Thursday, March 21, 2013

Lucky Adventure Travel Indochina – Summer Promotion 2013

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA has launched “Great summer holiday with lucky travels” for summer promotion 2013 in Vietnam, Lao, Cambodia. The program applies for all customers request tour on website from 25 March to 30 September 2013. Variety gifts such as discount up to 15% on tour request, free city tour, free one night at a luxury cruise or at hotel, free meal at elegance restaurant and others are in listing lucky gift. 

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

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

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

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA) offers a wide selection of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia adventure tours, including hiking and trekking, biking, motorcycling, kayaking, overland touring and family travel packages. For more information, please contact ATA for tailoring your very own tour via:

Telephone: +844 3573 8569
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tips on biking to Angkor Wat

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

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

This is probably the most important thing. I used one with multiple gears and a basket in the front. To me, these two things helped a lot during those tired moments on the road. 

The gears let me go at my own pace and according to my energy level, while the basket in front took the load off my back. I put my backpack in the front and just looped it around the steering bars as a precaution. 

2. Have an idea of what you want to see

Considering the huge size of Angkor Archeological Park, you should pick and choose which temples you’d like to see. Trying to see many temples by tuktuk consumes a lot of energy, and it is doubly so when seeing many temples by bicycle. So know your limitations and be picky. It’s much better to enjoy the temples in leisure than to try and cram in everything with an already tired body.

3. Bring extra clothes for changing

Because you will no doubt sweat like you never have before. In addition to the actual physical exercise of biking, you will have the added factor of the famously hot Cambodian sun. Your clothes will most likely become drenched with sweat, and you should bring a change of clothes if that bothers you. There are many toilets scattered around the park that you can use to change.

4. Bring enough water

The keyword is enough, because there is no need to oversupply yourself with bottles of water when there are many Angkor vendors who sell them. Two small bottles of water run for $1, and if the shopkeepers take pity on you they will sell a big one for the same price. Things are a little bit more expensive in Angkor than in town, but you can bargain down as usual.

5. Plan to have lunch in Angkor

When people visit the temples by tuktuk, most of them go back to Siem Reap for lunch and siesta. If you are biking, consider spending your lunch time at the park, instead of biking to town and then back again to Angkor. 

There are many cool places to have lunch: the temples, the Angkor Wat moat, or even the air conditioned restaurants. There are huge numbers of restaurants available, primarily near Angkor Wat and Bayon, with most offering Cambodian dishes. For a more Western fare, head to the Angkor Café right across Angkor Wat. They have pasta, sandwiches, ice cream, etc. 

6. Visit the less popular places

When going by tuktuk, the drivers already have a set plan and route. Trying to change that will most likely cost you additional dollars and create confusion. Biking is a great time to visit the less visited sites, because you can go wherever you want and stop whenever you want. Some places you might want to visit are the Angkor Thom gates or the Buddhist Wats in the area.

7. Head to the temple in the morning, head back in the late afternoon.

Biking in the morning when the sun is still mild is so enjoyable, and it doesn't have to be too early. 7 a.m. is a good time to start. Just know that by 10 a.m. or even 9 a.m., the sun will start to beat down hard. 

In the late afternoon, at around 5 p.m., the sun will start to mellow and this would be a great time to head back to town. Everything (the temples, the tree lined roads, etc.) will look so pretty at this time. 

Should you bike on your first visit to Angkor Wat?
As a matter of personal choice, I think biking is a great way to see the Angkor temples, but I wouldn’t say it's a great way for first timers to see the temples. If it’s your first time visiting Angkor, going by tuktuk is, I think, your best choice. That way you will get to see more temples in a more relaxing way. 

When your legs are already so tired from biking, you will be less likely to climb up the Phimeanakas temple or roam around the Prasat Suor Prats. This means you’ll miss out on some of the must-do temple activities. 

But of course, the final decision whether to bike or not, first time or not, is entirely up to you.

So in short…
The whole point of biking to Angkor Wat is to enjoy it, which is why I think a good level of fitness is a must. 

If you’re too tired to pedal and still have 15 kilometers more to go, you’re going to start ignoring the temples and start focusing on how to survive the day. This is fine, because that in itself is an interesting experience, but just know that the focus then will no longer be the temples, which is what you came halfway across the world for.

Go to Angkor Wat, Cambodia - A Quick Review

Angkor Wat, Cambodia is located near the town of Siem Reap. It's been listed under UNESCO's World Heritage site since 1992. Preservation has been done constantly in order to keep it in great condition. 

Go to Siem Reap Tourist Attractions
As the base town of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap tourism is growing rapidly. See for yourself the many activities you can do and the places you can see while staying in Siem Reap.

Recommended Cambodia cycling tour by ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA

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

  • Beautiful cycling roads
  • Impressive Angkor Wat

Details program are available here

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Some tips for female travelers in Indochina!

The International Women's Day is coming! It is time for you to the woman whom you admire and respect through show your love, gratitude and appreciation.

On this occassion, ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA wishes all female travelers in this world:  “Wishing you’ll get everything to take the world  in your stride. Happy women’s day! “

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA recommends some tips for female travelers in Indochina: