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Trip Overview

Bring the whole family along with this exclusive 9-day package designed for Vietnam Jungle Marathon runners and their supporters. Warm up your muscles in Hanoi with a morning jog before setting off for the Pu Luong Nature Reserve, one of Vietnam’s most gorgeous areas. Test your body’s limits on a challenging race through the jungles, ending the journey with a seaplane tour above Halong Bay and an overnight cruise in Lan Ha Bay.


  • Running a marathon through the jungles, ethnic minority villages, and rice terraces of Pu Luong
  • Soaring above Halong Bay in a seaplane and cruising Lan Ha Bay overnight
  • Kayaking through the filming location of Hollywood blockbuster Kong: Skull Island
  • Jogging through the quiet streets of Hanoi before the city wakes up

This Tour is Perfect for

  • Loved ones joining a Vietnam Jungle Marathon runner
  • First- or second-time visitors to Vietnam
  • Combining exciting city life with pristine nature and natural beauty
  • Getting off-the-beaten track in Northern Vietnam

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

Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Pu Luong

Day 4: Pu Luong

Day 5: Pu Luong (Race Day)

Day 6: Pu Luong – Hanoi

Day 7: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay

Day 8: Lan Ha Bay – Cat Ba Island

Day 9: Lan Ha Bay – Hanoi 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 until an evening dinner date with a local family.

When you want to get to know a culture, there’s nothing quite like breaking bread (or spooning rice) with a local family. Expect to fill up on spring rolls, hearty soups, light stir fries and plenty of hot white rice. Get to know the family without worrying about the language barrier, as English-speaking students from the local university will accompany you throughout, teaching you about local etiquette and making sure you avoid making any social faux pas.

Included meals: Dinner
Distance and Activities: 45’ drive

Lace up and take on the capital in this guided morning run,  getting a fresh perspective on Hanoi’s highlights while the crowds are still sleeping with loops around Hanoi’s illustrious lakes, leafy parks, and tree-lined boulevards. Delve into the bustling backstreets of the Old Quarter, hop along the revived train tracks, and reenergize with a halfway coffee stop. Finish the run with a steaming bowl of pho, Hanoi’s favourite breakfast.

Once you’ve had enough to eat, head to the Citadel, a true testament of Vietnam’s strength, resilience, and beauty. Marvel at the ancient architecture while strolling past leafy gardens and learning about the Citadel’s central position of power, of which it maintains even to this day. Then, head over to the superb Vietnamese Women’s Museum, an essential stop on any visit to Hanoi. Explore the heroines of Vietnamese society, especially in regards to ethnic minorities, war, and modern exhibitions before heading back to the Old Quarter for a tasty lunch on one of the most famous food streets in Southeast Asia.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance and activities: 9km jog – 4h sightseeing tour 

Leave the city behind as your journey 3 hours southwest through the verdant rice fields, shallow mountains, and lush valleys of Hoa Binh Province. Stop for lunch at Mai Chau Ecolodge, built on the highest point in Mai Chau Valley. Enjoy a meal prepared by the White Thai ethnic minority group, a fusion of earthy and fresh flavors from Vietnamese traditional dishes and Thai tribal food served fresh with vegetables and herbs grown from the Ecolodge’s gardens.

Take some time to stretch your legs, walking through the rice paddies in the valley before continuing for the last hour to Pu Luong, site of the Vietnam Jungle Marathon.

Check-in to your gorgeous property in the mid-afternoon and relax, taking in the scenery of rice terraces, mountains, and jungles that differ greatly from Mai Chau Valley.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance and activities: 3h transfer

Today is a free day to explore beautiful Pu Luong independently, whether that means sitting by the pool the whole day with a book and hot cup of coffee in hand, hiking or cycling through rice terraces, rafting down the river, or jogging through the beautiful scenery.

