Ancient hue and the fairy's cave

TRIP TYPE
Active 
PRICE
From — VNĐ
DURATION
7 DAYS

Trip Overview

Work up a sweat in central Vietnam with this challenging 7-day itinerary through ancient Hue and the wonders of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. Travel back in time to the age of emperors as you cycle through crumbling tombs, traditional villages, and forbidden cities in Hue. Then, head through the DMZ and spend a night in the jungle before trekking to the fairy’s caves, Hang Tien, known as the biggest caves in the Tu Lan Cave System.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exploring the Citadel and ancient tombs from the famed Nguyen Dynasty
  • Sleeping overnight in the jungle
  • Spelunking in Hang Tien 1 and 2, the biggest caves in the gigantic Tu Lan Cave System
  • Watching the sunset over Tam Giang Lagoon

THIS TOUR IS PERFECT FOR

  • Nature lovers, cave enthusiasts, and history buffs
  • Combining city comfort with pristine nature and natural beauty
  • Active travel in a relaxed, upscale style
  • Extending for a few days at the beach in Da Nang or Quy Nhon

Detailed Itinerary

Topas Travel creates tailor-made tours for our guests according to their specific requests. This itinerary has been designed to show you just one of many options.

Day 1: Hue Arrival

Day 2: Hue

Day 3: Hue – Phuoc Tich Village – Tam Giang Lagoon

Day 4: Hue – DMZ – Phong Nha

Day 5: Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park – Nuoc Not Cave – Chay River

Day 6: Phong Nha – Tan Hoa – Hang Tien

Day 7: Hang Tien – Tan Hoa – Phong Nha

Day 8: Phong Nha – Dong Hoi Departure

Xin Chao and welcome to Hue! Upon arrival to Hue’s Phu Bai Airport, a Topas representative will welcome you before heading straight to your hotel in the heart of the city.

The day is at leisure to discover Hue on your own.

                                                                                                                          Included meals: N/A

                                                                                                     Distance and Activities: 25’ drive

Lace up your sneakers and get up close and personal with Hue this morning during a cycling tour down gentle hills and along sweeping rivers to crumbling tombs and regal temples. First stop is Tu Duc Tomb, a spacious countryside expanse filled with lotus ponds and ancient shrines. Continue south to the elaborate mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang, known as the Nguyen Dynasty’s staunchest Confucian. Stroll through the immaculate gardens before continuing to Kim Long, Hue’s garden neighborhood, for lunch.

Make your way back to the city in the early afternoon, stopping at the ancient Citadel, a palace constructed by the great kings of old, showcasing a proud flag tower, ornate gates, the forbidden purple city, and various royal chambers.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Distance and activities: 25km cycling – 4h sightseeing tour 

Spend the morning at leisure until a half-day trip outside of the city to ancient villages and dramatic lagoons. Cross Thanh Toan Bridge, the sister bridge to the famous Japanese bridge in Hoi An. Built in the time of Emperor Le Hien Tong in the mid-18th century, this ornate piece of art was the idea of Tran Thi Dao, a woman who grew up in the area and became the wife of one of Emperor Le’s highest-ranking courtiers.

Proceed to Phuoc Tich Village, an area given to the Vietnamese by the Champa Kingdom’s King after his marriage to the Vietnamese Emperor’s daughter.  From the 15th century, this village was known as the center of ceramics in Vietnam, with traces of kilns left to this day as well as wonderful examples of traditional Hue garden houses.

Then, head towards the ocean and Tam Giang Lagoon, one of the largest lagoons in Southeast Asia. Take in the deep purple sunset from your rowboat and then head back to Hue and the comfort of your hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch 
Distance and activities: 2h drive – 2h sightseeing – 1h sunset cruise 

Say good-bye to Hue and head north towards the impressive Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, home to some of the world’s largest known caves, crossing the demilitarized zone (DMZ) as you go. Stop and explore the historic battlegrounds, including Vinh Moc Tunnels, the site where an entire village of around 90 families moved underground in response to American bombing. You can also check out the Ben Hai Museum which holds some artifacts and photographs from this time period.

