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Buffalo Run

Spend seven action-packed days exploring Vietnam's rich history, local culture, food, and breathtaking natural beauty from Hanoi to Hoi An. The Buffalo Run has been designed by travelers, for travelers. It showcases some of the most spectacular "off the beaten track" destinations through the lens of knowledgeable tour guides, while keeping a fun and relaxed atmosphere, all being enjoyed with a bunch of like-minded souls.

Hanoi - Trang An - Phong Nha - National Park - DMZ - Vinh Moc Tunnels - Thien Mu Pagoda - Hai Van Pass - Hoi An Unessco Old Town - An Bang Beach

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  • What's In It For You?

    All of your accommodation, transport, one of our awesome local guides and all entrance fees. Please check the itinerary for included meals - the few that aren't are meant to maintain flexibility.

  • What's Not Included?

    Drinks, Travel Insurance and Personal Expenses.

  • Cost

    7D/6N - 500.00 USD


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.


Today's agenda is jam-packed with adventure, spent discovering the stunning scenery of Phong Nha-Ke Bang, one of Vietnam's largest national parks. Zipline into the dark cave, get down and dirty in the mud baths, and grab a kayak and a dip in the lake, before feasting on a hard-earned lunch. Visit the eight lady cave, a poignant relic of the war torn era before capping off the day with a drink in hand watching the sunset over the rice paddies at a nearby farmstay.


Make the most of your free morning to do some self-guided exploring, before heading out on a short �off-road� bike ride through the villages to a local treasure, the pub with cold beer. Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch and an ice cold bottle of Nam's finest.


Spend the day discovering the rich war history of the area. Go deep underground into the Vinh Moc tunnel system, built as shelter from the bombings during the American war. Visit the mine action visitors centre in Dong Ha and learn about the lasting effect of the war that still lingers today. Finally make your way to our hostel in Hue for some cold beers and a warm welcome.


Visit Thien Mu Pagoda, the tallest in Vietnam, and immerse yourself in the Buddhist culture. Head to a secluded jungle bar for some much needed relaxation, lunch and cocktails. Go for a swim and soak in the sun before watching it set from one of hue's real hidden gems.


Ride in style in an old fashioned, open-air Russian army jeep to travel the most iconic stretch of Vietnam, the Hai Van Pass. Take a dip in the ocean and set up on the sand for a seaside lunch with locals. Pile back in and make your wind-blown way to the peak of the pass, visiting French and American bunkers, bullet holes and all. Finish your epic journey arriving into our hostel in Hoi An for a poolside beverage with friends.


Discover Hoi An's highlights by bicycle in the Unesco Old Town, including its renowned tailor shops, bustling markets, and hidden street food spots. Get creative in the city of lanterns with a workshop to make your own, and sunbathe in the beauty of An Bang Beach at our very own Kahuna's Hoi An Beach Club. Relax by the pool or beach and plan your local activities for the following days or prepare to embark on the next chapter of your legendary journey down Vietnam with a visit to Ninhvana and 4 days of adventure through the Central Highlands finishing in Saigon.

The Important Stuff

Conditions of Travel

In circumstances beyond the control of Vietnam Backpacker Hostels and the associated tour\r\noperators, such as weather conditions, mechanical failure and/or restrictions placed by the\r\nNational Park Authorities, we reserve the right to alter the route or itinerary of any of its tours\r\nand arrange alternative carriers to those advertised if necessary. NO refunds will be given in\r\nthese circumtances, or in the event of any delay, curtailment or alteration of the trip. We can\r\nnot guarantee pick-up or drop-off times and are not liable for passenger failure to connect\r\nwith other services or any associated costs incurred.


Whilst we make every effort to safeguard our clients and their belongings, we cannot be held\r\nresponsible for personal injury or loss due to events, which are beyond our control.


Passengers should note that adventure travel involves higher than normal risk.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is NOT included. We strongly recommend that passengers have their own travel insurance against illness, injury, loss/damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on confirmed departure dates.

The Essentials

Passport, comfortable shoes/ trainers, swim-stuff, towel, sunscreen, toiletries, raincoat,\r\nwarm clothes for the cooler months (Nov-March) and areas, mosquito repellent, camera,\r\nspending money, flashlight, a healthy appetite and a good attitude!

Do I have to participate?

Part of the enjoyment of our tours is bonding with a group of like-minded adventurers so we\r\nmake them active and hands on. Full involvement is normally one of the highlights of the trip\r\nbut no one will force you to do something you don't want to do

Where do I meet the trip?

The trip departs from Vietnam Backpacker Hostel at 9 Ma May Street, Hanoi at 9am. If\r\nyou're not there when we leave, we'll regard it as non-attendance. You won't be able to join\r\nthe trip, and will NOT be refunded. To avoid any delays in the morning, make sure you\r\ncheck-in with our crew and reconfirm your details at the Travel Desk the night before.

What do I eat?

One of the highlights of this trip is the unique access to local foods. Being in the Vietnamese\r\ncountryside, it can be difficult to find places that will please everyone. However, if you are\r\nvegetarian, have food allergies or do not eat seafood we can cater to you. If you have very\r\nspecific dietary needs please discuss this at the time of booking.

How fit do I have to be?

Our trips are active, so a reasonable level of fitness is needed. If you have any doubts about your suitability for our trips, please check with our Travel Desk before making a booking.

NOTE: Activities vary in duration and grade depending on the availability.

Online Bookings

All online bookings need to be confirmed and paid for in full 24 hours in advance. If not, Vietnam Backpacker Hostels will regard it as nonattendance. You will not be able to join the tour and will NOT be refunded.

Cancellation Policy Fees

Fees will be charged in event of booking cancellations

  • 48 Hours - 30 Days: 25% of booking cost
  • 24 Hours - 48 Hours: 50% of booking cost
  • Within 24 Hours or no shows: 100% of booking cost