At 18:00, receive your race kit and join a carb-load dinner with fellow runners staying at your accommodation. There will also be a race briefing to prepare you for the following day.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance and activities: N/A 

Depending on which race you choose to complete, your day will begin anywhere from 2:45 to 7:30 in order to catch the bus to the starting line. Make sure to bring a small bag with a towel, clean clothes, and money, which you can hand in before the start and receive at the finish line. At 8:30, your supporters will be transferred to the finish line at the Ban Hang Village, a small Thai minority community village, to cheer you on!

Enjoy the run through Pu Luong Nature Reserve, where time has stood still for thousands of years, following the trail through ancient jungles, soaring limestone peaks, rice terraces, and remote villages on your 10k, 25k, 42k, 55k, or 70k run.

Cross the finish line in Ban Hang, enjoying a light lunch and trying the drinks on hand while supporting other runners. In the evening, join the BBQ Buffet Dinner as a DJ pumps music and a bonfire is lit for a celebration unlike anything in the world.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Distance and activities: 10k, 25k, 42k, 55k, or 70k race

Leave Pu Luong behind and head back to the capital after breakfast, arriving in Hanoi around lunch-time. Check-in to your Old Quarter hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure to discover Hanoi on your own.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, 
Distance and activities: 4h transfer

The morning begins with a short 2.5-hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Upon arrival to Tuan Chau Island, get your first introduction to this land of fairy-tales and legends as the crow flies with a 25-minute seaplane tour. Soar above pearl farms, hidden islands, floating villages, and see how the water changes from a deep green to bright turquoise the higher you fly.

Once the plane lands, transfer by speedboat to Gia Luan port where your cruise ship and lunch awaits in Lan Ha Bay. Meander through the exotic landscape before pausing for a bamboo boat ride rowed by locals through a grotto nicknamed Dark and Bright Cave, on the border of Halong, Bai Tu Long, and Lan Ha bays. If weather permits, you can take a kayak to discover the area on your own.

Afterwards, take some time for swimming and sunbathing before returning to the ship for a traditional Vietnamese rice wine tasting and cooking instruction, followed by dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Distance and activities: 2.5h transfer – 25′ seaplane tour – 2h kayaking and swimming

As the sun rises over the bay, join the ancient practice of Vovinam on the sundeck, a martial art created in Vietnam. After working up an appetite, sit down for a delectable breakfast as the boat docks at Viet Hai pier, the only way to reach Viet Hai Village as there are no roads connecting it to the rest of Cat Ba Island.

Cycle along well-made paths for 3.5 km (there’s an electric buggy available if you would rather survey the jungle landscape at a comfortable pace) to reach the village. Spend time getting to know the history and traditions of the Vietnamese people who live there, enjoying a lunch before setting off for a secluded area of Lan Ha Bay where filming for the Hollywood blockbuster Kong: Skull Island took place. Take some time to swim and relax in this stunning area before returning to the ship for a traditional tea ceremony.

After dinner in the ship’s restaurant, retire to your cabin or join a karaoke party at the Navy Club.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance and activities: 3.5h cycling – 2h kayaking and swimming

Spend your final morning in Lan Ha Bay with a cup of coffee or tea as you watch the sun rise. Participate in another session of Vovinam or lounge in you room until the morning’s activity, a tour to Hoa Cuong Cave, begins. Admire the glittering stalactites and stalagmites and learn about the cave’s history during the Second Indochina War as a shelter for the locals during bomb raids.

Brunch is served as the ship begins its return to port. Upon disembarkation in Hai Phong, return to Noi Bai International Airport for onward booked transportation.

Included meals: Breakfast
Distance and activities: 2h drive

Tour Inclusions

  • 2-way private A/C airport transfer
  • 3D/2N join-in cruise (led by English-speaking cruise manager on board)
  • All accommodation indicated as twin-shared room
  • Join-in transfers between Hanoi and Hai Phong
  • All meals as indicated in the program
  • All entrance tickets to Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay
  • Refillable water in vans (Please check with your guide or driver)
  • 1 x English speaking local tour guide on days with activities
  • 1 x Halong seaplane sightseeing tour
  • 3D/2N join-in VJM race package
  • Government VAT

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

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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