Central and South Vietnam Adventure

TRIP TYPE
Active
PRICE
From 28,300,000 VNĐ
DURATION
12 DAYS

Trip Overview

Would you opt for caves and river deltas over bays and mountains? Then this 12-day package has you covered! Compare and contrast the crowds of Ho Chi Minh City with the quiet scenery of the Mekong Delta before heading off to Central Vietnam darlings Hoi An and Hue, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Finish the adventure with an overnight caving expedition in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Overnight spelunking in the Tu Lan Cave System of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park
  • Squeezing through the Cu Chi and Vinh Moc tunnels 
  • Absorbing the proud heritage of the Vietnamese in Hue and Hoi An
  • Discovering Ho Chi Minh City by Vespa

THIS TOUR IS PERFECT FOR

  • First- or second-time visitors to Vietnam
  • Adventurous travellers who love to get off the beaten path
  • Learning about the recent war history of Vietnam
  • Experiencing impressive natural beauty and modern marvels

    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: Ho Chi Minh City Arrival
    Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi
    Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Mekong Delta – Vung Liem
    Day 4: Vung Liem – Mekong Delta – Ho Chi Minh City
    Day 5: Ho Chi Minh City – Da Nang – Hoi An
    Day 6: Hoi An – Cam Kim – Cam Thanh – Tra Que
    Day 7: Hoi An – Da Nang – Hue
    Day 8: Hue
    Day 9: Hue – DMZ – Phong Nha City
    Day 10: Phong Nha Town – Tu Lan Cave System
    Day 11: Tu Lan – Phong Nha Town 
    Day 12: Phong Nha Town – Dong Hoi city Departure

    Xin Chao and welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival to Saigon’s Tan Son Nhat Airport, a Topas representative will welcome you to the land of the ascending dragon before heading straight to your hotel in the heart of the city.

    The day is free at leisure until sunset, when it’s time to discover the city the way the locals do, on the back of a scooter! Your trusty driver will zip you down tiny alleys and wide boulevards flanked by skyscrapers to show you the Saigon few travelers get to see. Sample delicious street food dishes as you pass major tourist attractions such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and old Post Office, getting to know Vietnam in style.

    Included meals: Dinner
    Distance and Activities: 45’ transfer – 4h motorbike tour

    Step into the past with a visit through the Cu Chi tunnels, a vital network of 200km of underground passages, chambers, and living quarters during the Second Indochinese War and a fascinating piece of Vietnam’s history. Enjoy a local lunch nearby before returning to the center of Ho Chi Minh City.
    The afternoon consists of an easy walking tour, starting at the Reunification Palace and then stopping at the Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral, two still-working colonial masterpieces. End your tour at the War Remnants Museum, paying respect to the sobering recent tragedies and the fighting spirit of the Vietnamese to rebuild their society.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Distance and activities: 3h round-trip transfer -3h tunnel tour – 3h sightseeing city tour

    Leave the city for a quiet escape to the fertile rice bowl of Vietnam: the Mekong Delta. This lush land of palm trees and great rivers is home to some of the best fruit farms found anywhere in the world, and it’s all easily explored by bike. So take your two wheels and peddle around the area, taking in the vibrant green rice paddies and stopping to munch on juicy fruit.
    Check-in to your riverside lodge, just in time to watch a traditional music show while enjoying a delicious dinner made from local ingredients from the area.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Distance and activities: 2h transfer – 2h cycling

    Get an early start and discover more about one of the produce items that keeps this region in business: coconuts. Witness the boats piled high with coconuts destined for the factory – nothing goes to waste! After the coconuts are shelled, the fibers are removed from the husk and used to make rope and rugs. You can watch the whole process before returning to the lodge for a quick lunch before returning to Ho Chi Minh City.

    Arrive to your city hotel in the late afternoon, with the evening free to explore on your own.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Distance and activities: 2h transfer – 2h cycling

    A mid-morning flight transports you from the glitz and glamor of Ho Chi Minh City to the laid-back charm of central Vietnam. Arrive to Da Nang International Airport and transfer to one of Vietnam’s most popular tourist destinations, Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Enjoy the day, getting to know the beautiful old streets decorated with hanging lanterns,  restaurants, cafes, and tailors of the Ancient Town, situated on the banks of the Thu Bon River. We suggest popping by the Reaching Out Teahouse, a lovely old-fashioned house providing work for the hard of hearing, serving up delicious tea and homemade snacks.

