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YOUR DMC FOR ACTIVE TRAVEL VIETNAM - LAOS - CAMBODIA - MYANMAR - THAILAND


At Easia Travel, we believe active travel is one of the best ways to be awe inspired by the landscapes and cultures of Southeast Asia. From flat valley pathways and jungle trails to very difficult and harsh terrain, we offer your travelers a full range of active products, all designed to make their journey an unforgettable experience. Easia Active by Easia Travel reflects an adventurous, healthy, respectful and open-minded way of traveling. It is intended to fit the specific expectations of the most active travelers, in terms of experiences, sportive challenges, nature and cultural proximity, as well as discovering great spaces away from mainstream activities.


MEET OUR BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

“As a traveler, I always try to discover new places, take roads I have never taken before and meet people I would not have the chance to meet in my daily life.

General Management Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand

Traveling is for me the best way to keep an open-mind to the world, and to further discover my inner-self, one travel experience at a time. The people you meet and the cultures that you get to discover are always worth stepping out of your comfort zone.”

“In my opinion, adventure does not necessarily mean pushing your physical limits, but rather challenging your mind and soul to move out of their comfort zones. Sales & General Management Myanmar

Thus for me, adventure is a way of moving towards personal growth.”


“Mens sana in corpore sano” (a healthy mind in a healthy body) has always been my motto. From sailing, to skiing, or even cycling, sport always had a room in my agenda.

Sales Director

Specific Projects VU Huy was one of the first explorers in North Vietnam and Halong Bay for National Geographic, in 1994. He has taken many of the pictures presented in this book.

For me, there is no way of traveling that is truer than adventure travel. For the past 4 years, all the inspection trips I have done in Southeast Asia were on our adventure tours and soft adventure activities. It is truly something I want to focus on for the upcoming years.”

“It has always been clear for me that adventure and exploring are a true passion, whether it is by kayak, hiking or motorbike. My explorer spirit has always led me far from the paths frequently traveled, far from my comfort zone which helped me to realize that the further you go from your comfort zone, the better is the adventure!”


OUR PILLARS QUALITY

To want to discover a country in an active and healthy way doesn’t mean to close an eye on quality. In each destination and for each tour we offer, we test, adapt and rebuild trips to make sure they reach as a high a level of quality as possible. Our active team is constantly searching for undiscovered paths that will create an epic experience for your travelers. Rest assured, our creativity always sits side by side with quality.

SAFETY

Our core business is to create exciting and challenging tours within safe conditions. By choosing the right experts, equipment and logistics we are able to assure safety for all your travelers. For us, safety is not an option, it’s a commitment.

RESPECT

One of the main motivations of active travelers and adventurers is the thirst and desire for exploration; of going to places not many others have been. In order to protect and preserve such possibilities for other active travelers, as well as out of our sheer passion for and devotion to our destinations, we prepare, plan and operate all our active tours and itineraries with the utmost respect for the people and environment of the remote communities we visit.


WE ADAPT TO YOUR CLIENTS AND THEIR TRAVEL STYLE The best active trip is the one specially designed for your travelers and the way they like to travel. We have various activities, options and accommodations that we can combine, and all our tours can be adapted to suit any special needs. Tell us more about your travel philosophy, your travelers’ profile, their needs and requirements and we will take care of creating a program that will be sure to exceed your clients’ expectations.


