant stone faces of Bayon state temple
      • Treat yourself to a refreshing and relaxing time at an oriental spa

      Program


      Day 1: Angkor & Siem Reap

      Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to Banteay Srei, which dates back to 967 AD. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and is famed for the intricate friezes carved into its red sandstone walls. On the way back, we will visit Banteay Samre, which was built during Suryarvaman II’s rule in the middle of the 12th century. Next on the itinerary are three impressive temples from the 10th century – Eastern Mebon, Pre Rup and Prasat Kravan. Explore the intricate and ingenious designs. The first day concludes with panoramic views of the sunset and Angkor Wat from temple mountain Phnom Bakhaeng (900 AD). This is followed by your first night’s stay in Siem Reap.

       

       

       

       

       

      Day 2: Angkor & Siem Reap

      After breakfast, we begin the second day with a visit to the awe-inspiring Angkor Thom or ‘Great City’. This will include many of the finest Temples of King Jayavarman VII, who ruled from 1181-
      1220. At the southern gate of Angkor Thom, you will marvel at the imposing 23-metre high stone faces of Avalokiteshvara, which featured in the Tomb Raider movie. These astonishing carvings inspire awe and wonder in the beholder. At the centre of this citadel lies the state temple of Bayon, which we will also visit. This temple-mountain, built at the end of the 12th century, is adorned with hundreds of gigantic stone faces. This tour also includes the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and the 12 identical towers of Prasat Suor Prat.
      Later in the day you will discover the most famous temples from the 11th century: Baphuon, Phimeanakas, North Khleang and South Khleang. In the afternoon we will begin our explorations of magnificent Angkor Wat, built under Suryavarman II, and the Ta Prohm complex, which dates back to Jayavarman VII’s reign (1181-1220). We then head to Siem Reap for your second night’s stay.

      Day 3: Angkor & Siem Reap

      On the third and final day, we will spend the morning visiting other important temples of Jayavarman VII: Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Prom. This will be followed by transfer to the airport and your return flight.

      PROGRAME               : Angkor – Heritage & Traditions (4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-03

      Place to Visited        : Siem Reap

      ITINERARY

      Description

      This is the most popular program for visiting Angkor. It allows visitors to see much of what is worth knowing about the extraordinary Khmer civilization and its temples. You will discover the best sites along the small and grand Angkor circuits, including the temples of Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat, and also visit the Roluos complex and Banteay Srei. The visitors will learn how traditional Angkor crafts are made and see how these ancient skills are being preserved. All in all, it’s a great introduction to Cambodia’s ancient wonders!

      Highlights

      • Discover the stunning Temples of Angkor area in and outside Siem Reap
      • See traditional dancing shows including the unique and graceful Apsara dancers
      • Enjoy a boat excursion to floating villages - the real ‘water world’
      • Visit an arts showroom and watch local artisans train at the National Silk Weaving Centre
      • Treat yourself to a refreshing and relaxing time at an oriental spa

      Program


      Day 1: Welcome to Angkor & Siem Reap

      Upon arrival at Siem Reap airport, you’ll be picked up by your guide and transferred to the hotel. Your Angkor explorations begin in the afternoon with a visit to the 9th century Roluos temples – Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei. The first day concludes with panoramic views of the sunset from temple mountain Phnom Bakhaeng , which dates back to 900 AD and overlooks Angkor Wat. This is followed by your first night’s stay in Siem Reap.


      Day 2: Angkor & Siem Reap

      After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Banteay Srei (967 AD). The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and is famed for the intricate friezes carved into its red sandstone walls. On the way back, we will visit Banteay Samre, which was built during Suryarvaman II’s rule in the middle of the 12th century. Next on the itinerary are three impressive temples from the 10th century – Eastern Mebon, Pre Rup and Prasat Kravan. Explore their intricate and ingenious designs. After lunch, we begin our discovery of the magnificent Angkor Wat temple complex built under Suryavarman II and Ta Prohm which dates back to Jayavarman VII’s reign from 1181-1220. We then head to Siem Reap for your second night’s stay.


      Day 3: Angkor & Siem Reap

      After breakfast, we begin the second day with a visit to the awe-inspiring Angkor Thom or ‘Great City’. This will include many of the finest Temples of King Jayavarman VII, who ruled from 1181-1220. At the southern gate of Angkor Thom, you will marvel at the imposing 23-metre high stone faces of Avalokiteshvara, which featured in the Tomb Raider movie. These astonishing carvings inspire awe and wonder in all who view them. At the centre of this citadel lies the state temple of Bayon, which we will also visit. This temple-mountain, built at the end of the 12th century, is adorned with hundreds of gigantic stone faces. This tour also includes the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and the 12 identical towers of Prasat Suor Prat.
      Later in the day you will discover the most famous temples from the 11th century: Baphuon, Phimeanakas, North Khleang and South Khleang. In the afternoon we will begin our explorations of magnificent Angkor Wat, built under Suryavarman II, and photograph the famously eerie silk cotton tree roots as they slowly cover the Ta Prohm temple from Jayavarman VII’s reign.
      The afternoon’s activities include visiting the other important temples of Jayavarman VII: Preah Khan, Neak Pean, and Ta Prom. In the evening we will visit the Apsara Theatre to enjoy a fine Khmer dinner and traditional dances. Then back to the hotel to stop overnight in Siem Reap.

      Day 4: Angkor & Siem Reap

      On the final morning, you will love the cool and relaxing boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake. Here we will visit the floating villages of Chong Kneas commune. The trip also includes stops at the showrooms and workshops of traditional craftsman and artisans of Angkor. From here you will be transferred to the airport and your return flight.

      PROGRAME               : FOREMOST – Heritage & Sites (5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-04

      Place to Visited        : Siem Reap-Cambodia

      ITINERARY

      Description

      This journey introduces the individual or family visitors to the most popular tourism destinations and attractions of Cambodia. It begins in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia with its beautiful tree-shaded avenues, old colonial houses, museums, pagodas and is a splendid palace worth visiting. The city was once called the jewel of Southeast Asia and it’s easy to see why even today. Since the 1960s, Phnom Penh has suffered difficult times, which have prevented the capital from becoming a “modernised” city. Today Phnom Penh is being re-born whilst preserving its heritage and traditional way of life.

      On the way to Angkor, visitors will discover the traditional life of Cambodian people in the countryside and the wonders of ancient Khmer crafts. Once in Siem Reap, you will tour the stunning Angkor temples at one of the largest archaeological sites in the world, which stretches some 400 km2. The site has pristine forest area, splendid man-made lakes and magnificent remnants from the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, which dates from the 9th to the 15th century. It includes the legendary Temple of Angkor Wat and the astounding Bayon with its gigantic stone faces.

      Highlights

      • Discover the legendary Angkor temple comples
      • Visit the National Museum, Silver pagoda, Royal palace and Wat Phnom pagoda
      • Enjoy the traditional dancing show including the famed and graceful Apsara dancers
      • Cruise on a boat excursion to floating villages – the real ‘water world’
      • Treat yourself to a refreshing and relaxing time at an oriental spa

      Program
      Day 1: Welcome to Phnom Penh

      after arriving at Pochenthong airport in Phnom Penh, you will be picked up by your guide and
      transferred to the hotel. Soon after, you will begin to discover why the Cambodia’s capital city was once called the jewel of Southeast Asia. Your city explorations begin with a visit to the National Museum and see some of the wonderful antiquities from the Khmer civilization. This will be followed by trips to the remarkable Silver Pagoda, a tour of the Royal Palace with its ornate grandeur, and Wat Phnom pagoda. Then we return to your hotel for the first night’s stay in Phnom Penh.
      Day 2: Siem Reap & Angkor

      After breakfast, you will be transferred to airport and fly to Siem Reap. Your Angkor explorations begin in the morning with a visit to the 9th century Roluos temples – Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei. More discoveries await you in the afternoon with a visit to three impressive temples from the 10th century – Eastern Mebon, Pre Rup and Prasat Kravan. Here you can marvel at their intricate and ingenious designs. There is also time to take in the canals and waterways of ancient Takeo province. The first day concludes with panoramic views of Cambodia’s spectacular sunsets and Angkor Wat from temple mountain, Phnom Bakhaeng, dating back to 900 AD. This is followed by your first night’s stay in Siem Reap.

      Day 3: Angkor

      After breakfast, enjoy a morning excursion to Banteay Srei, a temple which dates back to 967 AD. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and is famed for the intricate friezes carved into its red sandstone walls. On the way back, we will visit Banteay Samre, which was built during Suryarvaman II’s rule in the middle of the 12th century. In the afternoon you will have a chance to discover the pride of Cambodia’s heritage – the majestic temples of Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm. Then stay overnight in Siem Reap.

      Day 4: Siem Reap

      After breakfast, we begin day four with a visit to one of the jewels of Cambodia – the awe-inspiring Angkor Thom or ‘Great City’. This will include many of the finest Temples of King Jayavarman VII, who ruled from 1181-1220. At the southern gate of Angkor Thom, you will marvel at the imposing 23-metre high stone faces of Avalokiteshvara, which featured in the Tomb Raider movie. These astonishing carvings inspire awe and wonder in all who view them. At the centre of this citadel lies the state temple of Bayon, which we will also visit. This temple-mountain, built at the end of the 12th century, is adorned with hundreds of gigantic stone faces. This tour also includes the Terrace of Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King and the 12 identical towers of Prasat Suor Prat.

      Later in the day you will discover some of the most famous temples from the 11th century: Baphuon, Phimeanakas, North Khleang and South Khleang. You will also visit the other important temples of Jayavarman VII: Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Prom. The evening is given over to entertainment – a visit to the Apsara Theatre to enjoy a fine Khmer dinner and traditional dances. Then it’s back to the hotel for your final night in Siem Reap.
      Day 5: Siem Reap

      On the fifth morning, you will enjoy a cool and relaxing boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake. Here we will visit the floating villages of Chong Kneas commune. In the afternoon we will transfer you to the airportyou’re your return flight.

      PROGRAME               : PHNOM PENH-KOH KONG (3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-05

      Place to Visited        : KOH KONG-CAMBODIA

       

      ITINERARY

      Description

      Day1 - Phnom Penh - Koh Kong

      Morning:

      To With our expert guide, you will get to know may types of significant things such as the advantage of mangrove rice field and mountain lines that surrounding Cambodia and you will be seen directly by your own when you reached the Koh Kong. You need to spend the whole morning from Phnom Penh to Koh Kong. Then, you will have lunch at the local restaurant in the city.

      Afternoon:

      Tatai waterfall is the first eyes spot for you after the beautiful life. And the Beoung Ka Yak that full of mangrove trees make you feel as you are in the paradise when you still alive. On the other hand, to the Beoung Ka Yak you will stay and enjoy your life in both evening time and night time to see the difference views between day and night, especially, the most beautiful sightseeing and fresh air.

      Day2 - Around Koh Kong

      Morning:

      Breakfast is one thing that everybody needs to have in the morning, after this, our expert guide will be pleased sending you to the market that is located at the border Cambodia-Thailand. And then, turn the journey to the “Safari World” (Provincial Wild Park) that you will be happy and be ridiculous to the dolphins, monkeys, tigers, crocodiles, seals, peacock, and parrot gesture (like the clowns).

      After that, you will have lunch in at the restaurant in the park of the Safari World.

      Afternoon:

      After a big laugh from the animals, we will bring you to a fishing village (Bak Klorng Village). The village is densely so important for Koh Kong province for the sea fishing.

      To be continued, turn the trip to the city to have dinner and rest overnight there.

      Day3 - Koh Kong – Koh Por - Phnom Penh

      Morning:

      After breakfast, you are going to Koh Por by the express boat, you will see beautiful waterfall, beautiful trees on the side of the tributaries and you can take a lot of beautiful pictures that are created from small and big trees like mangrove jungles, and natures. The beauty of these natures is so beautiful beyond of our description… After this magnificent trip, we will bring you to have lunch at the recognize restaurant in the local area.

      Afternoon:

      Before living for Phnom Penh, we cannot forget to bring you to the Thmor Roung (Cave Rock), then, we will take the journey to Phnom Penh by bringing with great unforgettable memories and pleasant.

       
      PROGRAME               : PHNOM PENH-KOH KONG (4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-06

      Place to Visit            : SEA SIDE-Cambodia

       

      ITINERARY

      Description

      Day 1: Phnom Penh-Koh Kong
      Morning departure for Koh Kong, stop to see  Ta Tay waterfall. And contine the trip to Koh Kong. Check in the resort. Time free. Overnight at the hotel in Ko Kong.

      Day 2: Koh Kong (B)
      After breakfast at hotel, Time at leisure on Koh Kong Beach. Overnight at the hotel in Ko Kong.

      Day 3: Koh Kong (B)
      After breakfast at hotel, Time at leisure on Koh Kong Beach. Overnight at the hotel in Ko Kong.

       

       

       

      Day 4: Koh Kong –Departure (B)
      After breakfast at hotel, ransfer to YamYeam border (Cambodia-Thailand border) or back to Phnom Penh.

       

       

       

       

       

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      PROGRAME               : PHNOM PENH-SIHANOUK VILLE (3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-07

      Place to Visit            : SEA SIDE-CAMBODIA

       

      Day 1: Phnom Penh - Sihanoukvile

      MORNING

      After morning snack at 6:00 AM, start the destination to Shinanoukville. On the way to go, our expert guide will describe things for you in details that deep down meaningful and full of experiences of life being. And you will continue to see the port, the Victory Beach, and have lunch at the seaside restaurant.

      AFTERNOON

      To be continued, visiting the Ha Wai Beach, the O’Cheuteal Beach, and the see the view of Sihanoukville and relax with your sea bath. After that, turned back to have dinner in the town and rest overnight at there.

      Day 2: Sihanoukville – Ream Beach - Bamboo Island – Phnom Penh

      MORNING

      Be together at 7:00 AM for breakfast, then continued to visit Ream Beach, and Bamboo Island. And have lunch at the local restaurant there.

      AFTERNOON

      Because of the distance of the road from the place to Phnom Penh, so, we have to leave early for Phnom Penh. On the way back, you can take sightseeing pass one province to another with different views, sceneries, pictures, people, houses, etc.



      PROGRAME               : PHNOM PENH-MONDULKIRI (3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-08

      Place to Visit            : ECOTOURIST-CAMBODIA

      Day1: Phnom Penh - Mondulkiri

      Morning:

      Start up the journey at 6:00 AM Phnom Penh – Mondulkiri by bus. You will see scenery on the way to go with other beautiful views with the beautiful voice of our expert guide. Then, you have lunch at the local restaurant at the Snuol District.

      Afternoon:

      After lunch, we will bring you to visit Orchard of Pine Trees and Mono Waterfall II (Spirit Waterfall) in the district of the Province. To be continued to the central of the town, then have lunch and stay overnight there.

      Day2: Around Mondulkiri

      Morning:

      After breakfast, start the journey to enjoy the bath at the Brusra Waterfall and see Oplay Lake. By 12:00 PM just turn back to have lunch at the central of the town.

      Afternoon:

      After lunch, we will bring you to the most fresh air on top of the Doh Kramom Mountain. Here! You can worship for good luck, happiness from Angel Ta Doh Kramom. Then, pop in to visit and take photographs as memories at the Sak Mot Phnom (Sea of Mountain) and the BayChao (Uncooked Rice) Mountains. Then, turn to visit Sem Monorom Waterfall, furthermore, to Lai Ka Village (minority village).

      End of the day, back to the town and have dinner and stay overnight at the local modern hotel in the province.

      Day3: Mondulkiri - Phnom Penh

      Morning:

      Marketing tour after breakfast, visit Mondulkiri Market and continued to visit O’romis to taste the local sucking wine (Sra Burt).

      Afternoon:

      Move the trip back to the Phnom Penh capital with unforgettable memories of Mondulkiri

       

       

       

       

       

       

       
      PROGRAME               : PHNOM PENH-RATTANAKIRI (4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-09

      Place to Visit            : ECOTOURIST-CAMBODIA

       

       

      Itinerary

      Day 1: Phnom Penh - Ratanakiri (L, D)
      Transfer to Rattakiri province by our private car and tour guide to Banlung, capital of Ratanakiri, nicknamed “ The Red City” because of the omnipresent laterite. Lunch at the local restaurant on the way. You will arrive late in the afternoon at Rattanakiri. Dinner and accommodation at Terres Rouges Lodge.


      Day 2: Ratanakiri (B, L, D)
      Breakfast at the lodge. Direction northwest today, cross bamboo forest before reaching the village of Voeune Sai located on the left bank of the Se San River. The view on the Chinese village on the other side of the river is quite pretty. Actually, this place is almost a Chinese enclave in Cambodian territory, most villagers don’t even speak Khmer. Upstream of the Se San are a certain number of Tampoun villages that practice funeral statuary; if possible by boat (otherwise by our car) visit to the village of Ka Chaoan with its superb totems. Later this afternoon, the discovery of the surrounding waterfalls. Teuk Cha Ong is the most impressive of them. Next to the waterfall of Okatchagn is a hill tribe village with elephants which may be observed in the forest. Dinner and accommodation at Terres Rouges Lodge.

       
      Day 3: Ratanakiri (B, L, D)
      Breakfast at the lodge. Travel north today, in the direction of Laos, cross the curious extent of volcanic rocks of Veyrum Plang: a lava field in the forest with a small waterfall nearby (only in the wet season though) and what locals call tiger caves. Continuing to Taveng, cross different types of landscapes: primary forest, clear forest, bamboo forest and “African” bush. Stop at a few nice Kroeung villages located quite far away in the forest. The Kroeung people have the particularity of erecting bachelor houses standing on very long bamboo poles, these houses will remain so till the young man finds a wife, then, they are destroyed. The right time to see them is usually from February to August. Lunch at a small waterfall lost in the forest and then further visits of villages. Dinner and accommodation at Terres Rouges Lodge.

      Day 4: Ratanakiri - Phnom Penh (B)
      Transfer back to Phnom Penh following the same route. Your services end in Phnom Penh

       

       

       

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      PROGRAME               : PHNOM PENH-RATANAKIRI (6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS)

      TOUR CODE               : LP-10

      Place to Visit            : ECOTOURIST-CAMBODIA

      Tour description:

      Tour Program:

       Day 1:(L/D)PHNOM PENH

      Tour start every Monday Wednesday, Saturday .

