Asia Adventure holidays: hot tips for 2010 in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

4 11 2009

We asked the experts to reveal the trips they are most excited about – from Vietnam’s Fansipan Mountain to Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake.

1. MOUNTAIN TREKKING, SAPA, VIETNAM

Mount Fansipan is Vietnam’s highest peak located in the far north just outside of Sapa. Mt. Fansipan a very steep mountain that gets a lot of moisture. Those looking to climb it should be in good shape and prepared to to have muddy wet feet. The scenery is incredible remember to bring a camera. For most of Vietnam having a rain coat is a little excessive because it is so warm. On the mountain having a rain coat is not a bad idea especially at night. The trails around Sapa are a lot of fun. You will get the chance to go through some minority villages if you have the time to explore. There are well-marked trails, both long and short, for all skill levels.



Conquer Fansipan Mountain, the highest mountain in Indochina- Vietnam.

Photograph: Active Travel Vietnam

When? October to May are the best months

Book it: Trek Fansipan (00 84 4 3573 8569; trekfansipan.com) offers a year-round, four-day guided mountain-trekking tour of Vietnam from $ 219 including hotel accommodation, some meals and travel gear rent. Flights extra
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Exploring the Central Highlands, Vietnam

14 10 2009

Gia Lai province in the Central Highlands is famous for its splendid scenery, magnificent waterfalls, poetic lakes and endless forests and mountains. Taking a trip to the Central Highlands to discover the wonders of nature is a worthwhile experience in the fall, according to baogialai.vn.

The most impressive poetic scenes of the province that are recommended for a visit are the Kon Ka Kinh and Kon Cha Rang tropical forests, the Ayun Pa and Phu Cuong waterfalls, Da Trang and Mo springs and Ayaun Ha lake, an extinct volcano.

Topping the list is Ayun Ha lake with its cool air, blue waters and romantic surroundings.

Waterfall in Central highland, Vietnam

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Stalking in the great outdoors, Vietnam

14 10 2009

Tram Chim National Reserve is in Tam Nong district in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap.

Vietnam National Parks
Tram Chim National Reserve, Vietnam

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Cu Chi tunnels one of Vietnam’s most popular tourist attractions

9 10 2009

War’s reality closes in when you take plunge into underground passageways – Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — The sound of gunshots pierce the thick jungle air. I’m on my hands and knees, crawling through the subterranean darkness, sweating in places I didn’t know I had sweat glands.

“Keep on coming! Keep on coming!” urges a wiry Vietnamese man in fatigues, waving me forward.

Cu Chi Tunnels, Vietnam

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War veteran turns dead bomb zone into lively tourist village in Vietnam

7 10 2009

It’s taken 18 years for a veteran of the Vietnam War to turn a heavily bombed swamp into a showcase of Vietnamese culture.

War veteran turns dead bomb zone into lively tourist village in Vietnam

A Little Vietnam occupies 22 hectares of land near the Saigon River in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City that used to be five meters lower than the surrounding area and so devastated that neither rice nor fish could survive.

The woman behind the ambitious project is 65-year-old Tran Thi Tuyet Nga, who grew up in the fertile land of Cu Chi and fought there until it became an unlivable fire zone.

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Phong Nha Cave, Vietnam – A World Heritage site

17 09 2009

As we float up the Son river by boat, we wave to the local girls washing clothes in the clear waters on both sides of the riverbank.

Phong Nha Cave, Vietnam –  A World Heritage site

A World Heritage listed site, Phong Nha is a place that has become famous worldwide for magnificent caves and grottos filled with fantastic stalagmites and stalactites.

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Let the sunshine in – Nha Trang resort, Vietnam

17 09 2009

With a beautiful beach, an endless supply of fresh seafood and a string of hopping bars in the evening, you simply can’t go wrong in Nha Trang, says Van Cong Tu

Nha Trang beach, Vietnam

Nha Trang has long been a popular destination for both local and international tourists. Its long sandy beach lined with coconut palms is the stand-out attraction of this large city located on Vietnam’s south central coast. Entire days can quite easily be whiled away relaxing in the sun, chasing a tan, recovering from a hangover or simply de-stressing. In fact, a beach city like Nha Trang can be a highly therapeutic place.
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