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Itinerary

  • Days 1:

    Hanoi - Hoa Binh - Moc Chau (L/D)

  • Days 2:

    Moc Chau – Mai Chau – Pu Luong park (B/L/D)

  • Days 3:

    Pu Luong - Nghe An (B/L/D)

  • Days 4:

    Nghe An - Ha Tinh - Phong Nha - Chay Lap (Quang Binh) (B/L/D)

  • Days 5:

    Chay Lap – walks/ visits/activities (B/L/D)

  • Days 6:

    Chay Lap – Quang Tri – Thanh Tan (B/L/D)

  • Days 7:

    Thanh Tan – Hue/ visits and walks (B/L/D)

  • Days 8:

    Hue / visits – Hai Van pass – Hoi An (B/L/D)

  • Days 9:

    Hoi An – Da Nang – Departure (B/L)

Activities

Plane (Flights)
Junk Cruise
Biking
Holidays on the Beach
Accomodation

Activities Highlights

  • Discover the ethnic minorities at Hoa Binh, Moc Chau, Mai Chau & Nghe An and really immerse yourself in their daily life
  • Admire the Thung Khe pass at 957 meters above sea level
  • Hike in the Pu Luong National Park to contemplate the authentic & savage nature 
  • Observe the Ho dynasty recognized by Unesco as the world heritage <
  • Walk by sampan in the Phong Nha river to enter the Phong Nha - Ke Bang magnificent cave 
  • Take a bike ride around the Chay Lap village and see people work 
  • Enjoy lunch aboard Song Chay - Hang Toi with the special dishes of this region
  • Visit the village sanctuary underground of Vinh Moc where you'll hear about the American war in Vietnam
  • Explore the Hue Imperial Citadel with all 3 enclosures: Citadel, Imperial City and Purple Forbidden City
  • Talk with the local artisans in the Hue's craft villages
  • Take the souvenir photos at the top of the Hai Van pass 
  • Learn how to cook some local specialties in the cooking class in Hoi An.

Photos of this trip


Program in details (9 days)

  • Days 1

    Hanoi - Hoa Binh - Moc Chau (L/D)

    08h00: Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi and departure to Moc Chau via the beautiful places to visit and walk: Visit the Thay Pagoda, the ethnic village of Giang Mo at Hoa Binh with the impressive houses on pilotis.

    Continuation of the road to Moc Chau via Thung Khe passes at 957 meters above sea level. 

    Lunch on the road.

    Arrival at Moc Chau, a walk in the ethnic village of H'mong to see a little their daily life.

    Dinner and overnight at the ethnic H'mong’s homestay.

  • Days 2

    Moc Chau – Mai Chau – Pu Luong park (B/L/D)

    Morning, having breakfast with the typical dishes, then departure for Mai Chau, a nice walk in the ethnic villages such as Ban Van, Ban Nhoc, Ban Lac and Poom Coong + lunch at homestay _ ethnic Thai White.

    In the afternoon, transfer to Pu Luong park, a walk around 2 hours to arrive at the Ban Hieu village to spend the night at home.

    A beautiful reserve and authentic to contact with the ethnic groups of this village.

    Dinner and overnight at homestay _ Thai White ethnic.

  • Days 3

    Pu Luong - Nghe An (B/L/D)

    Morning, after breakfast, a walk in the direction of the exit of the village and then the departure for Nghe An via nice places to visit and to walk: Visit the heritage of the rampart of the Ho dynasty (recognized by Unesco as world heritage). Visiting ethnic villages along the Ho Chi Minh Trail

    Lunch at the local restaurant on the way with local specialties.

    Continuation of the road to the Con Cuong district of the province of Nghe An _ Ho Chi Minh native country.

    Arrival at the village of Ban Nua, a walk in to discover this village to see their daily life.

    Evening - dinner with the local habitant, ethnic of Thai Black.

  • Days 4

    Nghe An - Ha Tinh - Phong Nha - Chay Lap (Quang Binh) (B/L/D)

    Breakfast at homestay, and then depart to Quang Binh, always following the route of the Ho Chi Minh trail via beautiful places to visit: Visit the Pu Mat National Park + visit of the very beautiful cascade of The Kem.

    Lunch at the local restaurant with traditional dishes.

    Continuation of the road to Quang Binh _ a province known by many caves discovered and recognized by Unesco as a natural heritages of the world.

    Arrival in Phong Nha, take a sampan ride in the Phong Nha river to enter the Phong Nha - Ke Bang caves, visit this magnificent cave and then cruise on the return for transfer to Chay Lap village where we take a bike ride to discover this village and see people work.