      After arriving in Phnom Penh, you are welcomed by one of our tour guides who will take you to your hotel.
      Lunch at local Restaurant.
      Afternoon, you will visit Wat Phnom, Independent monument and visit Genocide Museum S21.
      Dinner at local Restaurant. Overnight in Phnom Penh. (L,D)


      Day 2: (B/L/D)PHNOM PENH


      This morning, you will visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and National Museum.
      Lunch at local restaurant
      In the afternoon, you will take a boat trip to Preak Bang Kong Village where the Khmer produce their Hol and Pamourng in silk (Hol & Pamourng are traditional Khmer costume for special ceremony or wedding).
      Dinner at local restaurant


      Day 3: (B/L)Discovery of Ratanakiri Highlands.


      Excursion to the waterfalls

      In the morning you will fly to Banlung, the town center of Ratanakiri, nicknamed the “Red City” because of the omnipresent laterite. You will welcome by our tour guide who will transfer you to Terres Rouges Lodge (superb house built of precious wood, located by a lake, in the middle of a wonderful garden), then lunch at the Lodge.
      In the afternoon, departure for a small trip through rubber plantations towards the nearby waterfalls; you will end up with a detour to Yaklaom Lake, a beautiful and perfectly-round stretch of water, surrounded by forest, for a late afternoon swim.
      Dinner & Night at Terres


      Day 4: The Tampoun totems


      This morning you will drive to the northwest of town, you will pass through bamboo forests before reaching the village of Voeune Saï located on the left bank of the Sé San river ; the view on the Chinese village on the other side of the river is quite pretty. Besides, this place is nearly a Chinese enclave in Cambodian territory, most villagers, who are there the thirties, don't even speak Khmer. Upstream of the Se San are a certain number of Tampoun villages that practice funeral statuary ; if it is possible, you will rent a boat to go to the village of Ka Choan that has superb totems, if not we will reach it by jeep.  
      Dinner & night at the Lodge.


      Day 5:     : Ratanakiri Phnom Penh


      Early departure for a quick shopping tour in Banlung market before taking the plane back to Phnom-Penh You will welcome by our driver who will take you to hotel.
      Lunch at local restaurant
      In the afternoon, you will see Sorya Supermarket, the largest supermarket in Cambodia, and then continue to Russian market. (shopping tour without tour guide)
      Dinner at local restaurant.


      Day 6:     Transfer to air-port for international destination

      Note:This tour can be customized as you wish!
      Please email us for more information, we will be happy to assist you.

      Trek Rattanakiri tour - Rattanakiri Cambodia Tour -Phnom Penh City and Rattanakiri tour

      ALL TERM AND CONDITIONS:

      *** IN A GROUP OF 12 PAYING PAX UP, 1 T / L WILL BE FOC IN SHARING TWIN ROOM.

      *** THE RATE IS IN US DOLLARS AND THE PRICE OF 1 PAX (COLUMN) IS FOR STAYING IN SINGLE ROOM.

      CHILD POLICY:

      *** INFANT CHARGE 15 % OF PACKAGE COST.

      *** CHILD UNDER 12 YEARS OLD SHARING ROOM WITH TWO ADULTS WITHOUT EXTRA BED: 55 % OF PACKAGE COST.

      *** CHILD UNDER 12 YEARS OLD SHARING ROOM WITH TWO ADULTS WITH EXTRA BED: 80 % OF PACKAGE COST.

      *** CHILD UNDER 12 YEARS OLD SHARING ROOM WITH ONE ADULT: CHARGE 90 % OF PACKAGE COST.Price Includes:

      - Twin-shared/double rooms and daily breakfast
      - Private transfer with air-condition
      - English speaking guides (other languages are available upon request)
      - Meals as per program (B for Breakfast, L for Lunch and D for Dinner)
      - Admission fees
      - Bottled water

      Price Excludes:

      - Visa to Cambodia
      - Photograph & Camera fee. - International airfare & airport tax.
      - All personal expenses
      - Beverages during meals,
      - Telephone, laundry, tip

      CANCELLATION POLICY

      *** NO SHOW 100 % CHARGE.

      *** 15 DAYS 50% CHARGE.

      *** 20 DAYS UP NO CHARGE.

      PAYMENT TERM:

      *** THE TOTAL PAYMENT WILL BE SETTLED 1 MONTH IS FOR PRIOR THE ARRIVAL DATE OF THE GROUP.

       

      *** ALL PASENGER IN THE GROUP MUST ARRIVE AND DEPART TOGETHER.

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  • Why Car Rental Is A Comfortabl Why Car Rental Is A Comfortable Mode Of Transportation?

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      The daily hustle bustle, the logjam of the roads and traffic commotion are an intimate part of everyone’s life in a metropolitan city such as Delhi. But despite all the traffic snarls and mad rush, the city of Delhi remains a dream destination for the locals as well as the foreigners. And like any other major city, travel lies at the heart of it which keeps the city’s heart beating and alive. But if you are planning to explore the city or have to commute on a regular basis, you can opt for smart way of travelling through the means of Car Rental in Delhi. You can save yourself from all the traffic hassles and just relax & enjoy the mesmerizing city.

      Let’s delve deeper into what makes this mode of transportation more preferable compared to public & private ones. Public transports though economical are not at all comfortable and leave you completely exhausted. People in major cities like Delhi don’t mind shelling out some extra money in order to make their travelling more comfortable. If you opt for private transportation, though it might ease out the travelling but it also will surely burn a hole in the pocket. Apart from bearing the cost of the vehicle you will also have to pay for the fuel prices and the maintenance of the vehicle. Car rental is a service that combines the best of both the worlds by providing the comfort of a private transportation at an affordable costing.

      These companies offer a wide range of travelling options which are also readily available. From budget cars to luxury cars, there is something for everyone. The chauffeurs provided are well versed with the knowledge about the city they are driving in and also professionally trained. They also fill in for the role of a guide and a friend for those who not familiar with the city especially foreign tourists.

      Inexpensive, convenient and appealing, car rental offers numerous benefits over public and private transportation. Visit popular destination spots or the least visited sections of the city without worrying about the directions or burning a hole in the pocket. Many reputed Rental companies in Delhi have come up which are providing their services on a national level. The travel industry has witnessed a significant growth in such car hire agencies which still continues to grow.

      If you are wondering for the reliability of such car rental agencies then fret no more. The companies ensure that their vehicles are in good running condition and also provide with immediate replacement in case of a breakdown. Most of the cars are also fully equipped with destination guides, GPS technology & handy route maps.

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  • Holiday Apartments in Tel Aviv Holiday Apartments in Tel Aviv: Make Your Vacation Extra Special

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      Tel Aviv is a progressive city with a rich past. It is also located in a country that has a very interesting role in the world’s most influential religions. Touring this city simply means enjoying the best of what a modern metropolis can offer while giving you a glimpse of historical heritage that goes back to the time of Christ. This interesting mix of elements is what makes Tel Aviv truly unique among the many popular destination cities in the world. But how can you make your stay in Tel Aviv more special and meaningful? Rent your very own holiday apartment!


      Holiday apartments in Tel Aviv are all over town and that is good news. There are just some things you need to carefully consider before booking a vacation rental. First of all know just how much you are willing to spend on your very own address in the city. There are luxury apartments that boast all the amenities you can ever think of with spacious rooms and stunningly beautiful interiors. But this can also cost you a lot. Create a checklist of the amenities you really need, the number of rooms you want, and other services you might need to have access to while in the property. This can help you stay within your budget and even help you trade off some amenities to serve your budget best.


      Another very important consideration is the location of your holiday apartment. It is of course common sense that it should be located right at the heart of the city but to make it more specific to your needs, you need to identify first the things you want to see and do while in the city. Are you into shopping? What kind of shopping do you wish to do? These are only some questions that can help you identify the best places you can look for an apartment. Whether you want to shop for locally designed haute couture, antique items, or just about anything (like flea market items) you can be sure to find the perfect vacation rental that is just a stone throw’s away from the nearest top shopping spots in the city.


      One of the best advantages of Tel Aviv apartment rental is the unique chance for a guest like you to have neighbors that grew up in Tel Aviv. What can you get from local folks on the other side of your street? One of the most special things locals can offer you is conversations. These casual talks give you a better understanding of the city and its people. Talking to a Tel Aviv resident beats reading travel blogs about Tel Aviv. Staying in a holiday apartment puts you where the people are and this provides you with avenues to engage them regularly. In time you can build relationships like how a new resident does it. You go above and beyond tourism and become part of the city itself.

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  • What are the Places to visit i What are the Places to visit in Paris

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      Paris one of the most romantic cities in the world has been luring people across the world with its historical charms .The great structures built depicts the engineering prowess of French. The beautiful city of the world is divided into 20 Arrondissements for administrative convenience. The famous destinations in Paris, Eiffel towers, louvre museum, Notre Dame, Pantheon … are situated in the first eight arrondisements of the city.

      People visit the city of lights, for its artistic and historical attractions and come back again and again because one can never seem to take it all in. Whether you wish to visit the Paris city for the art galleries, beautiful gardens, or to take a boat cruise down the Seine River, you will never be disappointed. With the major development in the tourism sector, Paris apartment vacation rentals have become the best accommodation centres in the tourism industry.

      Many people may not be able to afford to stay in the five star hotels or some luxurious hotels. But with luxury Paris vacation rentals, everyone who loves visiting new places can afford easily.

      The top best places to be seen in Paris are :

      Eiffel Tower

      The Eiffel Tower - an iconic structure of the world in Paris can be seen from any corner of the city. Make sure to visit this tower if you are in Paris. Originally the tallest structure in the world the Eiffel Tower stands 1063 feet (or 324 meters) tall, built between 1887 and 1889. It isn't simply just a building in Paris, France, it depicts the French artistic talent. Frequently throughout history, some of the best artists in the world are French. Getting into Paris apartment vacation rentals to visit Paris makes you feel like a Parisian.

