From 11,500,000 VNĐ


5 Days

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Trip Overview

Afraid of tight spaces, don’t like hard-core trekking, or maybe not interested in sleeping in a cave? Don’t worry! This 5-day Phong Nha itinerary focuses on the other incredible aspects of the region, from endangered animals to rural life in quaint, riverside villages. And for good measure, we added Paradise Cave to the plan, the most accessible cave to explore in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. 


  • Exploring major highlights of Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park by cycling, kayaking, and hiking
  • Hiking to Paradise Cave, a beautiful, easily accessible cave
  • Cruising down the Son River, catching glimpses of everyday life
  • Learning about the critically endangered Ha Tinh Langurs and rescue bears

This Tour is Perfect for

  • Families with children of all ages
  • Experiencing outdoor activities in pristine nature and natural beauty
  • Active travel without being too strenuous
  • Extending for a few days at the beach in Da Nang or Hoi An

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: Dong Hoi/Phong Nha Arrival

Day 2: Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park – Paradise Cave – Tram Village – Chay Lap Village

Day 3: Xuan Son – Xuan Tien – Gia Tinh – Gia Hung – Lien Trach  

Day 4: Phong Nha – Ngon Rao – Vuc Cheo – Trooc Village 

Day 5: Phong Nha/Dong Hoi Departure

Xin Chao and welcome to Dong Hoi! Upon arrival to the airport or train station, a Topas representative will welcome you before heading straight to Chay Lap Farmstay near the entrance to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.

The day is at leisure to discover the area on your own.

Included meals: Dinner
Distance and activities: 45’ drive

Wake up this morning with a piping hot breakfast before exploring Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. Start at a semi-wild enclosure and learn about the critically endangered Ha Tinh Langurs. Head further into the jungle and mountains towards 8 Ladies Cave, a significant piece of history during the Second Indochina War when American bombs ravaged the area.

By mid-morning, make your way to Paradise Cave, a 31km long cave discovered in 2005. Wander through passageways and impressive cave formations before stopping in Chay Lap Village for lunch beside the river.

After lunch, cycle through Chay Lap and Tram Villages, catching a glimpse of local life before returning to the entrance of Phong Nha Ke Bang, where a car will return you to Chay Lap Farmstay and Resort around 16:30.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance and activities: 1h drive – 2h caving (540 steps) – 1.5h cycling

See a typical morning in the countryside of Vietnam at Xuan Son market, watching locals go about their business and observing the types of products available in the area. Then, board your boat for the day and cruise to Xuan Tien Village to learn about local fish farming practices with Black Carp and Phong Nha eel.

Continue cruising down the river to Gia Tinh Village, and wander through the village on a guided tour, visiting a craft house where locals make handmade rattan items. You’ll even be able to put your skills to the test and try it yourself!

Next, the boat will take you to Gia Hung Village, the location of one of the most impressive churches in Vietnam due to its mixture of elements from both local and Western architecture. A short walk away lies the village where many families bake different types of rice cakes, which you will learn how to do as well.

Lunch is served on the boat as it sails back to Lien Trach, giving you time to swim and relax in the Son River. Afterwards, the boat docks at Ha Mon Boat Station, where you will grab a bicycle and cycle back to Phong Nha through rural farming villages.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance and activities: 2.5h boat cruise – 2.5h sightseeing  – 1h swimming – 1.5h cycling

Head to remote Ngon Rao Village between 7:30-8:00 this morning for a kayaking adventure down mountain streams, around 18km north of Phong Nha.  Paddle from Ngon Rao until you reach Vuc Cheo, stopping for a tour of the fruit orchards, pepper plantations, ginger farms, and turmeric gardens in Trooc Village.

Take a dip in the natural hot springs and enjoy a BBQ lunch with families in the area before returning to Chay Lap Farmstay. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance and activities: 45′ drive – 7km kayaking – 30′ sightseeing

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

Included meals: Breakfast
Distance and activities: 45’ transfer

Tour Price

From: 11,500,000 VNĐ

(equivalent of 499 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 and caves
  • Refillable water in vans (Please check with your guide or driver)
  • 1 x English speaking local tour guide on days with activities
  • Government VAT

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

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)

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.

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