Buffalo Run Hanoi to Hoi An | Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels


Seven legendary days from the capital city to the historical beach town of Hoi An
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  • The world’s largest caves
  • Ancient capital of Hue
  • White sand beaches
  • Experience the Hai Van Pass by open top Russian jeep!
  • Hoi An – shopping, markets and fantastic food

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Buffalo Run Hanoi to Hoi An

Trip Summary

Trip >
Hanoi to Hoi An – 7 days & 6 nights
Price >
500 USD
Departures >
 Selected departure dates. Please contact us for further information *Note: 4 AUG 2017 Departure is not available*
Accommodation >
Hostels (dorms & private rooms), hotels, home-stays
Transport >
Air conditioned bus & Jeep (Hue to Hoi An)
What’s Included >
Experienced guide, all accommodation, tickets & entrance fees, drinking water and transport. Most meals are included – Please check the itinerary for details.
What’s Not Included >
Drinks (other than water), lunch day 7, dinner on days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7. Personal expenses. Travel insurance (however, if needed, it is available for purchase through WorldNomads).
Who is it for >
The young, the young at heart and pretty much anyone with a sense of adventure


Day 1

Trang An – Halong Bay on land (L, D)

We depart from our Downtown hostel at 9am and head South West to Trang An, or commonly known as “HaLong Bay on Land”. After enjoying a delicious lunch, we will take a boat up the beautiful river fed by natural springs and through caves that cut their way through amazing limestone karst mountains to visit an Ancient 10th Century pagoda and temple.
We will have dinner and a shower in central Ninh Binh town before boarding the overnight bus to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
Day 2

Dark Cave & Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (B,L)

Phong Nha-Ke Bang is one of the largest National Parks in Vietnam. Home to a huge amount of wildlife, breathtaking scenery, crystal clear rivers and immense cave systems. A documentary by National Geographic has given this area much attention with the discovery of the world’s largest cave, Son Doong, here in the early 1990’s.
Our first stop is Eight Lady Cave. The site where eight women who were working on Route 20 highway died from a bomb attack that caused a massive rock to seal off the exit trapping them inside. After lunch we visit the awesome Dark Cave by zipline or for the slightly less adventurous, kayaks.
With only a head torch for light, we navigate our way in the darkness to the mud baths. Soak up in the goodness and be left with baby-smooth skin and what’s a mud bath without a classic mud fight! Afterwards take a refreshing dip in the lake and wash all the mud away.
Day 3

Phong Nha (B,L)

After an activity packed day yesterday, today is free for you to cycle around and explore the town, check out the local life by the river or just chill out.
We will take you on a short but bumpy ride through the villages to the Pub with Cold Beer for a local lunch and of course, some cold beer!
Day 4

Vinh Moc Tunnels (B,L)

Vinh Moc is a tunnel complex in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The tunnels were built to shelter families from the intense bombings of the area during the American war. Over 600 people lived and 17 babies were born in these tunnels between 1965 and 1972. After lunch we will visit the Mine Action Visitors Centre in Dong Ha. This centre looks at the effects of the war that still happens today, even after hostilities ended in 1975.
After this you will arrive at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels in Hue for some cold beers and depending what you’re up for, a relaxing night in or hitting the town! 🙂

Day 5

Thien Mu Pagoda & Beach Day (B, L)

Standing seven storeys high, Thien Mu is the tallest pagoda in Vietnam. Built in 1601, this pagoda is rich in history and is a very important Buddhist site. Pat the stone turtle on his head for good luck. Hop back on the bus and we head to the local beach to enjoy some lunch and some cocktails as we swim and enjoy the sunset… This spot is a real hidden gem!!
Day 6

Hai Van Pass (B,L)

You’re in for an adventure filled day as we leave Hue in an open top jeep! There will be plenty of stops along the way including a ride over the spectacular Hai Van Pass, fishing villages, local beaches, and breathtaking coastlines. We also stop at the famous Marble Mountain. Made up of various tunnels and caves, these mountains have been used as a place of worship for centuries by Buddhist monks and even a place to store treasure for ancient warlords! We’ll finish up the day in the beautiful UNSECO Heritage town of Hoi An.

Day 7

Hoi An: Basket Boat Trip, UNESCO Old Town & One of the Most Beautiful Beaches in Asia (B)

We’ll take you through the picturesque bamboo groves and take a traditional basket boat ride that includes some crab fishing. Finish up with a fresh coconut by the side of the river. Finish the trip with some free time to explore the Old Town’s thousands of tailor shops, art galleries and riverside market or simply kick back on the beach.

What to do next?

Hoi An is a great location to continue your Vietnam adventure. Why not jump back on the Buffalo Run from Hoi-An to Ho Chi Minh tour? Alternatively, grab a night bus to Nha Trang or take the short flight from nearby Da Nang airport to pretty much anywhere in Vietnam. Vietnam Backpacker Hostels can help you plan your next move, whatever you decide to do.

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What to Bring

Your Passport, swimming gear and a towel, decent footwear for trekking,  a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (at least SPF15), a reliable insect repellent, toiletries, a camera, flashlight (or phone with flashlight app) warm clothing for the cooler months of November to March.  Also bring your appetite and a sense of humour!

How much luggage can I take?

Your vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15kgs in a backpack or soft overnight bag and include a small day pack to hand carry for easy access to camera, sunscreen, water etc.

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What days do you go?

There are selected departures for this trip. Please check with our team at the time of booking.

Where do I meet this trip?

The trip departs from Vietnam Backpacker Hostel at 9 Ma May Street, Hanoi at 9am. If you’re staying here please be ready by 8.30am and 8.15am if you’re staying at our Original Hostel. If you’re not there when we leave, we’ll regard it as non-attendance. You won’t be able to join the trip, and will NOT be refunded. To avoid any delays in the morning, make sure you check-in with our crew and reconfirm your details at the Travel Desk the night before.

Is there a meeting point for meet and greet?

Your adventure starts with a meet and greet with your Trip Leader and the rest of your group the night before your trip. Please make your way to our Downtown Hostel located at 9 Ma May St, Hoan Kiem Lake by 7pm. Speak to one of our Travel Desk crew and they will be able to point you in the right direction. We’ll also get all the admin out of the way then so please bring your passports, that way we can hit the ground running the next day!

What do I eat?

Our emphasis is on fresh food wherever possible and our meals are nutritious and varied. If you are vegetarian or do not eat seafood we can cater for you, but if you have very specific dietary needs you may need to provide your own food. Please discuss this at time of booking.

How fit do I have to be?

Our trips are active tours so a reasonable level of fitness and swimming ability is needed. If you enjoy kayaking through caves, swimming in sheltered bays or rock climbing in pristine national parks and directly experiencing the environment then our tours are perfect for you. If you have any doubts about your suitability for our tours, please check with our Reservations Department before making a booking. NOTE: Activities vary in duration and grade depending on the trip chosen.

Do I have to participate?

Part of the enjoyment of our tours is bonding with a group of like-minded adventurers so we make them active and hands on. Full involvement is normally one of the highlights of the trip but no one can force you to do something you don’t want to do.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy Fees will be charged in event of booking cancellations:
48 Hours – 30 Days 20% of Fare
24 Hours – 48 Hours 50% of Fare
Within 24 Hours 100% of Fare
In the event that you do not show up for the trip without prior notice, 100% fees will be charged
We strongly recommend that you take the time to read our full Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy prior to booking with us

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$500.00 USD


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