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Overview

From Phong Nga’s cave complex to the ancient town of Hue and Hoi An, enjoy a variety of sports while discoverin famous sites of central Vietnam. Whether they are challenging treks to Tu Lan Cave complex, cycling Hai Van Pass to kayaking the mangroves of Hoi An, this is an adventure that has it all.

Trip Highlights

Multisports in Central Vietnam

Challenging trek to Tu Lan Cave Complex

Discover the multiple complex caves of Tu Lan on an overnight trekking and caving experience.

Cycle remote roads from Hue to Hoi An

Named Hai Van or Pass of Ocean Clouds, cycle uphill for 11km from Hue to Hoi An for breathtaking coastal views.

Kayak waterways of Hoi An

Paddle to the palm islands where the most well grown plants, Nipa palms, are seen in the unique and scenic mangrove ecosystem of Hoi An.

Itinerary

1

Arrive in Dong Hoi – Phong Nha

Transfer from airport or railway station to the hotel: 1 hours

Today, arrive in Dong Hoi (either by train or flight). Be met with the local guide and transfer to Phong Nha to check-in to the hotel.

Please note: The standard hotel check-in time is 14:00. Early check-in is subject to availability and not included.

Overnight in Phong Nha.

2

Phong Nha – Trek to Tu Lan Cave Complex

Be picked up at the hotel in Phong Nha between 07:30 and 08:00 before venturing off to the village of Tan Hoa, located 70 km away. After a safety briefing and gear check, it’s off and away for a full day of trekking.

The trek begins with a 2.5 km march across fields of peanut crops, giant water buffaloes, towering corn stalks, and down to the Rao Nan River.

The adventure accelerates with a 30 m climb up a rocky hill to a small jungle opening. Get to catch a breath on a 100m descent to Hung Ton Valley. 

Lunch will be enjoyed in the Hung Ton Cave opening and then the adventure picks up again with some serious trekking from Hung Ton Valley and over to Mango Mountain, then back down into Tu Lan Valley (3 km).

By mid afternoon, Tu Lan campsite will be on the horizon, where swimming can be enjoyed in the beautiful waterfall. Afternoon activities include exploring and swimming through Ken Cave, located next to the campsite.

Complete the day at the campsite with a delicious BBQ dinner.

Sleep will come easy in comfortable hammocks or tents set up amongst the trees.

3

Tu Lan cave complex – Phong Nha

12km jungle and mountain trekking, rocky terrain Elevation change up to 150m (between valley and top of mountain) 1 km swimming in caves (from 200m – 500m each cave) 3 km caving

The second day starts with a hearty breakfast, and more cave exploration.

Starting with a brief swim across the river into the heart of Tu Lan Cave System, take a break to enjoy  the blue lagoon entrance before making the way 180 m downstream through Tu Lan Cave entrance.

Explore the dry part of the cave with some tight spaces climbing and arrive a the dry exit for a short trek through a valley into the dry entrace of Kim Cave. Observe the natural window in Kim Cave before taking off on a 450m swim and 500m trek through Hang Kim to To Mo Valley.

A picnic lunch will be served next to a stunning waterfall by the mouth of Hung Ton Cave.  Then, try to follow a dry path before swimming out through Hung Ton wet cave.

Following this is the exploration of a dry passage and then a trek down into Hung Ton Valley (800 m).

Arrive in Tan Hoa where there is a chance to take in the beautiful scenery with a cold drink in hand.

Showers are available for those who would like to clean up and change, and then depart back to Phong Nha at around 16:00 arriving by 17:30.

Please note: The 2 days 1 night trip to Tu Lan Cave complex is operated every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday in Join in basis. If carried out on another day, a surcharge for a private trip will be applied.

4

Phong Nha – Anh Xa – Vinh Moc – Phuoc Tich - Hue

Dong Hoi to Hue (185km): 4 hours

Depart early morning and head south to Hue.

On the way, stop at the childhood home of the General Vo Nguyen Giap. He was born in this village in 1911 and is famous for his leadership which led to the victory of the battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1946 against the French army. The house was actually burned by French soldiers but restored in 1977. Visit the beautiful traditional wooden house in a charming garden thanks to Mr. Ham, his grandson who currently lives there and listen to his stories of his grandfather.  