    Dinner and overnight at Homestay.

  • Days 5

    Chay Lap – walks/ visits/activities (B/L/D)

    Morning, having breakfast and then departure for a day of discoveries and visits in the area where there are many caves and beautiful scenery: Visit Thien Duong (Paradise) cave during 3 hours in average for the first part of the cave discovered recently and open to tourism for not longtime ago.

    Option:
    * / For adventurers who like to enter the cave, you must register at least 01 days in advance for the necessary preparations (special guide, headlamps, boots, safety jacket, kayak, safety, etc. .. and supplement of 115 USD/ person.

    Return and transfer to Song Chay - Hang Toi for lunch at the local restaurant with the typical and original dishes of this region.

    After lunch, discover adventurous games and the health services of this area: Slip on the hanging cape (Zip-line), swim or kayak in Song Chay river to go to visit Hang Toi cave.

    An incredible and effective swim to hunt stress and tiredness in the middle of the cave (natural mud bath). 

    At the exit of the cave, you continue to participate in adventurous games such as hiking on a highwire, diving in the Song Chay River or Zip-line. 

    Continuation of the discovery of a beautiful ecological garden Suoi Mooc where you will see all kinds of flowers and rich natural reserves with small springs and corners for rest and photos as well as you can participate in different games to your sensibilities. 

    Return to Chay Lap for the rest.

    Dinner and overnight at Homestay.

  • Days 6

    Chay Lap – Quang Tri – Thanh Tan (B/L/D)

    Morning, departure to Hue via the 17th parallel where you will visit historical vistas during the American War between 1955 and 1975.

    Before crossing the 17th parallel you will visit a village sanctuary underground of Vinh Moc which talks to you about the American war in Vietnam.

    Continuation of the road to cross the bridge of two banks of Ben Hai river, a river considered as the line of temporary separation between North and South for 21 years, visit Cot Co museum (flag column) and take pictures at this border North-South Vietnam. 

    Lunch at local restaurant in Quang Tri city with local specialties.

    In the afternoon, visit the ancient city of Quang Tri whom the great monument dedicates to the fighters who died during the war for the liberation of the country.

    Continuation of the road to the Thanh Tan region, the suburb of city, 40 km away from the north of Hue city center. This area is well known by the systems of springs of mineral water and hot water since the French period and the French and Vietnamese doctors in the old times used the natural resources for the therapeutic characteristics. 

    On arrival, rest or discovery or bath in source of hot water. 

    Dinner and overnight in Thanh Tan.

  • Days 7

    Thanh Tan – Hue/ visits and walks (B/L/D)

    Morning, free time for your own discoveries or enjoy the morning for adventurous games such as Zip-line or Highwire.

    Check-out at around 11:30 and then road to go to downtown of Hue for visits to the must-see sites: Cruise along the Perfume River + lunch on board.

    Visit of the Thien Mu pagoda by walking and discover the Hue Imperial Citadel with all 03 enclosures: Citadel, Imperial City and Purple Forbidden City.

    Dinner at the local restaurant and overnight in Hue city. 

  • Days 8

    Hue / visits – Hai Van pass – Hoi An (B/L/D)

    Morning, visit of a monument of Luc Bo (06 ministries) feudalism to discover the craft villages of Hue.

    Departure in the suburbs of Hue for a bike ride to the village of Thuy Bieu + lunch at homestay.

    In the afternoon, drive to Hoi An via the Hai Van Pass with the photo stop along the road and at the top of the pass

    Arrival in Hoi An, transfer to hotel for leisure. 

    Dinner at the local restaurant and overnight in Hoi An.

  • Days 9

    Hoi An – Da Nang – Departure (B/L)

    Morning, departure for a sampan ride on Hoai River and then a bike ride in the suburbs of Hoi An.

    Relaxation with the foot massage for 15minutes, cooking class + lunch at homestay.

    In the afternoon, return to the city to visit the must-see sites before transfer to Da Nang for the flight either for Hanoi or for Ho Chi Minh City.


INCLUDED

  • Accommodations in the hotel as mentioned in the program
  • Nights in the homestay as mentioned
  • Private vehicle, air-conditioned + competent driver for the transfer on land
  • Domestic flight + fees: DANANG - HANOI/SAIGON 
  • English-speaking guides during the trip as mentioned 
  • Boat trips as mentioned
  • All entrance rights to the sites for the guided days
  • Meals mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).

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