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BUFFALO RUN HOI AN TO HO CHI MINH CITY

A seven day journey of a lifetime from Hoi An all the way to Ho Chi Minh City
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Coffee heaven in Buon Ma Thuot
  • Yok Don National Park & The Elephant Conservation Project
  • Dalat and the Central Highlands
  • White water rafting adventure
  • Cycle from 1500m elevation down to beach town of Mui Nei
  • Party in Ho Chi Minh city
  • Mekong Delta – Vietnam’s food bowl

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Buffalo Run Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh

Trip Summary

Trip >
Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh – 8 days & 7 nights
Price >
$580 USD
Departures >
Email us for specific dates
Accommodation >
Hostels (dorms & private rooms), hotels, home-stays
Transport >
Air conditioned bus including an overnight bus from Danang to Buon Ma Thuot
What’s Included >
Experienced guide, all accommodation, white water rafting (White water rafting is seasonal. We can arrange alternative activities. Please check with our team), entrance fees, drinking water and transport. Check the itinerary for which meals are included – most are!
What’s Not Included >
Drinks (other than water), personal expenses and travel insurance (however, if needed, it is available for purchase through WorldNomads)
Who is it for >
Active, social, fun-loving travellers from all walks of life

Itinerary

Day 1

HOI AN – OVERNIGHT BUS TO BUON MA THUOT (B)

There are no activities planned for this morning so feel free to explore Hoi An’s Ancient Old Town, cycle down to the beach or just chill out in the hostel.
Around 5pm you’ll be taken to Danang bus station where you’ll board the overnight bus to Buon Ma Thout. Make sure you fill up on some snacks and drinks before you leave Hoi An!

Day 2

ARRIVAL IN BUON MA THUOT (B, L, D)

Arriving early in the morning, we’ll take you for a local Vietnamese breakfast before exploring Buon Ma Thuot, the coffee capital of Vietnam! Vietnam is actually the world’s second biggest exporter of coffee so we head directly for the famous Trung Nguyen coffee village where you can taste their famed weasel coffee (yep we said weasel)! There will be a lunch stop along the way and from here we head into Vietnam’s biggest National Park, Yok Don which next to the Cambodian border and check out the local village which we call home for the night.
Day 3

YOK DON NATIONAL PARK- ELEPHANT CONSERVATION PROJECT – DALAT (B, L)

We join with the team from the National Parks Elephant Conservation project and meet the elephant caretakers at first light to track the roaming elephants through the jungle. We then ride and walk them back to park headquarters where they take us for a swim in the river before having their health check and being set to roam free again for the rest of the day. After breakfast we head back to Buon Ma Thuot to enjoy a local specialty lunch before boarding our mini-bus to Da Lat, arriving in time for dinner.
Day 4

DALAT – WHITE WATER RAFTING (B, L)

Strap in for some adventure with our professional white water rafting crew and head to the river for the safety briefing before our guides take us for a thrilling adventure through the Dalat countryside. Re-fuelling at a village restaurant, we then head for a coffee farm where we can taste the famed weasel (yes, we said weasel coffee) in front of panoramic views of the coffee fields. Sit down for a local dinner in Dalat and enjoy the town.
** White water rafting is seasonal depending on water levels. We do make alternative arrangements. Please double check with our team when booking**
Day 5

DALAT TO MUI NE (B, L)

Dalat sits at an altitude of 1500 metres, while our destination today Mui Ne is at sea level. This provides plenty of opportunity to coast downhill on a bicycle on secondary roads, through jungles and rice fields. High-five village kids as we roll through, and take in some of the many photo opportunities as we come down the mountains. With full vehicle support we spend as much time in the saddle as we like. The more time in the saddle, the more we earn our beers around the pool this evening in Mui Ne.
Day 6

MUI NE TO HO CHI MINH CITY (B, L)

After breakfast enjoy a lazy morning around the pool before we head out to Ho Chi Minh City after lunch. We arrive in time for dinner before getting ready to kick into the electric nightlife of the city.
Day 7

MEKONG DELTA (B, L)

We head for the Mekong Delta, aptly known as Vietnam’s food bowl. Today is all about food, we check out local fish farms and fish markets by boat, meet a local fruit farmer at his house where we can relax and enjoy some of the local fare. Check out the coconut farms and watch them make the famous local coconut candy (seriously addictive!). After lunch we take rowboats through narrow palm shrouded channels before returning to Ho Chi Minh City for one last night in the city.
 Day 8

DEPART HO CHI MINH CITY (B)

There are no activities planned for the final day so you’re able to continue the rest of your journey at any time. 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!
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What to do next?

Ho Chi Minh is a huge city with great stories to be told. Extend your stay for a couple more days to check out the sites synonymous with the final weeks of the American war and drink al-fresco beers with the masses on Pham Ngu Lau street.
Want to detox? Grab a short flight to the island paradise of Phu Quoc. Or you can bus it to Cambodia and find new adventures across the border. Whatever you decide, our travel experts are on hand to offer advice on your next stop.

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What to Bring

A towel, decent footwear for trekking, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (at least SPF15), a reliable insect repellent, toiletries, a camera, rain jacket.  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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FAQ

What days do you go?

The trip departs every other Tuesday. Contact us for specific departure dates.

Where do I meet this trip?

The trip departs from Vietnam Backpackers’ Downtown Hostel at 9 Ma May Street, Hanoi at 6:30am. Make sure to double check with our crew at the travel desks for departure time for your tour particularly if you are staying at our Original Hostel

Do I have to reconfirm my place on the tour?

Yes, you must reconfirm your place on the tour 24 hours before the tour departs either at the Travel Desk in the foyer of the hostel or via email. If you are arriving to the hostel less than 24 hours before the departure time of the tour full payment must be made to confirm your booking.

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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