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SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR DESTINATIONS VIETNAM - LAOS - CAMBODIA - MYANMAR - THAILAND

VIETNAM • • • •

Go on a strenous trek visiting authentic hilltribe villages Cycle along the Mekong or the Red River Delta Hike and explore the remote Ha Giang Region Hike the rolling hills of the rural Mu Cang Chai Region

LAOS • •

Hike the Northern mountains and visit the Khamu ethnic communities Cycle Southern Laos, exploring historical buildings and impressive waterfalls

CAMBODIA • • •

Cycle through ancient temple ruins Hike on the magical and wild Phnom Kulen Cycle through endless ricefields on roads less traveled towards the sleepy Cambodian coast

MYANMAR • • •

Hike through the colorful hills of Shan State Bike among the temples of Bagan Kayak among the floating gardens in Inle Lake

THAILAND •

Some of the best diving and snorkeling in Southeast Asia


CYCLING From flat and clear pathways offering little to no level of difficulty in the Mekong Delta or the Angkor Wat complex to the more challenging mountain trails in Northern Vietnam, riding along the Rocky Plateau, we offer a wide variety of cycling tours in Southeast Asia.

WATER SPORTS From Inle lake in Myanmar to Ba Be Lake in Vietnam, our destinations have great spots for kayaking, an interesting activity to get closer to nature and discover inaccessible places. Apart from kayaking, other types of water sports, as stand up paddle boarding, scuba diving, snorkeling and more, are available to meet your travelers’ requests.


HIKING We offer a large range of hiking tours in all our destinations. From the Shan Mountains in Myanmar or an easy walk in the Mai Chau Valley, to the challenging Tay Con Linh summit, many adventure trails are just waiting for your travelers.

MULTI-ACTIVITIES For versatile travelers who prefers to do it all, we can offer you tailor-made tours that combine all kinds of active activities. From marathon running, golfing, yoga, Tai Chi, or even fishing, to culture and culinary related activities, we adapt our tours to meet the expectations of the most discerning travelers.


VARIOUS LEVELS OF DIFFICULTY As we believe everyone should be able to discover our destinations, no matter their preferred level of difficulty and physical effort required, we have designed a full range of adventure tours and activities, from easy itineraries to truly challenging experiences. Southeast Asia has countless hidden places and local cultures to discover and it’s our mission to make these accessible to your travelers by designing tours that are adapted to their specific level of physical condition and ability.


CYCLING DIFFICULTIES LEVEL

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Cycling Easy : only 4 Accessible for everybody

FEATURES Average daily distance Less than 15 kilometers (10 miles) Difference in height Low level - 0 to 200 meters (650 feet) Characteristics of the trails Flat and clear trails, no difficult sections, possible to use a city bike Less than 2h of physical activity at one time

1 Moderate For people in reasonable physical condition who occasionally practice sport

2

Average daily distance Less than 35 kilometers (22 miles) Difference in height Low level – 0 to 200 meters (650 feet) Characteristics of the trails Flat and clear trails, no difficult sections Average daily distance Less than 60 kilometers (40 miles)

Difficult

Difference in height Max 300 meters (1,000 feet)

For those who practice sport at least once a week and are in good physical condition

Characteristics of the trails Can include moderate elevations with varying levels of difficulty in some sections Some challenges


LEVEL

3 Challenging For people that practice biking all year long, including over extended distances

FEATURES Average daily distance Less than 80 kilometers (50 miles) Difference in height Max 500 meters (1,600 feet) Characteristics of the trails Includes varying levels of difficulty in some sections, different types of trails Long cycling day

4 Extreme For those that practice biking all year long and regularly participate in endurance sports Looking for a real challenge

Average daily distance More than 80 kilometers (50 miles) Difference in height More than 500 meters (1,600 feet) Characteristics of the trails Includes sections of varying levels of difficulty, different types of trails Intensive cycling day


HIKING DIFFICULTIES LEVEL

0 : only 4 Cycling No difficulty

Accessible for everybody

1 Easy Accessible for everybody who likes walking

FEATURES Average daily distance Less than 8 kilometers (5 miles) Characteristics of the trails Flat and clear trails, no difficult sections Less than 2 hours of physical activity at one time Average daily distance Less than 15 kilometers (9 miles) Difference in height 0 to 150 meters (500 feet) Characteristics of the trails Paths or good trails, can include some moderate ascent/descent Less than 4 hours of physical activity at one time