Then drive on for another hour before making a stop at Vinh Moc Tunnels. The route is scenic after leaving the main highway passing through quaint villages and skirting along Cua Tung Beach. Learn all about the Vinh Moc village story which is a feat of humanity and resistance during the Vietnam War. Explore the tunnels and enjoy the beautiful sea view upon exit!

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Dong Ha.

In the afternoon, drive around 30 min to the 500-year-old village of Phuoc Tich. Once famous and prosperous because of its pottery, the village has dozens of homes that are from 100 to 200 years old and several old temples, pagodas, worship halls and communal houses still remain. Many imprints of Champa and ancient Viet cultures are still preserved such as lingas (a very complex symbol of Hinduism). The religious culture of the village is seen via families, which have their own ancestor worship halls, each worshiping five direct generations.

Arrive in Hue in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Hue.

5

Hue Royal tomb cycling

Transfer: 30 mins Cycling distance up to: 30 km Difficulty: Easy

Today the cycling begins from the hotel to explore some of Hue’s most important cultural sites. The first stop is at the Imperial Citadel, which is modeled after the Forbidden City in China. While much of this site was destroyed during the Tet Offensive, it is still possible to gain some insights into how the Royal family lived during its rule.

After exploring the ruins, cruise along the Perfume River to Thien Mu pagoda, continuing the cycling to Ming Mang Mausoleum. Follow up with a loop across the perfume river to Hue via the mausoleum, with another stop at Khai Dinh.

Overnight in Hue.

6

Hue – Hoi An

Transfer: 1 hour Cycling distance up to: 100km (60km if not cycle over Hai Van pass) Difficulty: Hard

Today, take a bus beyond the city limits of Hue to avoid the busy traffic when cycling. Begin riding off the beaten track for 40 km along a picturesque, narrow peninsular road from Thuan An Beach to Vinh Loc. From here, transfer to a vehicle or cycle to the start point of today’s three hill climbs.

After the first two moderate climbs of 2-3 km a piece, cruise down to stunning Lang Co Beach for a rest/swim before tackling the final hill of the day – the Hai Van or Pass of Ocean Clouds. With a new tunnel now cutting through the mountain, the 11km of uphill cycling will be on a quiet section of road. The gradient is manageable and the views are breathtaking! Upon descent, a transfer will be provided all the way to Hoi An, a delightful old trading town and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight in Hoi An.

7

Hoi An sunset paddle

Transfer: 1 hours Kayaking: 2-2.5 hours Difficulty: easy

Spend the morning free at leisure.

At 15:00, be picked up at the hotel in Hoi An to the starting point to gear up for the sunset paddle adventure.

Start to paddle to the palm islands where the most well grown plants, Nipa palms, are seen. It is a unique and scenic mangrove ecosystem of Hoi An. The palm forest provides the locals with products such as fish, shells and Nipa leaves which can be seen commonly used for roofing of homes. Enjoy amazing landscapes while paddling along and before we arrive to the ancient town.there is a short stop at a local shop for a coffee break before we continue our journey. Experience the sights of Hoi An’s Lantern Town from a unique water level perspective. The former port city’s melting-pot history is reflected in its architecture, a mix of eras and styles. Catch the reflection of the old houses of the Ancient Town on the water while paddling on the kayaks during sunset.

Arrive at Hoi An’s old town pier at about 18:00. Transfer to the hotel by van.

Overnight in Hoi An.

8

Hoi An – departure

Transfer from hotel in Hoi An to Danang airport: 45 mins

Today transfer to the airport for an onward flight home or choose to extend some days to enjoy the beach in Danang.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Private air-conditioned vehicle for transfer and back up as itinerary.
  • Bike, helmet, 1 biking water bottle per person ( Trek mountain bike)
  • Plenty of water provided throughout the day when cycling
  • Snacks and local fruits during  trekking and cycling days
  • 1 ExoAdventure Certified English Speaking Guide
  • 1 assistant guide for 11-16 cyclist during cycling days
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Each guide will have a full set of travel bike tools
  • Main support vehicle will have spare parts
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Sightseeing tickets where mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation as listed above.
  • Flight reconfirmations

Our services don’t include:

  • Visa arrangement
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water – we can add this into costs at agents request
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
  • Tips
  • Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatoraid, Powerbars, Gue, Isostar, etc)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (Laundry, telephone)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion.
  • Other language speaking guides

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