Legendary vietnam

TRIP TYPE
Active
PRICE
From 34,460,000 VNĐ
DURATION
11 DAYS

Trip Overview

Get set for the adventure of a lifetime with this action-packed 10-day itinerary through the most legendary landscapes of northern and central Vietnam. Engage with four distinct ethnic minority groups in northern Vietnam, all while staying at the acclaimed Topas Riverside Lodge and Topas Ecolodge before sailing through the serene waters of Bai Tu Long Bay. Then, end your trip with a life-changing overnight trek to Hang En, the world’s third largest cave, which includes a campsite within the cave on your very own private beach in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Marveling at the rice terraces and ethnic diversity of Sapa
  • Spending a night at the world-renowned Topas Ecolodge
  • Sailing through Bai Tu Long Bay on an overnight cruise
  • Trekking to remote ethnic minority villages in northern and central Vietnam
  • Spelunking and sleeping in the world’s 3rd largest cave, Hang En

THIS TOUR IS PERFECT FOR

  • First- or second-time visitors to Vietnam
  • Hitting major highlights of Vietnam in an original way
  • Nature lovers, cave enthusiasts, and cultural aficionados
  • Diving into the local culture of the Vietnamese as well as ethnic minorities
  • An active twist with stylish accommodation

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: Hanoi Arrival

Day 2: Hanoi – Nam Cang Village – Topas Riverside Lodge

Day 3: Nam Cang Village – Nham Nhiu Village – Topas Ecolodge

Day 4: Topas Ecolodge – Hanoi

Day 5: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Bai Tu Long Bay

Day 6: Bai Tu Long Bay

Day 7: Bai Tu Long Bay – Hon Gai Pier – Dong Hoi

Day 8: Phong Nha- Tram Village – Me Village – Chay Lap Village

Day 9: Phong Nha – Ban Doong – Hang En

Day 10: Hang En – Phong Nha

Day 11: Phong Nha – Dong Hoi Departure

Xin Chao and welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival to Hanoi’s Noi Bai International 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 at leisure to discover Hanoi on your own, wandering the crooked alleys of the iconic Old Quarter and the promenade around Hoan Kiem Lake.

                                                                                                                     Included meals: N/A

                                                                                                     Distance and Activities: 45’ drive

After an early morning breakfast, sit back and relax aboard the Topas Mountain Express, a plush minivan outfitted with snacks, water, and Wi-Fi that covers the five-hour journey from Hanoi to Topas Riverside Lodge. Arrive just in time to enjoy a local lunch prepared by the resident family.

In the afternoon, visit the attached village of the Dzao, famous for their exquisite embroidery and botanical knowledge. Peer in on silver jewelers and families creating paper from rice for spiritual reasons and if you’re brave enough, jump into the refreshing waters of the river running next to Topas Riverside Lodge.

Dinner is served in the communal style associated with Vietnamese families, all at once and among friends. If you’re a bit sore from the activities of the day, sample a traditional herbal bath made by a local Dzao specialist, famous for its medicinal and therapeutic qualities.

                                                                                      Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

                                                                     Distance and Activities: 5h drive – 3km village walk

 Wake up to the sounds of nature and enjoy a final breakfast cooked by the Topas Riverside Lodge staff before setting off a day trek through the stunning landscapes of Hoang Lien National Park. Stroll on the quiet road winding through Nam Cang Village and watch as the town becomes a spacious rice valley. A small trail leads you through rice terraces, corn fields, and babbling streams, and maybe even a few locals tending to their crops during the planting and harvest seasons.

 Slowly, the hike grows steeper until your arrival at Nam Nhiu Village, inhabited by another Red Dzao ethnic minority tribe, with their beautiful traditionally embroidered outfits and practice of shaving their hair and eyebrows as a sign of respect. Stop for a picnic lunch here and catch your breath. Continuing on to Sin Chai, you’ll see mountains in the distance and the valley below before stopping at Thanh Phu for your 45-minute transfer by car to the world-renowned Topas Ecolodge, a certified lodge by National Geographic. Check-in to your bungalow with a warm cup of lemongrass and ginger tea, taking in the out-of-this-world views.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance and activities: 13km trek 

The day is yours at leisure until a mid-afternoon departure for Hanoi via the Topas Mountain Express. Sunbathe and splash in the pool, sample delicious cuisine at the restaurant, breathe in the fresh mountain air from your bungalow’s patio, or indulge in some locally-inspired treatments at the wonderful spa on site. 

Check-in to your Hanoi hotel in the early evening, free to discover Hanoi on your own.