      Lourve

      The Louvre art museum in 1st Arrondissement of Paris city is the most attractive tourist location and worlds largest museum with a collection of thousands of objects. The museum contains a rare collection of world class art forms. Initially, it was a fortress built for protecting Paris from external threat in 12th century A.D. by King Philippe Auguste. Later, with major reconstructions carried out by subsequent kings, it was modified to a luxurious palace. After the French revolution in 1793 the Palace was renovated to the museum and made open to public.

      The museum displays world famous artist Leonardo DA Vinci’s "Mona Lisa” can be viewed just staying a close to the museum in Paris apartment rental vacations. The pyramid glass structure stands in the courtyard was built in 1988 as part of the renovation plan Grand Lourve started in 1983. The historical significance of the museum have had always been a favorite destination for art lovers and tourists around the world. It is estimated that around 8 million people visit the museum every year.

      Arc De Triumphe

      Arc De Triumph commemorates war heroes of the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars. It was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806. Unfortunately the work was halted due to invasion and unusual circumstances. Inside the walls of this historical monument 555 military general names are inscribed who died in Napoleon and French wars. This historic centre in 1st Arrondisement communicates the struggle and heroic efforts of French soldiers with the visitors.

      Less Halles

      Less Halles traditional market served the needs of trade for more than 800 years in Paris, was dismantled due to over congestion in the city. To fill the gap created by the central market and avoid the congestion Forum des Halles a huge shopping mall was built with the underground Chatelet - Les Halles, metro station. The shopping mall opening area has a hallow garden with sculptures, fountains and Mosaic art forms which acts a tourist and shopping place for the new visitors. Over seven hundred thousand, commute through this metro station.

      Tuileries Garden

      Tuileries Garden the most famous and old gardens of France, where most of Parisians visit with their families to spend their leisure time in the evenings. This garden was built in 1564, but was made open to public in 1667 and after French revolution it was declared as a public park.

      Chateau of Versailles

      The Palace of Versailles known as Château de Versailles was built under many kings reign, the famous Louis Xiv has showed much interest in it. The great piece of architecture and brilliant interior designing, with 700 rooms, 1250 fireplaces, 67 staircases, 2000 windows and 1800 acres of beautiful gardens this seems like a heaven on earth. Once the home to the King which was converted into the museum. Restrooms are available for tourists, if not you can look for luxurious Paris vacation rentals where you can enjoy the feel of being locals and experience the taste of famous French dishes.

      Notre Dame Cathedral

      Notre Dame Cathedral a fine example of gothic architecture. It is one of the most awe inspiring sites in Europe with its stained glass, statues, dramatic towers, and spire to be found in the heart of Paris city itself. It took over hundred years to complete construction of the Cathedral. It is one of the famous religious centres in Paris.

      Musee D'Orsay

      The famous Musee D'Orsay developed from a railway station in Paris was opened to the public from 1986. Now it is the repository of paintings and famous artworks. There are around 1000 pieces of art in its collection and 12000 photographs on display. Luxurious Paris vacation rentals near the museum saves your journey time allows you to see arts from the nouveau era and slightly and many art forms.

      To visit the best places in the romantic city of France one need not spend much money on costly five star hotels. One can easily visit all the place by staying in luxurious Paris vacation rentals, which gives the great experience to mingle with the local culture and taste.

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  • Inside world of Son Doong Inside world of Son Doong

  • SUNRISE OVER HALONG BAY SUNRISE OVER HALONG BAY

    • From: activetravelasia
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      Written by Jenmodelm
      We all waited and waited for the sun to rise over the giant rock mountains. It was nearly 6:30am before the sun peaked over the rocks.It was a glorious magnificent sunrise.
      Sunrise from the boat…a lovely sight.

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

      After breakfast we had to be checked out of our rooms by 9am so the boat men could get ready for the next tour. We were stopping by the floating village. We were greeted by the sound of blasting techno dance club type music coming from somebody’s shack. It was so odd. We got in groups of four and ladies came in small wooden row boats to take us around the small village of 300 people; the biggest floating village in halong bay. They even had a little floating primary school. Most parents don’t want their children to go to the city to get more education because it costs money and they want them to stay and hell fish.
      The wooden houses floated on large ice chest sized styrofoam or big blue plastic tanks the size of a beer keg. Few people smiled or waved. I think there’s mixed feelings of tourists snapping away photos and strolling through their little village. They have to get at least one tour group a day– minimum. It’s low season here I’m Vietnam too. Our tour guide also said some local people are not so thrilled about the tourists visiting and have been doing so for the last sight years now. The people moved from the mainland to the floating villages because there is more fish available out in the open waters, they don’t have to pay taxes and they prefer the lifestyle.
      After seeing the floating village we had two and a half hours back to the mainland. While most people took refuge in the shade I relaxed on the Sundeck soaking in the suns rays and view. Even though our boat went very slow and the scenery was similar I enjoyed soaking as much of it in as I could. I was so relaxed I failed to put sunscreen on my tummy.
      A local  fishing boat in the bay
      Once back on the mainland we had a quick transfer to our ethnic travel van and an hour drive north towards the Chinese border. We would depart from another Fishing port to our next destination. A small long skinny island with essentially no tourists but ourselves.We had seafood lunch on the boat. Always so good.
      A local rows a boat in the bay. Many locals still live and work on the water in the bay.
      We were able to kayak one more time, although this time much less impressive than the first. There were no large rock formations or caves to go under.Instead it seemed we were kayaking in a big lake. It was strange to think it was still actually the ocean. We went for a quick swim and jumped off the boat being careful not to get stung by any jellyfish.
      Kayaking is a great way to get up close.
      The boat continued on for another hour and we sat on the roof of the boat watching the sun set. It was glorious. The sun was just a bright orange ball. Like a Japanese sun in Vietnam. It was really stunning.We arrived at the pier and it was nearly dark. Two tuk tuk scooters picked us up to our homestay.
      Sunset in the bay left a golden glow. A great reason to do an overnight junk boat.
      I was surprised to get my own room. Unlike the homestays in sapa where mattresses are set side by side, our tour guide said that ethnic travel paid for this family’s Home to be extended into.More of a guesthouse. They wouldn’t make any Money for three years to pay off the house,Thereafter they would make money from it. The family is retired, so they seemed happy to be doing it.
      Dinner was served at 7 and we helped to make fresh spring rolls with thin rice paper. Afterwards they were fried and ever so fresh and hot. Soo good! I also noticed that our leftover rice from lunch was being dried on the roof of the boat. They used it to make this amazing popcorn- tasting dried rice with corn. Never had anything like it.
      After one beer at dinner and a full belly I was sapped. I called bed time at 9. Took a shower and Crashed just a little before 10.
      ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like to recommend  Kayaking Halong Bay tour. Halong Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, covers an area of 1500 square km. with more than a thousand limestone peaks soaring from its crystalline emerald water. The calm sea provides an ideal location for sea kayaking as we paddle through a maze of islets amid dramatic natural scenery. With our modern kayaking equipment, we are able to maximize on speed and maneuverability as we explore the open sea and the many hidden lagoons and stalagmite caves that are difficult to access by any other means. After a day of paddling we unwind on our boat and enjoy dinner. This tour offers longer kayaking expedition of Halong Bay. We will paddle amongst islets, visit hidden caves, lagoons, unspoiled beaches, floating fishing village and talk with local fishman. 
      Highlights: 

       

      • Amazing limestone formations
      • Inclusive junk for overnight
      • Beautiful and different kayaking route
      • Support boat all the time
      • All meals included
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  • 9 Stunning Landscapes of Vietn 9 Stunning Landscapes of Vietnam