2

Average daily distance 15 to 18 kilometers walking (10 to 12 miles)

Moderate

Difference in height Less than 600 meters (2,000 feet)

For people who practice hiking occasionally

Characteristics of the trails On a path, good trails or undulating pathways

3

Walks from 4 to 5 hours on average Average daily distance Around 15 kilometers walking (10 miles)

Difficult

Difference in height 600 to 1,200 meter (2,000 to 4,000 feet)

For people in good shape who practice hiking at least once a month

Characteristics of the trails Sometimes no clear path Walks from 5 to 7 hours on average


LEVEL

4 Challenging For experienced people who know their level due to their past hiking experiences

5 Extreme For professionals who are not afraid of adventurous and challenging physical activities, who practice hiking and other demanding sports all year long

FEATURES Average daily distance 15 to 18 kilometers walking (10 to 12 miles) Difference in height 1,200 to 2,000 meter (4,000 to 6,500 feet) Characteristics of the trails Sometimes no marked trails or hilly/rocky trails 7 hours walking on average Average daily distance More than 20 kilometers walking (12 miles) Difference in height More than 2,000 meter (6,500 feet) Characteristics of the trails Sometimes no marked trails or hilly/rocky trails More than 7 hours walking per day


Brice’s Favorite!

Hiking in Mu Cang Chai Region The unknown Vietnam 6 days / 5 nights | $$$ | 1-15 persons

VIETNAM

The hikes are a combination of encounters with people and a discovery of landscapes and different traditions and cultures.

tional Heritage by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. An itinerary for fit and healthy people set in a well preserved and isolated region of the country.

A program designed with some of the most beautiful photo spots in Northern Vietnam, with magnificent terraced fields such as La Pan Tan recognized as a Na-

DIFFICULTY LEVEL EASIA LEVEL 1 to 3

MEET YOUR TOUR DESIGNER! “Vietnam is definitely a must-go destination in Asia for adventure lovers. From a low-intensity cycling tour in the rice paddies to the thrill of trekking to remote villages of the Hmong minority. The landscapes are truly magical; rice terraces, untouched coastline, tea plantations, hilly countryside... whether you like to hike, paddle, kitesurf, fish or cycle, Vietnam has something for you. And in case you wonder, you can combine all these activities in a 2-week trip! If you like to cycle (and I love it!), The Mekong delta in Southern Vietnam is full of surprises. If you are more into hiking, bring your camera, some good shoes and head to Pu Luong National Park which is my favorite place in Northern Vietnam. The area is all about rice terraces, nature, homestays and ethnic minorities.”


HIGHLIGHTS

• Terraced rice paddies scenery - La Pan Tan, best national landscape of Vietnam • Make contact with local communities - H’mong and Thai ethnic villages • One of the longer passes in Vietnam - Khau Phạ Pass – Scenic road • Photographic memories

SPECIFICATIONS

• Characteristics of the trails: Rice field paths, rocky hills and trails, hill village paths • Avg. daily distance: between 6 and 15 kms / 4 to 9 miles • Avg. daily elevation: from 0 to max 500m / 1640 feet • Total hiking distance: 35 kms / 21 miles • Transfer from Hanoi - Nhgia Lo - Mu Cang Chai - Distance: 300 kms / 186 miles - 2 days

PRODUCT SEASONALITY JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUNE

JULY

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MAR-MAY & SEP-OCT: Best time. Green and yellow rice field scenery and the harvests JUN-AUG: Rainy season NOV-FEB: Cold

SUPPORT

• Expert hiking team with local guide and porters • During our multiday hiking tours we provide full day vehicle support + back-up motorbikes


Alex’s Favorite!