Included meals: Breakfast 
Distance and activities: 5h drive

Depart Hanoi at 8:00 and make your way through the Red River Delta to Hon Gai Pier, a gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Check in to your cabin and get accustomed with your cruise ship before making your way to the dining room to settle down for a delicious seafood lunch depending on the catch of the day (vegetarian and kid’s menus are also available).

Sail through the gorgeous scenery of Halong Bay, leaving the crowds and ships behind as you make your way east towards the borders of Bai Tu Long Bay, pausing for a break in scenic Cong Do Area to kayak, swim, and sunbathe on quiet beaches. 

Head back to the ship and enjoy a sundowner while joining the Chef in re-creating some traditional Vietnamese cuisine classics during a cooking demonstration followed by dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Distance and activities: 3h drive – 2h kayaking

As the sun rises over the bay, join the ancient practice of Tai Chi on the sundeck, a martial art known for its health benefits and meditational use. After working up an appetite, sit down for a delectable breakfast before boarding a smaller ship to dive even further into Bai Tu Long Bay.

Pass by exotic limestone formations in Cap La and Cong Dam hamlets before arriving to Bai Tu Long Geology Park. This pristine area is home to tons of isolated beaches and floating houses, making it the perfect location to explore by kayak. Find your own private beach or swim in the warm jade-like waters, the choice is up to you!

After a hot lunch served on the boat, join a local fisherman’s family and learn how to fish the traditional Vietnamese way. Return to the mother ship and relax onboard until dinner time, retiring to your comfy cabin for a good night’s sleep.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Distance and activities: Full-day swimming and kayaking

Spend your final morning in the Gulf of Tonkin with another Tai Chi session or a hot cup of coffee or green tea as you watch the sun rise. Around 7:45, board a small bamboo row boat and lazily float through the canals of a secluded floating village, an iconic image of the region.

Back at the ship, a brunch is served as you cruise through the now-familiar scenery on the way back to Hon Gai Pier. Disembark, bid farewell to cabin and crew, and transfer to Noi Bai International Airport for an evening flight to Dong Hoi in Central Vietnam.

Upon arrival to Dong Hoi, check-in to Chay Lap Farmstay, on the edge of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner 
Distance and activities: 2.5h drive – 1h20′ flight – 45′ drive 

Spend the morning cycling around Phong Nha and along the riverbanks to Tram Village. Admire these glimpses of central Vietnamese rural village life before pedaling through a suspension bridge to Me Village. Peek into some local houses before ending the adventure in Chay Lap Village. Have a dip in the cool river and enjoy a BBQ lunch before returning to Chay Lap Farmstay.

Your afternoon is at leisure to explore anyway you see fit.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Distance and activities: 4h cycling 

Depart for Oxalis Headquarters between 8:00-8:30 this morning for a safety briefing and equipment hand-out. Then, head into the jungles of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, trekking on a steep downhill section.  Head uphill for a short while and then take the final long, steep and rocky descent to a small stream. The stream will take you to Ban Doong, a small ethnic minority village situated within the national park.

Enjoy a delicious lunch in Ban Doong and take some time to learn about the rich culture here before trekking further to Hang En River Valley. Follow the river, crossing it consistently until you reach the entrance of Hang En Cave. This is where you’ll make camp for the night, within the huge chamber of Hang En, upon a beach inside the cave, with stunning views of the area below.

Go for a swim in your tent-side “pool” before a full dinner is served by your porter team.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Distance and activities: 11 km trek  

Wake up to the sounds of the jungle and fill-up on a delicious breakfast before climbing the rocky hill behind the camp, following the dry passage to the main river passage. Keep crossing the river, climbing up a small sandy hill and a higher rocky hill until you see the incredible exit of Hang En. Make sure you have plenty of battery power for the photos you will want to take!

Go back to the camp via the river passage, having lunch in the cave before departure. The route back to the road will be different than the one you took yesterday, although the hill will be the same, around 450m of ascent. Return to Chay Lap Farmstay around 17:00 for some much-needed rest and a hot shower.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Distance and activities: 3km caving – 11km trek

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: 34,46x0,000 VNĐ

(equivalent of 1,498 USD)

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Private A/C airport transfers
  • Join-in Mountain Express Limousine between Hanoi, Topas Riverside Lodge, and Topas Ecolodge
  • Join-in Limousine Hanoi and Halong (Bai Tu Long bay)
  • Join-in 2D/1N Hang En Expedition
  • All accommodation indicated as twin-shared room
  • All meals as indicated in the program
  • All entrance tickets to local villages and national parks
  • Kayaking in Bai Tu Long Bay
  • Refillable water in vans (Please check with your guide or driver)
  • 1 x English speaking local tour guide on days with activities (except for overnight cruise)
  • 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.

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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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