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      At just three percent of the land mass of the United States, what most surprised me during our time in Vietnam was the diversity of the scenery. From white sand beaches and turquoise water to black rock forests and mountains that hug the clouds, here are some of the most amazing landscapes we came across.
      With a coastline of over 2025 miles, it's no surprise that Vietnam has a ton of beautiful beaches. And when the rest stop during your bus trip looks like this, you don't have much to complain about.
      Rest stops in Vietnam are sometimes on beautiful beaches
      The biggest beach destination in Vietnam is likely the town of Nha Trang, which boasts all day boat tours and all night parties. If you're missing Miami while in SE Asia, this is the closest we found. The beach in the main town is pretty nice, but the offshore islands are where you want to head if you're looking to snorkel or dive. With perfect visibility, good quality coral, and thousands of multicolored fish flitting about, having a great day is easy, especially since the all day island-hopping tour costs approximately $6.
      Great beach for snorkeling near Nha Trang
      But Vietnam's coastline isn't all sparkling white sand and clear blue water. Our favorite coastal landscape was the sand dunes around Mui Ne, which come in both red and white varieties. Whether you jump, run, or slide, it's hard not to let the beauty of the dunes overwhelm you. Stretching for what seems like miles, the dunes are something you'd expect to find in Africa. Instead, they're here, only a few minutes away from one of the best places in the world to learn to kitesurf.
      Red sand dunes of Mui Ne
      Most countries with a coastline have beaches, but they don't all have rice terraces, especially ones that look like this.
      Rice terraces of Sapa
      The terraces in Sapa were carved over two thousand years ago by hand and are still inhabited primarily by the Black Hmong tribespeople. These mountain dwellers live off the land, planting and harvesting rice year in and year out in order to sustain their families.
      A Black Hmong man takes a break from working in the rice terraces outside of Sapa
      Tourists can explore the terraces by taking a multiday trekking tour with a Hmong guide. You'll stay in homestays run by the local villagers, get knee deep in mud, and appreciate rice way more than you ever have.
      Wide view of Sapa's rice terraces
      Further north and to the east of Sapa lies the unexplored Vietnam of the Ha Giang province. You need a permit to stay the night and a camera with lots of battery power to take all of the photos of the immense scenery that surrounds you as you drive by on your motorbike. The most beautiful part of the road, and arguably one of the most beautiful drives in the world, is the leg between Dong Van and Meo Vac. Here the road darts in and out of rock crevices and up and down mountains and valleys.
      Windy road in Northern Vietnam
      Children in traditional tribal outfits scream "hello" from above and below as they carry double their weight of sticks in bamboo baskets. Men wear high-necked black tunics and matching berets and women wrap electric pink scarves over their hair, giving the game of "I Spot" a whole new meaning.
      Rock forest in Northern Vietnam
      Perhaps the most quintessential scene of Vietnam is the floating limestone karst formations of Halong Bay. Best seen on a multi-day boat tour, these rocks rise out of the still water and emerge through the mist forming, if you look hard enough, the shape of a descending dragon. At least that's what the locals tell you, and how Halong Bay gets its name. Kayaking through some of these formations is a must, as is sitting back on your boat tour and letting the scenery and mist envelop you.
      Kayaking Halong Bay
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      ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like recommend Motorcycling adventure in Northern Vietnam  tour.The mountainous area of Northern Vietnam has long been famous for its beautiful scenery and great diversity of ethnic minorities. With our adventure motorcycling trip you will make a big loop to experience all the bests that area can offer. Starting in Hanoi you will explore Northwest before jumping into Northeast, back to Hanoi after a day relaxing in Ba Be Lake. The perfect itinerary and the support crew ensure you get the most out of the trip in terms of comfort, enjoyment and adventure. Along the way we encounter dramatic landscapes and sweeping panoramas as the rural population goes about its business. Highlights include the terraced valleys of Sapa, beautiful Ban Gioc Waterfall and many different colorful minority groups.
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  • The Best Things to Do In Vietn The Best Things to Do In Vietnam

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      Vietnam is one of favorite places in Asia. So much history, so much natural beauty, and the Vietnamese people themselves are renowned for their graciousness and good cheer.

      A hopeful current is buzzing throughout much of the country, and it's a thrill to watch the chaos and order play out their yin and yang amidst honking horns, noodle stands, crumbling colonial remnants and high-rises. Here is the list of the best things to do in Vietnam.

      #6 -- Access ethic tribal minorities at villages nestled in the lush hills near Sapa, and share a cup of tea with locals in their rustic mountain homes.

      #5 -- Hanoi city tour to the Old Quarter & enjoy Hanoi street food.

      Hanoi Old Quarter Street Food Tour

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      #4 -- Take a private cooking class with a gourmet chef to learn about Vietnamese cuisine.

      #3 -- Navigate the alleyways of the ancient port town of Hoi An by bicycle, to explore the syncretic cultural influences of Southeast Asia's most important port from the 17th through 19th centuries.

      #2 -- Cruise the waterways of the Mekong Delta to glimpse the timeless rural scenes of farmers working the fertile land and fishermen with their nets. Stop in a home to see them making rice paper, one at a time, with a ladle and griddle.

      #1 -- Take a private overnight cruise through Halong Bay on a restored junk, a traditional Chinese sailboat. This bay is on anyone's short list for the greatest natural scenery in Asia. From sea kayaking into caves to visiting locals in their fishing villages on tucked-away islands, Halong Bay is a must on any trip to Vietnam.

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  • Ultimate Road Trip: Vietnam's Ultimate Road Trip: Vietnam's Northern Loop

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      Written by Adam Hodge 
      Anyone who has been to this country (and even some of those who haven't) will no doubt be skeptical about the words "Vietnam" and "road trip" in the same sentence. It's true: In a city like Hanoi, the traffic can make you freeze up like an opossum. But outside of the cities, where vehicles are few and far between, the scenery is unforgettable, the culture vibrant, and the road trip experience unparalleled.
      Driving the legendary Northwest Loop is the best way to get a glimpse of the rural side of a country in the throes of relentless, voracious development. In the less-visited north, you can explore the Vietnam of rice terraces, karst formations draped in verdant jungle, purple mountains, and thundering waterfalls.
      START IN HANOI

       
      Hanoi
      The Northwest Loop begins in Hanoi. If you're going to tackle this route in a car or truck, it's best to get a 4WD. Most of the route is sealed, but heavy rains can occasionally wash small rocks and debris onto the road in the mountains. And speaking of rain, since you're in the mountains all bets are off when it comes to the weather. It's true that Vietnam's dry season runs from October until April, but if you try this during "rainy" season in the summer months you can still get away with it. And remember, as you get higher up, the temperature will drop, so you may use both the A/C and the heater in the same trip.
      But be warned, the small twisty roads were drawn into the hills for the pleasure (and ease) of two-wheeled travel. The trip can be done on a 125 cc semi-automatic "motoscooter," which are incredibly easy for even non-riders to get a handle on quickly. You can rent one in Hanoi for less than $10 a day from an outfitter like Flamingo Travel, who provides helpful English-language service. Flamingo also provides guided tours for those who don't want to tackle the country alone.

      HIT THE OPEN ROAD

      After you've explored Hanoi's bustling Old Quarter (the Essence Hanoi is a great boutique hotel option) and filled up on Hanoi's legendary street food, it's time to brave the traffic on the highway from hell out of the city. This is a straight-shot, get-it-over-with drive to the first stopover. Look on the bright side: You will never again complain about traffic back home. Just under 30 miles southwest of Hanoi on Highway 6, you'll have the chance to turn left onto a skinny two-lane secondary road. Take it! This is what you've come for. The road weaves its way through rice terraces, bypassing the truck-heavy main drag. You'll meet up with H6 again soon enough, which you'll take the rest of the way to Mai Chau.
      Motorcycling Mai Chau
      Once in Mai Chau, take a day or two to explore the surrounding countryside, which is home to many of the White Tai ethnic minority. The lush, rice paddy-filled valley is a world away from the noise of Hanoi, the horns and hawker shouts replaced with gurgling irrigation rustling leaves. Here you'll find one of the best accommodation options in northern Vietnam: the terrific Mai Chau Lodge.
      When you leave Mai Chau, you will follow weaving valley roads and mountain switchbacks up H6 to Son La. The journey is not far, but you will stop so frequently to take in the view, so budget extra time. A good idea is to break up the day with pit stops in the small towns you'll find on the way, where you can refill with Vietnamese iced coffee or pho.

      CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

      After Son La, you can head directly to the big city in the north, Sapa, but you'd be wise to head to Dien Bien Phu on the QL279 turnoff instead, where you can view the site of one of the most decisive and game-changing military victories in modern history. DBP is where the French rule of Vietnam came to an ignominious end—think Custer's Last Stand in Indochina. Walk around Hill A-1, and then visit the ranks of unmarked graves in the war cemeteries. It's a grim reminder of the war-torn history of the beautiful surroundings.
      Motorcycling Northern Vietnam
      On to Sapa, the center of northern Vietnam. A former French hill station, the town overlooks a valley of waterfalls and rice paddies, and frequently finds itself in puffy white fog as clouds roll into the town center. This is great place for trekking and mountain biking. Trekking Sapa leads multi-day tours around the area, showing off the natural beauty and the culture of the local Hmong hill tribes. For a place to stay, try Thai Binh Sapa.
      Motorcycling Northern Vietnam
       
      It will take a solid day to drive back to Hanoi from Sapa, so it's wise to break up the trip into two pieces, sleeping the LaVieVuLinh ecolodge homestay near Thac Ba Lake on the way back. If you have time, though, spend an extra couple of days and head east to Ba Be National Park. This remarkable area is up for UNESCO status as a World Heritage Site, but is seldom visited because it is tough to access using public transportation. The park plays host to countless species of fauna, including bears, tigers, and the king cobra. Stay in one of the stilt-house homestays in Pac Ngoi village, which cozies up to the shores of Ba Be Lake, the freshwater centerpiece of the park.