Cycling Trek in Southern Laos 7 days / 6 nights | $$ | 2-15 persons Discover the incredible diversity of Southern Laos! From the largest and highest waterfalls in South-East Asia to the coffee plantations of the Bolaven highlands, from the unique region of 4000 islands on the Mekong River to the historical town of Champasak, explore the unique and

LAOS

virtually untouched aspects of Laos through stunning natural landscapes and discover the heart-warming beauty of its inhabitants.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL EASIA LEVEL 2

MEET YOUR TOUR DESIGNER! “Laos is always surprising. With untouched primary tropical forests and stunning limestone mountains, it is one of the most breathtaking destinations for travelers. I believe that active travel in Laos can connect one back to a time and place that is pure, simple and essentially priceless. For example, the true sense of adventure that can come from the opportunities to meet the myriad of ethnic minorities in Laos, who still live a very traditional way of life. For adventure and active travel, hiking is definitely my favorite activity. The excitement of discovering what is hidden behind the next turn of a meandering path or beyond the next hill, allows me to completely empty my mind and deeply focus on the present moment.”


HIGHLIGHTS

• A Magical journey between cultural legacy and mind blowing natural gems • Explore unspoiled and remote Laos • Experience a vast array of environments, from highlands to islands • Travel and stay in close proximity to the local communities • Be immersed in traditional villages to uncover ancient temples

SPECIFICATIONS

• Characteristics of the trails: mostly flat off road dirt trails, with some descents and short climbs • Avg. daily distance: between 35 and 85 kms / 22 and 53 miles • Avg. daily elevation: from 0 to max 300 m / 984 feet • Total cycling distance: 265 kms / 165 miles • Total cycling distance + transfer: 610 kms / 379 miles

PRODUCT SEASONALITY JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUNE

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AUG SEPT

OCT NOV

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NOV-MAR: Recommended for cycling APR-MAY: Hot season JUN-OCT: Rainy season: roads and paths’ conditions could be more difficult.

EQUIPMENT

For all our cycling tours we only use professional and well maintained bicycles. For this specific tour, we offer following bicycles*:

TREK 4300 Disc Mountain Bike

*depending on availability


Matteo’s Favorite!

Exploring the South of Phnom Kulen following the Ancient Royal Way 3 days / 2 nights | $$ | 1-15 persons Travel in a responsible way and discover Cambodia’s mysterious locales like Beng Mealea and the Southern part of Phnom Kulen. Pedal on untouched trails following the ancient royal ways through rice fields and rural villages, all while exploring hidden temples surrounded by forest

CAMBODIA

and completely off the beaten path, with the added benefit of being able to immerse yourself in the local community.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL EASIA LEVEL 2

MEET YOUR TOUR DESIGNER! “As a developing destination, Cambodia is perfect for adventure, where active travelers still have ample opportunity to discover exciting regions barely touched by tourism. No doubt the best way to explore Cambodia is by bicycle. It offers the freedom to slowly and responsibly experience this magical country while being able to observe and take in every little detail around you. Cycling through deep jungles, vast rice fields and colorful local villages accompanied by the sound of playful children, makes it incredibly easy to connect with local communities and become one with the environment. The added dose of adrenaline will make you feel fully alive and leave you with a sense of immense satisfaction at the end of the day.”


HIGHLIGHTS

• Cycle through rural Cambodia • Explore jungle-covered temples • Experience village life • Stay in a local homestay • Share genuine experiences with locals

BANTEAY SREI BENG MEALEA

SIEM REAP BATTAMBANG

KOMPONG THOM

SPECIFICATIONS

KAMPONG CHAM

• Characteristics of the trails: off road trails adaptable to all level of bikers. PHNOM PENH Mainly flat road with small parts of elevation • Avg. daily distance: under 60 kms / 37 miles • Avg. daily elevation: from 0 to max 300m / 985 feet TAKEO • Total cycling distance: 147 kms / 92 miles KAMPOT • Total cycling distance + transfer: 197 kms / 122 miles SIHANOUKVILLE KEP

PRODUCT SEASONALITY JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUNE

JULY

AUG SEPT

OCT NOV

PHNOM DEN

DEC

NOV-FEB: Perfect temperatures for cycling MAR-MAY: Quite hot JUN-AUG: Lush green landscapes with a chance to get wet. SEP-OCT: Heavy rains

EQUIPMENT

For all our cycling tours we only use professional and well maintained bicycles. For this specific tour, we offer following bicycles*:

CANNONDALE TRAIL 4

GIANT ATX ERP

TREK MARLIN 6HDC 2015

*depending on availability


Celia’s Favorite!

