Over 16 days, you’ll have the opportunity to delve a little deeper to parts of Vietnam where very few people go. Some of the highlights include visiting Trang An ‘Halong Bay on land’, zip lining in Phong Nha, a scenic drive along the Hai Van pass by open top jeep, tackling rapids while white water rafting and a stay at our all-inclusive backpacker resort – Ninhvana!!
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 TUNNEL (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 our 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 BOATS & SUNSET BOAT TOUR (B):
In the morning, 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. In the afternoon, we cycle to the river and jump on a traditional long tail boat and cruise down the Thu Bon River. We’ll drop anchor, turn on some tunes and watch as the sun slowly sets over the beautiful villages on the outskirts of the old town. We’ll cycle back to hostel as the town starts to light up for the night and be back in time for happy hour!
DAY 8 – HOI AN – UNESCO OLD TOWN & ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES IN ASIA (B)
Today is completely free! Spend the day relaxing at the beach, explore the Old Town’s thousands of tailor shops, art galleries and riverside market or simply kick back on the beach.
Day 9 – HOI AN & OVERNIGHT BUS TO NHA TRANG (B)
You’ll have another free today to do some last minute tailoring adjustments or enjoy the old town one last time. We’ll leave our Hoi An Hostel at 6pm and take an overnight bus to Nha Trang.
DAYS 10 & 11 – NHA TRANG & NINH VAN BAY (ALL MEALS INCLUDED)
The next few days will be spent at Ninhvana. Located North East of Nha Trang city, Ninh Van Bay is on a remote stretch of land along the coast and the beach at the resort is completely private and yours to enjoy for the next few days. Chill by the pool with a book or sunbath on the beach, it’s completely up to you! Choose from a number of activities, which are all included J such as kayaking, standup paddle boarding, yoga, beach volleyball, hiking and bike trips to name just a few! Finish off the days with some cocktails and a feast cooked by our awesome chefs under the stars.
DAY 12 – NINH VAN BAY TO BUON MA THUOT & DAK LAK (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast by the beach, we’ll make our way towards Buon Ma Thuot, which is commonly known as the coffee capital of Vietnam as it is surrounded by many large coffee producing farms. We head straight to Dray Nur Waterfall, which is the largest and most impressive of the three waterfalls along the Serepok River. From here we embark on a picturesque cycle through the countryside, passing cocoa, cashew, coffee & pepper farms to Lak Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the Central Highlands. This is where we’ll stay the night in a traditional M’nong Longhouse.
DAY 13 – LAK TO DALAT (B, L)
The M’nong people are the largest ethnic tribe in the Central Highlands and they rely heavily on the lake for their livelihood and you’ll likely get to see many of them fishing in their traditional dugout canoes. We’ll get to take a ride in one of these canoes before we visit a village of the local ethnic minority trip of the E-De people. From here we’ll make our way through the stunning hills of the Central Highlands. Along the way, you’ll get a chance to try the famous weasel/civet coffee before we hit the lovely town of Dalat, which was once an Old French Hill Station during the early 1900’s. This was because it sits at an altitude of 1500 metres above sea level, the temepratures are ideal throughout most of the year and has the nickname “City of Eternal Spring”.
Day 14 – DALAT – WHITE WATER RAFTING (B, L)
Today is an exciting day as you strap in for some adventure with our professional white water rafting crew! You’ll get a full briefing from your river guide as well as a warm up through some easy rapids before you hit the main pumping section of the river. This unique experience will take you alongside forests, countryside and through many untouched areas of the highlands. You’ll get a chance to chill out for a bit before grabbing a bite to eat in town and explore Dalat’s nightlife!
DAY 15 & 16 – DALAT TO SAIGON & FINAL GOODBYES (B)
You’ll have another chance to explore the town or do a spot of shopping as well as grab some lunch. We’ll leave in the afternoon and head direclty to Saigon, arriving around dinner time. Freshen up before we hit the town for one last hurrah L If you’re still not ready to leave, why not extend a few more nights and discover more of what the city has to offer!
B = Breakfast/L = Lunch/D = Dinner
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?:
All your accommodation, transport as well as one of our awesome local guides and entrance fees. Most meals are included. Check with the team when booking and also let us know if you have any food requirements or allergies.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Drinks, travel insurance and personal expenses.
* White water rafting is seasonal depending on water levels. We offer canyoning during this time. Depending on the group, canyoning can also be an alternative option instead of white water rafing. Please double check with our team when booking. There may be additional fees depending on which activity is chosen on that day*
CANCELLATION POLICY FEES
Fees will be charged in event of booking cancellations or no shows:
48 Hours – 30 Days 25% of booking cost
24 Hours – 48 Hours 50% of booking cost
Within 24 Hours 100% of booking cost
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