       

      ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA would like recommend Motorcycling West to East Northern Vietnam tour.This motorcycling trip reveals a different route to get from Son La to Thac Ba. It offers adventurous riders stunning scenery and great tribal culture exploration. The route is not yet popular thus you do not share the roads with other tourist but mainly share the roads with the locals who are on their Honda to the farm. The perfect itinerary and the support crew ensure you get the most out of the trip in terms of comfort, enjoyment and adventure.
      Highlights: 
       
      •     Stunning scenery
      •     Challenging roads
      •     Thac Ba Reservoir
      •     Colorful ethnic minorities
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  • Riding Vietnam's mountainous n Riding Vietnam's mountainous north

    • From: activetravelasia
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      We're on an eight-day motorcycling tour of north-eastern Vietnam, riding Honda XR250 trail bikes across the valleys and over the mountain passes of Ha Giang province and through the wild, remote and rarely visited mountainous "frontier lands" along the Chinese border, where roads are narrow, winding and steep, and the scenery is truly breathtaking.
      ROADS TO HAPPINESS: One of the group's motorcyclists in the mountainous Ha Giang province.
      It's a ride-it-yourself adventure, but we have two guides, Linh and Thon, who know where they are going, which is just as well, because we're having enough trouble just negotiating the traffic. Many of these "small ways and snake roads" - so called because of their sinuous shape rather than any abundance of serpents - aren't on the tourist maps and are definitely off the tourist trail.
      Linh and Thon also know how to carry out roadside repairs, skills that prove useful more than once. There are 12 of us in our group - nine experienced riders and three pillion passengers. We've known each other for years and most of us have travelled together before on various motorcycling road trips.
      But as we gather on the second-storey terrace of a Hanoi bar the day before we set off, our nonchalance starts to dissipate while studying the chaotic traffic that swirls below us, trying to determine whether there is any method in the madness (there's not!), counting crashes and watching first-time visitors to Hanoi with fear at the prospect of crossing the road.
      It's a bit of a blur, but somehow we manage to get out of Hanoi in one piece, and it's not long before we find ourselves riding along back roads beside rice paddies and meandering rivers, sharing the road with tractors, buffalo, dogs, chickens and ox-drawn carts, along with the stream of bicycles and motorbikes.
      As we ride through the villages and towns, we're treated like rock stars, kids and adults alike grinning, waving and calling out hello. At first we think it's because they don't get many visitors in these parts, which is true, but then we realise it's because we're riding bikes that are monsters compared with the tiny 50cc-150cc bikes and scooters they ride, and even the petrol station attendants can't resist climbing on our bikes to pose for photos whenever we stop to fill up.
      It may also be because we are somewhat overdressed - in Kevlar-reinforced jeans, protective riding jackets, leather boots, gloves and full-face helmets - compared with the locals in their sandals, short sleeves and nifty little hard hats with special holes at the back for ponytails - but I have no desire to experience a Vietnamese road-base exfoliation. Miraculously, in eight days and 1200 kilometres of rough riding, our group of 12 experiences only three tumbles, and none results in any injuries.
      We ride between 160 kilometres and 180 kilometres each day, which doesn't sound much - at home we ride that far just for fun on a Sunday morning - but at an average speed of about 40kmh, often less, it takes all day. By our third day, we've relaxed into the rhythm of the roads, have more or less got our heads around the organic nature of the traffic flow, and are high on the exhilaration (and adrenalin) of riding some of the world's best (and most challenging) motorcycling roads up and over countless mountain passes, the summits shrouded in mist, the deep-sided river valleys terraced with rice paddies, the distance filled with sawtooth ranges receding as far as the eye can see.
      One road in particular has us spellbound, the aptly named Road to Happiness from Ha Giang to Meo Vac via Dong Van, which includes the famous Ma Pi Leng Pass, a stretch so precipitous that workers had to be tethered to the cliffsides during its construction in the early 1960s.
      We eat lunch in cafes, throwing our scraps on the floor, along with everyone else's, and stop at roadside stalls for sweet milky coffee and fruit dipped in chilli and salt. When our seats become too hard or the view too beautiful to ignore, we pull over for a rest, which often ends up attracting a crowd, thanks to the wannabe magician in the group - he only knows one trick but it never fails to delight the local kids.
      We stretch our legs at village markets, where we rub shoulders with men in indigo suits and women in colourful embroidered costumes who have travelled in from remote mountain villages, usually on foot with heavy loads strapped to their backs, along the same steep roads we are riding.
      We spend our nights throwing back shots of lethal local rice wine with our homestay hosts before bedding down on mattresses on the floor beneath mosquito nets in one large communal room built on stilts, infinitely more comfortable than the few local hotels we stay at with the rock-hard beds they favour in northern Vietnam.
      At Ban Gioc waterfall we take a short ride on a bamboo raft and get so close to China we can chat to Chinese tourists on the other side, but Vietnam and China aren't exactly best mates, so we're warned not to step ashore on Chinese territory. The next day we get caught in a never-ending line of trucks carrying cheap goods across the border on a dusty road still under construction, which in Vietnam is no impediment to travel. You just weave your way around the road crews and hope like hell a road exists on the other side.
      By the time we get back to Hanoi we're road weary and ready to stop - eight days and 1200 kilometres is a long time to spend perched on a wire rack, even with a tower of cushions on top - but if you want to see, smell, hear, touch and really experience Vietnam, mixing it with the locals from behind the handlebars of a motorbike is about as full on as you can get.
      Need to know
      Riding a motorcycle in Vietnam is a high-risk activity. Check that your travel insurance covers motorcycling and be aware that as a foreigner you will be expected to pay compensation (in cash and probably on the spot) in the event of an accident, even if you are not at fault.
      It is not possible to get a temporary Vietnamese driving licence on a tourist visa, but an international driving permit (available from the NRMA) is usually accepted by police — although, officially, no foreign licence is valid in Vietnam, and harsh penalties (determined by the police) can apply for riding or driving without a licence.
      Trip notes
      Touring there from ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA
      The mountainous area of Northern Vietnam has long been famous for its beautiful scenery and great diversity of ethnic minorities. With our adventure motorcycling trip you will make a big loop to experience all the bests that area can offer. Starting in Hanoi you will explore Northwest before jumping into Northeast, back to Hanoi after a day relaxing in Ba Be Lake. The perfect itinerary and the support crew ensure you get the most out of the trip in terms of comfort, enjoyment and adventure. Along the way we encounter dramatic landscapes and sweeping panoramas as the rural population goes about its business. Highlights include the terraced valleys of Sapa, beautiful Ban Gioc Waterfall and many different colorful minority groups.
      Motorcycling adventure in Northern Vietnam 
      Hanoi - Mai Chau - Son La - Dien Bien Phu - Sapa – Hagiang – Bao Loc – Cao Bang – Ban Gioc – Ba Be – Lang Son – Hanoi
      14-day trip with 12-day motorcycling
      Motorcycling grade: Moderate
      Highlights
       
      • Stunning scenery
      • Stunning Pha Din Pass and Tram Ton Pass
      • Terraced valley of Sapa
      • Ban Gioc Waterfall
      • Babe Lake
      • Colorful ethnic minorities
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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
      Highlights 
       
      • 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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  • A Fun Journey from Your Paris A Fun Journey from Your Paris Apartment Rental

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      Rouge et Noir 26 rue Vavin is a perfect destination when you set out from your Paris rental apartment with an eye toward hearing some bells and whistles – literally. Paris apartment vacation rentals give you access to shops where locals go, and Rouge et Noir, a classic toy store that sells a wide selection of board games, card games, and a multitude of toy selections is no exception.

      When you rent an apartment in Paris, it may be more than a question of gifts, a rainy day in a hotel room can be boring, but with your Vacation apartment rental, you can enjoy one of those board games for an afternoon before heading out for dinner. .Chic toys for all ages may this shop a special destination from you rental apartment in Paris.

      And speaking of noise, line up at Oysho 144 rue de Rennes for some fireworks when you selecty from this Japanese brand of lingerie, pajamas and women’s clothing. With prices ranging from 10 to 20 euros, you can find some great stuff for linger around your Paris rental apartment. No one will be bored, board games or not! Pizzazz, sizzle, and fun, your rental apartment in Paris is just the beginning.

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  • ACROSS NORTHERN VIETNAM ON TWO ACROSS NORTHERN VIETNAM ON TWO WHEELS

    • 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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  • Ten Reasons why Phuket Should Ten Reasons why Phuket Should be on your Bucket List

    • From: melldee
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      Attracting young and old, adventurous and relaxation-seeking tourists alike, Phuket has something for everyone. And at less than eight hours from most Australian cities, it’s easily within reach. There are hundreds of reasons why Australians head back to Thailand’s best-loved destination year after year- but here are 10 of the best to whet your appetite.


      1. Buddhist Temples

      Religion is an important part of life in Phuket and the rest of Thailand. To truly immerse yourself in their culture, a visit to at least one of the many Buddhist temples is essential. There are over 40 beautiful Buddhist temples across Phuket, with the most visited being Wat Chalong and Wat Khao Rang. The Phuket Big Buddha is another huge attraction (literally); and at over 45 metres high it’s hard to miss!


      2. Songkran Festival

      Each year the Phuket locals take part in a giant water fight - known as Songkran Festival - and no one’s too young or too old to join in on the fun. With people hiding round corners with super soakers and throwing water bombs from balconies on unsuspecting victims, this is one wet and wild reason to head to Phuket.


      3. More than just beaches and sunshine

      Away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist areas of Phuket you’ll find some of the most beautiful and pristine rainforest in the world. Nearly 70 per cent of Phuket is mountainous so as you can imagine, the scenery is dramatic and perfect for adventurous travellers.


      4. Elephant trekking

      Forget horse-riding, elephant riding is where it’s at in Phuket. It might not be the smoothest ride and it’s certainly not for anyone with a fear of heights, but it is one very cool way to get around. There are a variety of places to go on an elephant trek, both along the coastline and inland amongst dense jungle and spectacular mountain scenery.


      5. It’s always warm in Phuket

      Winter simply doesn’t exist in Phuket - well not in the normal sense of the word (their cool season still averages around 30 degrees Celsius). There is a wet season between May and November, which is the cheapest time to travel to Phuket, but you can still leave your jackets and scarves at home.


      6. Phuket is made up of 33 islands

      Sometimes you just want to escape reality for a day or two. From the main Phuket Island you are in easy reach of dozens of isolated tropical islands where you can have your own piece of paradise. While some of the islands, such as James Bond Island, can get very busy, there are plenty that will offer you a more secluded experience, particularly during off-peak seasons.


