southern vietnam adventure

TRIP TYPE
Active
PRICE
From  VNĐ
DURATION
8 DAYS

Trip Overview

Get off the tourist track on this 8-day adventure through South Vietnam, packed full of kayaking, mountain biking, trekking, and waterfall canyoning. The journey starts in eclectic Ho Chi Minh City before taking you through the wild jungles of Nam Cat Tien National Park, home to ethnic minorities, bears, monkeys, and crocodiles.  Then, cool off in the cool and calm Central Highlands of Da Lat, where you will sample local coffees and abseil down waterfalls in style.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trekking and mountain biking through the jungles of Nam Cat Tien National Park
  • Learning about ethnic minority culture in Southern Vietnam
  • Sampling coffee at K’Ho Coffee Plantation in Da Lat
  • Abseiling down waterfalls and cliffs in Da Lat

THIS TOUR IS PERFECT FOR

  • Adventurers, nature lovers, and active travelers
  • Exploring the diverse landscapes of Vietnam
  • Second-time visitors to Vietnam or combining with Northern Vietnam packages and/or beach extensions
  • Families with children at least 12 years old and up. Please speak to your travel designer about potential modifications to this proposed itinerary

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

Day 3: Ho Chi Minh City – Nam Cat Tien National Park

Day 4: Nam Cat Tien National Park

Day 5: Nam Cat Tien National Park- Da Lat

Day 6: Da Lat

Day 7: Da Lat

Day 8: Da Lat Departure

Xin Chao and welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival to Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International or Domestic 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 Saigon on your own, wandering the pulsating streets of District 1 along the river.

Included meals: N/A
Transfer distance and activities:45’ drive

Start your discovery of Ho Chi Minh City with a morning sightseeing tour, starting at the Reunification Palace and pausing at the old Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral, two still-working colonial masterpieces.  Then, browse the exhibits at the War Remnants Museum, paying respect to the sobering recent tragedies and the fighting spirit of the Vietnamese to rebuild their society.

Lunch at Bloom Saigon, a vocational training restaurant working to empower disadvantaged youth in Ho Chi Minh City by providing culinary training. The food is a mix of traditional Vietnamese and Asian fusion, served in a big French Colonial Villa.

The afternoon is at leisure for you to discover Ho Chi Minh City on your own 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, getting to know Vietnam in style.

 

 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  
Distance and activities: 3h sightseeing tour – 4h motorbike food tour

After breakfast, transfer by private car to Nam Cat Tien National Park, 180km north of Ho Chi Minh City and one of eight UNESCO biosphere reserves in the country. Arrive to Nam Cat Tien just in time for lunch served at your lodge, a longhouse made out of bamboo in the traditional style of the S’Tieng and Ma People, local minority groups in the area.

Stretch your legs with an afternoon mountain biking tour through the jungles of Nam Cat Tien, keeping your eyes open for gibbons and crocodiles! Head back to the lodge for dinner and a traditional dance and music performance by the local ethnic minorities, the Ma and Tay.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (traditional performance) 
Distance and activities: 3h transfer – 26km mountain biking

Wake up to the sounds of the jungle and fill up on breakfast before joining a 4-hour challenging trek to Green Hill. After enjoying a packed lunch, return to Ta Lai Village for an afternoon at leisure to enjoy the surroundings of the lodge.

Option activities include kayaking by the hour or visiting the Animal Rescue Center within the park to see the rehabilitation process for monkeys and bears. If you’re feeling especially brave, travel by jeep to Crocodile Lake, home to 200 crocodiles! 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Distance and activities: 10km trek

Leave the jungle and humidity behind after breakfast and head to the crisp air and mountains of the Central Highlands, in Da Lat, the eternal city of Spring, according to the Vietnamese. Just before entering the city, stop at Pinhatt Viewpoint, the highest mountain in Da Lat, for a panoramic view of  the city below, as well as Tuyen Lam Lake, Langbiang Mountain, and Truc Lam Meditation Hall.

Head north of Da Lat to Coffee Plantation K’Ho, a cooperative of K’Ho minority families who sustainably grow Arabica coffee on Lang Biang Mountain. Enjoy a traditionally cooked lunch before learning about the traditional methods of coffee processing, grading, roasting, and cupping. Then, sample the many kinds of coffees produced here on a taste test.

Return to Da Lat in the late afternoon to check-in to your cozy garden homestay and breathe in the fresh air.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance and activities: 4h transfer – 3h coffee plantation workshop 

Today is a free day to explore beautiful Da Lat independently, whether that means sitting at a café the whole day with a book and hot cup of coffee in hand, exploring the city center’s French-colonialism architecture, or strolling through flower and fruit gardens.

Included meals: Breakfast
Distance and Activities: N/A

Da Lat may be known as a romantic, quiet city, but it also has an established reputation as an adventurer’s paradise, especially in regards to canyoning!

Depart Da Lat and head 10km out of the city, through deep valleys and pine forests to the canyoning preparation area, where you will be equipped with locking carabineers, rigging gear, floating vests, and helmets. Your guide will lead you through 18m of dry-cliff abseiling, water-sliding over eroded rocks, 15m high waterfall jumps, 7m or 11m free-jump cliffs, and finishing at the “washing-machine” cliff if you’re brave enough (abseiling with your back against the waterfall until the downpour pushes you out into a small pond)!

Arrive back to your hotel around 3pm, with the rest of the afternoon and evening free at leisure to relax after such an adrenaline-inducing day.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Distance and Activities: Full-day Canyoning Tour

Savor your last few moments in beautiful Da Lat until your transfer to Da Lat Airport for onward booked travel.

Included meals: Breakfast

Distance and Activities: 40’ transfer 

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
  • 1 x coffee plantation tour
  • 1 x guided waterfall canyoning tour
  • 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
  • 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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Plan Your Adventure…

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Loan Tran
“I’m a busy mother of two but I love working in tourism and helping our guests from all over the world to experience my personal Vietnam. It’s such a pleasure every day to see so many happy smiles and to learn from our guests. I look forward to chatting with you and creating some memories!”
 – Loan Tran | Trip Designer

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