Adventure day on the lake Full day | $$ | 1-15 persons

MYANMAR

Escape from the classic routes and discover what is beyond the floating villages of Inle Lake.

From the eastern to the western shores, you will experience every corner of Inle lake.

This exclusive program combining cycling, kayaking and walking allows adventure travelers to experience the lake and its many faces in a brand new and active way!

DIFFICULTY LEVEL EASIA LEVEL 2

MEET YOUR TOUR DESIGNER! “Though Myanmar strikes one first and foremost as a spiritual and cultural destination, it also offers many opportunities to challenge oneself, whether on a trek amidst the high mountains and deep valleys of Chin State, or during a cycling trip along the colorful, winding roads of Shan state. I would recommend Myanmar as a unique destination to any aspiring adventurer, simply because of the encounters with local people that you will have while trekking around remote villages. The human factor will certainly hold an important place in any adventure you decide to undertake in Myanmar… and it will be sure to leave a positive mark on you.”


HIGHLIGHTS

• Experience different aspects of Inle lake from the classic sightseeing spots • Encounters with villagers on the shores and on the lake • The slow pace of the kayaking allows you to feel deeply in touch with the nature of the floating garden • Cycle along narrow dirt tracks to remote villages on the shores • Beautiful landscapes; from seasonal crops to floating gardens and stilt-house villages

SPECIFICATIONS

Distance and cycling time: • Cycling: 42 kms / 26 miles - 3 hours • Walking: 5 kms / 3 miles - 1 hour • Kayaking: 2 kms / 1.4 miles 45 minutes to 1 hour

PRODUCT SEASONALITY JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUNE

OCT-MAY: Best time

JULY

AUG SEPT

OCT NOV

DEC

JUN-SEP: Not advised due to rainy season

EQUIPMENT

For all our multi-sport tours we only use professional and well maintained bicycles. For this specific tour, we offer following gear*:

KAZE ZERO 310

KAYAK *depending on availability


Bram’s Favorite!

Thalane and Koh Hong Kayaking 1 day | $$$$ | 1-10 persons An active day set amid the beautiful scenery of Krabi. Transfer by boat to reach Koh Hong, a semi-circular shaped island with a stunning beach under coconut palms. Paddle around the island observing its rocky formations and hidden lagoons and enjoy your time snorkeling with the colourful sea creatures.

THAILAND Visit Thalane, the most beautiful mangrove forest in Thailand and home to well-preserved nature and plenty of wildlife. Kayak, surrounded by towering karst formations and lovely offshore islands, through complex channels, bays and canyon-like passageways.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL EASIA LEVEL 2

MEET YOUR TOUR DESIGNER! “Thailand truly has it all, from mountains, through to jungles, the cities, the coast and the sea, and because of this diversity, multisport is key to active travel here. To name just a few of the options, you can discover the hidden back roads of metropolitan Bangkok, hike to remote hill tribe villages, go rafting on mountainous river rapids or kayak amid karst rock formations to discover submerged caves rarely accessible to most people. The abundance of exotic islands and a plethora of diving sites where you can admire the colorful and magnificent undersea worlds makes Thailand a dream destination for underwater sports enthusiasts too.”


