Vietnam Backpacker hostels take you on an “Epic Adventure” to the sun-swept party shores of Ha Long Bay & Castaways Island to then recoup and commence the famous Buffalo Run. Venture south along Vietnam's glorious coastline to Hoi An with many pit stops to epic spots - this is an unforgettable experience should not be missed.
Departure, accommodation and tour dates are flexible.
This awesome package includes:
AN 11 Day Epic Adventure
2 Nights on Castaway Island
Meet the rest of your crew in Hanoi at the Downtown Vietnam Backpackers' Hostel at 7.00am.
Travel by bus and boat to Castaways island taking in some sights of Cat Ba National Park along the way.
Arrive in time for lunch on the beach and fuel up for some activities.
Get into the watersports! Not only are they a bucket load of fun, but they’re great exercise. Go tubing! (our most popular) we take out up to four people on the tube at a time. You and 3 friends will get real close while you bounce around Ha Long Bay at speed while all trying to be the last one left on. If you’re a wakeboarder, or you want to learn, what a place to do it! Our watersports crew will get you up and going for the most memorable wakeboard of your life.
As the sun sets enjoy cocktails on the beach, indulge in our Castaways happy hour or simply take a well deserved nap in a hammock in preparation for a big night of partying!
Breakfast is served from 7am so you have plenty of time to get yourself ready for a day on a junk boat cruising through the Karst and diving into Ha Long Bay.
10am (1-1.5hrs) Cruise Boat arrives to pick up guests
Cruise through the magnificent un-touristic mountain range of Lan Ha Bay getting up close to the local fisherman & women and their floating villages. During this time you will receive an informative speech from our Castaway group leaders teaching you the facts and legend of Ha Long Bay with a chance to ask questions.
11:30am (45mins – 1hr) Kayaking
Partner up and paddle through ancient caves and into a network of lagoons. This is your best opportunity of seeing the endangered Lange monkey native to Ha Long Bay.
12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch
A traditional Vietnamese lunch is served with a combination of fresh seafood, meat, vegetables, rice, noodles and fresh fruit. We also cater for Vegetarians and those with allergies (please specify when booking).
1:30pm – 3pm
Kick back and enjoy the scenery whilst socializing and listening to music on the boat.
3pm – 4pm Swimming
Cool off by jumping from the top deck and swimming in the bay. There’s always an acrobat or two!
We will transport you safely back to your private island where dinner and our nightly festivities will continue.
You do not depart the island until after lunch so lots of time to enjoy a slow morning kayaking, a morning swim or maybe a well deserved lie in.
Not all good things have to come to an end. If you like where you are, stay. You’re welcome to continue your stay on the island and share your experiences with the daily new arrivals. Book extra nights now, or extend while on the island.
If you really have to leave, after lunch we commence the journey back to civilisation via boat and bus, you will arrive back at VBH - Hanoi Downtown Hostel at approximately 6pm.
Day 4 Recoup day! Explore Hanoi. Food, shopping, local culture, whatever you want to do.
Day 5 Crack on with The Buffalo Run heading into the jungles of Cuc Phuong National Park to ride mountain bikes and to experience the local flora and fauna. This place is alive!
Day 6 The afternoon will be spent in Trang An, the area known as "Ha Long Bay on Land". Taking a boat to explore the many caves and ancient 10th century pagodas and temples. Later stoping for dinner in central Nin Binh town before an overnight bus to Phong Nha National Park.
Day 7 Explore the amazing Phong Nha national park. Giant caves, war history, crystal clear cave fed rivers to swim in, local villagers and much more. An awesome day!
Day 8 Passing through the former Demilitarized zone, Vinh Moc tunnels, learn of the war history and the problems locals have today caused by post war unexploded bombs.
Staying the night and enjoying the social atmosphere of our very own Hue Backpackers Hostel.
Day 9 Check out Vietnam's tallest pagoda and sink some cocktails at a private beach for lunch and sunset.
Day 10 Hippy van adventure along the coast. Option to go to elephant springs swimming spot, and wicked views of the famous Hai Van mountain pass. Adventure option to do Top Gear experience on motorbikes.
Day 11 On the final day you are to explore the luscious beaches and Old Town of Hoi An, at UNESCO World Heritage listed village full of tailor shops, cafes, art galleries and fresh food markets.
Castaways: All your accommodation, all meals, transport and any entrance fees. We offer different packages which include a choice of activities between tubing, wakeboarding and rock climbing. Please speak to our crew about all the options when booking your trip. Meals are included - please check the itinerary for all the details.
Buffalo Run: Accommodation, activities, transport, guides, entrance fees are fully included. Please check itinerary for meals included - most are 🙂
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy Fees will be charged in event of booking cancellations:
48 Hours - 30 Days 25% of Fare
24 Hours - 48 Hours 50% of Fare
Within 24 Hours 100% of Fare