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Day 1 Phong Nha Arrival (-/-/D)
Day 2 Phong Nha Classic full day (B/L/D)
Day 3 Phong Nha - DMZ - Hue full day (B/L/-)
Day 4 Hue Heritage and People full day (B/L-)
Day 5 Hue - Da Nang - Hoi An (B/-/-)
Day 6 Orientation and food walk around Hoi An half-day (B/L/-)
Day 7 Hoi An Departure (B/-/-)
You are greeted by your guide and driver at Dong Hoi Airport, then hit the road and drive about one hour to the doorstep of Phong Nha Ke Bang national park. A kingdom of nature made of lush jungle, blue lagoons and the biggest caves of the world. Rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Chay Lap Farmstay.
In the morning, we discover the first zone of the Paradise Cave, a gigantic hole in the rock, 31-kilometer long, and 72-meter high. In the afternoon we will spend some time around the lagoon with some optional swimming, kayaking, ziplining down to the blue waters and exploring the wet Dark Cave. Bicycles are at our disposal so we can commute on wheels. End of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight at Chay Lap Farmstay.
Departing from Phong Nha, we hit the road to the South and towards the former DMZ (demilitarized zone). The drive of today takes about 4 hours but we will have several stops en route to explore the region and learn its critical role during the American war. First stop is Vinh Moc Tunnels which were constructed by residents of Vinh Moc and served as an underground village during the Vietnam War. The underground network consists of three levels and served all the community's needs with a school, hospital, etc. We continue to Hien Luong Bridge, today a quaint site but that is a massive piece of History as it was marking the border between North and South Vietnam until 1972. After that, visit Mine Action Visitor Center, created with the support of a Norwegian NGO which helps documenting the devastation of war and funding the demining of the region. Arrive Hue at around 5pm, rest of the day is at your leisure in Hue.
Hue was Vietnam’s last feudal capital, and today you will get an insider’s point of view to the highlights of this nostalgic city. Your first stop is a visit to Tu Duc Tomb, which is located near the quiet Thuy Bieu Village, 6.5-km from the city centre. It’s a sprawling compound centred on the lake and several waterways, and includes numerous memorials connected by attractive walkways. Next, you’ll visit a local garden house where your host will welcome you with hand-made ginger jam and tea. Veer off the common path and enjoy an easy bicycle ride around the village to explore the daily local life in the peaceful countryside, before enjoying some traditional dishes of Hue. After the delicious home hosted lunch, take a leisurely boat ride across the Perfume River to the Imperial Citadel, the best-preserved remnant of the vast citadel and royal quarters that once existed on the site. Here you can see the ravages of time and war on what was the carefully designed capital of the Nguyen Dynasty. Built in the early 19th century by armies of conscripted labourers under Emperor Gia Long, the citadel was surrounded by a 10-kilometre moat while earthen walls formed the outer perimeter. We exit the citadel to visit the nearby workshop and gallery of famous Vietnamese artist Truc Chi, who is a contemporary artist that created his own art based on bamboo paper carvings. We then head back to the hotel where you can spend the rest of the afternoon at your own leisure.
Morning is at your leisure. In the afternoon, you continue by road south to Hoi An. The scenery is remarkable, as the route hugs the coastline of the East Sea before winding up the spectacular Hai Van Pass. Here you can stop to admire the stunning views: north over Lang Co Beach and south over Da Nang. The Museum of Cham Sculpture features extensive and diverse displays of Hindu-influenced Cham sculpture dating from the 7th to the 15th centuries. Designed in 1915 by two French architects, Delaval and Auclair, your visit here will introduce you to the most common features of Cham towers and temples from throughout the region. Then continue driving along My Khe Beach to Hoi An.
On your arrival in Hoi An, we approach a nipa palm mangrove, tucked away between the beach and the ancient port town of Hoi An. Board a private cruise and sip a cold drink while the boat is moving slowly along the Mekong-like arroyos and the Thu Bon River. Drawing closer to Hoi An with its yellow walled ancient houses, the township is unveiled along riverside with hundreds of lanterns reflecting in the waters. This first sight of Hoi An will truly be treasured.
We start our walk across the enchanting ancient town of Hoi An. Follow your guide as you meander your way through the beautiful streets and narrow alleys, which are bordered by ancient yellow-walled houses. We reach a market where you can spend some time exploring the colourful stalls and the variety of foods and souvenirs on offer. Try some local delicacies before we venture further into the town. The guide will show you various places of interest and will also arrange some spontaneous food tastings as we walk. Food, drinks and culinary legends are all on the menu today.
Rest at leisure before checking out and transferring to the airport for your onward flight.
Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast at the below indicated room types (see hotel category list below) (check-in and check-out around noontime)
- All transfers and transportation with Air-Con vehicles (types of vehicles depend on the number of pax):
o1-2pax: minivan of 7 seats
o3-6pax: van of 16 seats
o7-10pax: bus of 25 seats
- Local ENGLISH speaking guides
- Boat trip - as per program
- All entrance fees - as per program
- Meals (B/L/D) (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) as indicated in the program
- 02 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus - on days of transfer and sightseeing only
- Government tax and service charge
- Airfares (international and domestic)
- Meals (other than mentioned in the program)
- Early check-in or late check-out
- Visa - as per country requirements
- Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
- Mineral water beyond that which is supplied
- Personal Insurance
- Optional excursions and activities
- Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc.)
- Peak season surcharges if any
- All not mentioned above
Chay Lap Farmstay Homestay
Pilgrimage Village Boutique Resort & Spa
La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa
- The above tour prices are based on our current transportation rates. Increasing petrol rates might affect our transportation and boat fees, in which case we reserve the right to revise our current rates. If any increase should arise we will of course keep you well informed.
- Availability: Please note that if a certain hotel is not available at the time of booking, then we will gladly make alternative suggestions in the same category. We will advise you accordingly with the surcharge if any. As a result, we would highly appreciate it if you could advise us to block rooms soonest possible to guarantee the rooms and rates in period of high and peak season
- All the above points of interest are open for visit based on current updates. In case of closure for construction or any other reason, we will replace with a similar point of interest.
- Above itinerary is based on the current flight schedule. In case of flight changes, the itinerary will be changed accordingly.
- No early check in or late checkout is included except those indicated in the program. Generally, the check in time is 14.00pm and check out time is 12.00pm.
- Visas into Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia are required except for countries who have signed the visa exemption contracts. Please contact us for visa information details.
Remarks: Passport must be valid 6 months ahead since the time of departing the visited country
7. Compulsory dinners on Dec 24th (Christmas), Dec 31st (New Year) and applicable public holiday event within your host country will be advised at time of booking.