    Included meals: Breakfast
    Distance and activities: 45’ transfer – 1h20’ flight – 30’ transfer 

    Hop onto a bicycle and explore the countryside surrounding Hoi An, crisscrossing vibrant rice paddies and streams before reaching the traditional village of Cam Kim. Deep in the countryside, these locals make handicrafts from wood and sleeping mats from rattan.

    Continue on the dirt roads until you reach Cam Thanh village, another picturesque village that survives off farming. Feeling brave? Hop onto a water buffalo and plough through the paddies! Then stop for lunch on the hidden side of An Bang beach, a spotless strip of yellow sand that meets calm and shallow waters. Enjoy lunch with a local family, and rest.

    After lunch you can enjoy a quick fishing trip with a local fisherman before heading to an organic vegetable garden in Tra Que village and returning to your hotel.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Distance and Activities: 10 km cycling

    Depart Hoi An today after a relaxed breakfast and head north to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the refined ancient Imperial capital of Hue. Connected to Hoi An via a stunning coastal road, the 2.5 hour drive is a beautiful one filled with glimpses of lagoons, mountains, rice fields, and the vast ocean.

    Explore the colorful An Bang “ghost city” along the way, an example of how the Hue people venerate their ancestors, before continuing on, past Lang Co’s beaches and lagoons before finally ending at your hotel in Hue in the early afternoon.

    Included meals: Breakfast
    Distance and activities: 2.5h drive

    Start your morning with a calm cycling tour down colonial Le Loi Head boulevard, looking out for colonial mansions before crossing the iconic Truong Tien bridge, built by none other than Gustave Eiffel (who also built the Eiffel Tower). Park your bike to roam the former grandeur of the Hue Citadel, a grand walled city of parks and lakes as well as a traditional garden house for lunch.

    Spend the afternoon gliding down the Perfume River on a colorful dragon boat to two different tombs on UNESCO’s list for preservation due to their cultural and historical significance. First, explore the rural setting of Emperor Tu Duc’s mausoleum, with its spacious fields and lotus ponds. Then, wander the immaculately landscaped gardens and ornate temples of Emperor Minh Mang, the final resting place of one of the Nguyen Dynasty’s staunchest Confucians.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Distance and activities: 2h cycling – 3h boat ride

    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. Vinh Moc tunnels differ from those you’ve seen in Cu Chi, as the Cu Chi tunnels were built for soldiers, not civilians. 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
    Distance and Activities: 4h transfer – 1h DMZ tour

    Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Leave your hotel at  7am and head to the Oxalis Adventure headquarters located right on the river to prepare for the adventure of a lifetime; an overnight trek through the Tu Lan Cave System, one of Vietnam’s greatest outdoor wonders.

    Trek through the countryside and enter the jungle as you begin to get closer to the caves. Some caves you can walk through, others you’ll be completely submerged in water as you paddle from rock to rock. Don’t worry – a lifejacket makes things easy and safe.

    Helmets and headlamps ensure that you feel secure as you light up the chambers – some of which allow no natural light at all – and illuminate your path.

    In the evening you’ll settle into a gorgeous riverside campsite enveloped by mountains and jungle. You can’t shower, but instead there is a rock pool offering fresh clean water from the mouth of a cave. And for dinner you can expect a mouthwatering barbeque with dishes such as chicken and lemongrass or pork with herbs. Accommodation is in comfortable tents capable of holding up to two people.

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Distance and Activities: 90’ transfer – 6km trekking, 1km caving

    Wake up in the jungle for another adventurous day, trekking and swimming through three more caves of the Tu Lan system, one of which is accessed by climbing a metal ladder (with the protection of an additional safety line). After completing the third cave, return to where you started from, Ta Van Village, where lunch awaits.

    Return to your Phong Nha City hotel and reward yourself with a hot shower after such an incredible experience!

    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Distance and Activities: 4km trekking – 1km swimming – 10m ladder climb – 90’ transfer

    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’ transfer

    Tour Price

    From: 28,300,000VNĐ

    (equivalent of 1,230 USD)

    TOUR INCLUSIONS

    • Private A/C airport transfer as indicated in the program (4)
    • All accommodation indicated as twin-shared room
    • All meals as indicated in the program
    • All entrance tickets to local villages,Phong Nha National Park
    • Refillable water in vans (Please check with your guide or driver)
    • 1 x English speaking local tour guide on days with activities
    • 1-way domestic flight ticket between Ho Chi Minh and  Da Nang
    • 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
    • Prices based on group of 4 persons
    • 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.

    All bookings are made with and through Topas Travel. By booking a trip with Topas Travel, you agree
    to the terms and conditions set forth here.

    Plan Your Adventure…

    Get in touch with our travel designers now to begin planning your trip of a lifetime
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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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