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Witnessing azalea flowers on Pu Ta Leng peak
For a long time, Fansipan and Mau Son mountains have been considered as kingdoms of azalea flowers. However, few people have known that the second largest peak of Vietnam, Pu Ta Leng is the most wonderful place to witness this noble flower. See more Vietnam travel guide at here. By: Long Vu Conquering the “second roof of the Indochina” Pu Ta Leng, which its “Pu” in the language of H’Mong means “mountain”, is situated in the Hoang Lien Son mou ...
Tracking wild elephants in the Central Highlands of Vietnam
Let’s follow wild elephants, the symbol of the Highlands of Vietnam, at Yok Don national park with reporters of Travellive. See more Vietnam travel guide at here. Photos: Le Van Thao, Nguyen Ba Ngoc Expanding on two provinces, Dak Lak and Dak Nong and about 40km from Buon Ma Thuot city in the Northwest, Yok Don National Park is the largest parks in Vietnam and Asia with a cover area of 1155.45km2. Forests are natural, mostly khop (a kind of plants) forests. Yok Don is also the ...
Lao Than, half way up the sky of a mountain lover
Whenever someone asks for the name of the imposing mountain reaching for the sky in Y Ty, Bat Xat district, Lao Cai province, Lao Than will be the answer. This name itself reflects the mysteries hidden in the rough jungle. The H’Mong people have their own name for the mountain: Hau Pong San. See more about Vietnam travel guide at here. Text and photos: Ngo Huy Hoa Our predestined affinity with this mountain came when we were trekking to the “horn of heaven” - Nhiu ...
Conquering Pu Si Lung, the roof of frontier region of Vietnam
Situated at the height of over 3000m, Pu Si Lung is the highest peak of the frontier region between Vietnam and China. This wild, charming and mysterious mountain always attracts explorers, whether their journeys are taken in cold temperatures or sweltering heat. See more about Vietnam travel guide at here. By: Ngo Huy Hoa A detailed schedule is drawn up before the journey commences with a consultation of the appropriate organizations. We submit our order sheet at the headquarters ...
Ta Dung – "Halong Bay" of the Central Highlands in Vietnam
Located deep between Dak Nong plateau and Di Linh, with its 36 magnificent islands and its highest peak at 1982 meters, this completely isolated lake is a masterpiece of nature. See more Vietnam Travel Guide at here. Text and photos: Hai An After checking our vehicles, reflected-light belts and safety clothing, our group with its 22 members started its journey to Ta Dung from HCMC at 7p.m. Instead of travelling along the Highway 20 as usual, we chose a less traveled, more sce ...
Kitesurfing in Mui Ne: Earn your living at 20 knots!
WHAT’S IT LIKE working in kitesurfing in Mui Ne, Vietnam? It can be a sweet life filled with jumping in the sand, flying high in the waves and getting to know locals as well as travelers from all over the world! This week we went to the yellow sand beaches of Mui Ne to hang out with some of the most well regarded kite surfing professionals in Vietnam. The staff at C2Sky were super fun and let us work with them for a few days to get to know a bit more about working in kite surfing ...
10 reasons to go backpacking in Southeast Asia
Ask most people who’ve been bitten by the travel bug the age-old question, “Where to next?” and they’ll probably have a confident reply ready. Unless they haven’t sealed the deal and booked the ticket quite yet, in which case the answer could be an extensive bucket list – one which, like a daily to-do list, keeps chopping and changing as our priorities shift through the evolving cycle of this funny old thing we call life. Yet as much as we all love to disco ...
Trekking in Thailand: The best routes
Thailand is ripe for trekking. From its dripping, pristine rainforests to its towering, mist-enveloped mountains, there is a landscape that just begs you to get out on two feet and explore. But the real joy of trekking in Thailand here is nothing to do with the scenery, it’s the people that make every step count, from the remote hill tribes barely touched by the outside world to the local guides whose unbridled passion and enthusiasm will lead you to a deeper understanding of this fasci ...
A photo journey inside Hang Son Doong – The world’s largest cave
At the beginning of 2015 we were lucky enough to take part in a 5-day expedition to Hang Son Doong, the world’s largest cave. Run exclusively by the adventure tour company Oxalis, we had been spending a few months in the town of Phong Nha, close to where the cave is located. Through a number of cancellations and an opportunity to do some work with Oxalis, we had been given the opportunity to visit this true wonder of the world. Hang Son Doong was discovered in 1990 by Ho Khanh, a local ...
Tips for trekking in Vietnam
Vietnam has become a destination worth visiting; not only for its world renowned destinations, fascinating cultures, as well as numerous World Heritage sites, but also for the variety of trekking options. It leads you through some of the most scenic regions of Northern and Central Vietnam which are often off the beaten track and offer great chance to discover the authentic local cultures. When to go Summer months from May To September should be avoided since it can get up to 38°C ...