KANCHANABURI

AYUTTHAYA

BANGKOK

HUA HIN

HIGHLIGHTS

• Journey through the narrow channels cut into two towering cliffs • Day of multi-activities on the blue waters of the Krabi archipelago • Animal and nature discovery (sea life, birds and macaque)

SPECIFICATIONS

• Paddle 2 hours in morning • Paddle 2 hours in afternoon • Swimming time 1 hour • Transfer 1 hour by boat from Krabi • Private or shared activity

PRODUCT SEASONALITY JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUNE

JULY

KOH SAMUI

KHAO LAK

KRABI

PHUKET

AUG SEPT

OCT NOV

DEC

NOV-APR: Best season

EQUIPMENT

For each water-based activity we provide professional equipment and safety gear. For this specific activity, we offer following gear: Mono or bi kayak and life jacket.


PASSIONATE GUIDES At Easia Active we realise our guides are the ambassadors of our brand and our destinations. To make sure your travelers receive the professional and passionate care they deserve, we maintain a network of carefully selected and dedicated adventure guides, who are passionate about their activity of choice, deeply knowledgeable about their homeland and always happy to share their insights.


“We don’t just ride a bike. We discover, wonder, focus, push, conquer, connect, learn, grow, share and become more complete and composed human beings. The more I get to go out on long and intense cycling journeys the more and deeper I love my job. The rewards, appreciation and camaraderie after a long and challenging ride are simply unrivaled.”

Samnang - Cycling & Adventure Guide


ACCOMMODATION As active travelers also deserve some well-earned rest, we take into account different types of accommodation options when designing new tours. From remote tented camps, over authentic homestays where guests will live as locals, sustainable ecolodges or even full comfort five-star hotels, our ultimate goal is to provide the right place to relax and recharge after a day full of adventure that suits the needs of your travelers.

Authentic Homestays

Ecolodges

High-End and Luxury


HUMAN IS AT THE CORE OF EVERYTHING Most of our partners highly value our eminent human touch in all we do, ensuring you and your travelers consistently receive the very best personal service and support possible. At Easia Active we pride ourselves to always be there for you. Starting from your personal sales contact to our very own people on spot, looking after your most valued travelers. We have over 14 different teams operating throughout our 5 destinations who are constantly out in the field; developing, testing and safeguarding the quality of our active products personally, so that we can offer you the most up-to-date and up-to-standard activities, which your business can rely on.


OUR SUSTAINABLE COMMITMENTS Sustainability is more to us than just popular marketing jargon. It reflects in everything we do, from the daily management of our teams to our on the ground products and services. At Easia Active we are driven to contribute to the environmental and cultural protection of our destinations as well as cooperating as much as possible with the local communities and families in the areas where we operate, live and work. The sustainability mindset is an essential part of Easia Active’s DNA.

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND LOYALTY

Product Development at Easia Active is not a rushed process, as setting up travel products that are both of value to the traveler and sustainably responsible takes time. We want to make sure that all our partners receive an overall positive benefit and reliable financial support. Therefore, we establish and maintain long term commitments with our local partners for a minimum of 5 years duration.

LOCALITY AND AUTHENTICITY

An active tour often involves leaving the commonly traveled paths and exploring areas that may not show much in the way of the influences of tourism yet. Encouraging local individuals to develop services or programs together with us, is one of our main aims. While reducing the impact on the main tourist trails, this provides visitors with long lasting memories of their trip.


OUR SUSTAINABLE COMMITMENTS TRAVELIFE

All our offices joined the internationally recognized Travelife certification and training system in 2017 to improve our sustainability planning, management and reporting. Our aim is to reach the highest level of sustainability for tour operators with full Travelife certification.

PROTECTION We have joined movements such as ChildSafe and the PATA Animal Welfare initiative to implement protection mechanisms during relevant tours. To obtain more information, please take a look at our Sustainability Policy on our website or contact us at sustainability@easia-travel.com


Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that damn mountain!” - Jack Kerouac


To know more about our active offer, please visit our website at www.easia-travel.com/active Or directly contact our teams at active@easia-travel.com


Please contact us at:

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