      7. Exciting night life on Bangla Road

      Not for the faint-hearted, Bangla Road in the city of Patong is a party-goers paradise. The moment the sun goes down, Patong comes to life. From live music venues to cabaret shows and everything in between, you’ll never forget a night out in Patong.


      8. Postcard-Perfect Sunsets

      Sunsets are always pretty, but Phuket consistently has some of the most photogenic in the world. With rugged islands jutting from the water and longtail boats silhouetted against the orange sunset, you’ll see why many locals and tourists give a round of applause as the sun goes down.


      9. The Food

      If you thought your local Thai restaurant served up a mouth-watering feast, wait until you try the real deal. Not only will you find authentic, fresh Thai food on every corner, but at just a few dollars for a typical meal you’ll have change left for dessert (and a sneaky Singha beer)!


      10. The Beaches

      There are beaches and then there are Phuket beaches. Across Phuket you’ll find more than 15 major beaches and dozens more secluded ones to discover. From the bustling and bar-lined Patong Beach to the more relaxed and romantic beaches of Karon and Kata in the north of the island, you’ll quickly find your favourite.

       

      Thanks to the girls, Melissa and Lara who flew to Phuket via Virgin Airlines for this guest post.

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  • Ten Tips for london Ten Tips for london

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      Ten Tips for London

       

      London is one of the world's great cities. It has been almost continuously inhabited for over 2000 years and was the epicentre of the worlds largest empire for three centuries. Generations of wealthy Londoners with philanthropic inclinations have resulted in today's magnificent collection of public buildings. Creative reuse of resources and enlightened urban planning have resulted in a superb transit system. For North Americans there is no, or at worst only a small, language barrier to overcome. Do not be offended, for example, if someone asks you what time you would like to be knocked up. London is not inexpensive however. Here are ten tips to help keep your London trip on track and under budget..

       

      EasyHotels

       

      EasyHotel is a chain of budget priced hotels which has five locations in London These hotels are tremendously inexpensive by European standards. Our South Kensington room in Central London, which was only two blocks from a tube station, cost 47 pounds per night including tax. Locations are usually found in renovated older buildings. The rooms are spartan. Bathrooms are constructed of acrylic material . Wall Panels and ceilings are made of plastic panels. Amenities that are expected in hotel rooms like closets, chairs and coat hangars will not be found. Room cleaning, windows, television and Wifi are all extra cost items. If you are looking for a relaxing haven to retreat to from the bustle of London look elsewhere. If you are seeking a clean, quiet, inexpensive place to sleep at night give EasyHotel a try. The website is at http://www.easyhotel.com.

       

      Transit

       

      Visitors arriving at Heathrow can get their first experience with London transit by taking the tube (subway/light rail) to the city centre. An unlimited travel pass for central London, covering bus and tube travel will cost 7 pounds per day. This pass is available after 9:30 a.m. when the morning rush has subsided . If your stay in London will be 4 days or longer, get a weekly pass for 28 pounds. These circumvent the 9:30 a.m. restriction as well. A passport size photo is required for the weekly pass so bring a spare one with you. Tube transport is very efficient but the perspective from the top of a |London double decker bus is unique. Get on one going in your direction. You can always use the tube to get where you are going after you get lost on the bus.

       

      Phones.

       

      There is no need to get burned by mobile telephone roaming charges here. To take advantage of low European telephone rates make sure that your GSM phone is unlocked before you get here. If you don't have a GSM phone, unlocked refurbished units are available for under $100.00 in Canada. If smart phone type capability is required, get one that is equipped with Wifi. Upon arrival in London go to the first mobile telephone store that you see and purchase a SIM card and some phone time. On this visit I went with the Mobile provider Lebara. The SIM card was 5:00 pounds and talk and text airtime was another 5:00. Rates vary depending on call type, but the airtime was sufficient for 100 minutes calling a local land line. Calls to another Lebara subscriber were free which is worth noting if travelling in a group. Lebara coverage was good in London and adequate outside the city.

       

       

      Leicester Square/Covent Garden/Piccadilly Circus

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      The area containing Leicester Square (pronounced Lester), Covent Garden and Piccadilly circus is the centre of tourist activity in London. Tourists from all over the world congregate here. Buskers are a regular feature of the area and they occasionally compete for attention with movie stars at Leicester Square premieres. Covent Garden, the historical site of a fruit and vegetable market, hosts shops and restaurants today. Piccadilly Circus is home to the National Gallery and is only a short walk from Horse Guards and Trafalgar Square..

       

      Theatre

       

      New Yorkers might disagree but London is the English speaking theatre capital of the world. Most of the plays that you have heard of played or are still playing here. The Phantom of the Opera is in it's 26th year of production. In and around Leicester Square are many outlets offering discounted tickets. Many of the people working the booths are theatre buffs who will take the time to help you make your selection. We enjoyed “Noises Off”, a British farce, seated 4 rows from the stage for 36 pounds at the Aldwych theatre.

       

      Pubs

       

      No visit is complete without a stop at a traditional British pub and they don't get much more traditional than Ye Olde Cheddar Cheese. Located in an alley called Wine Office Court off the north side of Fleet Street between Aldwych and Farringdon Road, Ye Olde Cheddar Cheese was rebuilt in 1667. People were a lot shorter in 1667 so if you are 5'9” or above, mind your head when visiting the ground level tap room or negotiating the stairs to the downstairs warren. The pub has a nice collection of draught beers by Smith. Beer is one of the few things in London that North Americans will not find terribly expensive.

       

      Hatchards

       

      The oldest bookstore in London is Hatchards which was founded in 1797 by John Hatchard and still occupies the same location. Do not expect to find dusty old tomes copied by a wizened monk in the 12th century here. Other than it's collection of books by and about Winston Churchill, Hatchards selection is much like that of any other upscale modern bookstore although with more signed copies than most. For book lovers the helpful knowledgeable staff, eclectic layout and the realization that you are treading the the same floors that Dickens probably walked on make the visit worthwhile.

       

      Speakers Corner

       

      For those not overly burdened by the concept of Political Correctness, Speakers Corner is worth a visit. It is in the Northeast Corner of Hyde Park near the Marble Arch tube station. The best time to visit is on a weekend afternoon but you might find someone with a soapbox and an agenda at other times as well. Anyone is free to speak their mind here and members of the audience are free to respond. These exchanges are usually good humoured and often quite witty. Historical figures who are reputed to have exercised their right to free speech here include Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin.

       

      English Breakfasts

       

      English Breakfasts are famous. The best place to get one is not in your hotel. You will need to find a gritty out of the way cafe that is frequented by locals. They are everywhere although harder to find in the more expensive areas. My current favourite is a hole in the wall cafe in the Hammersmith & City tube station in Hammersmith. These places typically charge between 5 to 7 pounds for selections of bacon, sausage, fried tomato, mushrooms, beans, eggs, potato, toast and coffee or tea. Entertainment is free. London humour is pointed, cynical and merciless. On my last visit two members of a local work crew were mocking a third who had achieved a hangover during an unsuccessful mating attempt. Try to contain your amusement just like the locals do.

       

      Museums and Galleries

      London hosts more than 200 museums and numerous art galleries. Many of these, like the British Museum and Tate Modern, are world reknowned. Others such as The Horse Guards Museum have a specific focus. Many offer free admission to their permanent collections. The best I visited were the British Museum, National Gallery and the Tate Modern. All of these fall into the free category.

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  • Bike Riding Through the Cambod Bike Riding Through the Cambodian Countryside

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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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  • Why You Need to Visit Vietnam Why You Need to Visit Vietnam

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      If you only have time to explore one country in Southeast Asia, choose VIETNAM!
      Let’s admit it, when it comes to travel, Vietnam gets a bit of a bad rep. Before coming here all I heard were stories of travel scams, robberies, aggressive touts, and warnings that I’d be treated like a walking dollar sign. I was beginning to wonder whether I even wanted to spend a full month in this country, but 31 days later as my Vietnamese visa is about to expire, I am sad to leave Vietnam behind.
      I’ll admit I’m relatively new to Southeast Asia, and have only covered three countries in the past three months, but Vietnam has left the strongest impression on me by far.
      So what makes Vietnam so special?
      A woman carried a yoke basket down the street in Hoi An, Vietnam
      The People
      The people are warm, kind, and love to laugh and smile. It is in this country where I have met some of the most caring locals.
      The central market in Hoi An, Vietnam
      When I was sick in Hoi An, it was the woman who runs the Green Moss restaurant who took it upon herself to get me all better. She prepared ginger tea with honey for me, gifted me with a mint balm to rub on my neck and my chest, urged me to wear a scarf to bed, and then checked up on me daily whenever she saw me cycling around town or eating at her restaurant.
      In Vietnam people have helped me when I looked lost, locals I met on a train have offered to show me around their hometowns (for free! Further proof that I’m not just a walking ATM), and business owners have been courteous to me even when I didn’t eat at their restaurant or didn’t take their tour.
      The Food
      Vietnam has been an explosion of flavours! Most dinners Sam and I have eaten in this country have been silent because we’ve both been gorging on local delicacies like the food in front of our plates is about to disappear. We’ve been known to order four different dishes in one go because there’s just so much new food to sample.
      Spring rolls, food in Vietnam
      Whether I was learning to cook Vietnamese food in a dim lit kitchen with no ventilation (picture beads of sweat running down my back and hopefully not onto my food), or enjoying a meal at a local farm in the outskirts of Hoi An, the food was spectacular.
      Some of my favourite dishes in this country have been bánh xèo (a rice flour pancake stuffed with pork, shrimp, onions and bean sprouts) and fresh spring rolls. Fresh, flavourful, healthy, filling – what else do you need in a meal?
      The Options
      Then there is the diversity that comes with travelling in such a big country. I can guarantee that Vietnam will not bore you with its possibilities!
      Mekong Delta, Vietnam
      Want to travel down the banks of the Mekong Delta and experience the chaos of vendors at work in a floating market? Do you want to get lost in Saigon’s back alleys as you go in search of the best pho? How about getting clothes custom made in Hoi An? Or can I interest you with a cruise of Ha Long Bay where you’ll be waking up to jagged karst mountains outside your boat? You could also spend your time in Hanoi drinking bia hoi at a little street side bar equipped with plastic children’s furniture? Or if you’re feeling a bit more culturally inclined, go for a hill trek in Sapa where you can do a home stay with the ethnic tribes that call this place home?
      If any of this sounds interesting, then you need to come to Vietnam already!
      Halong Bay, Vietnam
      I’ve spent the entire month in Vietnam saying things like,

      “I could totally live in Saigon. Sam, how would you like to come back to Saigon?”

