Active adventures in Southeast Asia
Beyond the cacophonous streets of Southeast Asia's thriving cities lies a region of towering, jungle-clad mountains that conceal cathedral-like caverns; human-sculpted landscapes of dramatic rice terraces; vast lakes, great rivers, paradise islands and hidden coves. If you love the outdoors, you'll be smitten by the myriad landscapes that await you in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Don your walking boots and head out for jungle treks in Nam Cat Tien National Park or into the beautiful mountains of northern Vietnam. Stay in homestays with the local minority people as you explore the spectacular terraced mountains of Sapa. Jump on your bike to escape the crowds and discover the hidden corners that most visitors never see. Plunge beneath the waves and discover an underwater wonderland at Nha Trang or remote Con Dao.
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Active Holidays itineraries
This itinerary is the perfect mix of both rural and urban adventure for those seeking an active, exciting introduction to Vietnam.
Take in the most incredible scenic vistas of Vietnam and Laos as you trek through the rolling hills, mountains and countryside villages.
Active Holidays accommodation across Indochina
Nam Cang Riverside Lodge (Sapa)
Nam Cang Riverside Lodge situated 35km from Sapa town in a traditional minority village, an excellent location to really enjoy the stunning scenery. The lodge is built and owned by a Red Dao minority family and although basic with shared bathroom facilities the traditional wooden building offers a comfortable and welcoming stay. Facilities include a restaurant with a large veranda overlooking the river and a newly opened spa specializing in the traditional Red Dao herbal bath.
The Sapa View Hotel (Sapa)
Opened in 2011, this cosy 26 room hotel blends traditional wood furniture, local handicrafts and tapestries with modern facilities: wide head showers, comfy duvets and flat screen TVs. All rooms are provided with electric blankets and this is the only hotel in Sapa to have working fireplaces ineach guest room - perfect in Sapa's cold winter months. Both the hotel's restaurant and the cafe/bar area serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and traditional music is performed in the cafe every evening. The cafe is our favourite spot to sit, with a good coffee machine and tasteful crafts made by the local Hmong tribe for sale here. The one drawback to this hotel is the lack of elevator and it's a long way up to the 5th floor! But the balcony views across the Sapa valley are fantastic, so well worth the climb we think.
Hanoi > Dong Hoi Sleeper Train (Hanoi)
The overnight train leaves Hanoi in the early evening and trundles south through the night to Dong Hoi and onwards to Hue. The Livitrans carriage provides the most comfortable option on the train, and though not luxurious it offers a reasonable level of cleanliness and service. Compartments are 4-berth, though these can be hired out for private usage if preferred. Please be aware that bunks are quite hard and approx. 170 cm long, and the train is relatively bumpy and noisy, so if you have difficulty sleeping this may be an option to avoid. You will be awoken 15 minutes prior to arrival, and on disembarkation make your way to through the station exit where your guide will be awaiting you. Please retain your ticket for inspection on exit.
Hang Village Homestay (Pu Luong)
Stay overnight with in a charming homestay in the verdant valleys of Pu Luong.
Located in the quaint and rural Hang Village, the homestay enables visitors to have an authentic Vietnamese experience and helps provide additional income for the families, as well as improve their standing in the community. Note the facilities are fairly basic but the host family and beautiful surrounds more than make up for it. You will have a private room with mosquito nets, simple shared western style bathroom and hammocks on the terrace to relax in. Your hosts may not speak a great deal of English but are eager to communicate with the help of books and hand gestures.
Panhou Ecolodge (Hoang Su Phi)
Panhou Ecolodge is a traditional styled hotel hidden in the heart in the Song Chay Mountains.
Panhou Ecolodge is located on the outskirts of Panhou village in Hoang Su Phi district in Ha Giang region of north east Vietnam. Surrounded by jungle clad mountains the resort features accommodation in traditionally styled buildings. The 12 bamboo stilted house are split into two large rooms with thatched roofs, modern ensuite facilities, local furnishings and some with private balconies. Aiming to be as eco-friendly as possible the resort uses solar-powered hot water systems and fans.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped with ponds and vegetable gardens and the on-site restaurants serves healthy local dishes. The resort also features a relaxing traditional herbal bath to help you unwind. Many interesting ethnic minorities live in the Hoang Su Phi area with plenty of trekking routes and photography tours available from the resort through local village and some of the most impressive rice terraces in northern Vietnam.
Tam Coc Garden Resort (Ninh Binh)
Surrounded by paddy fields and lush greenery Tam Coc Garden Resort is a little countryside haven.
The 16 rooms have thatched roofs and tiled floors, each with its own private terrace and freestanding bath tub. The in-house restaurant offers tasty cuisine and the outdoor pool and friendly staff will make your stay a relaxing one. The resort has bikes for hire and makes the prefect base for exploring the near by Tam Coc and Trang An UNESCO World heritage sites.