Arrive in Phong Nha City in the early afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure to relax at your hotel or to explore the local area.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner 
Distance and activities: 4h drive – 1h DMZ tour 

Wake up early and head to the Oxalis Office between 7:00-7:30 for a tour safety briefing. After signing the release form, your tour guide will provide you with the required equipment for the day’s activities. Start your journey on the legendary Ho Chi Minh trail, trekking down from the road to the valley floor.

A nice, easy 30-minute trek through the jungle brings you to a dry stream bed. Follow the rocky path carefully to climb down over boulders to the entrance of Nuoc Nut Cave. With your caving headlight and helmet, follow your guide into the darkness, gazing at the stalactites and stalagmites within as well as some clear blue pools. Return to the entrance and enjoy a picnic lunch in the middle of the wilderness.

Return back the way you came, traveling by car to the kayaking point. Paddle downstream through beautiful surroundings, watching out Kingfishers along the way. Finish with a cold drink at the Chay Lap Water Sports Centre and transfer to your hotel, arriving around 17:00.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Distance and activities: 2.5h drive – 1h trekking – 1h caving – 3km cycling

Depart for Tan Hoa this morning between 7:30-8:00, located around 70km north of Phong Nha. After a tour briefing, start an uphill rocky trek leading into the jungle. A similarly steep descent leads into a valley, where your camp-site for the night will be, next to a natural swimming pool.

Spend the evening enjoying the dinner prepared by your porter team, playing cards, chatting, or listening to the jungle.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance and activities: 1h drive – 4km trekking

Wake up to the sounds of the jungle and enjoy a hearty lunch before taking up the trail again, largely made up of a jumble of rocks to pick your way over, with the help and direction of the guide and safety team.

The huge entrance is at the head of the valley. As you enter the cave, you will see many unusual cave features such as a ceiling dome and multiple layers of rock, giving the walls a striped appearance. Climb up a 10m ladder with help from a safety rope, and a short distance later you will see the end of the cave, and an opening into the jungle. Continue into the jungle valley and trek for around 30 minutes to the second cave. A small opening with swirling striped patterns on the walls drops into a much larger passageway filled with calcite formations.

 Turn around and retrace the journey back to the entrance, across the jungle through the first cave down the rocky valley and enjoy a picnic lunch. Refreshed, it’s then time for the big hill back up and down to the road for car pickup and return to the office for a shower. Transfer to your hotel in Phong Nha, arriving around 18:00.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance and activities: 3km caving – 10m ladder climb – 4km trekking – 1h drive

Enjoy the last day as you see fit before your transfer to Dong Hoi Domestic Airport for onward booked travel.

Included meals: Breakfast
Distance and activities: 45′ drive

Tour Price

From: -- VNĐ

(equivalent of -- USD)

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • 2-way private A/C airport transfer
  • All accommodation indicated as twin-shared room
  • All meals as indicated in the program
  • All entrance tickets to local villages
  • All fees for caving expeditions
  • Refillable water in vans (Please check with your guide or driver)
  • 1 x English speaking local tour guide on days with activities
  • Government VAT

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Drinks and alcohol
  • Vietnam visa (On request with additional charge)
  • Travel insurance (Compulsory with Topas Travel programs)
  • Upgrades to higher standard rooms or single supplements
  • Personal travel items (Please visit our Vietnam weather page for more information)

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Prices are quoted in Vietnamese Dong and valid until 31st October 2020
  • Exchange rate applied at VND 23,200. to USD 1
  • Prices calculated with Value Added Tax
  • Surcharge may be applicable during peak season and public holidays

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

This program utilizes comfortable accommodation in the form of carefully curated hotels, lodges, and homestays. Hotels and lodges have been selected with the active traveler in mind, offering standard services and located as close to nature and local engagement as possible. Homestays are simple and equipped with western toilets and amenities such as fans and mattresses. If you have a specific property in mind you wish to stay at, please let your travel designer know so they can work it into your program.

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“I love the simple things when I travel, like sitting outside a local coffee shop soaking up an amazing sunset over the Thu Bon River in Hoi An, or a steaming bowl of Hu Tieu with all the toppings on a Saigon sidewalk. I can’t wait to share with you our beautiful landscapes, friendly people, stunning cuisine and more in Vietnam.”
 – Phuong Phung, Trip Designer

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