      “I could totally stay in Hoi An longer. Sam, wanna stay in Hoi An longer?” (We extended our stay.)

      “Sam, wouldn’t it be fun to spend more time in Sapa? I think living here might be fun. No?”

      I can’t sing Vietnam’s praises high enough!
      I’m not saying that this country won’t pose its own set of challenges – you’ll encounter that wherever you go. However, if you’re glossing over Vietnam because of the negative things you’ve heard in the past, then you’re doing yourself a huge disfavour.
      Give Vietnam a chance, and it may just blow your mind.
      Find out more information about a travel agency offering adventure tours explore Vietnam: http://www.activetravelvietnam.com/
      By AUDREY 

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  • How to plan a Tibet trekking t How to plan a Tibet trekking tour

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      With the modernization of major cities of Tibet, travelers to Tibet cannot find original Tibetan taste. Many Tibetan people in cities live a modern life, wearing fashion clothes, using latest new mobiles. What you see is just out of your expectation. But making a Tibet trek to remote areas of Tibet, you will find the traditional Tibetan style. But you may ask how to plan a Tibet trekking tour? Just follow Tibettravel org, you will get a perfect answer.

       

      Where to Go

       

      The inaccessibility of many areas of Tibet offers lots of chance for travelers to do a trek in Tibet. Trekking from one holy site to another one or just around a sacred mount or lake in Tibet is the most popular trekking way in Tibet, for instance, trekking from Ganden Monastery to Samye Monastery or from Tsurphu Monastery to Yangpachen Monastery, or trekking around holy Mt. Kailash.

       

      Generally, Tibet trekking can be classified into Tibet pilgrimage trek, Tibet culture trekking and sightseeing trek, but most Tibet treks combine the three types together. During trekking in Tibet, you can visit sacred monasteries and other holy sites, view fabulous landscape of Tibet, drop a visit to a traditional Tibetan village, etc. 

       

      When to go 

       

      Tibet trekking is not feasible from December to March as the temperature goes very low and also the days become much shorter. During the snowfall not only the mountains are inaccessible but the highways that take you to the trail heads are blocked. Generally from April to October, the best time to travel to Tibet, is also great time to trekking in Tibet. Rain is not a problem for trekking in Tibet as it receives only little rain being in a rain shadow zone behind the Himalayas. Rather rainy season is the best time for trek, as the weather is mild and the ground in mountain valleys turn green and alpine flowers bloom in profusion.  

       

      Tibet Permits

       

      Depending on the area you hope to visit in Tibet, you may need as many as four different permits. Of course, Chinese visa is the first permit you should apply for. Then, Tibet Entry Permit issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau is a must for foreign travelers to travel to Tibet. Besides, Alien’s travel permit is required if you visit places outside Lhasa and military permit is needed for visiting militarily restricted areas of Tibet. These Tibet permits cannot cost you too much and are easy to get thanks for the new policy on Tibet travel permit 2013.   

       

      Equipment for Tibet trekking

       

      A trekking tour in Tibet is usually made at areas far away from main road and lack of tourist infrastructure, so you at least need a tent, a sleeping bag, and a stove to stay warm and well fed. All of these things can be purchased or rented in Lhasa, though quality may vary. White gas for western liquid fuel stoves is not available in Lhasa, though pressurized fuel canisters for canister stoves are found everywhere. Owners of multi-fuel stoves capable of burning regular unleaded will find gas stations in Lhasa. Ration 4-6 ounces of liquid fuel per person, per trekking day.

       

      Besides, warm clothing and a good pair of shoes are essential for a Tibet tour, and can be purchased in Lhasa, but the price is usually a little high at the tourist city. It is best to buy clothes and shoes in your hometown or big cities of mainland China. Waterproof, high-top hiking boots are better suited than ventilated low-top trekking shoes to the snow covered high mountain passes common on Tibetan trekking routes. Gaiters, knee high canvas leggings that attach to your boots, are extremely useful if snow gets above the ankle level.

       

      Food for trekking in Tibet

       

      Usually, there are no restaurants or shops on the trekking route. So you need to prepare food by yourself or hire a cook to prepare food for you. It is a good idea to bring enough food for your entire trekking tour. Though western style dehydrated "backpacker meals" are not available in Tibet, a wide variety of non-perishable foods at the local supermarkets makes it easy to eat well on your trek. Hot chocolate, dehydrated fruits, candy bars, and instant noodles make good staples. If your Tibet tour is long, it is best to hire a cook to cook food for you.  

       

      Drinking-water for Tibet trek

       

      Drinking large amounts of water is the most important key to beating the altitude. Tibet's backcountry is full of grazing yak, sheep, and goats so stream water must be treated before drinking. Lodine, chlorine, and mechanical filters are all good treatment options. Western filters cost a fortune in Lhasa, iodine isn't available anywhere in China or Tibet, and Chlorine tablets were in stock in limited quantities in Lhasa. Boiling water is effective, but Tibet's high altitude puts the boiling point lower. Bring water to a rolling boil for at least a minute before drinking.

       

      Water from locals is a good way to fill water bottles when passing through small villages. Though they may not have much if anything to offer in the way of food, every family keeps a large thermos of boiled water on hand. Just be sure you know what you're getting before pouring, or you may end up with a water bottle full of yak butter tea.

       

      Altitude Sickness

       

      Altitude and the related effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) should be taken seriously if you travel to Tibet. If ignored, AMS can progress into High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE), both of which can be fatal. Before starting your trekking tour in Tibet, you should give yourself a few days to acclimatize. During trekking, move slowly and try not to sleep at the day's highest elevation. Most importantly descend to lower elevation immediately if any of your companions seem to act drunk, complain of a headache that is not relieved by ibuprofen, or become nauseous and vomit. 

       

      Hiring a Pack Animal

       

      It is very hard to walk at high altitude with a heavy backpack. It is wise to hire a pack animal, usually a yak. Yaks can be rented in villages of almost any size, and can make a trek more enjoyable by taking weight off of your back. Yaks come with yak men to herd, handle, and feed them and some yak men can speak a little English. 

       

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  • Travel Packages in Rome Sellin Travel Packages in Rome Selling Out - Demand for Rome Rentals Increases as the Vatican Sets Date for Conclave

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      Bryn Mawr, PA (March 8, 2013) – As faithful Catholics and spectators await the Vatican’s announcement for the date the Papal Conclave to select the new Pope, travel agents are already seeing an increased demand for Rome rentals.

      Doorways Villa Vacations, an agency that specializes in travel throughout Italy, offers an alternative to crowded hotels for the historic event and the Easter season. The company’s selection of Rome rentals includes furnished apartments with modern amenities, where guests can make a home away home and participate in the excitement, with a private property to come home to each night.

      “The month of March is always a magical time in Italy,” says Kit Burns, president, Doorways Villa Vacations. “Fragrant wisteria blossoms begin to line the streets of ancient Rome, while locals and tourists alike fill the beautiful public parks, like Villa Borghese.”

      While Rome rentals for the Easter season are quickly booking up, there are still last minute deals to be had. Some of Kit’s top picks include:

      Cenci Apartment (Sleeps up to 6 people in 3 bedrooms)
      This aristocratic apartment in the historic center of Rome has been newly renovated to offer space, elegance, comfort and convenience to the city’s most desirable attractions, including the Vatican. WIFI is available throughout the apartment, which also offers a fully-equipped modern kitchen and spacious living room and separate dining room.

      Pallaro Apartment (Sleeps 2 people in 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms)
      This air-conditioned apartment offers a beautiful terrace. The Rome rental is very central, yet surprisingly quiet. Close to Campo Dei Fiori, a marvelous open-air market, guests can easily buy fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, bread, fish and cheese to take home to the apartment’s brand new fully equipped kitchen.

      Villa d’Oro (Sleeps 10 people in 6 bedrooms)
      Villa d'Oro lies in the heart of the Viterbo countryside, just an hour's drive from Rome; direct rail service is also available. Set among 20 acres of olive groves, this beautiful property offers an "infinity" pool with a panoramic view over the hills of Lazio. Guests traveling to Italy for Easter to see the new Pope will experience a combination of privacy and proximity to the city.

      For travel tips and a full list of Rome rentals, availability and rates, visit villavacations.com

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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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