The slow boat to Laos from Thailand – Tips for an awesome journey
The slow boat to Laos from Thailand might be one of the best ways of crossing borders. A lot of travellers do “The Loop” while backpacking in Asia. The slow boat to Laos offers a local experience with beautiful scenery and a perfect place to meet fellow travellers to continue your trip with. The trip will start by bus from either Chiang Mai, Pai or Chiang Rai. The bus will bring you to the bordertown Chiang Khong. Here the driver will leave you, since you are crossing borde ...
Gieng Troi – attractive destination for Da Nang backpackers
Located in the northwest of conservation area Ba Na - Nui Chua, Da Nang, Gieng Troi is still a isolated and wild place because of rogged and difficult terrain. Gieng Troi belongs to conservation area Ba Na - Nui Chua, Da Nang, where has famous Ba Na Hills tourist resorts. Wild scenery is the inspiration for backpackers, with the type of picnics as trekking, hiking, camping, or swimming in the stream. Starting from the parking place of Ba Na cable car area, backpackers have to conqu ...
Tu Lan caves' discovery
After 3 day - journey, all the team felt that they have seemed to be beyond their ability, connected with the locals entirely and been shocked at the nature, landscapes. © Mekong Capital Tu Lan cave complex is 70km far away from Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park, near to the ethnic minority village “Tan Hoa”. Tu Lan includes 10 caves with different measurement, some of them have been found and developed since 1992, the others found in recent years. The visitors are fro ...
Adventure travel in the Chay river - Dark cave
Been put into operation since 2011, the Chay River Ecotourism – Dark cave of Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park (Quang Binh province) is increasingly attractive foreign and domestic tourists. Thanks to the form of sports tourism combining natural discover and visit spectacular caves. Journey of exploring the Chay River tour - Dark cave often start at the ranger station become thin, Phuc Trach, Bo Trach district. Chay River originates from the ancient limestone areas in Phong Nha - ...
Camping the ocean road: From Saigon to Nha Trang
Driving along the coast from Saigon to Nha Trang – on excellent new roads passing superb coastal scenery – is one of my favourite motorbike trips in Vietnam. Dotted along this route are several places to camp by the ocean: pitch your tent under palms, eucalyptus, and casuarina trees on the sand, just metres from the surf. New roads have made horrible Highway 1 practically obsolete: only 50km is spent on this main artery. A few days riding the ocean roads, taking in the views, and cam ...
Va & Nuoc Nut caves under camera lens of first travelers
Recently, Phong Nha – Ke Bang national park of Quang Binh province - Vietnam is prominent as a new hot hub of adventure travel thanks to its wild, amazing, stunning systems of caves, comprising Son Doong and Hang En – the biggest and the third biggest cave in the world in turn. People use prettiest words to praise beauty of these caves, "like a paradise", or "like Avatar word". But the most special thing is that every cave has its own unique, precious traits. Ther ...
A lonely journey in the Northeast
For some time, I have wanted to immerse myself in nature and daily life in the Northeast. I travel there accompanied only by a tourist map I bought in Ha Giang and my own courage. Quan Ba – Heaven’s Gate and the Twins Mountain It’s more than 40km from Ha Giang city to Quan Ba. I start the journey after a good nap. The sun and wind meet harmoniously at sharp bendsin the crooked mountain passes. During Tet holiday, the mountain people wearbeautiful, colorful traditional cos ...
5 reasons to add Son Doong to your travel wishlist
Vietnam has certainly made its name to world's best places for caves and geological exploration, thanks to natural gifts such as Halong Bay and Son Doong. While the former has earned numerous recognition and received millions of tourists, the latter only caught public attention recently. Apart from being the largest caves in the world, Son Doong is worth your time and effort for many other reasons: 1. The lifetime experience of stepping into another world Its recent discovery makes ...
Ta Dung – "Ha Long bay of the Highlands"
Located deep between Dak Nong plateau and Di Linh, with its 36 magnificent islands and its highest peak at 1982 meters, this completely isolated lake is a masterpiece of nature. Text and photos: Hai An After checking our vehicles, reflected-light belts and safety clothing, our group with its 22 members started its journey to Ta Dung from Ho Chi Minh City at 7p.m. Instead of travelling along the Highway 20 as usual, we chose a less traveled, more scenic route towards Long Khanh and Duc Linh ...
Rock climbing at Cat Ba and Lan Ha bay
Thailand’s Krabi has a long established reputation among climbers as a Mecca for their sport, but over in Vietnam, Cat Ba Island and the surrounding karsts of Lan Hay Bay have been gathering a loyal band of converts in more recent years. Cat Ba’s main climbing area, Butterfly Valley, lies just a few kilometers from Cat Ba Town, but it feels a million miles away. Tucked away in the interior near a tiny village of just 12 dwellings, the number of climbing routes here is enough t ...
Expenses for a motorbike road trip in Vietnam
I receive lots of emails from readers wanting to know how much a motorbike road trip through Vietnam will cost. Below, I’ve put together a list of necessary expenses and worked out what an average daily budget might be while on the road in Vietnam. These costs are based on hundreds of road trips that I’ve taken – both solo and in a group – over many years of motorbiking in Vietnam. Of course, to a certain extent, expenses for a motorbike road trip in Vietnam will depen ...
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